Earlier this year, the year 10 Engineering students were challenged to solve a problem which was affecting classrooms across the XP trust. We currently have Apple TV boxes tucked behind screens in around 100 classrooms, and they need to be safely attached to a wall. The Engineers began a process of designing and testing prototype Apple TV holders around 6 weeks ago. They calculated the most efficient use of time and materials and last week were ready to put their theory into practice! After some initial fails and a bit of critique, the students settled into their self chosen roles. During this week’s session they refined the production line further, and they increased their production speed from 1 completed holder last time, to 15 in this session. We’re hoping to ramp up production considerably and hit our target of 100 completed units by the end of the term. The students are really motivated to be working on something that will have a positive impact on not just our school community here, but also across the trust.
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
Any questions please email me [email protected]
sessions begin this week for year 11s who are studying the relevant subjects at A-level. This is a fantastic opportunity to bridge the gap between GCSE and A Level As obviously with Covid there are high level concepts that school has not been able to focus on as per Ofqual requirements.
Crew Attenborough had a check in today “What’s your favourite memory from XP?”
“Meeting my best friend “
“Acting in Macbeth”
“Just coming to XP”
“When I leave” (lots of me too’s here)
When it came to my turn I could have gone on forever. Charlie’s dancing, Michaela’s 360* on a rock face, Zack cycling for charity, Chandni’s football skills, gaining new crew members who fitted into our “family” perfectly. James’ and Harley’s passage presentations, group dancing in crew christmas disco,letter from SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH!!! ….. So many happy memories and such pride in every single one of my Attenborough. You brighten my life and I will miss you all so much.
Here is a rundown of some of the beautiful artwork that has been produced by our wonderful XP and XPE students during lockdown 3.0.
As a team, we have been blown away by the effort and resilience that our pupils are showing.
I hope you enjoy having a flick through their work as much as we have.
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!
I’ve absolutely loved working with X23 since we have returned to school! They demonstrate our character traits every day, but have been working especially hard in HUMS this week – check out some shots from History & English!
In history this week we have been focusing on Hitler’s rise to power – some fantastic work around how Nazi leaders spread their messages through using Propaganda. Some brilliant detail here from Jake, Abi, Charlotte, Gracie and Khushi!
In English, a group of students made sure James was up-to-date after missing some sessions. Fantastic group work by James, Scarlett, Cara, Anna, Sophie, Michaela, Jac and Alex! Others worked with Mrs Burns to revise the plot of An Inspector Calls, and delved further into exploring Sheila’s character. Well done Logan, Sophie and Tyler!
Keep up the great work, X23!!!
With the new term and expedition now well under way our check in today was focused on sharing a piece of work from the last few weeks that we were pleased with or proud of.
It was great to see examples from Art, English and Spanish as well as History.
Here are Crew Webb’s choices:
Charlie shared his 3D mask making designs. He has used both his Ipad and more traditional techniques when developing his Steam Punk creation.
Tristan, Loris, Kyra, Sam and Eleanor shared their History assessment on living conditions in the Medieval Period.
Amber also picked her Medieval living conditions assessment but also some of her Spanish work that she had drafted and improved. It’s great to see Crew Webb getting smart through revision and redrafting.
Tom and Kyle choose their work from 2D and 3D art. Here is Tom’s view finder study and Kyle’s steam punk helmet on Boba Fett! Beautiful work boys!
It has been great getting back in crew. I got to spend the first 2 full days with them for their immersion. This was so much fun but had a really important message about being the best version of yourself and that we need to work hard to achieve our dreams.
Students seem to have settled back into school really well, especially in crew. I’m delighted with the way crew are engaging in the topics we talk about and although we started a bit wobbly with not speaking in turn, everyone has quickly got back to using our norms such as not speaking over people and being on time.
We’ve had a slight facelift when it comes to delivering crew across the 2 schools which i think will make our sessions even better. This week we have focused on accelerated reading which allows us to identify students reading age. Being able to read is so important and has a direct impact on their exams. Every Tuesday during crew we will be reading, either individually or as a group looking at texts that will come up in their GCSE’s.
Many of crew Hahn have received post card praises from teachers and learning coaches for their hard work and general attitude since we returned, WELL DONE GUYS!
We are also having a big push in coming to school everyday prepared. This is part of getting smart. If we are not prepared and dont have the appropriate equipment then we can’t work to the best of our ability. Please can you support your child in making sure they come to school everyday with a pen, pencil, ruler, charged device, reading book, water bottle and school bag.
I’d like to thank everyone in crew for adhering to the guidelines for social distancing and following our school procedures. We check each morning that all of crew have washed their hands and don’t have any of the symptoms. As a reminder please dont send your son or daughter (and siblings) to school if they have any of the symptoms. If you are unsure and need further advice please speak with the office staff or check the web posts.
On a Friday afternoon i also get chance to spend More time this year with my crew doing leisure activities. It’s so important for students to do some physical activity, especially during what could be a stressful year for them. Last week we played badminton which was great fun beating them all and I’m looking forward to doing it again this week.
X23 have worked hard today discussing part time jobs. They have extended sentences with when they help around the house, and if they receive any pocket money (it seems that the GCSE Spanish group do a lot just for the fun of it!). You’ve made a great start X23, keep it up!