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Year 7

Welcome Year 7 to your area of the school website

Hello Year 7! Welcome to your area of the Aylesford School website. We have designed this area as a place for you, where we will share achievements and successes within the year group as well as a place to reference things that we feel could be useful to you. 

We will also include some useful links to websites that can help you get more information or help on a topic (academic and wellbeing support). Check in regularly for messages from myself, Miss Benbow or your tutors, important news, updated information and any important dates that you may need to make a note of.

We hope you find our year 7 page fun and informative.If you need to contact us please find our email addresses below. 

Miss McLean

Mclean.p@aylesfordschool.org.uk

Benbow.k@aylesfordschool.org.uk

News and Notices -28th February 2021

Hello Year 7!

I hope you are all well and have been enjoying the lovely (almost Spring) sunshine. Just to get out in the fresh air and to see all the new buds and flowers popping up makes me feel happy inside and like there is finally light at the end of the tunnel.

You will have no doubt heard by now that students are to return to school on the week beginning 8th March. When you return, you will go back to how it was before Christmas and lock down, back to your Year 7 bubble. All your tutors, teachers, Miss Benbow and myself are so excited to see you and catch up. I plan to do an assembly the first week back to celebrate some more achievements and give out the Kudos certificates earned from January-February half term. I have lots to write out!

This week you will be in school on Thursday just for your lateral flow testing and I hope to see most of you then, bring a smile!! 

Take care Year 7.

Any questions or concerns, message myself or Miss Benbow on SMH or ask a parent/carer to drop us an email.

Miss McLean.

 

For parents/carers -if you are a critical worker and you require your child to come into school from Tuesday 5th January then please complete the form using the link that can be found under Home-COVID-19 updates.

Please scroll further down to find some useful lock down resources.                                                     


   

                                                                                 A plea!

I haven't had any news, photos or achievements sent in yet.Please send me any lock down news, achievements, photos, new pets, cooking skills, new hobbies anything you want to share with the rest of the year group and us. Send on SMH or email. We would love to hear all about it what you are up to! Come on Year 7. don't be shy!!

Finally, below under 'lock down resources' I have included the information from Mr Smith regarding the bird watching that I discussed in assembly. Please let us (and him) how you get on! 

Have a good week Year 7 and stay safe.

Miss McLean :) 


                                                                 New Competition!!

Warwick based care home, Leycester House, has joined healthcare charity, Kissing it Better, in a mission to help residents who are currently missing their families. Combining this mission with World Poetry Day, we are inviting schools across Warwickshire to take part in a poetry competition. Entries will be judged by the residents of Leycester House and 6 winners will be invited to read their poem to our residents over Zoom. 

The theme for the competition is “What happiness means to me.” We’re looking for creativity and originality and the winners will be crowned with a certificate of Creative Thoughtfulness.

Entries can be submitted to caty@kibmail.co.uk

*Deadline for entries, March 8th 2021*

(Scroll down for PDF)


                                                                  Kissing it Better.                

Now Year 7, Miss Benbow and I know what a caring, kind hearted bunch you are. So how about getting involved with this. Do your bit for the older community during COVID-19, offer them some much needed support. Lot's of them have been cut off from their families since last year and really need to feel valued and in return just think how you will feel knowing you have brought a smile to some ones face. Have a read below and see how you can take part...

                                                                              WINNERS!

Well done to both Year 7 winners! Great designs.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Aylesford Hearts and Hugs competition designing posters for the charity  Kissing it Better.  The following winners will have striking glossy versions of their work displayed with their names and school at the bedsides in local care homes in Warwick. 

Year 7 winners:

​​Poppy B  7FRL 

Thomas S 7HLY  

Kissing it Better will be very happy to receive letters and pictures after the half-term break to be distributed throughout care homes in Warwick.  Although we try our hardest to match pen pals from Aylesford School to individual residents, please appreciate that replies may be difficult to organise.  

Send your letters to Foulkes.j@aylesfordschool.org.uk 

Thank you to all new letter writers that have contributed already to KIB Penpal 2021.   


*LOCK DOWN RESOURCES*

Here are some resources that might help you and give you something different to do during this lock down and may make your home learning a little more exciting! Please let me know if you do any of them and how you get on.

 

Let's start with a message from Mr Smith...

ECO-SCHOOLS AND THE RSPB BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH

In normal times by now I would have invited all of Year 7 to come and join the Eco-schools Club. This is a long running club in the school. We usually meet weekly in the school garden where we grow flowers and vegetables, look at wildlife and build bird boxes, do pond dipping and other such fun things. The Club is supported by myself, Mr Smith (Senior Technician) and a number of sixth formers.

Sadly lockdown and social distancing mean we cannot run the club but that doesn’t mean that those of you who are interested in the environment, wildlife or conservation can’t have fun.

As a long supporter of the RSPB I would like to invite all Year 7 students to take part in this year’s BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH.

You can sign up to this activity at: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/

It’s really simple, between the dates of the 29th to the 31st of January you spend an hour identifying and counting the birds in your back garden. If you do not have a garden, you can look out over the street or perhaps as part of daily exercise visit a park – safely of course.

I would be very interested to hear what exciting birds you get to see. I’m betting that some people have amazing gardens full of bird feeders and even if you don’t I saw 10 different species just cycling to work today, one of which was a Buzzard!

The RSPB also have a great site and other fun things to do. I just completed a quiz to find out what bird I am: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/which-garden-bird-are-you/

I am a Blackbird apparently although anyone who has heard me sing would not describe me as having a beautiful mellow song!

Check out https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/ to look at some of the other learning opportunities provided by the RSPB.                              

Mr Smith                                                                         

 

                                                                    Competitions

Blue Peter Badge (6 --> 15 YO) - Blue badges are awarded for sending in interesting letters, stories, makes, pictures, poems, good ideas for the programme, and for having appeared on Blue Peter. Not only do you get a personalised letter, a badge but also a card that allows you to get into 200 attractions free around the country. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges

ALDI Taste Kitchen challenge (5-->14 YO) – Get creative and design an original recipe, inspired by Team GB https://getseteatfresh.co.uk/resources/tastekitchenchallenge

Bikeability (all ages) - Design a cycling jersey for the chance to win a Frog Bike of your choice. https://bikeability.org.uk/.../family-cycling/just-for-fun/

Collins - design a jazzy jumper for mouse from Ross Collins’ book ‘There’s a mouse in my house’. https://tra-resources.s3.amazonaws.com/.../Mouse...

The Linnean Society (all ages, even adults) – Great and name your own species of organism and email your work. https://www.linnean.org/lear.../competitions/special-species

Write for Read (5-->16 YO, tight deadline of 21/1/2021) - Follow the link and use the prompts. Depending on your age, choose primary/secondary and decide if you want to write a fictional or nonfictional piece. The limit is up to 1,500 words. https://readfoundation.org.uk/write-for-read/

Free magazines

The Week Junior (8-->14 YO) – Weekly news-based magazine. Offering 6 issues for free https://theweekjunior.co.uk/subscriptions?ppcad=true&ppcad=true&gclid=Cj0KCQiA6Or_BRC_ARIsAPzuer-V41K2EqFOBHhaIbTozJa1LZeZo3v9IjwK8VxNA55JhXfpsOqwQU0aAvjFEALw_wcB

Lego Life Magazine (5--> 9 YO) – Free subscription https://www.lego.com/en-gb/life/magazine


Reports and Parents Evening.

A massive well done Year 7 for some amazing interim reports. After a particularly difficult year for everyone you have started here at Aylesford brilliantly. I have read through all the reports and I was really proud of how most of you have settled in, embraced new challenges and subjects and given 100%. We also conducted our first ever Zoom parents evening. We were the first year group to trial this and despite a few technical hitches, it was a great success. Tutor's were really happy to feedback on how you were doing in subjects and say hello to your families/carers.

Safety in school

All students must now have a mask in school. It is really important that you remember your mask EVERY day. Student Services have given out hundreds over the last few weeks and do not have the capacity to continue this. Thank you to all those that arrive every day with their masks.In the case of using disposable face masks these can sometimes break, so please make sure your child has sufficient replacements with them. The responsibility for ensuring that students have a face covering is the responsibility of parents or carers. Any masks held by the school must be reserved for emergencies only.

In light of the recent increase in demand from students, we have placed an emergency order for a very limited amount of face coverings and have no alternative but to increase the cost to 0.50p for the supply of an EMERGENCY facemask during the school day. It is important that should you have a notification of this cost being applied to your ParentPay account that this is promptly paid. Thank you.

A reminder of a few rules.

Mobile phones are not permitted in school time. If you do bring a phone into school it MUST stay in your blazer pocket and not be out and being used at break/lunch time. It will be confiscated and placed in my office if you are seen with it out during the day.

You must come into school each day prepared for learning. You need to bring in your own equipment every day (pens, rulers etc) as equipment cannot be shared in school between pupils. Don't forget your reading book!

To clarify what is expected/allowed for PE, please find a list below.

Girls Kit

·         Blue Aylesford PE top

·         Blue Aylesford jumper

·         Blue Aylesford skort or shorts

·         Blue Aylesford jogging bottoms or plain black jogging bottoms

  •          Optional base layers under normal PE kit - leggings and long sleeved top (they must be navy or black)
  •          Optional Waterproof or showerproof jacket in wet weather (Ideally navy or black)

Students are not allowed to wear leggings without a skort over the top.

Boys kit

·         Blue Aylesford PE top or Blue Aylesford rugby long sleeved top

·         Blue Aylesford shorts

·         Blue Aylesford jogging bottoms or plain black jogging bottoms

  •          Optional base-layers in navy or black under normal PE kit
  •          Optional Waterproof or showerproof jacket in wet weather (Ideally navy or black)

Students are not allowed to wear hoodies or jumpers that are not Aylesford's.


                                                               

Meet the Year 7 team.

 

House news 2019/20

Huge congratulations to Ragley House, who are this years house champions. Unfortunately, due to lock down, the exciting announcement and cup lift was done without the usual sports hall full of students.  A massive well done to all Ragley tutor groups and also well done to Charlecote, who came in 2nd place and Stoneleigh who were 3rd place. The results were very close and there has been a lot of Kudos points awarded to well deserving students this year.

       

Useful Resources.

Bitesize is the BBC's free online study support resource for school-age pupils in the United Kingdom. It is designed to aid pupils in both schoolwork and, for older pupils, exams.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/learn

Attached below is a pdf of BBC Bite size's secondary timetable for w/b 18th Jan if anyone wants anything extra to look at. You can also look at this on catch up.

Family Information Service (FIS) We provide information, advice and one-to-one support for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25 across Warwickshire.

https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fis

Useful Apps: 

Forest - I love this idea! This is a simple game that rewards you for not using your phones! One of the worst habits for destroying concentration and ruining quality time is constantly checking your smartphone – whether to play games, look at social media or stay up to date with endless group WhatsApp threads. With this App, you plant a seed in the ground and within 30 minutes the seed can grow into a tree, you simply need to ignore your phone to allow the seed to grow.  While the tree grows the App displays messages like 'Put me down!' or 'Leave me alone!' it keeps track of how long you have waited for each tree to grow.  I really need to get my 20 year old son to download this!

Happify - fast track to a good mood.  Engaging games, gratitude prompts, training your brain to overcome negative thoughts.


Take a look at this month's well being calendar.

This Coping Calendar has 30 suggested actions to look after ourselves and each other.

                                                    TEN KEY STEPS TO HAPPIER LIVING  

The Ten Keys to Happier Living are based on a review of the latest research from psychology and related fields. Everyone's path to happiness is different, but the evidence suggests these Ten Keys consistently tend to have a positive impact on people's happiness and well-being.

The first five keys (GREAT) are about how we interact with the outside world in our daily activities. The second five keys (DREAM) come from inside us and depend on our attitude to life.