Update from Mr Samra
Information during school closure
Information from Mr Richter
Update from Mr Samra
With Miss Mason
Update from Mr Samra and Miss Mason
- Safeguarding Policy
- Welfare and Mental Health
- IT related information
- Show My Homework
- Links to Government information
- Free School Meals
- Extra Curricular Activities
- Year 6 transition
School Health Team are #HereToHelp Warwickshire families at this difficult time. Text for confidential health & wellbeing advice from their friendly nurses.
Young people (11-19yrs): Text ChatHealth on 07507331525
Parents/carers: Text Parentline on 07520619376
The weather has been beautiful this week and we hope that this is lifting your mood, this Mental Health Awareness Week. When taking a break or your daily exercise out in the sun, please ensure you stay safe by:
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid the hottest part of the day (12-3pm)
- Regularly apply a high factor sun cream with UVA and UVB protection to prevent your skin from burning.
Mental Health awareness week 18th May-24th May 2020.
Mental health awareness week is a chance for the UK to focus on mental health and to get people having conversations about mental health and mental ill health. In order to support this each day we will share a Parent Support pack (created by young minds matter) for our parents to have a look through and to get you thinking about mental health and how it might help you and help in your conversations with your children, loved ones, friends and family.
#timetotalk #timetochange #youngmindsmatter
Just like our mental health, we have to take care of or mental health too. Sometimes there can be a barrier to talking about our mental health, but there should not be. There is no shame in struggling, and it's ok not to be ok.
If you are struggling with your mental health or you are worried about someone else who might be struggling, click below to access some support.
DAY 1 27th April 2020
For the next 10 days we are going to post a “Taking care of YOU” top tip for our young people and families. We know this is a hard time for everyone and taking care of your mind as well as your body is so important at this time. These tips might not be anything new but sometimes it is helpful to have ideas broken down and shared again. Pass them on and help others too!
Talk to someone about your worries. It’s ok to feel helpless, scared or anxious at this time. It’s also ok to feel fine. Everyone reacts differently. Try talking to someone you trust about how you feel. Sharing our worries helps.
If you don’t feel you can talk to someone you know, click the link below for a range of fantastic helplines.
Day 2 28th April - SLEEP
Nothing is more tempting than a good lie in in the morning-but did you know maintaining a good sleep pattern can positively effect your mood for the day ahead?
Something so simple as keeping to a sleep routine including a set bedtime each day will help you feel better. Follow good sleep behaviors such as limiting screen time 30 minutes before bed or allowing yourself some relaxing time before going to sleep, such as reading a book.
Day 3 28th April - active mind
With lots to think about at a time like this, it is important we keep our minds active with a positive focus.
- Have you had a go at one of these lately?
- A Puzzle, suduko, jigsaw, painting or drawing?
If you haven’t; then give it a try. What’s the harm? You can find plenty of examples of fun activities by following the link below;
Day 4 29th April - Anxiety
Stay on top of difficult feelings
Concern about the coronavirus outbreak is perfectly normal. However, some people may experience intense anxiety that can affect their day-to-day life.
Try to focus on the things you can control, such as how you act, who you speak to and where you get information from.
It's fine to acknowledge that some things are outside of your control, but if constant thoughts about the situation are making you feel anxious or overwhelmed, try some ideas to help manage your anxiety. NHS, 2020 (Link-https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/anxiety/ )
Day 5 30th April - Relax
Taking time out to relax can have a positive effect of our overall mental health and well being.
A great way to practice this is through mindfulness or mindful breathing. Have a watch of the clip and see how easy it is to do and the benefits it can bring to you;
Day 6 4th May
It sometimes feels like we should distract ourselves when we are feeling low with schoolwork or Netflix or sleep, but all that means is we are squashing our ‘bad’ feelings down – it doesn’t mean they are going away. It can be helpful to make time to think about how you feel and to say to yourself that it is ok not to feel 100%. Maybe you could set aside 10 minutes to write down your worries; you might find that after you’ve written them down you’re a little bit lighter, and can concentrate fully on other more enjoyable tasks.
Day 7 5th May
Drink water. Our brains and bodies work better when we are hydrated, and so we feel more prepared to deal with whatever the day brings. Aim today to drink one more glass of water than you did yesterday.
Day 8 6th May
Plan your snacks. Stress can cause some people to overeat, while others may try to control what they are consuming and end up eating too little. Our brains and bodies need food to stabilise our moods, but too much sugar may leave us feeling tired, sluggish or even feeling guilty. Plan to eat two snacks a day, one mid-morning and one mid-afternoon and prepare them in advance. That way, you’ll ensure you are eating regularly, and be less tempted to grab whatever is closest when you’re hungry.
Day 9 7th May
Turn your phone off an hour before bed. It can be tempting to stay up late in to the night gaming, scrolling or chatting to friends on your devices, but devices emit a blue light which stops your brain from releasing melatonin; the sleep hormone. In order to ensure you get a good quality sleep, turn your devices off one hour before bedtime and do something else such as doodling or reading instead.
Day 10 8th May
Get outside (if it is safe and you can!) Studies have shown that being outside and being amongst nature can reduce stress. Even if you don’t have a garden, looking out of the window at some trees for 10 minutes while you have a cup of tea can be beneficial for your wellbeing.
Understanding your Teenager’s Brain
Warwickshire County Council is providing free online courses for parents. A new guide has been developed by the NHS and added to the library of courses, 'Understanding your teenager’s brain'. You can find out what happens to the brain when children hit adolescence and this explains some of the changes in behaviour that you may notice.
Go to https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/parentguides to access this free resource.
If the current news on coronavirus (COVID-19) is making you feel anxious, concerned or stressed, here are some things you can do.
What to do if you’re feeling worried while school is closed?
If you feel unsafe at home, or feel worried about a friend or sibling during the current situation, here are some things you may be able to do to get the help you need:
- ext or call a trustworthy family member or safe adult who may be able to help you
- Call Childline 0800 1111 and talk through how you are felling and your concerns
If you have a safeguarding concern for a young person you can:
- Call school between 9am and 3pm Mon-Fri in term time
- Call Warwickshire MASH on 01926 414144
If you are at immediate risk of harm call 999
If you, or a member of your family become unwell, don’t panic. The advice from Public Health is simple, you must remain at home and if your condition worsens contact 111 or 999 in an emergency. Most young people will only experience mild symptoms.
Fake news is everywhere. It is important that if you see something on Social media, you always check it out through a trusted source. The Government launched an official WhatsApp messaging service yesterday. To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.
Accessing school emails from home:
Go to: https://outlook.com/welearn365.com
Your username is your full email address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Your password is the same as for school computers
Please contact IT support on email@example.com if you experience any issues
Please find some useful IT guides that may provide support when working at home.
Need help in attaching a file in your school email?
Please be aware that if you are making a video to be used in school or shared with staff you are required to following the following for personal presentation: “Students appearing in video recordings must be dressed in a manner that is appropriate for a school environment, these are the same guidelines as we have for non-uniform days. Midriff should not be visible at any time and clothing should not be excessively short or display inappropriate motifs. Students should be aware that the following items are not acceptable: shoestring vest tops, low cut tops, shorts above mid-thigh, cropped tops or ‘body-con’ dresses/skirts.”
Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
- Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)
Character and Culture - Online Safety Tips
This week we are sharing information on 'House Party'. For more advice on online safety please have a look at the IT Related Information on the School Closure section of our website.
Character and Culture - Online Safety Tips
This week we are sharing information on ‘Steam’. For more advice on online safety please have a look at the IT Related Information on the School Closure section of our website.
If need any support getting on to Show My Homework please email the dedicated email address: SOUSTUDENTICT@welearn365.com for support, including login details.
Learning at Home Update
Thank you to everyone that has given us valuable feedback this week.
Below is a link to a short video on how to get the most out of Show My Homework, great for parent/carers and students.
Students please remember:
- You can ask teachers questions via the comment facility in SHMW if you are unsure of something
- If you are not managing to finish all tasks just let your teachers know via SMHW comments
- Be kind to yourself, the work is there but if you are struggling speak to your parent/carer and agree what is achievable for your situation
- If the internet is struggling, take a break and try to come back to it later
You are all doing so well with this massive change, remember we are here for you.
What you need to do: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Advice for households with possible infection: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
Parent and Carer Information on School Closures: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
Cancellation of Examinations: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020
Free School Meal Vouchers
Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme
The local welfare scheme is available to support eligible families during the school holiday periods. Families need to apply directly to the welfare scheme. They will be offered supermarket vouchers up to the value of £11.50 per week (£2.30 a day).
Free School Meals vouchers will be delivered directly to your email address from Edenred weekly from week commencing 27th April.
Edenred are the company the Government are using to deliver these vouchers and we are aware they are experiencing some technical difficulties.
Please be assured vouchers have been ordered and will be delivered to your inbox asap. Please do also check your junk mail.
- Sign Language
- Cultural Activity of the Week
- Mindfulness Art Club
- Lockdown Reflection Log
- Recommended Reading
- World Class Schools - distance learning resources for students
- Modern Languages
Have fun with Maths
Here are three ideas to keep you busy, see Maths from a different viewpoint.
Art with Numbers
Design a piece of artwork which incorporates numbers into it.
Symmetry in the Real World
Take photos of any items you see in your daily routine which have one or more lines of symmetry.
Design a poster which is based on a famous mathematician, include information about them and the Maths that they are famous for.
Examples below. All entries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cultural Activity of the Week (1)
We will be giving a suggested activity each week for students to take part in if they wish. Here is our suggestion for the Week 1 activity, this week's focus is on Mehndi design, enjoy!
Send your completed activities to email@example.com by Tuesday of the following week.
The top 10 designs will be annouced!
Cultural Activity of the Week (2)
This week students may explore the Indian tradition of Toran.
Please send a picture of completed Toran to firstname.lastname@example.org we can celebrate your efforts!
Cultural Activity of the Week (3)
This week students can explore the Moroccan Lanterns.
Please send a picture of completed Moroccan Lantern to email@example.com so we can celebrate your efforts!
Cultural Activity of the Week (4)
This week students can explore Asian Pogada. Not sure what that is, then take a look!
Please send a picture of completed Pogada to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can celebrate your efforts.
Mindfulness Art Club
Whilst we are not able to meet as a club in person there are still lots of Easter colouring pages on the internet to print off and colour in if you have the facility to do that. If you don’t have a printer at home why not try creating your own design to colour in? Stay safe everyone.
From Mrs Anthony
31. 03. 2020 - A suggestion for this week for mindful colouring. Remember if you don’t have a printer you can always use this as inspiration to design your own. Enjoy!
This week’s images include Earth Day and birthday wishes for Captain Tom Moore. Enjoy! Mindful Colouring
05.05.2020 Mindful Colouring
This week’s image is a VE Day celebration. Enjoy! Mindful colouring 4
19.05.2120 Mindful Colouring
This week’s images include Mental Health Matters and Kindness. Enjoy!
Lockdown Reflection Log
It's been two weeks since school closed and it's a good time to look back on what this experience has been like for you. You will have heard people say this is an 'unprecedented' time. One day you will look back on this period of your life and want to remember how independent you were with your learning, how you coped with staying at home and what your community and the world was like during this global pandemic. We suggest you start a log book or scrap book (if you haven't already done so).
If you are unsure what to include or don't have somewhere to do it, you can download the attached powerpoint and fill that in and add to it whenever you like.
It would be nice to see what you are up to and to post some of your experiences on social media. You can email your records to email@example.com if you wish to share.
If you'd just like to show me, you can send it on SMHW but this is not a required piece of work, it is optional.
Top tip: Include screenshots of video calls to relatives, photographs you have taken during this time (at home workouts, baking you've done etc), stories of things that have happened
Year 7 Recommended Reading
Mrs Jones has compiled a list of recommended books that you may enjoy reading. Why not send in your photos of you reading to firstname.lastname@example.org, we look forward to seeing what you are reading!
Running out of books?
Warwickshire libraries have a wide selection of e-books, audio books, newspapers and magazines, that can be downloaded from their website. Go tohttp://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/ebooks and click on ‘BorrowBox’ to begin browsing. You will need your Warwickshire library card and PIN number to use these services, if you are not already a member you need to join online first.
Or you can use https://readon.myon.co.uk/ whilst schools are closed. You can read online and they also have audio so you can follow along as you listen. Book are predominantly aimed at Years 7 and 8 however the graphic novel editions of ‘Frankenstein’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and other classics are an excellent introduction to texts that will be studied in years 10 and 11.
Recycled Art Challenge
DESIGN A NATIONAL BOOK TOKEN COMPETITION 2020
Click here for details https://www.worldbookday.com/2020/02/design-a-national-book-token-competition-2020/
Some more great links for websites, podcasts and competitions!
The World book day website has loads for podcasts, competitions, videos etc. to look at. https://www.worldbookday.com/
Podcast for book lovers https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2019/feb/the-best-literary-podcasts-for-book-lovers/
Writing competitions (poetry and prose)
Are you a budding young artist aged between 5-19 who would love to exhibit your art work at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts?
The Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for young people aged 5 - 19 years, taking place online at the Royal Academy of Arts to recognise talented young artists.
The deadline for your submission is 24th April 2020 and the online exhibition will go ahead from 12th July.
HOW TO ENTER:
Year 9 & above:
Log on to https://youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk/submissions/1 and follow the simple steps and upload your art work.
Either ask a parent or carer to submit your work via the link above for Year 9 & above or submit your work to email@example.com peg image/s of the artwork, along with details including a title, medium and a short description.
Terms and conditions can be found at:https://youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk/terms-and-conditions
Whilst we can't jet off to Europe at the moment you could take a short virtual tour in France, Spain or Germany to brighten up your Half Term holiday next week. You don't even need a passport!
Fourteen fabulous fun way to practise your German (Key Stage 3)
Fourteen fabulous fun way to practise your German (Key Stage 4)
Calling all Spanish students, as well as your classes, practice further and immerse yourself in all things Spanish with these 7 tips to try at home.
Cinco de Mayo
The 5th May is an annual celebration of Cinco de Mayo in Mexico. Why not try some of our suggested activities to get you in the Mexican spirit at home?
The Great Languages Challenge
Looking for ideas to practice languages? Why not pick some from these suggestions from the British Council, there are challenges for French, German and Spanish.
Go for Gold in Your Target Language
Routes into Language have produced the attached booklet for students to complete whilst learning at home. You can chose your target language and which activities you complete. When booklets are returned to a Language Teacher you will be awarded Gold/Silver/Bronze certificates for your efforts.
Need a printed copy of the booklet? Let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get one in the post to you.
Buena suerte, Bonne chance, Veil Gluck!
Online Tuition with Warwickshire Music
In these uncertain times, Warwickshire Music are striving to keep music education relevant and accessible for all our pupils.
One of the ways we are doing this is by providing remote lessons with our Warwickshire Music teachers. If this is something you are interested in, please go to the Warwickshire Music website for more information on how to enrol!
We are also offering many resources for free to help continue the musical journey for as many pupils as we can reach, both within our county and beyond.
Keep an eye on our social media or download our app for information!
Like a Board Game?
There are free printable games on a range of websites currently, have a look at: http://print-and-play.asmodee.fun
If you have a mobile device why not look for free games apps with your family?
Daily Activity for Kindness, Happiness and Friendliness.
Mrs Thomas has put together a daily suggestion for enrichment activities over the next 30 days.
Have a look, you can follow daily or pick 'n mix!
Click to download Daily Activity for Kindness, Happiness and Friendliness.
Dare to Design!
Another great extra-curricular activity for all students to get involved with.
A range of 20 activities that you could carry out at home over the coming weeks. Keep a photographic record of each activity you complete and submit them on a PowerPoint slide when finished. All entries should be emailed to Mr Storer (email@example.com)
Good luck! The Technology Department
Learn to Code – Suitable for all ages
Students can access this website and learn how to code, it is free. We cover python at school so they may want to continue with this or learn a completely new language. Like HTML and build a website. https://www.codecademy.com/
Computer Code challenges – KS4 & KS5
There are over 50 challenges for students to try and solve in this booklet (link below). Can you complete a challenge a week? https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/260930-coding-challenges-booklet.pdf
Fancy cooking up a storm this Easter or dipping into our 30 day challenge? Then check out the Hot Cross Bun Bake Off Competition, a recipe for Nest Cakes and our 30 ideas for food related activities. All can be found in the Extra-Curricular section on our website. All tasks are optional and feel free to be creative if resources are limited.
Let the theatre come to you!
Each Friday at 7pm there will be an Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical streamed on you tube (link below). The first performance is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and each performance is available for 48hours so you can enjoy over the weekend if you wish.
Step back in time with History
The History department love a good documentary! We've put together a list of History documentaries to keep you entertained - there's a large range of topics and time periods to pick from, some of them are linked to our curriculum and some of them are new areas. Feel free to write a review of any you watch to let us know what you thought and send us your recommendations, too. Happy History watching!
Eggcellent English Easter Activities
If you fancy getting cracking with some eggciting English activities over the Easter break, take a look at the schedule we've put together for you. Please do send us your eggtraordinary entries!
The English Department
Musical links and ideas
Have a look at some suggestions of things to watch, listen to and take part in for musical extra curricular activities