Year 7 Roll of Honour 8th Sept 2017
This week we have been impressed with:
•The enthusiasm of the Year 7 Prefects
•Emma Jones and Eva Palmer for sorting the school shop order
•Will Colley for being an awesome freestyler- WOW!
•Mia Croft and Paige Rowe for welcoming a new pupil to the school
•Porcha Bowen for her maturity
•Alice Stables for hitting the ground running
•Everyone who has brought in an item for the Treasure Hunt
•Everyone who has returned their forms on time
•Everyone who has already completed their homework
•Equipment and uniform being spot on
•Tia Walker-Roberts working hard on conjunctions in English
•7LB English group
•7LB being complimented by how they walk around school by Mr Barber
•Manners have been very impressive
•Love the positive attitudes- Young Leaders and the Treasure Hunt was really enjoyed by staff due to your exemplary behaviour.
First week back and hitting the ground running.
The first week back in Year 7 has been full of enthusiasm with the children demonstrating all the traits that we ask of them: determination, collaborative learning and reflective practice.
The launch of the Young Leaders award has shown a fantastic aptitude to leadership with the children all devising a successful warm-up activity that will be rolled out to the Year 5s in a fortnights time and to our feeder schools in the Summer term. The range of activities and clear thought processes that had gone into the games was again a real positive.
Today we had the official launch of our terms topic (conflict) where the children went on a treasure hunt around the school. A huge thanks goes to all the pupils who provided us with such a wide range of conflict artefacts; we had bullet-proof vests (quipped with real bullet holes), WW2 gas masks, a rifle cleaning kit and a whole host of other exciting objects for the children to discover. Again, their behaviour and attitude was exceptional.
After this week, the staff cannot wait to see what the rest of the year brings, well done to you all.
Our year 7's are taking on the mantle of film producers and directors in English. They are working on turning their short stories into film scripts involving skills such as; creating storyboards, editing work, drafting dialogue, discussing language choices and actions. Eventually they will film their work ( based on the story of Alex Rider and Stormbreaker) so watch out for movies appearing soon!
Crowngate Book Bench Competition
Several months ago, some of our pupils entered the Crowngate Shopping Centre, Worcester, Book Bench competition, where you create a design for a bench which was then to be painted and displayed within the shopping centre. Unfortunately, we didn't get a winner this year, however all the designs that were entered are currently on display within the shopping complex. The designs looked great and was further evidence of the talent we have in Year 7.
All year 7 students will have the opportunity to cook this term. They will be cooking on a rota which means they will be investigating different food related tasks also.
This week, the groups have made Chicken Pasta Salad.
We have been using the BBC Micro:bit in school now for a year, but have taken advantage of a set of Live Lessons from the BBC using Dr Who as a stimulus for coding and computational understanding.
Year 7 will be helping the Dr to find the Tardis, repair it and then hack into the Daleks!
We hope we don't get "exterminated"!!!
Our new CC topic focuses on the British Empire - why it began, and will look at the attitudes of the time. We will eventually look at why the Empire folded.
This week we used to maps to investigate the countries associated with the Empire and consider why those countries were useful.
Year 7 have been making the most of our new Education City modules and investigated e-safety through activities and games
Here is the Curriculum Jigsaw for Year 7 for the Summer term:
Alas our healthy living week has come to an end. After our amazing start we've kept going and raced to the finishing line by:
- Scaling the school grounds to track down the clues to solve a riddle
- Splashing around in the swimming pool
- Pushing ourselves with a 1 mile run
- Becoming pro footballers
"I liked racketball best because I learnt about a new sport. I also enjoyed basketball and football because I liked to get better at building our teamwork." Aimee
"I liked the leisure center because there was lots to do there." Skye
"It was lovely to have a new class for a week and to talk to people I usually never talk to." Kathryn
"It was fun. I would be extremely excited if I found out it would happen again." Joe
"I have had the best week of my life!" Hayley
"I have really enjoyed this week. It was very well planned and fun for everyone across the year." Jacob
"A really fun week and it's definitely made me work hard!" James
[On what I've learnt this week] "That without fibre your digestive system wouldn't work very well." Francesca
[On what I've learnt this week] "There are 11 cubes of sugar in coca cola!" Abigail
[On the challenges faced this week] "Usually I can't communicate with others, but this week it's been easy." Kaden
[On the skills learnt this week] "I think I have progressed in being a leader." Jack
[On the skills learnt this week] "I learnt how to trust other people because of Miss Starkey's team games." Charles
[On the skills learnt this week] "Never give up and try, try again!" Mitchell
[On the skills learnt this week] "I have learnt how to be in a team and how to get along with people I don't usually get along or talk to." Sinead
[On ways to improve the week for next year] "Nothing. Keep it the same. The new year 7's will love it as much as us old year 7's." Mai
It's been a fantastic week! Well done year 7!
Wow what an exciting week we're having in year 7! With half the year group away climbing mount Snowdon, we have been pushing ourselves physically and mentally and pushing our bodies to the limit by:
- Weaving and diving our way in dodgeball
- Showing off our dance moves in Zumba
- Laughing our way to a state of enlightenment in Yoga
- Snooping behind the scenes at Tesco to track down where our food comes from
- Heart racing circuit training
-Working as a team in team building
With orienteering, a mile run and more to go... we'll be aching come Friday!
As part of our Year 7 Mountains topic pupils created four pieces of homework. On Tuesday we held a showcase where the year group moved around and viewed each others work in groups, then nominated their 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
Well done to all who won nominations!
Today classes 7AU, 7PC and 7LB have been working alongside performance poet Spoz to create their own poetry and gaining confidence to perform their work in front of each other. The winning group of performers will be competing in this years Poetry Slam at the Palace Theatre in Redditch in May.
This half term the students have been thinking about their "digital tattoo" - that what goes on-line, stays on-line forever.
In house groups, they sorted a series of possible scenarios into those they should post, and those they should not post. They then justified why and reflected on how their on-line behaviour may be viewed by others.
Without a doubt the future of British journalism and literature is secure. This week, in our Writing week, we have been debating the pros and cons of tourism in Snowdon; creating biographies about the legendary Ranulph Fiennes; generating poems to echo the rhythm and sound of trickling stream to roaring rivers as well as creating information booklets about the causes of earthquakes.
Huge congratulations must go to Isabel Jones for being our overall Year 7 Writing Champion, with a series of well structured texts that made full use of high level punctuation, vocabulary, openers and phrases .Special praise must also be saved for Will Hughes and Ben Collier as well for some truly unforgettable pieces of writing. The whole year group should be proud of their achievements this week.
It was a case of double delight for Isabel in today's assembly as she also came out as the overall winner for Westacre's Spelling Bee winning the competition by spelling mischevvee....mistchievious... mischievous in the final round in what was an exceptionally tense end to the final.
The Science of Madness Hits Year 7!
Today has been a fantastic end to the week in Year 7 with our 'Mad Science' day taking centre stage. Pupils have had chance to check their reaction times with the 'ruler challenge', construct towers as high as possible using basic materials and create door alarms using simple circuits. They also had the opportunity to see a man playing the an Eastenders theme tune on a handsaw as part of the Science Roadshow that was on throughout the day in the school hall.
A huge thanks has to go to Mrs Radburn for organising the day and a credit has to go to the children for trying new things with enthusiasm and determination.
The mad Scientists across the year group were also a real sight to behold:
As part of our weekly assemblies, we have begun to highlight those pupils who have stood out some thing in particular during the week. Below are our stars form year 7 during the week starting 30th January.
Most of year 7 have now completed their film trailers for The Man with the Yellow Face. In groups, they have been appraising each other's work against a success criteria of appropriate images, use of text to add tension and no spoilers being included!
This half term we are investigating through the topic of Abduction, and testing a variety of samples to see if we can solve the case using forensic skills. This week, year 7 have examined sample liquids to determine their pH levels and see if we can match it to the trace sample. As yet the case isn't solved.........!
Year seven have been creating movie trailers linking their computing work to English. We read an Anthony Horowitz short horror story "The Man with the Yellow Face" and have imagined that it will be turned into the latest Hollywood Blockbuster! Children have worked in small groups selecting appropriate images to include, improving drama and creatively writing captions. Watch out for the trailers to go live!
Springing back into learning
It has been a rollercoaster of a first two and bit weeks back with the children now fully re-focused after the joy of their Christmas celebrations.
We started the Spring term with ventures into earthquake and volcanoes zones with the amazing team from Google Expeditions giving an insight into the last virtual reality software. Pupils were amazed at what they experienced and it was a fantastic way to introduce our new topic of mountains. Huge thanks go out to Mrs Underhill who helped organise the day.
The second week, and yet another exciting opportunity for the children came along in the form of Careers Day. It was wonderful to see all the children interacting with the visitors and finding out about all the possibilities of future employment are open to them. I was amazed to see so many conversations between the children about their plans for the future.
Year 7 Careers Day Feedback
At that start of the day I wasn’t sure about my choices of cooking and firefighting, but now I’m genuinely considering them.
I’ve sussed out the things I don’t want to do and know what I need to do to achieve the job I want
With the Mars Business Planning I wasn’t expecting it to be as detailed, I really enjoyed it as I got to create my own invention.
I like how in the vets we got the chance to practise what was being taught through practical activities.
I now know how to write a personal statement so I will be prepared for applying for a job or place in university.
Although my arm ached it was great at the paramedics as I am now confident I can save someone’s life- and I got a cool wristband!
I liked interviewing people, but I didn’t like being interviewed. I felt loads of pressure in the interview even though it was my friends doing it.
Overall it has been a real positive start to the term and the staff look forward to more success in the weeks to come.
Here is the Curriculum Jigsaw for Year 7 for the Spring term:
Please can I extend a huge thank you to all pupils, parents/ carers, families and friends who played a part in making the Christmas fair such a huge success. A few hours were spent this morning counting all the money and the total truly was amazing. The children's stalls look fantastic and there was a really nice vibe around the school which really kick started Westacre's Christmas.
There was some controversy however as, apparently there was a rather substantial elf causing havoc around the school who was impersonating Mr Cotton. If any of you are aware of the impersonator please contact Mr Cotton directly as he is keen to catch up with him!!!
Particular mention has to go to Isabel Jones, Adam Such, Maizie Jordan and Mia Hardie for their amazing craft stall. It would not have looked out of place alongside this year's Victorian fayre on Worcester High Street. After adding the takings, they had made £65+ on the night and will be donating their profits to the Dog's Trust over the Christmas holidays.
On Tuesday night we got the chance to celebrate the success of our Year 7 prefects in the perfect way: copious amounts of crisps, popcorn and watching a Christmas classic, 'Home Alone'.
The children were fully deserving of the reward; it was a great to see the smiles on their faces and was a great way to finish off their first term of being school ambassadors. The only slight sad note was the lack of snacks left for Mr Cotton, and the rest of the Year 7 staff, after the film was finished!
Throughout the term we have had other pupils apply for, and be accepted for, the role of prefect and I am happy to formally welcome Kiera Viccars, Ross Clark and Rhiannon Price to the ranks.
Congratulations also go to Maizie Jordan who has now been promoted to Head Prefect following the glowing example she has set this year.
Here is the Curriculum Jigsaw for Year 7 for the Autumn term:
On Wednesday 16th November half of year seven visited the Commandery in Worcester to extend their studies of the Civil War and the part Worcester played in the fight between King and Parliament.
The children were fully immersed in the Civil War experience, having opportunities to dress up in period-style clothing, hold replica arms and practice their pike drill in formation!
The other half of the year group will be attending today, Thursday, and we look forward to comparing cannon preparation time with them to see which team was quickest!
Year 7 War Poetry
As part of our English lessons we have been looking at a range of poems from World War 1, including 'In Flanders Fields' by Colonel John McCrae and Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen. We looked at the different make up of these poems and how effective language is used to generate emotions form the reader. We used what we learnt to create our own poems. A selection of our work can be read below:
As part of our forensics unit we have been looking at discovering the contents of unknown liquids. The pupils distilled a mystery concoction to find out the contents. As you can see this took a lot of skill and concentration. The children conducted themselves brilliantly in the lab, following all the safety procedures and achieving some wonderful results.
Battle of Hastings live event
Year 7 were invited to take part in an English Heritage live event hosted by TV historian Dan Snow to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. We tweeted questions as we watched and Dan picked one to answer.
You can view our name check at 18:54 minutes
As part of our Creative Curriculum lessons we have been looking at the events that happened after the Battle of Hastings, including William's struggle to control the country.
As part of this we have been making models of motte and baily castles. The children really showed resilience and resourcefulness to get them finished.
In Science, Year 7 have been carrying out forensic investigations. The pupils experimented with two separately methods of how to locate a fingerprint and were able to come up with some fantastic conclusions.
The first method involved the sublimation of iodine into the air and onto the filter paper whilst the technique second gave them the chance to 'dust for prints'.
Isabel Jones in 7LB had a very exciting summer and, as you can see in the picture, got to create a sand-tastic work of art.
She entered a competition, along with 5,000 other children, to design a sand sculpture for Weston-Super-Mare's sand sculpting festival surrounding the theme, 'When I grow up'. As you can see from the picture, Isabel's design stole the show and, as part of the prize, she got her design created by a sand sculpting artist for all to see.
Isabel said, "I wanted to create an inspirational design that shows no matter what you want to be in life, you should reach for the stars and do the very best you can."
Well done Isabel- you've made us all very proud and are definitely reaching for the stars.
The End of September review
September has been a fantastic month for year 7 and looking back it is great to see how much the children have already achieved.
The treasure hunt in the first week was a great day as the photos below show:
Also in September, our year 7s got the chance to begin their Young Leaders programme by teaching the year 5s a sporting activity of their own design. As you can see, they really excelled with their leadership skills.
We are now looking forward to this Wednesday (5th October) where we will carry out a range of different activities on 'No Pens' Wednesday. The whole school will be taking part in the day and it will see practical activities, that involve developing our speaking and listening skills, be our focus for learning.
Investigating the Inside of a Computer
To kick start their Computing lessons this year, Year 7 have been enjoying opening up some real-life computers! They have been finding out about the many different components of a working computer and what role they play. Year 7 then used their webpage creating skills to make their own pages to share what they found out. Click below for some examples of the children's work:
It has been a terrific first week back at Westacre, and the children have really impressed us with their new-found roles as heads of the school.
The Year 7 staff would like to send a big thank you home to all parents/ carers for all their efforts in providing the children with the correct equipment and uniform; all pupils have come back looking smart and are fully equipped to learn.
On Tuesday 6th Sept. pupils got the chance to open their topic for the term (which will be 'conflict') with a treasure hunt of artefacts around the school grounds. They had the opportunity to see and handle a range of different items, from WW2 helmets to replica roman coins. The children were fantastic in their attitudes to learning and, from a staff point of view, it was a pleasure to watch them work so independently, taking responsibility for their own learning.
Children also spent time last week planning their Young Leader Award activities to deliver to our feeder schools. They will have the chance to practise their activities with the year 5s this Tuesday and will then get the chance to deliver them to the children within our feeder schools. Again, the resourcefulness and readiness displayed by the pupils has been great to see.
We look forward to seeing many parents and carers come to join us on Thursday (15th) and have the opportunity to work alongside your children. We look forward to meeting you then.