There will be an assessment on the first three acts of the play Othello on Monday 5 November for X21 students. I’ve posted guidance and some really useful resources on google classroom to help you prepare. Essentially, you need to read and annotate Act Three and then revise Acts One and Two ready to write about the play on Monday. Any problems or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me!
Every Monday from 3.20 – 4.20 in X08 there will be a support session for any student wishing to attend, starting the first Monday back and running until Christmas. The sessions will focus on grammar and use of language, and each week’s content will be posted from now on using googleclassroom. During the first session we will revisit the present tense. All are welcome!
X21 Have been working hard on their VCERT exams last week but they also have three units of work from year 10 that must be completed. All students have something to work on still and the deadline for this is Wednesday 17th October. Details and guidance are on the Smart portfolio.
If students still have unfinished work after the deadline, they will be invited to attend a catch up session during the holiday.
The nature of this qualification means that if any section of the portfolio is not passed then the whole VCERT cannot be passed. Please ask students to show you the Creative Studies Tracker and encourage them to comment on it if they’ve recently completed work which hasn’t yet been graded.
Science extra sessions will start for all students next week. They are either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. This round of sessions will focus on content which students have not covered in their expeditions so it is vital all students attend so that they are prepared for their mock exams in January.
On Tuesday 9th October students will visit the Globe Theatre in London for fieldwork to watch Othello.
Students need to arrive at school for 07.30 for a prompt departure at 08.00 to ensure traffic does not prevent us from getting to the performance. Our estimated return time is 22.00 again depending on traffic. Please monitor the website for regular updates on our progress. Should we be any earlier or later we will aim to let parents and carers know as soon as is possible.
To give students the most authentic Shakespeare experience possible, we have opted for standing tickets so students will need comfortable clothing and footwear.
Students will need a packed lunch, and can bring additional food for evening meal or they can bring some money to purchase some food from the services on our way home.
Should your child need travel sickness medication or any other general medication such as inhalers, please send this with in the morning and we’ll sort it from there.
Students have a small amount of revision to do over the summer for science. The work covers some of the fundamental knowledge which needs to be retained. This will allow students to make a running start to the year and will help us maximise the time available before their exams next year. Many students are confident with the ideas already so this will require very little work.
Secondly, there are some students who have not completed their ‘answer to the guiding question’ in science. It is important that students complete this before we return. It will be a challenging year for students next year as it is, so it would be beneficial for students not to have to catch up work on previous expeditions.
Finally, I do appreciate there will be weeks where Tassomai can not be done and that the most important thing for students is that they have a rest this holiday, however if Tassomai can be kept ticking over it would be useful to students.
I would be really grateful your support with this.
To both students and families, please have a wonderful summer and enjoy the deserved rest.
Students have been set a note taking task on google classroom that is to be completed by Friday. They will need to read the following information from http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/ir1/chamberlainandappeasementrev1.shtml and produce their own notes in order to build their contextual understanding around the start of WW2.
Students in Years C21 and C22 have the ongoing compulsory extended study of 10 minutes of daily quizzing on the Tassomai science learning programme. This system works to develop students retention and recall of key science facts and concepts by daily quizzing and interleaved retrieval practice. Tassomai done for a least 10 minutes per day will be massively important in ensuring students are GCSE ready. It is only effective when done little and often over the time until GCSE examinations. It is ineffective when not done and left until before exams.
We have been using Tassomai with students in since Christmas and have an expectation that it is done on a daily basis. However, there have been perhaps a significant number of students who have not used the program for many days and continue to do this sporadically despite reminders from members of staff.
We have therefore decided that students who have missed two days or more of quizzing in a week will attend a compulsory extended study session to catch up. Progress will be checked on a Friday and those students who need to then attend compulsory extended study will then do so on the following Thursday. We would greatly appreciate it if parents could give students a nudge to check whether Tassomai has been completed.
Thank you for your continued support in ensuring our students develop strong habits of work and learning and in our aim of becoming exam ready.
As mock exams begin for C21 on Tuesday 9th January Choice GCSE will be moved to Monday 8th January (the first day back) so that students don’t miss out on this time. Please make sure you have everything you need for Choice on Monday.