16AM Hub

On this page you will find regularly updated and relevant resources, activities, links, and information for this class from your teachers.

For week beginning 21/10/20

Please find below activities that you can do with your young men for the remainder of the week.
1) Zoom Lessons

  • I am free to do this at any point between 9am and 3pm over the next two days.  Sonia would like us to have at least one lesson on Wednesday and the same on Thursday.  
  • Please advise me of the best times on Wednesday and Thursday when I can arrange a Zoom meeting with you and your son.  Alternatively, if it is easier, just inform me of the times that you cannot do.
  • FYI I do not envisage we need to do a lesson as a whole class.  I can see it working best in groups of 3 or 4.
  • If a Zoom meeting will not be possible for you but a phone call would be, then please let me know that and the times that would suit you.
  • The purpose of the Zoom lesson will be to see how you all got on with the work set and what arrangements might improve the learning going forward. I appreciate this may not be possible with the first Zoom lesson – the focus of the is could be for a social connection for the young men and an opportunity for you to ask me about any of the arrangements that I have set out below. 

2) Additional work In addition to the Zoom lesson, I’ve been asked to arrange with you the best means for your son to receive any additional work and how this could be returned to me and marked.  There will be different ways that this can be done, so I need to discuss with you what you think best suits you and your son’s context.
3) The HubAll work will be posted in ‘The Hub’ that is located within the School’s website.  The learning hub can be found at:
Password: Hub2020

4)The work for this week – you will see I have set different tasks for numeracy and literacy.  Please choose the task you think is best suited to your son’s needs.


A favourite takeaway. 

Version A     Write a fact file about someone’s favourite takeaway. Ask an adult at home what is their favourite take-away and why this is their choice.  Is there a particular meal from this take-away that they like? What do they like to drink when having this meal?  Where in the house do they like to eat it? (e.g. dining room, in front of the TV).

Version B      Ask an adult at home what is their favourite takeaway.  Take a picture of the menu that they use to order it and the place in the house that they like to eat it in.


A favourite takeaway. Version A  Calculate the total price of your adult’s favourite meal, including the drink.  If you only had cash to pay with and that was a £20 note and three £10 notes, which notes would you need to use and what would the change be?

Version B Imagine all the people in your house are having a take-away (including yourself).  How many knives and forks do you need to get out?  How many plates?  How many glasses for drink?

Life Skills

Help out with one job per day at home that your parents ask you to do.  Get them to take photos of you doing it.

I appreciate that the above details are a lot to take on board.  I’d like to stress that if you feel the above arrangements do not work in your setting, we can discuss this and arrange alternative arrangements.  Sonia and everyone else at Osborne are very aware that teaching at home is VERY different to learning at school.  I recall doing it with my own children earlier this year – NOT easy.

We will prevail!
Best wishes,
Adam Mallord.

Work for week beginning 6.7.20

Work for week beginning 29.6.20

Dear All,

I hope that you are all keeping safe and sane.

Please keep in touch – it’s lovely to hear from you, even if it’s just a short phrase to indicate all is 

well. Thanks to all of you that have contacted me to date.

If you want a Zoom meeting between your young person and any other pupils, please let me know.  I will of course forward the links for the Makaton Choir and Rubik’s Cube.

Pass on my best wishes to your young people – I am missing them!  

Best wishes,


Below is a themed-based collection of activities.  All the resources referred to are located on the class page for 9ENLM.  Contact me if you want any alternative activities.

International Plastic Bag Free Day

It’s high time to create a Plastic Bag Free World!

The International Plastic Bag Free Day is a unique opportunity to spread the word that a plastic bag free world is possible and that sound environmental alternatives to single use plastic bags are available.

•        Create a poster about this event! Use the Plastic fact sheet to help you.

•        Read the Newspaper article and answer the questions.

•        Complete the recycling sorting activity and be extra mindful of the recycling you do at home. Can you monitor it for a week making sure everyone in your house is recycling everything that can be?

•        Complete the recycling-based Maths challenges.

•        Evaluate different bags using the attached sheet & design your own reusable bag.

Work for week beginning 22.6.20

Work for week beginning 15.6.20

Week beginning: Monday 04/05/20

I hope that you are all well and staying positive.  On Friday this week it will be the 75th anniversary of VE day.  If we had been at school it is likely that we would have devoted the day to it and enjoyed a range of special activities.  As a result for this week I have selected and created a range of ideas all focusing on this very special occasion. As always choose what you want from these suggestions.  If you want alternatives please email me.

Zoom. Remember if you want to arrange a chat with me, other students in 16AM or in different classes, please let me know.  I’d be delighted to arrange it.  Please do not feel under any pressure to do so though.  If you think it would upset the routines that you have set up at home then it would seem counter-productive to use Zoom.

Keep in touch. Thank you so much for the replies I had lastweek.  Please can I just remind you that Sonia has requested that you keep in touch each week with me so I check that everyone is keeping ok and well.  Just a brief one or two word response would be fabulous so I know and can pass onto Sonia that you are all ok.  .

Reports. As I mentioned last week I am preparing the summer reports.  Please could you have a look at the pupil comments document I sent last week?  If you could get some idea of how your son/daughter feel about school for their reports that would be fantastic.  These comments are such a great addition to their school reports. Thanks to all of you who have already responded.

Work for week beginning 27.4.20

Work for week beginning 20.4.20

Please excuse the lack of new work last week.  This was due to a technical issue that is now resolved.  Please use what was posted yesterday for this week but bear in mind the school’s advice – these activities are just suggestions. Please don’t feel like you have to use them – the school does not want you or your young people to feel overwhelmed.  For all of those students in years 10 and 11 who were studying ‘The World Around Us’, the exam board we use (WJEC) is working on a solution to enable your son or daughter to receive their qualification.  When I have their answer I will pass it on to you.

Take Care, Adam Mallord

Work for week beginning 13.4.20

Work for week beginning 6.4.20

Theme: This term we were studying the literacy and numeracy skills relevant to shopping as independently as possible.

Please find attached some suggestions for more activities.  As before, please view them as a menu of ideas that you can dip into if you feel it is appropriate and profitable for your son/daughter. If you want an alternative form of activity, please email and we can discuss/arrange suitable alternatives.

In addition I know that a number of our pupils will be missing their classmates.  I’ve now experienced using Zoom during Rubik’s Cube this week.  If any of you would like to set up a group chat involving your young person and another Osbourne student, please let me know.  If the pupil is not in 16AM it is possible that you could still contact them.  If you would like support in such an effort, please just email me.

Best wishes,

Adam M



The school subscribes to a website called ‘My Maths’.  The username = ‘osborne’ and password = ‘square’.  Please note that you should not use capitals when entering these words.

This is an excellent resource with many, many activities available.

In fact there are so many activities to explore that at first use it can be quite overwhelming.  To help avoid this, please try exploring the ‘Money and finance’ activities in the ‘Number’ section of the website. I’ve included a picture of what the screen should look like when you are in the correct area of the website.

At first work through a lesson and the activities contained in the lesson.  Find out what your son/daughter can do independently.  DO NOT use the home works, certainly at first.  As always, email me with any questions.


Rapid Plus is a website that provides students with books that they can read and comprehension questions designed to assess and develop their understanding of stories. 

This is the relevant link.


You will need an individual username and password for your son/daughter.  It is case sensitive so please type in the username and password exactly as they appear, with capital and lower case letters in the places as shown in the email I will send after this one. I need to email these to you individually to abide with data protection legislation.

If you think the books are too easy or too hard, please let me know and I will arrange to get a more appropriate set of books assigned to your son/daughter’s account.


Use the gardening and familiar objects and routines/activities around the house as basis for numeracy and literacy & speech/language development.



Sorting by 1 / more than 1 criteria – clothes, books, toys e.g red toys/blue toys, red hard toys, soft blue toys.

Work for week beginning 30.3.20

Dear Parents/Guardians of 16AM,

As always I hope that you, your family and friends are well.

I’ve been reflecting on the best type of activities that I can share with you.  I’ve read comments on social media about how many parents are worried about the educational needs of their children.  I think a number are trying to do too much and do it in a formal school-like manner. 

The teacher/pupil/school context is so different from the parent/off-spring/home environment.  What works at school will not always work at home.  I am experiencing this myself as a parent.

Please feedback and let me know:

  • What’s working
  • What is not
  • The types of skills and knowledge that you would like to focus on/support that you want

We have a wonderful group of learners in 16AM, all with their own strengths and needs.  I want to ensure that what we do with them is useful for their development and as much fun as possible.  

One final point – you may be aware of this already but there is an online app called ‘Zoom’.  This was created as a way of business people to conduct meetings on line.  It is now increasingly being used for groups of people to socialise with each other whilst staying in their own homes. It might be that your son/daughter would want to talk to some friends via it. 

The key details are:

  • It is FREE and under the basic free package, you get the following:
    ~ Host up to 100 video participants
    • Unlimited number of meetings
    • Unlimited 1 to 1 minutes
    • 40 mins limit on group meetings
      Video conferencing features
      Web conferencing features
      Group collaboration features
    • Security

Stay safe and sane.  

Best wishes,

Adam Mallord, Class Teacher

Theme: This term we were studying the literacy and numeracy skills relevant to shopping as independently as possible.

Maths websites




Google image search of 1ps, 2ps etc

Looking at the online ordering app of a supermarket, selecting a shop for a sinlge meal or number of meals and using a calculator to add up the total cost of the shop.


Looking at the online ordering app of a supermarket and reading the items needed for a shop– ranging from one for a single meal up to several meals.

The school is looking to provide all pupils/parents with online access to the Rapid Plus and Dockside reading programmes.  Currently a few logistical details are being dealt with but once I have the relevant websites/user names and passwords, I will share them with you.

In the meantime if your son/daughter has any books they like to read, please re-read them together and use them as a basis for questions using Blank level questions or constructing sentences using colourful semantics (see below).


Use the gardening and familiar objects and routines/activities around the house as basis for numeracy and literacy & speech/language development.


Sorting by 1 / more than 1 criteria – clothes, books, toys e.g red toys/blue toys, red hard toys, soft blue toys.

Literacy/speech and language

Colourful semantics – who/what doing/what/where –   based on every day, engaging activities. Please see email for more details. If you haven’t recieved an email, please email HERE.


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