Friday 12th June
Good morning Year 7! It's Mr McMullen here this morning. I hope you are all doing well? For my update today I thought I would share the interview that I did yesterday for the Wellbeing page, just in case you missed it!
How are you finding being at home?
"Whilst being at home it has been fun to learn new skills (from Youtube of course!), from how to do maintenance on my motorbike to even building a garden shelter - its been a learning experience! Although it can be a bit difficult at times as I do usually like to visit family and friends, I find its really important to try and stay busy. Whether its doing school work, finding projects to do around the house or even going out for a ride on my motorbike, it makes me feel much better! I love also visiting our school website and looking at the Twitter page - its great to see all the wonderful work and the different activities you have all been up to!"
What do you look forward to when you wake up in the mornings?
"Usually when I wake up, I like to think of three objectives that I want to achieve that day (a little bit like the 'daily objectives' in video games some of you have told me about!). I then go about my day to try and achieve these and then hopefully this allows me to have a productive day! So yeah, I guess I look forward to setting myself little challenges each morning!"
What have you done this week to help you feel calm and relaxed?
"When the weather is nice of a morning, I like to make myself a cuppa and sit in the garden for a few minutes, closing my eyes and listening to the birds. I find that music is a great tool to help you feel calm and relaxed - call me old but I do love a bit of Smooth FM (download the app and you will be relaxed in no time!)."
Tell me something that has made you smile today?
"Something that made me smile today was hearing how happy my mum was on the phone after opening the birthday presents I sent to her. It was a necklace with the initials of me, my older brother and my younger sister and a lavender spa set (I was nearly tempted to keep this for myself!)"
What would you like to say to everyone at Westacre?
"I know things are a bit rubbish at the moment but keep smiling and keep yourselves busy! I cannot wait to see all of you! Take care."
Thursday 11th June
Hi year 7, Mrs Hennessey here. It seems like ages since I last did a daily update. I hope you all had a good half term and have settled back into home learning. We’re struggling to get motivated in the Hennessey household but I do find that taking time to go for a walk outside helps to freshen us up for the day.
Today is Yarn Bombing Day. If you look it up, you will find lots of crazy patterns made from wool wrapped around trees. It certainly looks bright and colourful which I love! Maybe you could decorate a tree at home or make something you could hang up in the trees to brighten the place up. Our girls had a go at making pom-poms using rainbow coloured wool – I bet these would look great outside. I would love to see your creations. Please email any pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget that Mrs Humphries has set you an emoji book quiz. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find the details and email your entries by tomorrow to secure your house some more points. Keep an eye out for the answers next week.
Each week, remember to check if any work has been set on My Maths. The work usually runs alongside tasks set as part of your home learning and often provide helpful hints.
7FH – Well done to my regular trio for completing all their tasks – Lee, Vinnie and Kevin.
7RM – Will L and Will P
7LM – Daisy and Freya
7LB – Kelsey DF, Georgie H and Nicola P
7BD – Jacob R, Erin S, Leah B and Bella S
7PC – Macey Jane S
Times Tables Rock Stars
New battles have been set. You have two weeks to help your class become top of the leader board. Who will be our star players?
Well done to the following pupils for being the top scorers over the year:
7FH – Ellie Moseley, Kai Murphy and Harry Guest
7DB – Freya Kelly, Jessica Clifford and Aaron Cooper-Aston
7LB – Jessica Bodilly, Daisy Tibble and Lily Hall
7PC – Harry Millwood, Summer Griffin and Jasmine Styles
7RM – Georgia Howes, Matthew Oliver and Joseph Connor
Keep up the hard work. It really does make a difference by playing every day to keep your times tables fresh and your mind active.
Wednesday 10th June 2020
Mrs Bennett's Wonderful Wednesday
Good morning Year 7. I hope you are all well and continuing to complete your home learning tasks. Although the weather has been a little cooler over the past few days, I have still managed to go on plenty of walks with my lovely sausage dogs Roxy, Frankie, Teddy and Cookie (still only four at the moment). We all love walking around our farm fields and admiring the beautiful wildlife and wild flowers growing in the hedge lines.
Well done to everyone who has completed their J2e English homework on ballads. I have loved reading my classes responses and I'm sure, like me, your teachers have left you some feedback so please remember to respond to that.
This week is 'National Carers Week'. Firstly, I would like you all to join me in expressing how proud we all are of our young carers. You are an inspiration to us all and I'm sure your loved ones are extremely grateful for everything you do. Well done to all of you and keep up your fantastic work.
The purpose of this week is to help raise awareness of caring and recognise the contribution carers make to the lives of families and communities. Whether you are a carer or not, it is vital that we celebrate these remarkable people and gain some understanding of just how vital caring is.
For more information about carers please find a video and accompanying power point in the pupils section - Westacre Wellbeing-Weekly Updates.
Finally, inspired by Mrs Humphries Monday challenge, I have an emoji maths quiz for you. This quiz is from the BBC Blue Peter website which is full of fantastic quizzes, games and videos. Please check the website out and let me know your thoughts.
Stay safe Year 7 and hope to see you all really soon.
Tuesday 9th June
Mrs Dixon's and Mrs Bird's Terrific Tuesday Task
Good morning year seven! I was lucky enough to speak to lots of you last week. It was really lovely to hear some of your voices and know that you are ok. We are still thinking of you all!
I have a motivational quote of the day for you and a small activity that should get you thinking in light of the transition documents which came out yesterday. These can be found on the school website: https://www.westacre-middle-school.co.uk/year-7-transition-to-high-school/
The future is going to be so exciting for all of you so, whilst it's normal to be nervous, enjoy every last minute because time goes so quickly.
Monday 8th June
Good morning everyone, it is Mrs Humphries greeting you on this lovely Monday. I hope that you have all had a wonderful weekend despite the weather not being quite as hot and sunny as we have become accustomed to.
We welcomed some of our Year 6 children back into school last week and I think that it is safe to say that they all settled back into school life extremely well – in fact I don’t think I have ever seen so many children literally skipping through the school gates! Over the course of the week you could see both pupils and staff settling into the new routines which we have in place, and it was clear from the smiles that everyone was enjoying being back.
For those of you who are carrying on with home-learning it has been wonderful to continue seeing all of your hard work flooding in. It seems like many of you are relishing the opportunity to be independent with your own learning and are deciding on which direction you want to take your own learning in.
As we are starting to see the beginning of the end of lockdown, I have taken this time to start to reflect upon the last few weeks. There certainly have been times when it has been tough being confined to home, however on balance I can’t help but think that there have been so many more positives arise from this situation. On a personal note I have loved seeing my children spend more time together than ever before, as it has really brought them closer together – with not too many arguments! I’ve also enjoyed the slowed down pace of life and not rushing here, there and everywhere (especially at weekends!). Maybe take some time this week to talk with others in your household about the positive sides to lockdown – every cloud has a silver lining.
I have taken some inspiration from all of the online quizzes which I have taken part in over the last few weeks and thought that I would throw a challenge your way. Using the emojis below, can you work out the 15 book titles? If you would like to earn points for your house, then click on the document link below, fill in the blanks (book title and author) and email it back to the school office making sure that you include your name, class and house by this Friday. I will ensure that the results are posted on here on next Monday’s update. Good luck!
Have a fabulous week everyone and stay safe.