When your child is ill or injured it is very difficult to decide if/when to call your child’s GP, NHS 111 or go the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E). During the current situation and while the government is asking everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do. Here is some guidance designed by primary and secondary care clinicians from Barts Health & North-East London STP.
Helping you adjust to staying at home
Written by Mrs L Holmes
People will be reacting in different ways to the change in lifestyle, and we are aware that some of our students and their families are finding it hard to adjust to the new restrictions. With this in mind, our colleagues at the Thanet Inclusion Support Service have compiled some resources to support parents with children at home during lockdown. Firstly, there is a pdf
list of external services
(300 KB) still available for support or set up to help support the community during the crisis. Contact details for these services are provided, however please bear in mind the speed at which the landscape is changing; some services may be difficult to reach or may have already been withdrawn. Secondly, they have created a pdf
pack of resources
Faced with a global pandemic, Emily keeps calm and carries on. Service Learning is an important element of our IB career-related programme (IBCP) in the sixth form which could have been hit hard by the coronavirus measures. Under normal circumstances students liaise with members of the local community and undertake unpaid and voluntary activities that help the community and also have a learning benefit for the student. That's not even a possibility at the moment but thanks to the swift action and advice of her teachers IBCP student Emily Vaccaro has devised a plan.
I am using my time at home usefully to continue with my service learning project. My original project was working with children at Bromstone Primary School and focusing on their mental health. Myself and the members of my team would spend time with the children after school doing things such as reading, lego, drawing and playing outside etc. As I have been unable to continue with this project because of the closure of the schools due to the pandemic, I have been utilizing my time to find other ways that I could complete my service learning project.
I have now moved on to helping my three foster siblings continue with their educational studies at home as they are no longer able to attend school. I am going about this by planning their schooling week in advance, preparing worksheets that they can use and by planning to teach them in areas that they are struggling in. We have been focusing on the main subjects such as Maths and English but we have also included other areas too. These other areas have included P.E, where we have been participating in Joe Wicks’ daily international P.E lessons and home economics where we have practiced baking and decorating cakes. It has been good because I feel as though we are all still being active and productive rather than wasting our time at home doing nothing.
There have been several challenges that I have had to overcome. One of the main challenges that we have had to overcome during this period is that each of my siblings are at different schooling levels, meaning they are all at different points in their education levels. It has been a challenge having to tailor each lesson to fit each child's individual needs. Furthermore, as the children are all siblings it has been quite a struggle getting them to keep focus without bickering with one another. However, I do feel as though it is important that we keep up with our school work as routine is very important to the children. My siblings say that ‘they enjoy homeschooling because they enjoy doing the activities set to them and that it keeps them active’. They also say that ‘they are feeling positive because they are learning practical skills as well as educational skills’.
I feel as though I have developed my IB learner profile in terms of becoming more inquisitive, I am more productive with my time at home and put it to good use instead of wasting it by doing nothing. Furthermore, I feel as though my communication and leadership skills have developed further. I plan on carrying this on for the foreseeable future until things return to normal. If anybody else is planning on doing this as part of their service learning, I would recommend them to plan as preparation is key. I find preparing a week in advance really useful. Moreover, finding activities that you think your siblings will enjoy partaking in is essential as the children will take to them more easily and will concentrate better. The last recommendation I can make is to have a routine and a designated learning space. Below is a copy of a weekly timetable that I created - you will see that the children only work until midday as any longer after this, they begin to lose all concentration. Only working until midday also gives me time to focus on my own studies and allows me to complete my own work so that I stay up to date with my lessons and do not fall behind.
Tuesday- (Logan’s Birthday)
Maths- Logan- General maths quiz Rose- Multiplication and division test Colette- Number and maths puzzles test
Maths- All- Colour by number maths birthday cake picture (addition and subtraction)
Maths- Logan- Number and place value test Rose- Continuing with division test Colette- Mental maths Quiz and probability sheet
English- Logan- Sentence practice and story writing Rose- Handwriting and sentences practice Colette- Learn and revise days of the week (go through on whiteboard to help)
English/Art All- Birthday questions sheet and birthday word search All- Birthday cake design colouring in sheet
English- All- Creative writing task
English- Logan- Wembley colouring in and factfile Rose- Wembley colouring in and factfile Colette- Days of the week worksheets
English- Logan- Design your own football commentary and Cristiano Ronaldo descriptive writing Rose- Tongue twisters handwriting and sentence practice Colette- Tongue twisters handwriting and sentence practice
Art- All- Colouring in sheet
Home Economics- All- Baking and decorating cupcakes
Art- All- Easter card making and decorating
Topic- Research project - Logan - Research and make a poster about the history of LFC Rose- Animal fact file Colette - Animal fact file
Topic- All- Create a fact file all about themselves, including drawing a picture of themselves
P.E- Joe Wicks P.E class
P.E - Joe Wicks P.E class
P.E- Joe Wicks P.E class
P.E- Joe Wicks P.E class
P.E- Joe Wicks P.E class
Physics Olympiad results
Written by Mr L Fricker
In March, five Year 11 Physics students sat the British Physics Olympiad (BPhO) Intermediate Challenge. This is a single, one-hour paper that is suitable for Year 11 students (GCSE, Standard Grade or equivalent level). The paper includes multiple-choice and short answer sections that aim to test students' knowledge and understanding of basic physical principles. The paper is suitable for students who have studied GCSE Science plus Additional Science or GCSE Physics or equivalent. Teachers mark the scripts and all participants receive a certificate to indicate their attainment. High-scoring scripts are sent to the Olympiad Office for consideration of the award of prizes. Five of the top scorers (and their teachers) from the Intermediate Physics Challenge are invited to the April prize-giving at the Royal Society. The BPhO is designed to stretch and challenge the most academic of students. The test itself is written by academics up and down the country and candidates will have to rely upon a vast range of skills to tackle the questions. The five students that sat the test achieved the following results: Christopher Nissan - 33 - Gold Award - Top 5% Oliver Goult - 22 - Bronze 1 Award - Top 34% Ben Geraghty - 20 - Bronze 1 Award - Top 34% Cooper Roost - 19 - Bronze 2 Award - Top 53% Sammi Takaloo - 18 - Bronze 2 Award - Top 53% Congratulations to all those who sat the test, especially Chris Nissan who achieved a Gold Certificate and placed himself in the top 5% of all students that sat the test.
Japanese Pen Pal
Written by Bradley Cooke, Harry Barham and Ms Myers
As same as every year, IBDP Year 13 students in Ab initio Japanese course have enjoyed exchanging letters with the students at Kitakyushu National College of Technology in Fukuoka in Japan.
Year 8 students Natalia Austin and Jake (pictured) are really looking forward to competing in the New Balance English Schools' Cross Country Championships at Sefton Park, Liverpool on 7 March 2020. They have trained extremely hard and it has paid off to reach this fantastic stage. Jake recently represented Kent at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough in the National Inter Counties Championships. He came 22nd overall in the under 15 boys category but sixth in his younger actual age group. Everyone at Dane Court wishes both athletes the best of luck.
Update (23 March 2020): Jake took part in the English Schools Cross Country on Saturday at Sefton Park in Liverpool. He finished in 12th place out of 334 finishers. He was the first runner back for the junior boys Kent team.
An amazing result for the Kent junior boys team as they finished first place overall in the team results.
The Dane Court Grammar School Parents Association's monthly boot fairs usually take place at the school from 6:30am on the second Saturday of each month with breaks over winter and during the summer holiday. Read more...