Message from Leo Guy, Principal of Westbourne School:
Your child will now either be coming back in to school on their specific timetable, which allows us to practice social distancing amongst staff and students, or be up and running with accessing our digital learning platform. However, to support your child’s learning we will continue to liaise and work with you to arrange the collection and delivery of more work resources if neither option is appropriate for your child/household. If there is anything you would like to discuss surrounding this, please contact me directly or call the School office number which is 01623 392430.
One resource I would like to share with you, if not already aware is Twinkl. This is an online platform that has created a variety of learning resources, free of charge during this time.
If you follow this link and create a new account, using the offer code: CVDTWINKLHELPS you will gain access. In here, there are a variety of Primary, KS3 and 4 resources covering a wide array of topics. Resources include explanations and are easily accessible for our pupils. There are also links to BBC learning sites and videos.
If you use this but need support with anything such as printing, please contact the school and we will organise for printing and delivery to be sent out to you.
I’d also like to bring to your attention Westbourne’s new COVID-19 school closure arrangements policy for Safeguarding and Child Protection. The safety and wellbeing of our students is always at the forefront of our minds, particularly during these unprecedented times.
Please don’t forget to regularly check our news pages for any updates.
WHOLE SCHOOL ‘AUTISM AWARENESS’ MURAL PROJECT
April is Autism Awareness month and to mark both ‘Autism Awareness’ month and Westbourne School’s 1st anniversary of being open, Teacher Claire wants you to all to work together to create a mural for one of the school corridors! It is going to be made up of jigsaw pieces which is the symbol used to represent autism. Have a look at this autism colouring sheet for inspiration (you can also have a go at colouring it in) and then have a go at designing your own using this jigsaw piece template. Include your name and the things you like that represent you. So, Claire’s design would include her two dogs, Poppy and Willow, on it – along with a chocolate bar and flowers!
TEAM GB launch ‘Get Set’
Get Set is the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association’s youth engagement programme. It provides young people, teachers and other adults who work with young people with access to a wide range of opportunities and resources which can be used in the classroom, on the playground and in the community. The website also provides schools and youth groups with the chance to share best practice and learn from each other and acts as a hub.
Have a look at their free, cross-curricular resources for students aged 5–19 by visiting the Get Set website.
Daily lessons have been added to the BBC Bitesize website. There is now a series of special daily broadcasts for both primary and secondary students, complementing their online resources.
Each 20-minute lesson will cover a different age group from ages five to 14, and will be brought to you by experts, teachers and some very familiar faces from the world of TV, sport and beyond.
As well as dedicated programmes covering Maths, Science and English, there will also be lessons featuring other subjects such as History, Geography, Music and Art.
We hope that you are enjoying your Easter break with everyone in your household and that you’ve been lucky enough to receive an Easter egg! Teaching Assistant Emma has put together a resource which explains the meaning of Easter and why this religious festival is celebrated around the world. You can also design your own egg and there is a mindful colouring exercise at the end. Why not also have a go at the word search too (whilst eating some of your Easter chocolate..)?
Work for class group CL
Teaching Assistant Louise has an Easter-themed addition and subtraction colouring work sheet for you to try. You will need some coloured pencils, crayons or felt-tip pens do complete this task and you can use the number square, the number line, counters or anything else that you might have at home to use (buttons, small coins, etc.) to help you solve the answers. You can then look up the colour to use that relates to the answer you have some up with.
You can also try Louise’s memory game with someone else at home. You will need to cover the Easter pictures and take it in turns to uncover two of them at a time. The person with the most matching pairs is the winner!
The have a look at the Easter boggler puzzler and see who can score the most points to win the game (we’ve had a go at this and it’s harder then you think)!
ASDAN, which is one of the awarding bodies that we use, have just developed an array of free resources in a variety of different topics. Each part is worth ‘credits’ which can be compiled and used in support of their award. Pupils can pick from any of the subjects and complete the tasks, we will then keep hold of these and add them to their evidence bank.
Click here to link through to their useful website. You will just need to input some basic information to be able to access a variety of resources.
We recommend that our Key Stage 4 students have a look at the useful ’employability’ resources.
As always, if you require any support with printing, please let the school know and we will organise and distribute to you.
Year 7 work (class group CL)
This set of work prepared by PSHE teacher Claire looks at caffeine at a ‘drug’ – in the fact that it effects the brain and heart and that too much can have harmful effects.
Read through the caffeine information work sheet and then try and answer the questions asked in ‘caffeine work sheet 1’ and ‘caffeine work sheet 2’. Once you have completed these you can ask an adult to check through your answers for you.
Also click the link to view a clip from Good Morning Britain, discussing just how much sugar is in a single of energy drink (it’s more than you might think!). Also a mother and daughter tell how the daughter ended up in hospital due to having too many energy drinks.
Mental health & well-being (KS4 work for class group MA)
Claire would like you to read through the document ‘Explain common types of mental ill health’ and complete both tasks. You must evidence your research, writing down the websites you have looked at as well as writing a short paragraph on each. You can refer to the writing frames sheet to help you.
Below are some website links to help start you off. You and your family/those in your household might also find them helpful whilst you’re all together at home:
Design your own Vans shoes
If you need to relax after doing all your PSHE work, you can have a go at designing your own Vans shoes. Your designs can be as colourful and as crazy as you like!
Colouring in for relaxation – and supporting our NHS!
Have you been joining in with the ‘Clap for our Carers’ on a Thursday evening to show our thanks and support of our wonderful and hardworking NHS? We will be sending you some of these sheets out to you in your work packs, but you can download these if you have access to a printer at home.
Colour these in to help to calm your mind and then put these up in your window to cheer up your neighbours and anyone passing by your house 🙂
Learning resources from the Army
For any students who might be considering a career in the Army after leaving Westbourne might want to head over to the Army’s Lesson Library on their website. Here you will find a variety of free online lessons and resources . Many of the activities are not only education based, but also look at skills such as mindfulness, growth mindset and physical and mental wellbeing.
There is a large library and lessons can be searched by subject or age group. Please look through and if you require any assistance with printing, please contact the school who will organise and deliver any paperwork required.
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
Work for class group CL
This D&T activity will test your knowledge and experience of working with the different tools and equipment in the D&T classroom – along with the Health & Safety risk involved with using each of the tools.
D&T teacher Claire would like you to design a ‘Tool Information’ poster. Click here to see the instruction worksheet. Your poster can be designed and coloured in with in using pencils or, if you have access to a computer, you might want to design a digital post. There will be a prize for the posters that best match the instruction work sheet and they will be displayed in the workshop once we return to school.
Again, if you have access to a computer you can sign up to SketchUp (check with parents/carers first) which is free CAD software if you are using it for personal use. There are step-by-step video tutorials showing you what to do, so have why not play and experiment with this. We will be using this software in your lessons when we return to school.
Work for class group JW
Using the internet find the answers to the questions asked in the wood research task sheet. Please write you answers in full sentences and justify your answers.
If you have access to a computer you can sign up to SketchUp (check with parents/carers first) which is free CAD software if you are using it for personal use. There are step-by-step video tutorials showing you what to do, so why not experiment with it as we will be using this software in your lessons when we return to school.
Work for KS4
Read through the wood research task sheet and search the internet to come up with the answers. Please justify your answers in full sentences.
Click here to link through to sign up to SketchUp. This is free CAD software (if you sign up for personal use) that we will be using in lesson once we return to school. There are step-by-step video tutorials to show you how to use this – and please remember to check with your parents/carers before signing up.
Construction courses and apprenticeship information:
Also, have a look here for information on how to get in to the construction industry, with course and apprenticeship information.
ART & DESIGN RESOURCES
This term Art Teacher Claire will be focussing on landscapes, which is one of the five main subjects in Art.
To begin the project you will start with some warm-up doodling landscapes, which Claire plans to do with you over the Acorn Digital Learning (ADL) platform/Zoom. You will need to research independently two artists who are famous for their different styles of landscapes.
You will then look at how landscape pictures are structured before creating your own art work.
The Landscape Project information sheet has the order of the tasks to be completed in and which ones Claire will use during your online lessons. The sheet also tells you what equipment you will also need to use.
KS4 work – Brick by Brick exhibition
Analyse two pieces of art work from the ‘Brick by Brick’ exhibition touring exhibition that had previously been on display locally at the Harley Gallery in Workshop, Nottinghamshire. Art Teacher Claire has already selected seven images from the exhibition for you to possible analyse, or you may select your own from the website: www.harleygallery.co.uk/exhibition/brick-by-brick/
Claire would like you to answer the analysis questions in full sentences and justify your answers. You can use drawings to help to explain your answers.
If you have Lego bricks at home Claire would like you to create your own masterpiece and take photos as evidence. If you don’t have any bricks then you can draw your and colour in your own Lego-themed creation. Remember to think about composition, depth and perspective, as well as light and shading.
Ekow Nimako – Artist
This Artist has his work featured in this exhibition. He only uses black Lego bricks to create his futuristic sculptures, large and small. Have a further look at his work by visiting his website.
Lego for learning
You can also have a look at the activities and games section of the Lego website and discover how to build a mobile phone or tablet stand or a mythical creatures on your own or with someone at home. You could even try to help a younger member of your household to count using coloured bricks or build tall towers, encouraging them to think about structure and shapes in 3D.
Work for class groups CL and JW
This activity requires you to watch this YouTube tutorial. Watch it all the way through to the end before starting. You will need A3 paper, a ruler and a pencil (if you have them)
Also, head over to the Tate Gallery website where there are Art-based educational games and creative activities. You can only do the activities on a computer – they are not suitable to do if you are accessing the website from a mobile phone.
Below are some recipes for everyone to try at home together. Have a look through them all and pick a few to try and make:
Catering work for Key Stage 3 pupils
Why not have a go at cracking this food hygiene code by following this link?
You can then have a go at completing a food diary from when you wake up to when you go to bed – including any snacks you might eat during the day. Remember to write the time down by filling in the times on the clock faces.
Have a go at the ‘eat well plate’ sorting activity to see if you know how much carbohydrates, meat and veg should be on our plates at meal times, and then click here to see if you got it right and if you are getting your ‘5 a day’ in terms of fruit and vegetables.
Catering work for Key Stage 4 pupils
We have a few quizzes for you to have a go at completing. Once you’ve finished these you can also have a look at the Food – a fact of life website for more ideas.
Also have a go at completing a food diary from when you wake up to when you go to bed – including any snacks you might eat during the day. Remember to write the time down by filling in the on the clock faces. Using the eat well plate you can see if you’re getting your ‘5 a day’ in terms of fruit and vegetables.
Year 11 work (class group MA)
English teacher Victoria has set an interesting reading comprehension task – why not take a look? Read through the opening extract from ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snicket, and then have a go at writing an evaluation of the text from page 5 of the evaluation questions worksheet.
The ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ worksheets give you visual examples of emotions and the words to describe them. Give the activity on page 15 a go and then open the ‘Adapt my vocabulary to a specific task’ Word document and answer the two questions. You can refer back to the ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ sheets for ideas.
What other books are you having the chance to read whilst at home? Don’t forget to have at audio book resources too such as, Audiobooks.com and Audible. Some of these sites are offering free 30 day trials so you will need to discuss this with parents/carers before signing up.
KEY STAGE 3 RESOURCES
Teaching Assistant Louise has put together a worksheet for you about the Author and TV personality David Walliams. Many of you will have already read his books in school and at home, but do you know the reason why he changed his surname from Williams to Walliams? Read the David Walliams work sheet to find out why, and then try and answer the questions to see if you have remembered what you have learnt.
We understand that not all households have access to a printer at home, so below are links to some useful resources.
Word search maker
This link will take you to the Discovery Education website where you or your child can create your own word searches, by yourself or together. You can chose to make these as easy or as difficult as you like! If you do have access to a printer you can save your word search and print it out for other people to complete: Puzzle Maker
The British Council has a range of literacy based activities for younger students, including a simplified version of the game Boggle (called Word Scramble), as well as quizzes and story makers: English Activities
Audible is offering all its stories for younger listeners for free whilst schools up and down the UK are closed. Follow the link and your child can start listening for free: Audios
KEY STAGE 4 RESOURCES
Why not go through some of these links to some useful website resources, as well as work to download and try to complete if you have access to a printer at home.
Emotions vocabulary wordsearch – ask your child to have a go and finding these words. They can also look up any words that they’re unsure about by going to a good online dictionary which will give definitions and example sentences as well as read aloud the words for students.
English spelling games
Spellzone features games based around pattern recognition, problem solving and voice and vocabulary games aimed at KS4 learners. Have a look at the spelling game called ‘Egg Hunt’ where students have to click the lettered eggs in the right order to spell one of the words from the list
Here’s another word game which is fun for students and also easy to use. Just drag your arrow/mouse across the letters in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line at recognisable words to score points that are recorded in the word panel. Have a go and see if you can beat each other!
OUTDOOR EDUCATION RESOURCES
If you’re able to go out each day for your daily exercise, why not take a look at the Bird spotting work sheet and the Garden birds worksheet. See if you can spot any of the species named whilst you’re on your walk and then come home and tick off the ones you’ve seen on these work sheets. Once we’re able to get back in to the classroom we can discuss which ones we’ve seen!
Here is a Dot to dot bird work sheet. Can you name the type of bird you think it is once you’ve completed it? You can also colour the picture in.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD RESOURCES
Information for class groups KM and MA
If you have been undertaking your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award this year, please click on the following link, which will hopefully give you answers to any questions: www.dofe.org/coronavirus/faqs
Also read the ‘Doing your DofE during the coronavirus outbreak’ flow chart for help or any information you may need.
Your DofE Instructor, Isabelle, will be contacting you next week to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about continuing/completing your award, so please just write them down and you can discuss them with her.
It would also be helpful if you could think about any ideas you have of how to still undertake your ‘physical, skill’ and volunteering hours while at home (it’s okay for you to change your activities for each section under these circumstances, as long as you discuss them with Isabelle first).
As part of our Duke of Edinburgh lessons at physical activities and our skills. Have a look at ‘Setting SMART targets work sheet’ to remind you what a SMART target is, how we can set them and why. Have a think about some of your goals or things that you want to change and then fill in the SMART target worksheet. You can share your targets with your family and friends (online or over the phone of course) and we can see how many you been able to achieve once we return to school.
Work for class group KM
We’ve found some interesting Science-themed word searches for you to have a go at:
When you’ve completed these, why not have look at the Science resources on Twinkl?
Work for class group KM:
BBC Bitesize is also offering KS3 Maths resources (as well as languages, History, Geography and PSHE). Here you can learn algebra and about shapes, space and measurements, fractions and percentages. Maybe you can learn to solve math problems in French.. oui?