Monday 30th March 2020
I hope you are all well and had a nice weekend.
If like me, you ventured to the supermarket, you will have seen just how different our world has become. I happily queued up, waiting for general public shopping on Saturday, and got chatting to a few people in the queue (2 metres away). It was such a lovely atmosphere of community spirit.
The staff at the supermarket were great, keeping everyone well informed and happy. Once inside, it was all very civilised and I was able to pick up everything I needed for myself and my parents who are isolating.
Back to school today and myself, Mr Carr, Mr Oldham and Mr Traynor supervised our merry band of 5 students. They started with a bit of reading of ‘Oliver Twist’ with Mr Carr, our librarian. At 9am they bounced into the hall (not really, more like dragged their feet!) to do the daily workout with Joe Wicks (they just love it ….not!). Mr Carr was pretty good at it 🙂
After Joe Wicks, they did some literacy work using vocabulary Ninja’s word of the day. Today’s word was ‘HEAP’.
After break, Mr Traynor took over to do some work on Spanish culture. Mr Traynor reported: “Pupils learnt information about Spain and Spanish speaking countries. They then completed individual research on a La Tomatina, La Feria de Abril, Las Sanfermines and Las Fallas. They were most interested in La Tomatina and had a discussion about animal rights in the context of Las Sanfermines. We all looked at the Mexican festival Día de los muertos and made our own calaveras!”
The day finished with a mile and a half walk and then finished with completing some work set by teachers online. All in all, a good start to week 2.
Our Kingsway Coronavirus Hero this week is Mrs Djang who has also volunteered to support the NHS by being a telephone contact for those who are elderly or vulnerable during this crisis.
Well done to Oscar Millington in Year 7, who shared his geography work on eco-friendly buildings with his very impressed teacher, Mrs Clarke. Please keep sharing the work our students are completing at home; you are all doing such a good job out there. Thank you.
Tuesday 31st March 2020
Today was a day of cardio and creativity!
Thank you to Miss Hunt, Mrs Jones (Art teacher) and Mrs Jones (Transition mentor), who supported our students today.
After a morning read and Joe Wicks, Miss Hunt took the students to the Cardio Suite for more exercise: “We put some music on and the students completed as many of the 8 cardio and strength challenges as they could, including rowing, cycling, running, tricep dips and a timed plank. We recorded their scores and the Beckett siblings got very competitive - there were only 2 points between them by the end of the session!”
They then helped Mrs Bradbury-Cheetham to finish their spray painting in the quad. Mr Sadler even had a go!
Mrs Jones then did some more Art work: “Students created stand-up cards inspired, by the work of an illustrator/designer. Excellent outcomes were produced by Bethany Beckett, Aidan Beckett and Gypsy Mongan. Well done - you are fabulous young artists!”
Following their one mile walk with both Mrs Jones, they returned to complete more work set by their teachers online, remembering to communicate by email once done.
Our Coronavirus Heroes today are Mrs Burgess and Mrs Guess, who came in to collect some dried foods and feminine hygiene products to share with Chelwood Foodbank in Adswood, Stockport. As you can imagine, the staff at Chelwood were absolutely delighted.
Please can I remind parents that, whilst not in school, students should not be leaving the house to congregate with their friends. We have had reports that some students (not necessarily from Kingsway) have been meeting up at Bruntwood Park and other local places. This is completely against the government’s advice and dangerous for their health and that of others. Please make sure you know that your children are abiding by the government instructions to stay home, stay safe.
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Thank you to Mr Weil, Miss Francis, Miss Slater and Miss Halligan, who came into school to support our students today.
Students are now used to the routine of reading, Joe Wicks, learning, walking and independent work. Having a timetable helps them to feel comfortable, knowing what the structure of what the day will bring - even though the content may vary.
Miss Halligan started the day: “We looked at how Shakespeare has influenced the English language through his plays!”.
After break, Miss Slater took over: “Today we have been learning about some celebrities that speak other languages (Shakira speaks the most with 5!). We then started competing against each other on duolingo and looked at some funny translations. We now know that we are better at French than Google translate!”
“We have also been doing some Tik Tok dances. I can do the steps to renegade very slowly but not when the song is playing! I'll have to practise so we can do it all together next time! Thank you to Aidan, Beth and Gypsy for being excellent company today!”
In the afternoon, Miss Francis and Miss Slater took the students for their daily mile walk: “Aiden was very sprightly during our walk (see skipping the picture). We talked about cats and dogs and how Aiden's dog Chloe is almost as big as him (it is an Alsatian). Miss Slater told us a funny story of her friend’s cats biting her face...she now dislikes cats.”
Finally, the local authority has brought to our attention a scam, which has appeared in the last 18 hours or so. It says something like: ‘As schools are now closed and you are identified as being eligible to receive vouchers for Free School Meals. You are required to urgently provide details to ensure that you do not miss out. Since these are electronic vouchers, they are being paid directly into your bank account and so you are required to send your bank account details and sort code details. Please respond via text to . . . ‘
The LA have asked us to inform you that THEY WILL NEVER, NOR WILL THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION, ASK FOR BANK DETAILS.
Our Kingsway Coronavirus Hero today is Year 11 student, Eleanor Burgess who was very resourceful and creative at home, highlighting the importance of staying home to save the pressure on our NHS.
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Thursday’s team comprised of Miss Heard, Miss Dean, Ms Watson and Mr Knott along with our two entrepid students. The day started with some reading after meeting in the canteen, this was followed with the usual fitness routine from Joe Wicks - although, Mrs Heard was probably the most active.
The group then had a session of reading. This included reading Billionaire Boy - a story about a boy whose dad invented a special type of toilet paper, and made a fortune. I think we can call that a contemporary theme!
Afterwards Miss Heard and Miss Dean explored persuasive forms of writing. They looked at different forms including poems, speeches and raps. After studying different techniques they were then challenged to come up with their own persuasive writing about the Covid 19 pandemic. Their creative juices flowed with the expert help on hand, and to finish off they were able to enact their pieces.
By now it was time for some more exercise and everybody, along with Mr Knott ventured on a 1.5 mile walk, occasionally able to enjoy the sunshine breaking through the clouds.
Having completed the on-line learning by popular request we spent the final part of the day in the cardio suite.
Friday 3rd April 2020
It’s Friday and the end of the Spring Term, but not as we know it.
Thank you to Miss Woodyer , Mrs Bartle, Mrs Lucas, Mrs Burgess and Mr McNulty who came into school to support our students today.
Who says three's a crowd! After the usual meet and greet , the three students who joined us today started with a bit of reading of ‘Billionaire Boy’ with Mr Mc Nulty. At 9am prompt, they arrived eagerly at the Hall. I couldn't decide whether they were smiling because they were looking forward to doing Joe Wicks’ Spiderman themed routine or because of the fact that this was the last one of the week! Eventually, I decided they were just pleased to see that all of the staff were taking part, which added to the entertainment . Mr McNulty was pretty good, even if he was wearing his suit unlike some others who have all the gear but have no idea!
After a quick cool down and some much needed H2O, they headed to B25 for a coding session using the BBCmicrobit. Each student managed to create a program and with a little help, one of them even created a game of rock, paper scissors on this tiny programmable device - very impressive.
After a short break, they went on to create something a little more yummy and satisfying for some. They made flapjacks in one of our food technology classrooms with Mrs Lucas, and some also made a mess! They were excellent at cleaning up though.
After lunch, students worked with Mrs Lucas again; this time they were plotting coordinates to draw an Easter egg before heading off for a brisk walk around Cheadle Village, accompanied by Miss Woodyer and Mrs Bartle. Miss Woodyer forgot to map the route but confidently says it was at least as far as Mr Knott’s Mile and a half on Thursday and probably faster .
Following their walk, they returned to work in B25 with Miss Woodyer and there is no prizes for guessing what she had them doing: more coding. All three students coded a dance party https://www.code.org dance I am not sure who enjoyed it more, the students or Miss Woodyer!
Our local authority have sent schools a Family Easter Activity Challenge for the Easter holiday period.
Also today, the Department for Education released guidance to schools, parents and students about the awarding of GCSE grades for the current Year 11 cohort. A letter to students can be found by following this link:
All Stockport schools have been keen to support key workers during this national crisis and we will be available throughout the Easter holidays (including Good Friday and Easter Monday) to any front-line parents who need a school place for their child. Whilst all our families are following government advice and taking every step NOT to send their child into school, we appreciate that the situation is changeable for a few key workers (e.g. emergency services).
If you find you need an emergency place for your child at short notice, please ring the following number no later than 10pm the night before, 0161 495 2385 and leave a voicemail including the child's name and form.
It is so lovely to hear about the amazing work of different members of our local community, supporting where they can. There are loads of ‘good news’ stories out there. If you or someone you know has done something lovely, please share with me so I can post out to our community.
For example, Last week, my family and I collected all our unused hand cream, face cream, moisturisers, soaps etc and boxed them up to give to my neighbour, who took them to the hospital where she worked to distribute to the nurses there. They were very grateful.
Wishing you all a lovely Easter. Stay home and stay safe.
Mrs J. Lowe