Hints and tips - 3 minute read
Phoebe Davis - Subject Support Co-ordinator
Although students have always done some independent work at home, teaching remotely is a big change for most teachers and students. We are all very aware how the recent school closures are taking independent learning to new heights.
I thought it would be helpful to draw your attention to some popular resources and online tools. Some are new and some are updated, but most importantly, they’re all helpful.
Most students’ homes probably won’t have the range of equipment that their schools have, but I hope the resources signposted below will help students to continue learning and continue developing their skills.
Cambridge Assessment International Education (Cambridge International) have a new section on their website all about teaching and learning when schools are closed.
Some of their advice is specific to Cambridge International, but most of it is applicable to any subject, and any exam board. They have written resources and webinars too and will add more webinars in the coming weeks.
The June 2019 papers for GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition are available on Interchange, along with exemplars and examiners’ reports that you can download and email to your students.
We’ve added a new page to our website all about how students can use past papers to help them learn. You could send students the link or print off the page and post it to them, along with hard copies of the papers.
Hodder have a page on their website dedicated to supporting schools. They already offer e-textbook versions of the Food textbook and now they are also offering half-price, e-textbook versions of the Food revision guide.
These books contain questions and mini quizzes that students can use to work through elements of the course themselves. The Hodder revision guide also has answers online, so students can check their understanding and see how their answers compare to the official ones.
Food – a fact of life (FFL) are regularly releasing new resources for students and teachers to use while schools are closed. Their website has lots of free resources available for teachers to download, edit, and send to their students. More information about supporting students studying at home is on their website, and I recommend having a look.
Aimed at students for all ages, FFL recently launched their remote learning hub. Between 30 March and 1 September they’ll be adding to the hub weekly, posting activity ideas and resources to support remote learning. Some of the activities are aimed at younger children and key stage 3, and each wave of resources includes specific activities for 14-16 year olds to do too.
Although most students aren’t in school, Food is a practical subject and physically cooking/watching someone else cook is also a really good thing for students to be doing. With whole families at home sharing equipment and bandwidth, practical activities can ease the pressure on technology and they’re a nice break from screens.
Many more great online resources are available, so join the conversation by sharing your ideas and resource links in the comment box below.
If you have any queries or questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up to subject updates and receive up-to-date email information about resources and support.
Phoebe is a Subject Support Co-ordinator and has worked for Cambridge Assessment in various roles since 2015. Since joining the Subject Team in 2018, Phoebe has been responsible for a range of subjects including Law, Citizenship and The Extended Project Qualification.