ALL: We hope you had a lovely holiday. This term BHCS will be sending you regular text messages about key things that are happening at school. They will be a mixture of information and advice.
Year 7: We are looking forward to seeing your son/daughter at school tomorrow for a prompt start at 08:25. Every minute of learning counts.
Year 8,9, & 11: We are looking forward to seeing your son/daughter at school tomorrow for a prompt start at 09:35. Every minute of learning counts.
Year 7: Your child will be undergoing baseline testing in all subjects across the next week to help us better understand their starting point in Secondary School. Reassure these tests are nothing to worry about, they will help us prepare the most appropriate learning journey for your child.
ALL: Your son/daughter will be starting to fill up their Home Learning Timetable. The quality of Home Learning is usually better if they are not distracted by social media and complete tasks in small bite-sized chunks. Have you logged into Century Intelligent Learning to track their English, Maths & Science Nuggets?
Year 7: This half term in English, Year 7 will be learning about English language non-fiction reading and writing with 'Into the Wild'. Maths will focus on Problem Solving, pentominoes, area & diameter, presenting data and Science will be covering 'Being a scientist', cells, practicle theory and mixtures.
Year 8: This half term in English, Year 8 will be learning about English literature with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Maths will focus on writing algebra, surface area and volume and Science will be covering health & lifestyle, The periodic table.
Year 9: This half term in English, Year 9 will be learning about English Literature with 'Macbeth'. Maths will focus on integers, place value, decimals, multiples, factors, primes, indices, roots and BIDMAS and Science will be coveing fundamentals in Biology, Chemistry and Physics with our seperate scientists looking at cells, atomic structure and energy.
Year 10: This half term in English, Year 10 will be learning about English literature and the 'Powerful Settings' series of poetry and also Language Paper 1 Q4. Maths will focus on FOUNDATION: Fractions, decimals, percentages, sampling and averages HIGHER: Pythagoras & trigonometry, graphs and Science will be covering the human digestive system, the circulatory system, non-communicable diseases, bonding, structure & properties of matter.
Year 11: This half term in English, Year 11 will be learning about English literature with 'Blood Brothers'. Maths will focus on FOUNDATION: Quadratic graphs, Volume of non-prisms, standard form fractions HIGHER: Circle theorems & proof, surds and Science will be covering atomic structure, radioactivity, adaptations and competition, forces. With seperate scientists looking at organic chemistry, forces and waves, inheritance.
ALL: Research shows that being on a screen an hour before bedtime can disrupt sleep which, in turn, makes concentration more difficult at school.
ALL: Did you know that ‘Parental engagement plays a significant role in children's learning' (Goodall and Vorhaus, 2010)? Why not ask your child what questions they asked at school today or the three things they learned in one of their lessons this week?
ALL: Having breakfast is important for energy levels - encourage your child to eat something before leaving the house, or ask them to come to our canteen where we will be serving a tasty breakfast range and drinks.
ALL: We want to support your child as much as we can, please can you check their planner and make a note of anything that you need us to know.
ALL: Having a broad and deep vocabulary is one of the factors determining the future of a young person. Encourage your child to read a book and tell you what it is about.
ALL: Reading for pleasure develops empathy and vocabulary. Why not take a trip to the local library with your child to get some books out?
ALL: An organised student is a student who is ready to learn. Has your child still got a full set of equipment for their learning? Please ask them to pack their bag the night before and organise themselves!
All: Research shows that the engagement young people value the most is the interest of their parents—parents asking about school days and offering guidance (Harris and Goodall, 2008). We know that they sometimes don’t tell you much but even the asking about their day can make a difference.