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:
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 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
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.
Design and Engineering
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
Nature and Environment courses are available from The Open University
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
Government and Politics
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 official website for the UK Parliament also has information on the big issues of the day.
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 BBC in our Time podcasts are a rich source of historical information
There are a diverse range of websites available covering different periods of history, a selection can be found below:
- BBC Bitesize History
- BBC History
- BBC Schools History
- British Newspaper Archive
- History on the Net
- History Learning Site
- Learn History
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- School History
- Spartacus Educational
- The Avalon Project – Historical Documents
- The British Library
- The Imperial War Museums
- The National Archives
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:
Spanish: 20 minutos
Mandarin: BBC news in Mandarin
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
This year’s nationwide BBC Young Composer competition is open until 20 July 2020
RS and Philosophy
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
There are many interesting podcasts, a selection can be found below: