For the folk at Westbridge Academy, Battersea

  • A few tips for those going back to school

    It’s been a long few months of lockdown and homeschooling, but going “back to school” is definietly on the horizon. Some years have already returned to Westbridge Academy and although the school has changed a fair bit in order to provide a safer environment given Covid-19, the kids seem to be very happy to be back.

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  • It's half term!

    Hi all! Did anyone else forget that it was half term this week? With the weekdays rolling into the weekends, it can be hard to find much seperation between the days but it’s still important to take a little break from the norm. So go a little easy on yourself this week from the routine and the home schooling.

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  • This week at Westbridge

    I am delighted to be starting a new weekly post where I hope to share some stories about what our kids have been up to at home (and at school, whenever that may be!).

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  • A big thank you for our teachers!

    If there’s one thing that we have all learnt during our homeschooling experience, it is that teachers are nothing less than superheroes. We might all be the best parents for our little ones, but we certainly can’t all be the best teachers - for being a teacher requires an extra special kind of magic!

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  • Ideas for scavenger hunts

    A little while back Amber and I went on a scavenger hunt and it was so fun and so easy that I had to share it with you! All you need to do is make a list of things that you want to look for and then go out and about and find them!

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  • Checking in!

    Hi! Just thought I would check-in with you! How’s everyone doing? I really hope that you and all your loved ones are in the best of health and doing well in these stranger than strange times. 7 weeks! Can you believe that we’ve been in lockdown for over 7 weeks now?

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  • Lockdown journals

    What a strange time we’re living through. Although the days are now starting to feel somewhat same-same they are by no means ordinary. In fact, for many of us, this time might be the most unique chapter in our lives so far. So wouldn’t it be special to record our thoughts and feelings during this exceptional time?

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  • Easy peasy science experiments

    I love the idea of doing fun science based experiments with Amber but in reality I am often put off by the effort and mess involved. If you’re the same as me, fear not as I have sifted through lots of these types of activities and selected some really easy ones that you can do with things already in your homes but that will still make your Westbridgers say “wow!

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  • Happy Ramadan!

    Happy Ramadan to all our Westbridge families that are observing the muslim holy month. Ramadan is the month of the year when muslims across the world fast from sunrise to sunset. They break their fast each evening with a meal called “iftar” and at the end of the month there is a special celebration called Eid-ul-Fitr.

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  • Ideas for storytime

    Books and stories allow us to explore far off places and imagine fantastic adventures and characters. Listening to audio books and podcasts is a great activity to encourage some quiet time at home whilst igniting imagination and learning new things! There’s no better time to create a cosy story nook in your homes and try some of the below resources for interactive books and audio stories:

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  • When your kids ask for snacks 399 times a day

    Is anybody else sick of the word “snack”? You’ve just made a lovely meal for your children and you take a breather and hope that you might be left alone for a little bit but then you hear that dreaded sentence “Mum I’m hungry, can I have a snack!”.

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  • My top 5 online learning resources during quarantine

    Our wonderful teachers at Westbridge are doing an amazing job guiding our childrens’ learning while helping us parents with our new make-shift home schools. If you are looking for more high quality online resources to add a bit of variety here are some brilliant ones to check out! All of these are free to use and cover all ages and a huge range of subjects.

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  • Craft packs for Westbridgers

    A huge thank you to our wonderful governors, who have arranged the provision of a very special home pack of craft materials, books and other fun activities for each and every one of our Westbridgers. Much care was taken to make it specific to each class and to ensure they were personalised with each student’s name!

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  • Keeping active while staying at home

    Covid-19 has really put the brakes on a lot of our daily physical activity. The school runs, P.E classes, shopping trips and daily outings have all been paused for the time being. Although we’ve been asked to stay at home as much as possible, we should not stop being active. This is especially important for our kids who really need to do some sort of exercise frequently, not only to keep their bodies and minds healthy but to tire them out for our own sakes too!

    Here are some ideas to get you and your children moving without leaving your home:

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  • How to talk to your children about Coronavirus

    Everyone is talking about the Coronavirus. It’s all over the news and social media and it is dominating our thoughts and discussions. It feels like our lives have changed overnight and these huge changes to our daily routines may seem hard to understand and scary for our children.

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