Albeit in a slightly different format but hopefully equally of use. If you have any articles / news items you’d like to share, then please email hn@kingdown.wilts.sch.uk We’d love to see pictures of the work being produced and being kept in the loop about the activities you’ve been up to.

News from the website that you should be aware of

  • Acorn Education Trust will be offering three school hubs over the Easter holiday to support key worker families. Full details and sign up here (link)
  • A reminder about the key links for students, parents and teachers including: Go4Schools, school email and Office 365 (link)
  • Key weblinks to access your email, Office 365 and Go4School (link)
  • Information about Year 11 hoodies (link)

Coronavirus specific

  • 57 home learning resources to help you during the Coronavirus lockdown (link)
  • As so many people are now working from home, it is worth thinking about how this may impact on our wellbeing. An excellent guide to help all those working at home (link)
  • One thing that has helped me (Mr Holman) keep in contact with my dad (who’s self-isolating) is a game of Yahtzee via whatsapp video calls. Not quite ready for Monopoly yet!
  • Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus from the Department for Education (link)

As a school, we were able to donate some PPE to the NHS and Army…

Other news items of interest

  • Excellent clip on  three useful ways to manage your emotions in times of an epidemic by MSF

  • Extremely useful resources relating to young people’s mental health and well-being can be found on the Young Minds website.  Particularly useful tips for parents supporting children feeling anxious about coronavirus are offered in this helpful leaflet (link)
  • A very interesting site showing Britain from above from historic photos (link)

Stay Well this Easter – tips from Mrs Gordon

Visit somewhere new by taking a virtual guided tour.  Choices include:

  • British Museum, London
  • Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C
  • The Louvre, Paris
  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
  • Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence
  • National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Anyone interested in pandas?  Check out the live webcam at Edinburgh Zoo: https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk

Enjoy and develop your relaxation at www.destressmonday.org  where you will learn how to reduce tension and anxiety and develop breathing techniques scientifically shown to reduce stress.  Check out their GIFs to help you breathe deeply and develop new self-help skills.

A few reminders on learning away from school

  • Developing life skills – a useful link from Miss Gale, Careers Advisor (link)
  • Employability Skills Toolkit – a useful link from Mr Furnihough, Physics Teacher (link)

A list of useful site for learning from Mrs Ashton, Head of English – Acorn Education Trust

General:

Reading:

  • https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/ – this is fab – full of ideas to help you support children from babies up to 11 year old children with literacy at home – include downloadables, video clips, recommended websites and apps.
  • Cressida Cowell is reading How to Train your Dragon : www.booktrust.org.uk/hometime   – a chapter a day! The early chapters are on Youtube.
  • Also on the Book Trust pages – drawing with Ed Vere and David McKee reading Elmer
  • www.researchify.co.uk/audiobooks.html – includes 6 free children’s classics as PDF and word docs, with accompanying audio books: Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, The Jungle Book, Peter Pan Black Beauty

Writing

  • Pie Corbett is running a daily podcast with fun, educational literacy activities

Vocabulary Building

  • https://describingwords.io/– “a tool for finding adjectives for things you are trying to describe” – it’s a massive thesaurus and include phrases and imagery
  • www.visuwords.com/vocabulary  – A pretty cool tool to explore word webs. Enter a word and all sorts of connections come up on a rather snazzy word web – including word derivations, phrases, synonyms – it’s fun to just have a play with!
  • https://freerice.com/ This is a great site – vocab quizzes where you accrue grains of rice which are then donated to countries in need – it come from the UN World Food programme – literacy actually does save lives 😉
  • Design and English mash-up!
    – https://crackingideas.com/competitions/Wallace+&+Gromit+Cracking+Ideas+Competition – a lovely design competition with Aardman.  Open to  ages 4-11 and entries close on 24th April
  • For year 11s thinking of taking A Level English: …. the National Theatre is streaming plays through Youtube starting this Thursday at 7pm – James Corden in ‘One Man Two Guvnors’ . http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/. Can’t wait!
  • The RSC will also be showing past productions of Shakespeare plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Othello (highly recommended – this version is magnificent), Much Ado about Nothing, Macbeth and the Merchant of Venice – all on iPlayer. Dates tbc –  https://www.rsc.org.uk/news/bbc-culture-in-quarantine

News from the school

  • Fantastic plushie by Grace H

  • Looks like lots of work taking place here by Oliver H…keep up the great work

  • Jess P completing work towards her Duke of Edinburgh Award…

 

  • The Leete family have their rainbow up in their window

  • Emily C in 7fg5 has planted some tomatoes and radishes and the challenge is to photograph them as they (hopefully!)

  • Mr Henry’s 10Bio2 biology photography and caption competition: Year 10 Biologists were asked to take a photo of something they have found/can see with biological significance, along with an explanation or description of the biological concepts linked to their photo. Below are some of my favourites, with the winner below!
  • Some of the entries: Jamie B, Teah P, three by Olivia S and the very cute hamster named Melon who’s photo was taken by Yasmin B.
  • Competition winner…A fantastic photo with great links to some key biological concepts. Well done to Sophie R (WeGB)!
  • Blackthorn is the first tree of the year to flower, this means it is a vital source of nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies. The thick spiny branches provide a safe nesting site for birds. Blackthorn is a hermaphrodite – both the male and female parts are in the same flower.  But most importantly…The fruit (sloes) from a Blackthorn tree are used to make sloe gin!

 

  • Next up, paper aeroplanes by Cole…Today me and my sister decided to take in one of the science experiments I choice 5 different paper airplanes designs and then made them. Before racing them I made a prediction of what one would win/lose with reason why

  • A great pen holder made by Perla

 

  • Two graphs sent to Mr Munro, Head of Maths

 

  • Some maths work combined with Angry Birds by Adele

  • Henry getting in some fitness and tent cleaning…

  • Some lovely and detailed animal clothing designs by Cara – super work

  • Some lovely ‘Twits’ work by Sam

 

  • Octo man and Patrick the Plankton – a play by Freddie G (link)

Other general bits and pieces

  • Offer of free support: I am a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and I help people struggling with anxiety, worry, sleep problems and stress everyday.  I wanted to use my skills to help others during this very difficult time.  To help those that are suffering with these issues at the moment I have created a free relaxation download and a detailed information sheet.  If you are interested in this offer, please message me via my website and I will send them to you free of charge.  Rachel Brittain, Oak Tree Hypnotherapy (link)

Remember what you can and cannot control