Academic Enrichment

During e-Hampton, academic provision was via a combination of independent learning tasks (set through our pupil and parent portal, Firefly) and periods of ‘live’ contact time with teachers, enabled through the Microsoft Teams video platform.

Using their current lesson timetable, teachers scheduled ‘live’ sessions with each of their teaching groups.  These ‘live’ sessions were incredibly useful for teachers to explain new concepts and ideas to pupils, explain the work boys were required to do and also provide a platform for discussion.

Normal pupils workloads were adjusted to acknowledge the very different circumstances in which we all found ourselves living. For boys in the Lower School, homework was no longer being set and it was reduced in the Middle School so as to minimise the time boys were sitting at their desks and screens.

During the summer term, pupils in the Fifth Year and Upper Sixth were provided with an opportunity to take part in a range of ‘bridging’ courses. Fifth Year Hamptonians engaged in a series of academic enrichment and extension activities to prepare them for further study in our A Level/Pre-U courses, while our Upper Sixth Leavers signed up to an array of pre-University electives, which introduced them to some of the concepts they will come across in the next stages of their education.

Hamptonians were also encouraged to explore individual academic subjects through the rich and varied resources available online, some of which are linked to below:

Online academic Resources

 

Art UK has a collection of all of the artwork housed in galleries throughout the UK

Paul Mellon Centre is a research body linked to Yale University. They do British Art podcasts amongst other things.

Art21 is a useful resource for both Artists and Art Historians

A number of local and national galleries and museums are providing useful resources, a selection can be found below:

The Tate Museum
V&A
The Design Museum
Whitechapel Gallery
Orleans House Gallery

Google Arts and Culture The Google Arts and Culture site allows users to browse content from over 1,200 leading museums and archives. Users can access high-resolution images of artworks and read informative articles on all aspects of art and culture.

Royal Institution – discover videos, podcasts and catch up with the famous Christmas lectures

Royal Society – take a look back at the 2019 Summer Science Exhibition

Chemistry World features news articles and podcasts, keeping you updated with interesting developments in the chemistry world.

The RSC’s interactive periodic table
features history, alchemy, podcasts, videos, and data trends across the periodic table.

Chem Matters is the ACS High School Chemistry magazine.

For pupils studying GCSE and A Level Chemistry:

Molview is online software allowing you to draw molecules

Chem Collective is an online simulation of a chemistry lab designed to help pupils link chemical computations with authentic laboratory chemistry

For Lower School pupils, Scratch teaches you how to program your own interactive stories, games, and animations and Micro:bit provides guides and videos to take you from novice to confident coder.

Code Break features fantastic coding courses for Middle School pupils, including step-by-step courses on making apps, games and websites. Lightbot is a logic game that also teaches advanced coding concepts.

For the advanced coder Project Euler features programming challenges and repl.it is an online platform for coding in almost any language.

Take a virtual tour of arts and artefacts from the classical world:

British Museum virtual tour
National Archaeological Museum of Naples
Acropolis Museum tour

The (far from) stupid Ancient History podcasts are a series of informative podcasts on some interesting moments in Ancient History

The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design

Institution of Mechanical Engineers provides information and resources for use at home

The James Dyson Foundation inspires the next generation of engineers and scientists

Theatre at Home

The Globe Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Company
The National Theatre

Culture in Quarantine BBC Arts bring art and culture into your home

 

Economics online is an invaluable resource for pupils studying A Level Economics

Tutor2u is a collection of resources featuring a series of full online lessons designed to support remote learning by A Level Economics students

The Economist magazine and podcasts are a fascinating source of information on issues from around the world (the password and login at available on the online resources section of Firefly)

Nature and Environment courses are available from The Open University

The Economist magazine and podcasts are a fascinating source of information on issues from around the world (the password and login at available on the online resources section of Firefly)

Geogpod is a series of podcasts available from the Geographical Association

Royal Geographical Society also produces podcasts on all things geographical

National Geographic has lots of interesting articles and information on geography and geographical issues

Kids World Travel Guide allows to to explore any country or city around the world

Time for Geography has lots of educational videos and information about a diverse range of topics

 

To support pupils studying A Level Government and Politics as well as those interested in the world of politics, there are many periodicals containing a wealth of information:

The Economist

Time Magazine

The Washington Post

Politico

The New Yorker

The London Book Review

The official website for the UK Parliament also has information on the big issues of the day.

There are also many podcasts and documentaries to listen to or watch, find out more at the Best Political Podcasts of 2020 and the Best Politics Documentaries on Netflix

If you want to find out more about how  Government & Politics works in the USA, take a Crash Course in the US Political System 

 

The UK Maths Trust  provides a series of challenges for mathematicians of all levels

University of Oxford Public Lectures explore the mathematics of a wide range of topics, from smartphones to football and origami to AI

The Nrich Maths Project provides articles, puzzles, problems and games covering a wide range of topics both on and off the  curriculum

Explore popular language study sets on Quizlet

Memrise provides fun and effective games to practice your skills

Languages Online provides interactive resources and learning activities

Follow the news in the language you study:

French: News in slow French and Un jour, Une actu

Spanish: 20 minutos

German: News in slow German, Deutsche Welle and the Goethe Institut

Mandarin: BBC news in Mandarin

Russian: The Moscow Times and BBC news in Russian

 

The London Symphony Orchestra bring you a digital programme of full-length archive concerts, interviews, articles, playlists, and activities

The free streaming service Royal Albert Home is a mix of different genres of music – something for everyone!

The English National Ballet are streaming many of their productions via their YouTube channel 

Watch the playlist of some Glastonbury 2019 highlights

The Listening Service from BBC Radio 3 explores how music works

There are a number of useful websites that will help pupils studying Music. These include Music Theory, The Rest is NoiseNPR Music and the Composer Diversity Database

This year’s nationwide BBC Young Composer competition is open until 20 July 2020

 

Closer to Truth presents the world’s greatest thinkers exploring humanity’s deepest questions

The History of Philosophy is a series of fascinating podcasts which take the  listeners through the history of philosophy

1000-Word Philosophy is a constantly-growing collection of original essays on important philosophical topics

Learn more about philosophy online with Carneades which features videos and courses

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy provides access to detailed information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy

The Philosophers’ Magazine publishes articles that are thought-provoking and relevant to today’s issues

Discover the cosmos with Astronomy Picture of the Day

Explore Physics discovers how physics can help to address some of the biggest challenges facing society today

What is Psychology and The A to Z of Psychology from the University of Cambridge both illustrate the depth of this fascinating subject

There are many interesting podcasts, a selection can be found below:

BBC Radio 4 All in the Mind

Dan Ariely’s Arming the Donkeys

The Psych Files with Michael Britt

BBC Radio 4 Don’t Tell me the Score