Learning at Home
This part of our website contains the essential information that will help students to work at home and enable them to access everything that they need to learn effectively.
Northgate students have access to Microsoft Office 365 apps like Word, Excel and Outlook with their school email address. They can sign in and access these apps from a desktop PC, laptop, Mac, smartphone or tablet. To download the apps, students should log into their School Email Account, click the 9 dots in the top left, choose Microsoft Office and then Install Apps or visit their device's App Store.
Students can also access Microsoft Office 365 using their games console or smart TV, by following the instructions in the guide below.
Access and Download Microsoft Office
The school provides free access to all the Microsoft 365 programmes to all students at the school. Guidance on how to access and download Microsoft 365 is provided in the video above.
We use Go4Schools, a web-based system, to share information with parents and carers about student attendance, behaviour, homework and progress.
If the school has to close for any reason, Go4Schools is the way in which work will be set for students. We suggest that students structure their time working at home around their normal school timetable and complete the work that has been set for them. Please remember this information can be accessed via the Go4Schools website (www.go4schools.com) and app. However, some file formats function better via the website.
If students or parents have forgotten their password, they will need to reset it using the link on the Go4Schools website, as the school cannot.
Please follow the instructions in the guides below:
It is absolutely crucial that students know their full email address. Students can email their teachers if they are struggling with work that has been set on Go4Schools, or if they cannot access the resources they need to study effectively at home.
Click this link to access your emails or see below for guidance on the formatting of email addresses.
Your email address will be in the following format:
- For example, Steve Rogers in Year 8.
To work this out, what is the:
Year Started High
|First Initial of
First 5 Characters
- So if we take all of those and add them together:
22 + s + roger + @northgate.suffolk.sch.uk
Please see below, to find the start of your email address based on your year group:
Students can save their work on Microsoft OneDrive. Students have plenty of free storage space available and guidance on how to save work is provided below:
There are many resources on the Learning Portal, which can be accessed via the school website. The link is at the top right of the screen and students can log in with their full school e-mail address and then the username and password that they usually use on the school network. The video above shows you how to access all the resources that departments have made available on the Learning Portal. For students who have exams coming up, they will be able to find past papers, model answers and advice on exam technique.
Microsoft Stream is an online platform through which teachers can share videos and screencasts. The school has access to many engaging videos that link to key areas of the curriculum. Links will be provided to these, where appropriate, via Go4Schools. Guidance on how to access Microsoft Stream is provided below.
Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook
Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook is a quick and easy way for teachers and students to share documents with each other. This can also be downloaded for free by the students. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the video above.
GCSEPod is an invaluable resource for English. Every student at Northgate High School is able to access it for grammar revision, and from Year 9 onwards, it is ideal for furthering our students' understanding of the novels and plays we study in depth.
This is a brilliant app that can be downloaded onto a smartphone (free of charge). Students can use it to scan and send work to their teacher that they have done in a book or on paper so that the teacher can check it or provide feedback.
Microsoft Teams is an online platform. It provides opportunities for online face-to-face sessions to enhance learning where it is appropriate. Teachers will notify students of the need to join a Teams meeting via Go4Schools.
If classes are not able to be taught in school, some teachers will be running online lessons via Teams, so that they can provide feedback and support where necessary. It is important that, before the lesson, students download the Microsoft Teams app using the guidance below, and read the protocols for how to behave online.
Teams - Update /Uninstall /Re-install
How To Be An Effective Learner
This comprehensive video highlights effective learning habits and helps students to revise for tests and exams productively. The screencast video above is aimed at students in Years 9-11 and is a good thing for students and parents/carers to watch together. However, it will also help Years 7-8 prepare effectively for tests and key assessments. For sixth formers, more detailed advice can be found on the Sixth Form website.