How to use Google Classrooms to complete work (1)


24th April 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

We are now well into the fifth week of our different existence. I hope that you are all safe and well and finding some ways to enjoy the lovely weather we have been having.

An overview of all the work that has been set for the next four weeks can now be accessed directly via the drop down menu on this page. Pupils will be directed to either SMHW or Google Classrooms.

Please remember this work is for FOUR weeks and that pupils should only be spending approximately TWO hours a week on maths, English and science and approximately an hour a week per other subjects. It’s ok if your children spend more or less time, but as a general rule of thumb, three hours a day on school work is more than enough; and please, don’t worry if that doesn’t happen every day!

It is very helpful, in these difficult times, to try and stick to a routine. A suggested ‘timetable’ is below but not compulsory by any means.


9-10 Exercising (maybe try PE with Joe Wicks)
10-11 Home learning
11 -11.30 Break
11.30 – 12.30 Creative task/Home learning
12.30 – 1 Lunch
1 – 2 Home learning
2 – 3 Helping around the house/garden
3 – 4 Quiet time/reading
4 onwards Downtime


Pupils, please remember that these are extraordinary times and that whilst we are still committed to helping you learn, we also want you to be spending time safely doing the things that are important to you. If you are stuck, let us know and we will help you. Otherwise, make sure that you are sleeping well, eating well, exercising safely, helping around the house, reading, watching TV, listening to music, playing games, chatting to friends online and spending time with your family.

Take care, stay safe and we hope to see you all soon.

Yours sincerely,

Gwen Steel

Deputy Headteacher


Google Classroom – How to for pupils

20th April 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: Distance Learning at Cwmbran High School

Firstly, I hope you have all managed to have a peaceful Easter ‘break’. As we start the summer term, I wanted to update you about our plans for distance learning over the next four weeks.

We are trying to streamline the information that you receive from your child’s teachers and support you and your children in accessing learning from home.

It is important to remember that these are not ‘normal’ times for us all. We do not expect you to be ‘teaching’ your children. As teachers, we are ready and available to support your child in their home learning, but we also recognise that it is important to support you as a family in managing this.

Each subject will set some work for your child which will cover the next four weeks. This will be available via this page and will contain instructions, links to resources and how to access help from the teacher. We will text you the link to this in the next day or so. The expectation is that your child will spend approximately two hours a week on maths, English and science and approximately an hour per week on all other subjects. This should leave them plenty of time to complete a range of activities that will support them with their physical, mental and emotional health and well-being, such as, exercising; helping around the house and in the garden; cooking; reading and listening to music; playing games and chatting on-line with their friends.

Many subjects will be utilising Google classrooms and all pupils have access to this via their Hwb accounts. If they have any difficulties in logging in, please do let us know. All teachers are contactable via their email (available on the website) or through Google classrooms, during normal school hours. Any families who have difficulty in accessing Google classrooms have already received learning pack resources and should contact us if they need any further assistance.

I would also like to remind our pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 that the Accelerated Reader programme is also available to them.


As always, please contact us with any questions or queries you may have.


Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely,

Gwen Steel

Deputy Headteacher





Please find below Links to websites that support home learning:


Resources to support remote learning:-

SHOW MY HOMEWORK – All pupils should have login and password information.

Parents’ Guide to Google Classroom.

All pupils should have login and password information but if not please ask them to speak to their Maths teacher.

All pupils should have login and password information but if not please ask them to speak to their Maths teacher.

Science revision resources.

French –

Biology –

Free activities at home –

English – Young Writers competition –

Home learning –

Science —

Physics –

Khan Academy

Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.

BBC Learning

This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.


Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Seneca For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.


Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.


Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.


Creative computer programming

Ted Ed

All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids


Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science

Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This

Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course

You Tube videos on many subjects

Crest Awards

Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards

Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.


All kinds of making.

Nature Detectives

A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council

Resources for English language learning