Year 7 have enjoyed a varied range of activities during their period 5 lesson time. They have been encouraged to keep up with their fitness by trying new workouts or coming up with their own, and creating or trying out new and healthy recipes to try. They have tried new skills such as touch-typing, first aid, origami and they have put their debate skills to the test by considering issues like the perfect cup of tea/pizza, whether small change should be abolished, whether mobile phones should be banned at school, whether zoos are good for animals or just cruel and whether the pay gap in sport is fair or not. They have watched documentaries about the environment and space, and more recently, they have honed their photography skills thanks to Ms Carson’s weekly challenge! They have been encouraged to keep up with their literacy through reading and writing reviews, blurbs, next chapters and reading logs as well as keeping diaries of their time in lockdown. Some students have created time capsules, wish jars for activities to do post-lockdown and newspaper articles to help them to remember this strange time in years to come. We always finish the week with a quiz which has brought out the competitive spirit in the students, as well as the list of those students who have been nominated for praise by different departments. Levels of participation has been very high and it has been a joy to see the different skills that have been developed during this time!

In PSCHE over the last three months Year 7 have been asked to consider a wide range of personal, social, cultural and health orientated topics. They have had the opportunity to think about issues from the importance of Easter in the Christian Religious Calendar, Peer Pressure, Sporting Endeavours and what they can teach us, Respecting Diversity, FGM, British Values, Personal Hygiene, Healthy Eating, Money Management, and the importance of an event like The Wimbledon Tennis Championships in the British psyche and culture. Students have responded positively and engaged in the range of matters raised, expressing considered views and developed arguments. Students have also been invited to explore current affairs issues, the “Black Lives Matter” Movement for example, through the sharing of relevant historical articles, news items and documentaries.

Year 8 have been extremely busy during their period 5 lessons. On Mondays, the students have the opportunity to improve their fitness levels or try something new, such as yoga or pilates. Throughout the week, tasks have focused on improving their independence. These tasks include basic First Aid training, cooking and how to look after their money. Each week Year 8 finishes with the Friday Quiz to earn achievement points for their form groups. Additionally, Friday is also the day to celebrate the hard work the students have put in that week. Achievement points are recorded on a praise list, which is then posted on to google classroom, highlighting those with 100% attendance for the week and those who have done exceptionally well in each subject.

 

In PSCHE over the last three months Year 8 have been asked to consider a wide range of personal, social, cultural and health orientated topics. They have had the opportunity to think about issues from the importance of Easter in the Christian Religious Calendar, Sexting and it’s dangers, FGM, Radicalisation, Drugs and the Law, World Culture Day, Healthy Living, The Dangers of Smoking, Independent Learning and most recently, raised awareness of the LGBT community. Students have responded positively, and engaged in the range of matters raised, expressing considered views and developed arguments. Students have also been invited to explore current affairs issues, the “Black Lives Matter” Movement for example, through the sharing of relevant historical articles, news items and documentaries.

Year 9 have been taking part in a variety of activities during period 5. Students have been looking at what the best cup of tea should look like,which caused a lot of debate amongst those at home and discussions about how many hours of sleep we need and can you live without your mobile phone. The weekly Friday quiz has been a success with students who have waited with anticipation each week for the questions to go live. Participation has been high in these sessions and students have enjoyed them.

In PSCHE over the last three months Year 9 have been asked to consider a wide range of personal, social, cultural and health orientated topics. They have had the opportunity to think about issues from the importance of Personal Decision Making, Self Harm, Discrimination, The Dangers of Smoking, Forced Marriage, Female Role Models, Women In Society, Social Class, Health and Well Being, Sporting Endeavours and what they can teach us, and most recently the acquisition of the Right Skills for Future Employability. Students have responded positively, and engaged in the range of matters raised, expressing considered views and developed arguments.

Students have also been invited to explore current affairs issues, the “Black Lives Matter” Movement for example, through the sharing of relevant historical articles, news items and documentaries.

Unlike the other year groups in school who completed tutor time activities during period 5, Year 10 students have been following their full usual timetable throughout lockdown. However, Year 10 did have a week of afternoon activities in April while we were all adjusting to the “new normal”. During this time students learnt basic first aid skills, took part in a range of workouts from yoga to boxercise, took time out to watch documentaries on a range of topics including environmental issues, politics and other cultures. Some students took part in gardening or cooking challenges and a group of boys in 10B decided to start a weekly cook off challenge against each other. Students were encouraged to spend time talking to their family members, engaging with those who might be isolated and helping with younger siblings as well as reading.

During this time, Year 10 students have also been able to access the Fast Tomato careers programme from home and various “virtual work and career”activities have been put in place for students to access.

Finally we have completed our year by opening prefect and head boy/ head girl applications. Having successfully appointed a team of prefects for the next academic year we are currently going through the head boy and head girl applications. So watch this space!

In PSCHE over the last three months Year 10 have been asked to consider a wide range of personal, social, cultural and health orientated topics. They have had the opportunity to think about issues from the importance of Easter in the Christian Religious Calendar, Self Harm, Fake News, Stress Management, Avoiding Abusive Relationships, British Values, The Meaning of Democracy, Acid Attacks, Human Rights, Stereotyping and Prejudice, and Understanding The Constitution. Students have responded positively, and engaged in the range of matters raised, expressing considered views and developed arguments.Students have also been invited to explore current affairs issues, the “Black Lives Matter” Movement for example, through the sharing of relevant historical articles, news items and documentaries.

Year 11 pupils have actively engaged in completing Sixth Form applications and Apprenticeship applications. Pupils have been receiving regular advice and guidance with regards to post-16 education and careers such as the ‘Havering College Next Steps’ web page.  We have posted CV and Personal Statement tasks that pupils have completed. This has proved to be successful in supporting their applications.

 

Providing such resources has allowed pupils to gain better knowledge of Post-16 education and the application process. Alongside having a clear line of communication between staff and pupils via Google Classroom pupils feel confident to seek advice regarding subject choices and submit applications for their courses. We are still providing key information such as GCSE grading via GC and are responding to any questions and queries pupils may have.

http://haveringcollegenextsteps.weebly.com/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/awarding-qualifications-in-summer-2020/letter-to-students-summer-2020-grading

 

In PSCHE Year 11 look at a wide range of personal, social, cultural and health orientated topics. The issues raised for discussion range from the importance of Easter in the Christian Religious Calendar, including understanding why it is so important to Christians, and the Traditions associated with the Celebration of Easter, The Encouragement of Respect and Tolerance for all those With, and Without, Religious Faith, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect, British Values, The Meaning of Democracy, Understanding The Constitution, Preparation for Life in Modern Britain, Physical, Mental, and Social Health (including preparation for management of the Exam Season, with a focus on relaxation techniques), Time Management, The importance of Inspiration and how to harness it effectively, The Importance of Aspiration, and how to harness it effectively, and the Importance of Budgeting. These areas are designed to equip students to manage their pathway through this phase of their education, and the pressures associated with the Summer Exams. Students respond positively, and engage in the range of matters raised, expressing considered views and developed arguments. Where opportunity allows, students have also been invited to explore current affairs issues, the “Black Lives Matter” Movement for example, through the sharing of relevant historical articles, news items and documentaries.