GCSE Geography Fieldwork

Students in Year 9 and Year 10, who have chosen GCSE Geography as their common mission choice, will be going on fieldwork on 23rd June to Sheffield city centre.

As part of the exam specification requirements for their Paper 3 exam, students will be collecting primary data during the fieldwork (we will be observing Covid guidelines and maintaining the school bubbles where possible). During their lessons in school, they will be analysing, presenting, evaluating and drawing conclusions from the fieldwork to prepare them for this section of the exam.

The fieldwork is based on the theory learnt in the Urban Issues and Challenges section of the course and will be focusing on the level of success and impact of regeneration (or lack of it!) in different area’s of Sheffield’s CBD.

Students will need to arrive to school at the normal time and we will be back to school by 3:15. Students will need :

  • a packed lunch and a drink.
  • appropriate clothing for the weather that day as we will be outside all day. We will be walking roughly 5 miles around the centre so comfortable shoes are a must!
  • Any inhalers/epipens etc if needed – staff will have a first aid kit/spares just in case
  • a couple of pens Sheffield Travel Guide | Sheffield Tourism - KAYAK

Any questions please email me [email protected]

Students in Year 10 have their Science mock papers on the afternoons of Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th May.

We have started revision in class and each student has been asked to join a group in Seneca where they can work through some revision activities.

The papers will be on the areas of study from their expeditions this year.

Paper 1: Monday 17th May PM – Communicable and non-communicable diseases

Paper 2: Tuesday 18th May PM – Magnetism and electromagnetism, hydrocarbons, electricity and alternative energy sources.

Information on effective revision in Science can be found here.

Students have access to a digital textbook through Kerboodle. There are some hard copies of textbooks which we can loan out if students prefer. They can get those from me.

X24 Art: Beautiful Work

Year 10 started this expedition with an immersion task practising their skills on digital design apps.  Students worked on a range of devices and using different apps which allowed them to edit and filter images that they’d chosen.  We grappled with the apps and started off by creating a horror film poster.

We also looked at the principles of good design, and then started to create our own posters for the fictional movie – Emerald Bay.  Miss Taylor and Mr. Jackson were really pleased with the work that everyone managed to produce – especially considering the wide range of skills and experience that the classes started out with.  Well done year 10!

X24 Superbug: Toilet twinning Fundraising

Before Christmas, students in X24 were learning about a possible extinction point, that of the Superbug. The Product is to raise money for the toilet twinning scheme. The scheme aims to supply a toilet or a block of toilets to parts of the world who have limited or no access to sanitation.

This charity is even more important under our current circumstances, given that one of the big drives in helping to control coronavirus, is good hygiene.

To raise money for this, students in X24 are going to walk two miles, with 4 litres of water on their back to ‘walk in the footsteps’ of communities where this is the only way of having any hope of hygiene. This will all be done in their own time.

To Sponsor X24, please donate via this link

If you have any further questions about this, please email me: [email protected]

YEAR 9: New birdwatching world record*

We have a new record in Year 9 for the most birds spotted in a single session.

Kyle in X24 spotted an incredible 60 birds from 14 different species, including a sparrow hawk and two herons.

Whilst we have not set any work for students in Year 9 to complete over the two week break we would love it if they continued with their birdwatching, bug hotels and bird boxes. Please remind them to send us lots of photos. We are in competition with XP East for the most birds spotted.

*not verified by Norris McWhirter

Beautiful work in STEAM

This week I would like to appreciate a number of students for all sorts of reasons in STEAM.

We have just had our closing circle in a hangout meeting and reminded the students that we appreciate their efforts in such challenging times.

There are a number of challenges that students have been working on, linked to the learning targets of our new expedition:

  • building bug hotels
  • building bird boxes
  • bird spotting
  • doing citizen science research in Zooniverse

We’d love to see more photos from these challenges over the two-week break. But most importantly we want students to stay safe, and where possible to enjoy nature.

Here are my appreciations for the week. More images of beautiful work can be found in our expedition gallery by clicking on this link.

 

Happy Birthday Harrison!

Firstly, a huge happy birthday to our newest member of crew – Harrison! We all hope you have a lovely day, even in lockdown! Also, a belated happy birthday to Courtney’s dad, Chris – check out the birthday cake Courtney made for him!

This week also saw the participation in Crew Quiz #2. The winner this week was….

*Drum Roll Please*…

Heather!

Well done everyone! We stuck with the same categories, but Heather reigned supreme with general knowledge, her knowledge of films, music and capital cities!!! Well done Heather!

Imogen this week has blown us away. She has created the most extraordinary bug hotel, and in true Imogen fashion, has named it ‘Bugwarts: School of Wingcraft and Foragery’. Check out some of the amazing work – Imo even provided a step-by-step of how it magically came to life! Hopefully some of the local insects will pass their entrance exams and fly into Bugwarts. They’ll need to work hard to achieve their OWLs, though!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the finished product….

 

Amazing! Great work, Imogen!

I also wanted to showcase something that makes me smile every time i get an email like it. It’s wonderful to receive recognition of crew’s achievements, and it demonstrates how hard they continue to work during these uncertain times!

Another big appreciation goes to Heather this week – you’ve been working really hard following your weekly work plan, and it’s paying off – i was so happy to hear you achieved 100% on one of your Hegarty Maths quizzes! Well done!

It feels weird to be signing off this week, because under normal circumstances, i’d be waving crew off for a 2 week break. Some of my crew still have some outstanding work, so unfortunately this does need to caught up on during your break. Those that need to do this already know who they are, and i’ll send an email to you with outstanding tasks that are compulsory. Please do ensure you are up to date with these, ready and prepared for next term. Staff won’t be setting additional work, so it’s a good opportunity to catch up. I’ll be checking in in a week or so to see where you’re at. 

Over & out for 2 weeks -have a rest, get some sunshine (hopefully), and be kind to yourselves and your family!

Miss C x

X24 – Closing Circle Hangout Meeting

This afternoon at 3.00pm we will be hosting a hangout for all of Year 9 across both schools to find out how they have been getting on with their STEAM immersion challenges.

Students can join the meeting by logging into their school account and going to:

http://g.co/meet/c24steam

Attendance for the launch hangout was fantastic. Thanks to all of our families for your continuing support.

#wearecrew

ETCH A CELL RESEARCH PROJECT

We need our student to help with important medical research!

In this second challenge of the new Year 9 learning expedition: Here Comes the Sun, mitochondria research scientists in London need our students’ help.

Nearly every cell in our body contains hundreds to thousands of mitochondria. These tiny structures are incredibly important. They are often referred to as the ‘powerhouses’ of the cell. This is because they convert the fat, protein and sugar from the food we eat into the energy we need to survive.

We couldn’t live without mitochondria, and if they do not work properly it causes very serious problems.

Students’ job is to identify mitochondria in images of cells at a very high level of magnification.

Volunteers like our students’ work will eventually train AI computers to help analyse new data even faster. This will help the scientists to do their research more quickly and develop new drugs.

More details can be found on Google Classroom or on the immersion section of our expedition website.

 

THIS WORK CAN ALSO COUNT TOWARDS DofE Volunteering during lockdown too!