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, 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

Week 4

Week Commencing 20th April:

Competition To Celebrate Shakespeare

Family Enrichment Project

Family Tree

Notts School Games Golf Secondary

Week 5

Week Commencing 27th April:

Enrichment projects space

May-the-4th-challenge

VE Day special

VE Day information

Literacy Competition

Young Geographer of the Year 2020 Competition

Notts School Games Football

Week 6

Week Commencing: 4 May:

aspirations and dreams enrichment project

Martin Luther King Sheet

Time Capsule

VE day special

VE Day information

Young Geographer Of The Year 2020 Competition

secondary schools netball activities

Bluecoat Maths Home Scavenger Hunt

Bluecoat Maths Home Scavenger Hunt Word document

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Week 7

Week Commencing: 11 May:

Kindness enrichment project

MFL Masterchef competition

RS Enrichment – Eid at home competition

Young Geographer of the Year 2020 Competition Guidelines

secondary-schools-virtual-orienteering-activities

Rewards – Click here

Week 8

Week Commencing: 18 May:

1)      Enrichment project

International biodiversity day enrichment project

This week’s enrichment project is on the international Biodiversity day on Friday 22nd May.  Please send in any work that is completed to heads of year to gain positive points.

2)      Foyle Young poets competition

Our literacy lead would love to announce The Foyle Young Poets competition which closes on 31st   July (this is a national competition). Pupils are able to submit a poem that they have written in English or at home. There are some specific rules and details on their website, do look at them closely.
As they are a young poet, they may need a parent/carer’s permission to submit poems. All the information is on their website – if you’ve got questions, check there. It is an external competition and website; we aren’t responsible for their content. You can submit the poems online or by post. If they would like us to submit them on their behalf, email us and we’ll see what we can do.
If they do enter, do let us know (BAALiteracyComp@bluecoat.uk.com) and we will continue to celebrate their talents. Good Luck!  https://foyleyoungpoets.org

3)      20:20 Reading Challenge – 1st June – 30th June 

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We would like to announce our third 20:20 Reading Challenge open to all Bluecoat Aspley Students. We would encourage your child to read for 20 minutes for (at least) 20 days and then to tell someone about what they’ve read. Please find attached a challenge card which you may want to print and initial after they have read each time, or you may want to record their reading in another way. After 20 days of reading, your child can let us know that they have completed their challenge by emailing BAALiteracyComp@bluecoat.uk.com either with a photograph of their challenge card, an image of their alternative record or simply an outline of their reading. Please remember to ask them to include their name and form group.

20:20 reading challenge prizes, have been purchased but may have to be distributed later in the year. However, positive points will be awarded to all students who can show us that they have participated in the challenge.

Some ideas to encourage your child to read for 20 minutes are included below. Do please get in touch should you have further questions. Many thanks for your support, Mrs McGowan Literacy Co-ordinator at Bluecoat Aspley Academy.

Possible questions to ask your child when reading:

  • What do you think will happen next? Why?
  • Which character surprised you the most? Why?
  • If you could give the section that you read a title, what would you call it?
  • Is there a word you don’t understand? What do you think it could mean? What clues are there? (Look it up in a dictionary or use dictionary.com to check the definition).
  • Can you summarise what you’ve read in exactly 9 words?
  • Would you recommend this text to others? Why?

Some ideas could include:

  • Students could access audio books to listen to as they read a text; this will aid their engagement and comprehension.
  • Reading as a family for 20 minutes each day may help your child to recognise that reading is not something to be done as homework but something which the whole family can enjoy. Discussing what you’ve all read would provide a good model of encouraging comprehension and promoting oracy skills.
  • Continuing or resurrecting the habit of reading to your child at bedtime may help them to get into a book. You might want to take it in turns to read a chapter and to discuss what you’ve read together.
  • Encouraging your child to select books which link to genres and topics that interest them, maybe those which connect to particular films or games may also enable them to persist with reading as they’ve chosen something that engages them.
  • Books can be read as e-readers and some websites do offer possible texts including https://manybooks.net/categories
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FEATURED AUTHOR – This first book by father and author, Mark Unger, was born from his burning desire to document their incredible journey of heartbreak and ultimate triumph.

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  • You may want to negotiate a series of rewards with your child depending on how many minutes, hours and days that they read.

4) Each week we have been announcing The Young Geographer of the year competition, the deadline is June 30th 2020. The information is attached to the e-mail on how to enter. Mr Evans has setup a google classroom to support pupils if they want advice, the class code is p5m7zny.

Young-Geographer-of-the-Year-2020-Competition-Guidelines (1)

5) We are now launching the Aspley adventures competition, this is a travel writing exercise, drawing on their knowledge and journeys in the UK and abroad. Please send your entries to Mr Evans by July 25th 2020 at .aspleyadventures@bluecoat.uk.com

Aspley Adventures (1)

6) The Notts school games challenge sheet is the same one from last week on Orienteering. If you complete any of the activities please send in pictures of the activities that you have completed (just the activity, not including their face in the image). Please submit to the PE challenge Google classroom, the code to join is framrhz.

secondary-schools-virtual-orienteering-activities

7) There is the on-going weekly PE challenges every Monday from Mrs Peel. If your son/daughter is interested please sign up to the PE challenge classroom framrhz.

 

8) Bluecoat Aspley Academy is now offering KS3 students the opportunity to gain a national arts award during lockdown. The arts award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form – from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.

By progressing through the Bronze Arts Award young people get to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in arts activities
  • experience arts events
  • develop creative and communication skills that are essential for success in 21st century life
  • explore the work of artists and craftspeople and gain insights into the professional arts world
  • gain experience and knowledge to help progress into further education and employment

Find out more about the impact of Arts Award on young people. To achieve the Bronze Arts Award, students need to complete four sections of the award, all of this can be done at home using digital resources, books and members of your family.

To achieve a Bronze Arts Award, young people collect evidence in an individual arts log or portfolio of their experiences of:

  • actively participating in any art form
  • at least one arts event and their review of that event
  • researching the career and work of an artist or craftsperson
  • passing on an arts skill

Collecting and storing evidence of their work can be done over the summer term, Arts Award advisers in school will support your child’s progress and a final moderation by Trinity College, London will be arranged. If you have any questions please contact Mrs Toogood

Archway Learning Trust, Arts Enrichment and Enhancement Coordinator

Mtoogood@archwaytrust.co.uk

Week 9

Week Commencing: 1 June

1) Weekly enrichment project
This week’s enrichment project is on D-day this week. Send in any work that is completed to heads of year to gain positive points.

D Day Enrichment Project (1)

2)      Foyle Young poets competition (deadline 31st July)
Just a reminder that there is The Foyle Young Poets competition which closes on 31st   July (this is a national competition). Please find the full details on the BAA website. If pupils do enter , do let us know (BAALiteracyComp@bluecoat.uk.com) and we will continue to celebrate their talents. Good Luck!  https://foyleyoungpoets.org

3)      20:20 Reading Challenge – 1st June – 30th June 

Just a reminder that  20:20 Reading Challenge open to all Bluecoat Aspley Students.  Please see the full details on the BAA website. After 20 days of reading, your child can let us know that they have completed their challenge by emailing BAALiteracyComp@bluecoat.uk.com either with a photograph of their challenge card, an image of their alternative record or simply an outline of their reading. Please remember to ask them to include their name and form group.

Loyalty Rewards Card

4)      The young Geographers competition (deadline 30th June)

Each week we have been announcing The Young Geographer of the year competition, the  deadline is June 30th 2020. The information is attached to the e-mail on how to enter. Mr Evans has setup a google classroom to support pupils if they want advice, the class code is p5m7zny.

Young Geographer Of The Year 2020 Competition Guidelines (1)

5)      Aspley Adventures

Just a reminder about  Aspley adventures competition, this is a travel writing exercise, drawing on their knowledge and journeys in the UK and abroad. Please send your entries to Mr Evans by July 25th 2020 at .aspleyadventures@bluecoat.uk.com

Aspley Adventures (1)

6)      The Notts school games challenge

Please find attached the weekly Notts school challenge. This week the sheet is on athletics. If you complete any of the activities please send in pictures of the activities that you have completed (just the activity, not including their face in the image). Please submit to the PE challenge Google classroom, the code to join is framrhz.

Notts School Games Athletics Secondary

7) Weekly PE challenge
There is the on-going weekly PE challenges every Monday from Mrs Peel. If your
son/daughter is interested please sign up to the PE challenge classroom framrhz.

8) National arts award during lockdown
Bluecoat Aspley Academy is now offering KS3 students the opportunity to gain a national arts award during lockdown. Please see the full details on the BAA website. This allows challenges in an art form – from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.
If you have any questions please contact Mrs Toogood
Archway Learning Trust, Arts Enrichment and Enhancement Coordinator
Mtoogood@archwaytrust.co.uk

9) Postcards from the past competition (closing date 1st July)
Enter the postcards from the past contest for a chance to be published in a national magazine and win some prizes! Click on the link below to access the template and enter the competition. You can also see the prizes. Please email Mrs Wordsworth to let her know that you have entered the competition and send her a copy of your entry to gain points nwordsworth@bluecoat.uk.com

https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/postcards-past-enter-our-exciting-lockdown-history-competition/

Week 10

Week Commencing: 8 June

1) Weekly enrichment project
This week’s enrichment project is on the summer solstice. Send in any work that is completed to heads of year to gain positive points.

Summer Solstice enrichment project (1)

2) 20:20 Reading Challenge – 1st June – 30th June
Just a reminder that  20:20 Reading Challenge open to all Bluecoat Aspley Students.  Please see the full details on the BAA website. After 20 days of reading, your child can let us know that they have completed their challenge by emailing BAALiteracyComp@bluecoat.uk.com either with a photograph of their challenge card, an image of their alternative record or simply an outline of their reading. Please remember to ask them to include their name and form group.

Loyalty Rewards Card

3) The young Geographers competition (deadline 30th June)
Each week we have been announcing The Young Geographer of the year competition, the deadline is June 30th 2020. The information is attached to the e-mail on how to enter. Mr Evans has setup a google classroom to support pupils if they want advice, the class code is p5m7zny.

Young Geographer of the Year 2020 Competition Guidelines (1)

4)      Aspley Adventures
Just a reminder about  Aspley adventures competition, this is a travel writing exercise, drawing on their knowledge and journeys in the UK and abroad. Please send your entries to Mr Evans by July 25th 2020 at .aspleyadventures@bluecoat.uk.com

Aspley Adventures (1)

5) The Notts school games challenge
Please find attached the weekly Notts school challenge. This week the sheet is on Cricket. If you complete any of the activities please send in pictures of the activities that you have completed (just the activity, not including their face in the image). Please submit to the PE challenge Google classroom, the code to join is framrhz.

Notts School Games Cricket Secondary

6)      Weekly PE challenge
There is the on-going weekly PE challenges every Monday from Mrs Peel. If your son/daughter is interested please sign up to the PE challenge classroom framrhz.

7) National arts award during lockdown
Bluecoat Aspley Academy is now offering KS3 students the opportunity to gain a national arts award during lockdown. Please see the full details on the BAA website. This allows  challenges in an art form – from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs Toogood

Archway Learning Trust, Arts Enrichment and Enhancement Coordinator

Mtoogood@archwaytrust.co.uk

8)      Postcards from the past competition (closing date 1st July)
Enter the postcards from the past contest for a chance to be published in a national magazine and win some prizes! Click on the link below to access the template and enter the competition. You can also see the prizes.

Please email Mrs Wordsworth to let her know that you have entered the competition and send her a copy of your entry to gain points nwordsworth@bluecoat.uk.com

https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/postcards-past-enter-our-exciting-lockdown-history-competition/

Week 11

Week Commencing: 15 June

1) Weekly enrichment project
Attached is the enrichment project from last week on the Summer Solstice as it is this weekend that the summer solstice falls. Try some activities to celebrate the solstice. Please send in any work that is completed to heads of year to gain positive points.

Summer Solstice enrichment project (1)

2) Kitchen Science
Follow the link to the Science experiment below. Have a go at the experiment and take a picture of the results (just the experiment no faces in the picture). Send your picture to Mrs Harrison at mharrison@bluecoat.uk.com

http://www.sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments/how-to-make-a-volcano/

3)  20:20 Reading Challenge – 1st June – 30th June
Just a reminder that  20:20 Reading Challenge open to all Bluecoat Aspley Students. After 20 days of reading, your child can let us know that they have completed their challenge by emailing BAALiteracyComp@bluecoat.uk.com either with a photograph of their challenge card, an image of their alternative record or simply an outline of their reading. Please remember to ask them to include their name and form group.

Loyalty Rewards Card

4)  The Young Geographers Competition  (Deadline 30th June)
Each week we have been announcing The Young Geographer of the year competition, the deadline is June 30th 2020. The information is attached to the e-mail on how to enter. Mr Evans has setup a google classroom to support pupils if they want advice, the class code is p5m7zny.

Young Geographer of the Year 2020 Competition Guidelines (1)

5)      Aspley Adventures
Just a reminder about  Aspley adventures competition, this is a travel writing exercise, drawing on their knowledge and journeys in the UK and abroad. Please send your entries to Mr Evans by July 25th 2020 at .aspleyadventures@bluecoat.uk.com

Aspley Adventures (1)

6)      The Notts school games challenge
Please find attached the weekly Notts school challenge. This week the sheet is on gymnastics. If you complete any of the activities please send in pictures of the activities that you have completed (just the activity, not including their face in the image). Please submit to the PE challenge Google classroom, the code to join is framrhz.

Notts School Games Gymnastics Secondary

7)      Weekly PE challenge
There is the on-going weekly PE challenges every Monday from Mrs Peel. If your son/daughter is interested please sign up to the PE challenge classroom framrhz.

8)      Postcards from the past competition (closing date 1st July)
Enter the postcards from the past contest for a chance to be published in a national magazine and win some prizes! Click on the link below to access the template and enter the competition. You can also see the prizes.

Please email Mrs Wordsworth to let her know that you have entered the competition and send her a copy of your entry to gain points nwordsworth@bluecoat.uk.com

https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/postcards-past-enter-our-exciting-lockdown-history-competition/

Week 12

Week Commencing: 22 June

1) Weekly enrichment project
This week’s enrichment project is on justice . Send in any work that is completed to heads of year to gain positive points.

Enrichment project – Justice

2) 500 Words
500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for children. Over a million stories have been submitted since 2011, in response to everything from technology to climate change. This year they want to bring children’s voices onto the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement. The competition opens Monday 29th June and closes 3rd July.

https://500words.me/

3) Kitchen Science
This week I would like to see your rock candy creations that you have made at home. Please ensure that you ask your parents if you are using a cooker or kitchen utensils before beginning. When you have made your rock candy take a picture (just the experiment, no faces in the picture) and send to me at mharrison@bluecoat.uk.com and I will give you positive points for your creations.

https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-make-rock-candy-607414

4) Aspley Adventures
Just a reminder about  Aspley adventures competition, this is a travel writing exercise, drawing on their knowledge and journeys in the UK and abroad. Please send your entries to Mr Evans by July 25th 2020 at .aspleyadventures@bluecoat.uk.com

Aspley Adventures (1)

5) The Notts school games challenge
Please find attached the weekly Notts school challenge. This week the sheet is on Sports day. If you complete any of the activities please send in pictures of the activities that you have completed (just the activity, not including their face in the image). Please submit to the PE challenge Google classroom, the code to join is framrhz.

notts-school-games-sports-day-secondary

3) Weekly PE challenge
There is the on-going weekly PE challenges every Monday from Mrs Peel. If your son/daughter is interested please sign up to the PE challenge classroom framrhz.

Week 13

Week Commencing: 29 June

1) Weekly enrichment project
This week’s enrichment project is on identity. Please send in any work that is completed to heads of year to gain positive points.

Enrichment Project Identity

2) Signposts to a better future (deadline 17th July): 
This is a  competition from no such studios in Nottingham, they will chose 25 entries to be  scaled up an​d printed onto posters to be displayed around the city to emit messages of hope and positivity for the future. Please see the attached document for details, the deadline 17th July.

Signposts To A New Normal Full Pack Compressed

3) Foyle Young poets competition (deadline 3​1st July)
Just a reminder that there is The Foyle Young Poets competition which closes on 31st   July (this is a national competition. Please find full details on the BAA website. If pupils do enter , do let us know (BAALiteracyComp@bluecoat.uk.com) and we will continue to celebrate their talents. Good Luck!  https://foyleyoungpoets.org

4) Kitchen Sci​ence
Follow the link to make cornflour Slime (non-Newtonian fluid)
https://www.science-sparks.com/how-to-make-oobleck/.

Take pictures of your great Kitchen Science (just the experiment  and  not  any people in the picture) and send to Mrs Harrison to gain positive points at mharrison@bluecoat.uk.com

5) Aspley Adventures
Just a reminder about Aspley adventures competition, this is a travel writing exercise, drawing on their knowledge and journeys in the UK and abroad. Please send your entries to Mr Evans by July 25th 2020 at . aspleyadventures@bluecoat.uk.com

Aspley Adventures (1)

6) The Notts school games challenge
Please find attached the weekly Notts school challenge. This week the sheet is on Boccia. If you complete any of the activities please send in pictures of the activities that you have completed (just the activity, not  including  their face in the image). Please submit to the PE challenge Google classroom, the code to join is framrhz.

Notts School Games Boccia Secondary

7) Weekly PE challenge
There is the on-going weekly PE challenges every Monday from Mrs Peel. If your son/daughter is interested please sign up to the PE challenge classroom framrhz.

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