Home Learning – April 2020

Home Learning

On 20th April 2020 two new major home learning platforms were launched in the UK. The Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize’s daily lessons.

These both contain a range of online lessons for primary to secondary students.

The National Academy

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

Healthy Children and Young People at Home

Southwark’s Healthy Schools Partnership has published this PDF download which provides ideas on how to keep children and young people fit, healthy, happy and busy while they are home-schooled.

Other resources

Please find other resource for home learning here. These include links for individual subjects.

 

Home Learning – March 2020

If you are stuck indoors and looking for things to do, why don’t you try visiting these websites?

GCSE and A level support

https://www.senecalearning.com/

https://www.savemyexams.co.uk/

https://www.khanacademy.org/coach/welcome

All Subjects

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach

https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html (EYFS, KS1, AND KS2)

https://www.educationcity.com/ (8-12 years)

https://www.busythings.co.uk/ (8-12 years)

https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/ (English and Maths KS1 and KS2)

Itunes U

Ted Talks

English

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004kln9/episodes/downloads

https://ed.ted.com/

http://playthecritic.lgfl.org.uk/ (KS3 and KS4)

https://clpe.org.uk/library-and-resources (KS1 and KS2)

https://www.nessy.com/uk/

Get Epic (Digital library, KS1 and KS2)

https://www.gutenberg.org/ (Free E books)

Maths

https://corbettmaths.com/ (GCSE Maths)

http://mathsathome.lgfl.org.uk/ (KS1 and KS2)

http://mitrw.lgfl.org.uk/ (KS3 and KS4)

https://mail.sumdog.com/p/5IUG-FR/sign-up-free (KS1 and KS2)

https://www.khanacademy.org/ (Great revision tool with useful videos.)

https://nrich.maths.org/ (Maths resources, games and activities)

Hit The Button (Games to develop mental maths)

Science

https://wowscience.co.uk/

https://www.generationgenius.com/ (Free for one month)

http://www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/labbench/index.html

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/info/apps

http://www.docbrown.info/  (very good revision notes for GCSE Sciences and in particular A level Chemistry, also contains a few KS3 quizzes)

https://edu.rsc.org/student (various interactive resources from the Royal Society of Chemistry

https://spark.iop.org/collections/marvin-and-milo#gref (simple physics experiments you can do at home  KS1-3)

https://beta.iop.org/explore-physics?_ga=2.191701034.1244676565.1585226556-1029282337.1585226556 (Lots about the physics that underlies the modern world)

https://beta.iop.org/moon?_ga=2.191745450.1244676565.1585226556-1029282337.1585226556 (Lots of information and activities about the moon – KS2-3)

https://www.centreofthecell.org/learn-play/games/ (Lots of interactive games to help you learn about cell biology)

https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/games-and-apps​ (interactive learning games from the Science Museum)

http://promo.snaprevise.co.uk/podcasts?__s=i9c065b18x7q9em5zptz  (Short podcasts on A Level Sciences and Maths topics)

https://www.compoundchem.com/​ (Infographics on Chemistry topics – suitable for GCSE and particularly A level – some also useful for A level Biology)

Geography

https://world-geography-games.com/

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/teacher-category/primary-resources/

History

http://tudors.lgfl.org.uk/

ICT (Coding)

https://code.org/learn

https://scratch.mit.edu/

Swift Playgrounds app (iPad app to learn Apple’s coding language)

Skills for Life

http://thinkingskills.lgfl.org.uk/

Music

https://www.singup.org/home-schooling

PE

http://balletboyz.lgfl.org.uk/ (KS3, KS4 and KS5)

Joe Wicks- YouTube, free PE session Monday- Friday 9.00am

MFL

https://www.frenchteacher.net/free-resources/samples/ (French)

https://www.duolingo.com/

EAL

https://rivet.area120.com/read/#/libraryScreen

https://www.ealhub.co.uk/home-learning-area/

Art

Google’s Arts and Culture app (Virtual gallery and musuem tours)

Bespoken Theatre becomes school’s new resident theatre company

Bespoken Theatre becomes school’s new resident theatre company.

Bespoken Theatre are delighted to announce that they are the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital school’s resident theatre company.

They will work closely with the school to write and perform productions with the children and deliver drama and art workshops tailored to particular themes within the curriculum.

It has been a busy few months at the school and Bespoken have been working closely with children and staff to create unique and individual shows that are tailored to enhance and develop the learning curriculum of the school.

The final show this summer was to celebrate the life of Mary Anning. Creating an immersive historical production about the incredible contributions that Anning made to Natural History and Paleontology.

The children were encouraged to dress up as Victorian fossil hunters and help Mary discover fossils on the beach. They also explored the history of the Victorian holiday and after a music hall interlude, were invited to queue for a delicious vanilla treat at a bespoke ice cream stall.

It was a wonderful end to an wonderful term. The company have many plans for next Autumn term including preparation for a Christmas show.

Watch this space…

Bespoken Theatre company

Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School pupils take most exams on record

Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School pupils take most exams on record

This summer has been a busy one for Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School, as pupils have sat more exams than ever during the GCSE and A Level season. The school hosted a total of 195 formal external examinations this year, which is a great testament to the resilience and determination of the pupils who worked so hard over recent weeks. Exams are stressful for all pupils, but to undertake them whilst receiving treatment in hospital and during a difficult time in their lives is additionally impressive. Pupils were supported in lessons by teachers to cover any remaining areas of the curriculum and plan revision timetables. 

Maarten Crommelin, deputy headteacher at the school said: “Exams were managed for pupils from the Snowsfields Adolescent Unit, the Bethlem Adolescent Unit, the Intensive Treatment Programme and the Enhanced Treatment Service. These pupils came to us from a range of schools, many following different exam courses with different demands and regulations….Some pupils had no schools of their own place and were entered for the examinations by The Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School.”

To read the full article click here.

Tate Late and Dawn Chorus

This month’s Tate Late will take place on Fri 29 Nov from 18.00 to 22.00 and is free entry. Dawn Chorus will feature as part of Hackoustic, a community hacking group who combine technology and traditional instruments to explore sound. Here’s the link to the event: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/late/uniqlo-tate-lates

 

In the spring term, Gawain Hewitt worked with young people from across Bethlem & Maudsley Hospital School and CLS musicians to compose music in response to CLS’s Absolute Bird concert series. All the music was recorded and these tracks were installed within three wooden bird sculptures which, when placed on three different branches in different orders, create up to 33 variations of dawn choruses. CLS premiered the installation at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in May giving audiences a chance to interact with the young people’s wonderful work at our concerts.

 Here’s a short film of the piece in action: https://twitter.com/GawainHewitt/status/1128264293131128832

Empathy Lab UK

Bethlem teacher Paul Harris writes about his experiences being a judge at EmpathyLab UK.

On Wednesday 27th November I met with other EmpathyLab UK judges, chaired by the brilliant Miranda McKearney OBE, to pitch my favourite reads from 200 submissions. After some of the best book chat imaginable with people who really know their books and fuelled by tea, coffee, biscuits and fruit, we managed to agree upon a list of 50 fantastic titles to share with readers from 5 to 16. Only I can’t tell you what they are as my lips are sealed until the reveal on the 16th January 2020.

This is my second year as a judge and the whole experience has provided fantastic opportunities to share some of the best books written in the last few years. We look for a range of titles and genres that are the highest quality writing with empathy values at their core. It is a lot of reading but as teacher and a reader I get so much from the process. I get to meet and talk to authors, teachers, publishers, librarians, reviewers and journalists. I have access to copies of great new books by contemporary authors that have refreshed my own reading and made me think again about the way we share books and develop reading habits for the young people in our classrooms. We are always looking for ways to expand and develop a living reading culture in our school. Good book knowledge is crucial.  Reading for pleasure and reading for empathy come with ever growing bodies of research that inform and confirm what many of educators have known for years: reading make us better people. Confident, mature readers do better in their exams too.

At our school we first celebrated Empathy day in 2018 and again this year; Empathy Day for 2020 is June 9th. Last year’s Empathy Day topped the twitter hashtags. I think we are all looking for a little more empathy in the world.

I’m always happy to talk books with our young people, their families and colleagues and I’m happy to say I’ve been asked back to judge next years submissions.  If you’re after a recommendation for something new to read or to share as gift then take a look at the Empathy List for 2019 on their website or come and take a look at our reading café in my classroom. We’ll post up the list for 2020 in the new year. Watch this space.

Paul Harris

Charitable Donations

Charitable Donations

Each half term every department in the school is given £30 to spend on a charity of their choice. How the charity is chosen is determined by the various departments. In most this is done via independent research projects and class-based voting systems.

This project gives our students space to consider the needs of others, and to hone their persuasive presentation skills, and for many it can be their first experience of engaging in democratic voting systems.

Charities that have been supported this academic year through the school’s departmental charity projects include:

  • The Princess Trust
  • The National Autistic Society
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Shelter
  • Waggy Tails Club
  • Crisis
  • Samaritans
  • BBC’s Children in Need

 

 

Oman Autism Conference Report

As detailed in the School Development Plan, we continue to look for opportunities to promote the school, both nationally and internationally.

Maarten Crommelin (Deputy Headteacher) was invited to present at the Gulf Autism Conference “Autism: Understanding Beyond Difference” which was held at Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre in Muscat on 24-26 January 2020.

SLT carried out an extensive analysis on the progress made by our pupils who have a diagnosis of autism.

In terms of the impact of the school, we were able to demonstrate that outcomes of pupils with ASD were as good as outcomes of pupils without an ASD diagnosis.

Short Description of the Lecture

“Engaging the Disengaged: Successful Learning by Pupils with ASD and Other in Disorders in Acute Psychiatric Hospital School Settings”

This case study-based presentation will look at how the school addresses the learning needs of pupils with ASD at a time of crisis in their lives when they are requiring inpatient treatment in two prominent psychiatric hospitals.

Using a series of assessments (some bespoke), teachers assess pupils rapidly following admission and plan a personalised curriculum which fits their needs. These assessments focus on standardised assessments of educational functioning and test behaviour. There are additional assessments on classroom functioning and well-being (happiness).

Pupils will be with the school only whilst they are in hospital. There is a strong focus on planning for successful reintegration back to their mainstream or specialist settings.   Pupils will often be receiving treatment for conditions that have presented alongside their existing ASD diagnoses. Some receive diagnoses for ASD whilst in hospital. The session looks at 2 case studies where pupils made remarkable progress with their learning journeys.

 

Download the accompanying Powerpoint as a pdf

The lecture was very well received and is included in this report for reference. It is likely there will be further opportunities to promote the work of the school in the region as a result.

https://autism2020.org/

 

Late Tate and Dawn Chorus

This month’s Tate Late will take place on Fri 29 Nov from 18.00 to 22.00 and is free entry. Dawn Chorus will feature as part of Hackoustic, a community hacking group who combine technology and traditional instruments to explore sound. Here’s the link to the event: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/late/uniqlo-tate-lates

 In the spring term, Gawain Hewitt worked with young people from across Bethlem & Maudsley Hospital School and CLS musicians to compose music in response to CLS’s Absolute Bird concert series. All the music was recorded and these tracks were installed within three wooden bird sculptures which, when placed on three different branches in different orders, create up to 33 variations of dawn choruses. CLS premiered the installation at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in May giving audiences a chance to interact with the young people’s wonderful work at our concerts.

 Here’s a short film of the piece in action: https://twitter.com/GawainHewitt/status/1128264293131128832