X26 Admiral were in the lab yesterday focussing on separating mixtures. This is part of our investigations for two case studies looking at how soldiers in the trenches could clean dirty water and how they could avoid harm during a mustard gas attack.
In this session we separated sand and salt by first mixing with water. Since sand is soluble, we could then filter to separate the sand. Following this we used an evaporating basin to separate out the salt.
Every member of the class achieved some great results and managed to separate the sand from the salt.
Here are Mollie and Becky with their finished experiment and Hubert’s prediction of what would happen:
This week in XBlock Drama Year 7 have been working on their use of characterisation skills. The task in today’s lesson was to create still images of traditional children stories such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The students worked hard to create images that were interesting and realistic. I was really impressed with the craftsmanship and quality of their work!
Crew EJN and SHA joined forces on Thursday to watch the stories on this weeks episode of Newsround.
We discussed the following:
New rules that Instagram have put in place about advertising dieting products. The pupils agreed with this rule and discussed positive body image and how social media can affect the way you feel about yourself.
We spoke about Mrs Hannam’s favourite topic (not) … Brexit and our Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He has been asked to come up with a new Brexit solution before the end of September.
Burger Kings decision to stop giving plastic toys out with their kids meals. The pupils agreed that this was a good idea and would help to reduce the use of plastic and help the environment.
A swimmer called Sarah Thomas who swam for 54 hours (non stop!) for a total of 130 miles! Students said that she was extremely brave and showed lots of courage.
It was lovely to spend time together as crews and will look into joining forces again to discuss what is happening in the world.
School starts on Tuesday 27th August where we will be embarking on a week of crew.
Throughout the week students require to be at school at normal time (8:30) but finish times will be slightly different depending on the schedule for the day. Students will require a pen, pencil and ruler this week and a kit list has been sent out for Wednesday and Thursday.
The week’s schedule is as follows:
Tuesday- In school with a normal finish time of 3:15. There is no extended study in school this week.
Wednesday – Out of school on crew activities so students will need a backpack with a packed lunch, a bottle of water, hiking boots and waterproofs. Please can students come to school in trainers not their walking boots. We are expected to be back at school for around 5pm.
Thursday- Out of school on crew activities so students will need a backpack with a packed lunch, a bottle of water, hiking boots and waterproofs. Please can students come to school in trainers with their walking boots in their bag. We are expected to be back at school for around 5pm.
Friday- Students are in school all day. Their week will be completed with a Presentation of Learning commencing at 2:15 which parents are invited to come and support their students where they will be answering their Guiding Question.
Last week I posted the excellent field work and data collection of the local ecosystem, that X25 completed. This week, students used the data collected to built food chains and then grappled incredibly hard to build an XP ecosystem food web.
Learning Target: I can combine food chains to form a food web.
Next week, we will be investigating what might happen if disease killed one of the species in XP ecosystem or a completely new species was introduced…
In X25 we are looking at facades of buildings and artists who are influenced by them. They have used a range of media to re-create one of the artist compositions.
Today we have gone outside to draw from observation and look at one point perspective, making our observational drawings look realistic. Here they are working hard!
Extended study has been set for X25 to take photographs of their own house (focussing on the facade). They can also take photographs of interesting facades in Doncaster or of a friends/family house. They need to have their photographs ready for x-block session next week.
X25 Admiral will be carrying out fieldwork on Wednesday 20th March.
X25 Skipper will be carrying out fieldwork on Thursday 21st March.
On each day students should arrive at school at the usual time.
The fieldwork is located at a range of former quarries where students can study the bedrock and superficial deposits in detail, as well as taking measurements of the dimensions of each site. Students are expected be back in school for the regular time of 3.15pm
Student will need to be prepared for the weather. Long trousers and sleeves are best as we will be walking through some overgrown areas. Welliesand a raincoat are advisable whatever the weather.
Students will need a pack up lunch, they can take this in their normal school bags. We can provide lunch for students on free school meals.
Student will also need a bottle of water and suncream.