Online Learning Together
From a teacher's perspective we would like to thank students and parents for what has been an incredibly challenging term. Students' resilience, adaptability and commitment to learning has been well and truly noted.
When the news came through from the Prime Minister on January 4th that students would be learning remotely it’s fair to say my heart dropped and we were all worried about what lay ahead, but I’m pleased to say those fears were quickly alleviated when I logged on to my first lesson that first Tuesday morning to see my Year 11 students smiling back at me (with one or two icons depending on how brave they were feeling).
Although everyone knows it can never replace having students in the classroom, we very quickly got used to this different way of teaching, and whilst the phrases “I can’t find the link Sir” or “I think you’re on mute Miss” cropped up from time to time, everyone’s confidence grew and the work produced by some students was truly exceptional under the circumstances. There is too much to cover here, but walking around the school it was amazing at times to watch and hear Miss Armstrong’s aerobic sessions, drama students paired up and rehearsing scripts remotely, students in all years working collaboratively in groups on google documents in English, and Maths students solving Maths problems on interactive whiteboards.
We should also acknowledge those 50 students that we got to see each day in the ICT rooms. Whilst their peers were at home they came into school every day with a smile on their face (most of the time) and continued with the learning in what was a very surreal environment initially.
Over two weeks has now passed and it's been great to see the school fill up with students. Seeing them back in the classroom (albeit from behind a mask) is a truly lovely feeling and whilst I know we have number of students who may be be feeling anxious, you have our assurances it will be okay and we will get through it together.
If you focus on doing your best and supporting one another everything else will fall into place.
Have a well-deserved and restful Easter break. Mr Beckitt, Vice Principal
Mrs Wright's Live Cook-along
During the lockdown period Mrs Wright's Year 10 Catering class made many meals for their families during their online lessons, cooking along with Mrs Wright live in her kitchen at home. They made a wide variety of dishes based on American and Mexican food. It was a great opportunity to get away from a screen and develop their practical skills whilst also creating dinner for the whole family for later that day.
A Day for Pi(e)!
3.14159… and on and on it goes. Every year, mathematicians around the world celebrate Pi on the 14th March. Here at TMBS we celebrated it on Monday 15th March with plenty of pi-themed activities happening throughout the day. The maths department was beauti-pi-d with puzzles and the first 100 digits, and our maths teachers got into the spirit of things too!
Year 7 looked at how close we could get to pi using fractions. Year 8 calculated the digits of pi using mathematical calculations. Year 9 completed the pi challenge, creating the numbers 1 to 100 using the first 5 digits of pi (3 1 4 1 5).
Year 10 competed to see who could draw the most accurate circle. Year 11 took part in some friendly competition through pi themed dingbats (once we’d explained what dingbats were…). See below for a few for you to try!
Not only were there activities taking place in maths, departments throughout the school also got involved with some of their KS3 classes. In English, Year 7 created some fantastic pi poems and raps! Year 8s practiced their sewing skills by creating perfect circles in textiles, or by creating the mathematical symbol for pi using cheese straws in food. Mrs Wright also had her Year 10s cooking up a storm from meringue pies, fruit pies to even some Dutch strudel - yummy! And at lunch, Mr Palmer cooked up… you guessed it… pies!
Throughout the week, in their maths lessons, students took part in the inaugural TMBS pi digits competition - ‘How many digits can you remember?’ Here are the results:
- Daniel A - 176 digits - Year 7
- Daisy H - 120 digits - Year 9
- Lottie P - 107 digits - Year 8
- Elliot W - 100 digits - Year 10
- Heather W - 100 digits - Year 9
- Mimi B - 85 digits - Year 7
- Joseph S - 57 digits - Year 7
- Oliver T - 51 digits - Year 8
- Phoebe S - 50 digits - Year 10
- Daniel C - 41 digits - Year 7
- Harriet - 37 digits - Year 7
- Emily K - 36 digits - Year 8
- Alice C - 35 digits - Year 10
- Oscar G - 34 digits - Year 7
- Ella W - 31 digits - Year 9
- James C - 11 digits - Year 9
- Zak G - 9 digits - Year 9
- Archie C - 8 digits - Year 9
- Alex L - 8 digits - Year 10
- Ollie - 8 digits - Year 8
- Callum V - 7 digits - Year 10
- Fin S - 6 digits - Year 7
- Cara C - 4 digits - Year 7
Well done to everyone on a fantastic competition! See you all next year for some more pi themed activities and some pie!
Have a great Easter from all of the Maths Department.
A fun way to test your knowledge
It has been a welcome return to school for Year 7 who have been making revision board games in science. Nim Nicholson and Chloe Green produced an animal inspired race-to-the-finish quiz, which included all of the work they had covered during lockdown; and some of their favourite animals.
Rose Harris, Grace Petcher, Flo Nicolle and Cara Christelow reinvented Monopoly with a science theme; including all 3 topics from the current rotation and 3 levels of question difficulty for each. They even made their own money, bank and property which could be used in the game.
All of the students played each other's games and were competing to see who knew the most about science.
Year 7 Challenges
Well done to 7E, who were the Year 7 Christmas Challenge Champions! All tutor groups competed in an 'It's a Knockout' style competition with lots of different games and challenges -their tutors didn't get away with it, they had to get involved too!
The year group have also been reflecting on lockdown and sharing all the positive things they were inspired to do.