Working From Home

Enrichment

Bluecoat Aspley Home Learning Enrichment

We are first and foremost concerned about our student’s health and that of their families. As a Trust we believe that social distancing and home learning is the right thing to do.  We understand that the health of you and your family comes first.  We understand that there will be lots of time at home over the next few weeks and want to support you and your family to get the most out of this time together. We aim to provide stimulus for students to ensure that their mental wellbeing is supported and will adapt to an ever changing situation.   With this in mind we have designed an enrichment programme which will be emailed out and put onto the school website each week.  We would like this to formulate part of your child’s Home Learning activities each week. Enrichment will ensure that our pupils always have some stimulus even if they run out of classwork.

Expectations around Enrichment

The work set by your child’s teachers is the priority.  Enrichment is a list of suggested activities that will revolve around a theme set each week. Activities will include; something to watch, something to make, an area to research; something to read; something to write; a physical challenge and a question to ponder.

Journals:

We recommend that all students keep a journal.  This is an unprecedented time in History and it is important that it is recorded as well as allowing pupils the opportunity to use expressive writing as a constructive way to cope with daily stress and anxiety and support building better habits by making you aware of your actions and behaviours.  This can include what work you are doing and how you are feeling during this time. The question to ponder could be something for pupils to write in their journal.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/22/how-to-start-journal-writing-drawing

Journal ideas

  • Date and Time (This will be useful when looking back over your journal)
  • How you’re feeling
  • What work you’re doing
  • What book you’re reading (what’s happening in the book, what do you think will happen next? were you right?)
  • What meals you’re eating
  • Any physical exercise you do
  • Chores you have helped with
  • Interesting documentary’s you have watched or listened to
  • Who you speak to, text or FaceTime
  • Make it as creative as you like
  • Question to ponder

Chores

We believe that an active mind and body is the best way to challenge any anxiety.  There is also an expectation of our pupils that our students will continue to ‘Believe in themselves, in others and in God’ through supporting their own families at this time by participating in weekly chores.  We have provided a list of suggestions below to support you in this. We will award positive points if pupils keep a note of this in their journal.

Make your bed every day

Play a game with a younger sibling

Hoover or sweep the floors

Weed the garden or mow the grass

Wash and dry the dishes

Put a load of washing on

Clean your bedroom

Cook a meal

Hand the washing out to dry

Week 1

Week Commencing 23rd March:

Watch Make Area to Research Read Write Physical Challenge Question to ponder
“Stories we Tell”Family tree Family stories of WW2 and WW1Share a childhood favourite book with your child or read as a family together, share a story.A letter to a family member you have not seen for a while Family selfie What is your best childhood memory?
Jon Burgerman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRIjbDzweM8, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6Vx5ZvgV5I A doodle of animal charactersFind examples of 5 illustrators work that you likehttps://www.jonburgerman.com/infoWrite a story about a day out with your animal characters that you created.Try to get your family members to act out your story.If your drawings were transformed into a mural. What building would you like to see them on and why?
Ant and Dec’s DNA programmeA card for a family member to tell them how much you appreciate themHow you inherit characteristics from your familyA book from your childhoodA list of the jobs your family members do.Who did you look like as a baby?
"Who do you think you are?"A map of the places your family live or come fromResearch the place you were born.BBC genealogy freeA poem about familyTeach each person something newWhat will you want to achieve in the next few years?

Week 2

Week Commencing 30th March:

The Planet

Week 3

Week Commencing 6th April:

History Easter competition

Festivals enrichment project

Spirit of Normandy competition

Dear parent/carer,

We hope that you all continue to keep well and safe at home. Our teachings are working hard to continue to set meaningful work to support your child in these difficult circumstances.  We continue to expect that your child will compete 3-5 hours a day of home learning from the following activities; Teacher stimulus set on Go4S or Google Classroom, keeping a journal, reading, physical activities and enrichment.  The Enrichment tab on the website has been undated with a new theme of The Planet.  We hope that some of the activities on the website will support you as a family and allow your child and your family access to educational, fun and meaningful activities over the next week. Please access this as you see fit.

We recommend that you have a structured day, while at the same time adding variety to your day.  Your day might look like this…

9-10 PE Lesson with Joe Wicks on You Tube or some other physical activity such as walking or running, playing football in the garden.

Reading and Journal writing

10-11 Teacher set Home Learning Stimulus
BREAK
11:20-12:20 Teacher set Home Learning Stimulus
LUNCH
1-2 Teacher set Home Learning Stimulus/Enrichment
2-3 Teacher set Home Learning Stimulus/Enrichment

 

The timings and activities are a suggestion to keep some routine to the day.  You may choose to change the order of activities and adjust the timings to suit your own family routines.  It is not necessary to follow a strict schedule and some families find his a source of conflict, please continue to work in a way that suits your family.  All families are different and will adapt to the coming weeks in their own way.

We expect that our students continue to ‘Believe in themselves, in others and in God’ and show this belief and care through supporting their families with chores in the home. Please see the Enrichment part of the website for details on this.

Please photograph any products from the enrichment activities and share these on your year group’s Google Classroom.  Due to GDPR and Safeguarding procedures I kindly request that you please do not post any pictures with children or names in them.

Work will not be set for your children over the Easter Holiday.  Indeed, many staff will be in school running a holiday club for the children of key workers. The club is only available to the children of key workers if you feel you fall into this category please contact school.

For those of you with children in examination years 11 and 13, we will continue to update you as soon as possible with details on how grades will be awarded.  At present we have no new information from the examination boards or the government.   We wish you a happy Easter.

Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives

Kind regards,     Working from Home Team

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Bluecoat Aspley Academy
Aspley Lane
Aspley
Nottingham
NG8 5GY

E-mail: office@bluecoataspley.co.uk
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