What We Are Doing?
We are using our passion and love for singing to not only bring the Elms Bank Community together, but also the wider communities. Many students at Elms Bank have underlying health issues and are classed as 'vulnerable'. As such, we are incredibly grateful to our NHS workers and those on the front line, whose actions go beyond our gratitude.
We wanted to do 'our bit' to support the NHS and raise money through our songs.
Where to See Us?
Follow us on Twitter! @BankElms
True Colours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1hO0_u2ruI
Stand By Me: https://youtu.be/CDzDdkbNCxl
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgosarvJPpA
Make Your Own Kind of Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sos5n4NgPQ
Don’t Look Back in Anger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZ9vjW3TvCk
How It All Began!
Elms Bank is a very 'special' special school. As soon as you walk into Elms Bank you can feel the warmth, love and affection every member of its community has for each other. So many visitors comment on how we make everyone 'feel'. The staff are truly dedicated to their work and each and every one of them go above and beyond in their day to day work.
Many of our students and staff have underlying health issues and the school supported them in their decisions to self-isolate. What we didn't want to lose was our sense of community at this time of isolation. Over the last few weeks, the school's Twitter feed has been alive with fun topics, various challenges and lots of updates so that everyone knows how to get help if they need it. An army of form tutors and pastoral team members have been checking in on families and ensuring they get the right help, at the right time, from the right agency. We've created a virtual school community as strong as the physical one!
To keep our community together, we launched the #KeepSinging challenge. This then evolved into our very own Elms Bank Virtual Choir, which now has over 40 singers! We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the incredible response from the public.
The actual school choir has over 50 members and we have a thriving staff choir. The choirs have performed all over Manchester, as we believe singing keeps our community strong and together. Many of our students main form of communication is through song. Why wouldn't we revert to singing at these worrying times? It is what we at Elms Bank do best!
How To Support Us?
Message us on www.twitter.com/bankelms
Visit our Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elmsbankvirtualchoir
Virtually A Musical
The Arts Team are holding our '#VirtuallyAMusical' week. Each day will focus on different musicals that will be filled with fun musical themed challenges. Click on the links below -
Dear Pupils and Parents
Our next Elms Bank Virtual Choir song is Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King.
If you would like to be a part of the Elms Bank Virtual Choir then this is what you need to do:
1. Play the video of Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Miss Dent’s version only) – the lyrics are on the video!
2. Get a family member to record you singing and signing along
3. Listen through Headphones (so we can only hear your singing)
4. Please take a portrait video and do not crop the video
5. Leave a few seconds on the video before and after your singing
Ask a parent to send the video via whats app message to 07526083676 by Sunday 5th July.
By sending the video, parents are giving permission for the video to be used in the public domain
You can access the song via YouTube:
I can’t wait to see your videos. Get singing!
Mental Health Week
To celebrate Mental Health Week click on the links below for Wellbeing activities -
Relaxation techniques try these techniques -
Try out these activities with the Blob characters -
Click on the link - To celebrate Mental Health Week!
PE - BeActive
Choose an activity a day to keep fit and healthy whilst at home.
Click on this link for further information - BeActive
The Food Safety Week booklet is available to download - just click on this Booklet link
Support for Covid procedures
The below link can support routines, support for covid procedures, do’s and don’ts
Click on this link for further information - Back to School
Please see attached resources that may can help with Covid support -
Home Learning Booklets
In this pack you will find lots of activity ideas for you and your family, just click on the links -
Thrive Home School
Thrive's Last Home School. Click on the links below for more activities -
Free kits to support children with Sensory needs at home, just click on this link for more information -
For a Drawing Challenge see below, and follow the links for more drawing skills
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
Writing inspiration for a range of ages.
White rose maths – a range of mathematics resources that are available for all of our pathways. Students that are working towards GCSE there are a range of planning and activities available. https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/schemes-of-learning/ use the schemes of learning on the link attached to support your children
Times tables rockstars and Numbots – all students at Elms Bank are able to logon to this resource. Great for practice of times tables, students have an avatar that they are able to dress etc as they answer times tables questions correctly. https://ttrockstars.com/
This website has a range of activity packs that are printable for all of our learners. https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/
https://nrich.maths.org/ has a range of activities specific to Mathematics for students particularly within our inspire pathway. Resources focussing upon mathematical problem solving for all age groups from EYFS - primary – secondary level.
Mr Barton maths website has a range of mathematical activities both interactive and non interactive that focus upon key mathematical learning at an inspire level http://mrbartonmaths.com/index.html
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting has a range of interactive mathematical and English based activities for students working at age 3 – 14 years
Practice phonic awareness https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ by using the interactive activities on this website