It has been brilliant to welcome all of our pupils back to school following the half term break, for the final half term of our first academic year as Bader Academy. We have had a really busy two weeks and want to share with you some of the highlights of what pupils have been working on!
Pupils have really enjoyed the brilliant sunshine for most of the two weeks we have been back. The beautiful weather has given us the chance to embrace lots of outdoor learning opportunities which has been fantastic to see.
Sun cream and warm weather
Just a reminder for you, our young people really enjoy spending time outdoors and this links directly to our topics in school. Please ensure that you send your child to school with a sunhat and a water bottle so they can access a drink throughout the day.
Please also send sun cream in for your child so that this can be applied during pupils’ outdoor time. The sun cream needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s name and we will keep this in school and send home at the end of the summer term. Please note we will only be able to allow your child to use the sun cream which is provided from home.
Since returning, our pupils in Lower school have been learning about the world around us, developing our geography skills and knowledge. Pupils have been researching different climates for different continents and learning about the different zones of the ocean. Some pupils have been learning about the Arctic and have spent some time this week making ‘snow’ and thinking about what they would take with them on an expedition.
Other pupils have been learning about a variety of animals, from sea creatures to reptiles. Exploring the habitats of different animals and the climate in which they live. We have been enjoying the sunny weather this week too, pupils have also had the opportunity to explore the local woodland areas around school.
Students in upper school have been reading and interpreting the book ‘Animal Farm’ as part of our outside world topic. In order to focus on our life skills we have also been learning about money and time, solving problems and applying our skills to real life situations. We have continued our learning on the industrial revolution and have discussed and considered the validity of different sources of information.
The glorious weather has provided us with the opportunity to develop our team skills and students have participated in cricket, rounders, badminton and dodgeball. Students have also planted seeds and intend to plant them in the outdoor learning environment when they are ready. Over the last couple of weeks we have also been running a ‘girl’s group’. This has been a popular option for many students across upper and lower school with activities such as manicures, facials and crafting to name a few.
Parent / Family Survey
Families’ wishes and views are really important to us at Bader Academy. With this in mind, we would like to collect you views. We kindly ask that you complete the online survey so that we are able to review your feedback and use this to inform the work of the school as we move into the next academic year.
The survey can be found here: https://forms.office.com/r/6Wipf98ycj. The survey will remain open across the next week and we ask that all responses are completed by Friday 25th June.
Outstanding Dinner Monies
There are currently some outstanding payments for pupils’ dinner monies for this academic year. We know that there were some challenges initially in accessing the payment system for some parents. We will be sending out letters across the next week for anyone with outstanding dinner monies. However, please feel free to get in touch with school directly if would prefer to discuss this.
Online Safety Information
New Help Line Service for 13-18 year olds:
This isn't specifically online safety related, but with the significant rise in mental ill health issues it is an important one to share with all families. Is This OK is a relatively new (2019) helpline in partnership between Childline and the Runaway helpline, funded by BBC Children in Need and The Worshipful Company of Information Technologies. As well as a helpline there is lots of useful information and advice for young people. Please see the hyperlink below for more information to share with your young person, this will also be shared in school Home - Is This OK?
TikTok – Anti Bullying Campaign:
A few days ago TikTok released their new anti-bullying campaign on their @TikTokTips account. It is an animated series using the personal stories of six creators who offer their perspectives on how to counter bullying, the impact, and the importance of working together. Given the popularity of TikTok with our pupils, it may be worth sharing the campaign with pupils just in case any pupils are seeking help and support. Please see the hyperlink for more information which you may wish to share with your child, we will be sharing with pupils in school #CreateKindness on TikTok | TikTok Newsroom
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you wish to discuss further, either via telephone or email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Head of School