Friday 22nd May
Good morning Year 6,
It’s Mr Barber here with your final daily update of this half term. This one is always a short half-term but the last five weeks still seem to have flown by!
I know, from all of the tweets I’ve been able to do during the lockdown and all of the emails that we receive each and every day, how hard you’ve all been working again over the last few weeks. This has made up a little bit for not having those knocks on my office door with children being sent to show me their outstanding learning in school. I do miss handing out those stickers and taking the photos to show the world what stars you are! One of the other many things I miss being able to do at school is handing out the 6Rs independent learner certificates to many of you each week – however I know from the tweets, the year group daily updates and the phone calls that all of the teachers are trying to have with all of you, that you are continuing to prove what independent learners you are and what responsible, resilient, reflective, resourceful, ready and well-reasoned young people you are!
However, every now and then we all need a break from all of the hard work. I know I’m looking forward to spending a bit more time with my wife, daughter and son after spending a lot of time this last week preparing for us to welcome back many Year 6 pupils after half term! All of your teachers will be spending today planning and preparing for this as well, as they will all get the chance to work with these children over the next few weeks. Therefore, there won’t be the usual home learning documents for you today – we think you probably deserve a bit of a break anyway! However, if you or your parents feel that you would benefit from a bit more home learning, there are still plenty of other learning opportunities across the school website. I can’t imagine there any many children who’ve been able to complete all of the tasks in their Year Group pages since we went into lockdown, but just in case there are, here are some other links that might be of use:
Whatever you and your family decide to do today, I’d like to set you the challenge of simply relaxing and having fun with your families over next week’s half-term holiday! You have my permission to enjoy your holiday - do this in whatever way suits your family. Feel free to spend time in the garden, with your nose buried in a comic or, dare I say it, on a gadget or two! The most important thing is to spend time together as a family doing whatever you can. Laugh, make a mess, cuddle, phone friends and family, watch movies, play - have fun!
Here’s a list of some other things I thought you might like to do next week:
If you wanted any more ideas, I did have a look at our school’s Experiences curriculum and thought the following might be things you could also do next week. They are from our list of 50 real-life things to do during your time at Westacre:
So many options!
Earlier, I mentioned doing something you’ve never done before – this could be to learn a new hobby or skill. Or you’ve already done this during lockdown and you can keep going with your new hobby? Personally, I never really did much running (I prefer team sports!) but with the new lockdown guidance and hearing from Mrs Evans, Mrs Doolin and Mrs Mrs Humphries about how good they felt after their runs, I decided to give it a go! Now my daughter and I go for 30 minute runs twice a week (I’ve seen one or two of you as we run around Droitwich!). They can be hard work, but at the end we both feel extremely proud of ourselves and it’s definitely helping keep us fit and healthy. Maybe you could try something new and exciting this half-term holiday that will make you feel proud.
As you know, I love tweeting photos and videos of all of your learning in school, and it’s been just as enjoyable sharing with the world some of the photos and videos of your home learning over the last couple of months. The videos and photos of some of you enjoying your hobbies, in some cases new hobbies, have been particularly nice. We clearly have a lot of talented musicians at Westacre, but I’ve also been sharing things from baking to trial bike riding in back gardens! Here’s a few photos that have come to school in the last week or so of children doing exactly what I’ve been telling you about – just doing something that they (and often their families) enjoy!
Feel free to send us photos of you just having fun with your families next week if you want to! You will have noticed that Mrs Evans and Mrs Doolin have already taken over your Monday daily updates recently for special ‘virtual’ assemblies. The next daily updates on Monday 1st June will be my turn to deliver the assembly and I would love to share with everyone some photographs of you all having fun during next week’s half term holiday. Maybe you could send us a photo of you doing some of the things from the lists I shared earlier, or of you enjoying some exercise outside or on a visit to an outdoor space / playing an outdoor sport with the people you live with, like we are now allowed to (remembering of course to keep following the social distancing rules we all know about by now!) You could have a go at all of these, some of these or indeed none of these if you have your own unique way of relaxing and having fun! It’s completely up to you!
As we come to the end of Mental Health Week, remember that the theme was all about being kind to yourself and your families – I want you to keep doing this next week and of course every other week in the future! Linked to mental health and wellbeing, our pastoral team have asked me to remind you all to visit the Wellbeing page of this website at https://www.westacre-middle-school.co.uk/westacre-wellbeing/ to read this week’s blog post as it features our acts of kindness for Mental Health Week and an interview with Mrs Adey.
Please do also scroll down a bit further to see the final challenge of our special ‘virtual’ Sports Week – it’s been great seeing so many of you giving these challenges a go and (coming back to the theme of my update!) having lots of fun at the same time. Mrs Hennessey, Mr McMullen and Mr Dinsley tell me it’s very close between the houses after four days, so it could be your efforts today that make the difference between your house being this year’s champions and other people being able to celebrate! I know all of the teacher house leaders are desperate for you all to take part and share your videos by the end of today – you know how competitive they all are!
To finish my update for today, well done again to all of you for being such superstars with your home learning over the last few weeks. Now is the time to relax and have fun with your families! I look forward to hearing via Twitter and the office email about what you get up to next week and will try to tweet a few pictures during the week before sharing them all with you on Monday 1st June. Have a great half-term holiday!
Good morning Year 6, Mr Purdie here with your daily update, focusing on your great work continuing to read lots at home! Remember, the AR system can still be accessed from home, and you can search for your personal books and take quizzes on them - they don't have to be from our library!
Well done to following pupils who have continued to read and take AR quizzes this week:
6BP: Drew, Finley, Mary-Jane
6CA: Oliver, Abi
6HM: Dominic, Fern, Sam, Rebecca, Jack OD, Carter
If you are reading this and you're in 6RA or 6MP, then it'd be great to see a few more of you taking some quizzes over half term!
Keep finding opportunities to read, it's an excellent way to relax and maintain a healthy mental wellbeing.
Wow Year 6! We have been really impressed with your Science learning. I am pleased to announce that all of the class teachers identified a 'winner' in their class. But we would all agree that you are all 'winners' just for completing your home learning.
Well done to those children who have been chosen:
6BP - Drew
6CA - Georgia
6HM - Lola
6MP - James
6RA - Rosie
Jorgie (Mrs Ardis' daughter) was very impressed with the work that she looked at. However, she has chosen one overall winner. Drum roll please...
Drew (6BP) 'I believe that it is really well presented. I like how he has made it into a beautiful story about two cells that go onto all these streets. Then go onto a blood train to travel all around the body. I think I now really understand the Circulatory System. But I would like to thank everyone for all their entries. I loved all of them!'
Good morning Year 6! Mrs Ardis here for your daily update. Hope you are managing to enjoy the weather. Yesterday, when I was in school, I attempted to complete the Sport's Day challenge, except I didn't have a rope. Looking forward to finding out the new challenge today.
Yesterday, we also thought of ways that we could be kind to others. I drew a picture for my daughter. Must think of a different way to be kind to someone today. I really enjoyed reading through all of the quotes Mrs Adey had posted. We even joined in with Miss Starkey's yoga. If you have missed it, please find it below.
Lovely to see how busy people have been completing tasks on MyMaths.
In 6BP, well done to Edward, Rosie, Lucy, Evie D, Finley G, Stephanie, Rhys B, Abigail P, Ellie-Mai M, Kaicey, Michael and Georgia.
In 6CA, well done to Bethany C, Chloe, Rebecca, Eva M, Adam and Kayden.
In 6HM, well done to Finley C, Oliver C, Grace D, Riley, Haydn G, Peyton, Finley K, Aleisha and Leo W.
In 6MP, well done to Joseph, Zach B, Harry C, Fern C, Calven, James, Drew, Matthew, Morgan, Amelia, Jack, Alex, Harry S, Zac T, Charlotte, Haydn W, Mollie and Lola.
In 6RA, well done to Libby B, Kyle, Libby G, Lucas H, Caitlin, Erin J, Leo L, Ruby P and Lexi T.
In 6RAr, well done to Archy and Eva W.
This week's class results are in...
In 1st place, 6MP with 131 tasks completed this week. (Average of 7.2 tasks per person)
In 2nd place, 6BP with 68 tasks completed this week. (Average of 5.67 tasks per person)
In 3rd place, 6HM with 63 tasks completed this week. (Average of 7 tasks per person)
In 4th place, 6RA with 53 tasks completed this week. (Average of 5.8 tasks per person)
In 5th place, 6CA with 25 tasks completed this week. (Average of 4.17 tasks per person)
In 6th place, 6RAr with 23 tasks completed this week. (Average of 11.5 tasks per person)
However, if we based our scores by average number of tasks completed by each person, Mrs Ardis' group would be in 1st place with 2 children completing an average of 11.5 tasks each. Imagine (calculate) how many tasks each class could complete in everyone in the class completed the same number. A huge well done to all those children who have completed tasks. Remember you should be able to access them on a phone or tablet.
Keep going Year 6! You're doing really well! We are so proud of you!
Enjoy the weather! Stay safe! If you can be anything... Be kind!
Today’s challenge is the ‘Over and Under Challenge’.
Over and Under Challenge - Go over and under the pole as many times as you can in 30 seconds.
Video of you taking part in the challenge = 5 points for your house.
Video of you beating my score = 10 points for your house.
Please send videos to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, class and most importantly the name of your house.
The winning house will be announced next week!
Best of luck!
Morning Year 6, Mr Purdie here, and I'd like to show you an exciting new challenge from Times table Rockstars. You are being invited to try and become a world record holder!!!!!
Please see the attached pdf below for more details. But in short, TTR are looking for the FASTEST pupils on Studio games. Now I know we have some Y6s who are exceptionally hot on their keybaord speed, so it'd be fantastic for a few of you to give this world record attempt a go.
Please send a video of your attempt to the office email.
Tuesday 19th May
Good morning year 6-Mrs Adey here!
As Mrs Doolin introduced yesterday, this week is Mental Health Awareness week with a theme of kindness. You all know how I adore a good quote so below are some quotes about the importance of being kind. Read each one and think about what it means to you. Some of the quotes will mean more to you than others-we're all different.
These are the top three scorers in each class so far:
1st Abigail P-31, 082
2nd Georgia W-18, 044
3rd Harry S-17, 039
1st Alex P-34,994
2nd Edward B-8,255
3rd Erin K-6,497
1st Harry W-43,997
2nd Finley C-26,624
3rd Fern C-18,979
1st Lucas H-26,479
2nd Drew H-13,903
3rd Jake T-8,568
1st Leo W-56,793
2nd Evie M-36,733
3rd Joseph B-34,626
A HUGE well done to all these children! Keep practising everyone!
Monday 18th May
Good morning Year 6 – Mrs Doolin here today to say hello! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you all, so I am very excited that I get to speak to you - even if it’s not in person! I’ve put my photo here because sometimes it’s nice to see who you are talking to and to remind you to send in any photos you want because we love to see you and to be able to share what you are all up to. (more about sending photos and messages later!)
You didn’t think I was going to tell you yet, did you?
This week is Mental Health Awareness week, that means it’s a time for us to think about how we look after our emotions and feelings. We need to think about what makes us feel good and how we can help other people feel good about themselves. Remember it’s fine to feel sad, upset and worried at times – it’s natural – good mental health is when we know how to cope with these feelings and sometimes what to do to prevent them. There are lots of ideas on our wellbeing page about looking after your mental health.
This year the theme for the week is kindness – do you see the link in the photos now? Being kind – kind to others and sometimes just relaxing and doing what you want is good because it’s important to be kind to yourself!
During this difficult time, we’ve seen lots of people be kind to each other and help each other. We go out on a Thursday evening to clap in an act of kindness to say thank you to our fantastic NHS staff. We see people doing shopping for each other. What about in your house? Have you been kind to your brothers and sisters? Are your parents/carers being kind and helping you with your school work? Are you appreciating how they are helping? Are you being kind and helping your parents keep the house tidy while everyone is home? While I’ve been working at home, I love it when one of my daughters pops into the room with a cup of tea and a biscuit – their little act of kindness makes me feel good!
See if you can do something really kind for someone else today to mark Mental Health Awareness Week or even every day this week! If you can send us a message or photo about what you have done that would be great. Most of all I think you’ll find it will make you feel good and the other person. We can tweet any kind messages you want to send.
Here are some ideas:
Play a game with a brother or sister, make a drink for someone, help in the house or garden, tell someone how much you appreciate them. If you take a look on the wellbeing page, you’ll see Mr Dinsley’s act of kindness! (weekly wellbeing challenge)
Have a fantastic week Year 6– work hard, enjoy your free time and be kind!
Hoping to see you all soon – take care
P.S Have a look at Mr McMullan’s Sports competition below – lots for you to do!