Crew EJN working on their teamwork

Crew EJN discussed what they thought good teamwork looked like then put this into action whilst playing benchball to burn off some of their energy!

We played against crew HMI over at XPE and are going to organise a re-match where we will meet again and test our teamwork within crew!

Our crew circled up half way through the game to discuss how they could change their tactics to win. They took it in turns to voice their ideas. Harrison was a natural leader who took the lead.

It was brilliant for our crew to spend some time outside the classroom and having fun whilst learning about eachother and developing our skills. Well done crew!

Mon – Fri with Crew MRO

On Monday Crew MRO used Academic Crew time to analyse their HOWLs data and celebrated the positive while also discussing where improvements could be made.

To conclude Friday Crew time we checked out by sharing a positive comment about somebody else in our Crew.

There is always room for improvement in Crew MRO to help us produce more beautiful work and to grow our characters even further but it was also really good to finish the week celebrating the great things we already see in each other.

I’m very proud of my Crew and we will continue to work hard to reach for the top of that mountain.

There once was a crew at XP…

It’s been a great start to a new term for Crew JNI: lots of praise, thoughtful pledges for the new term, and another fantastic Friday crew session!

Instead of our usual Friday Book Club, we had a bit of a change this week and did a Poetry Club. We looked at Edward’s Lear’s Book of Nonsense, thinking about what makes good nonsense poetry, and the structure of the Limerick.

Everyone in Crew JNI then got to produce their own nonsense poetry, and the results were wonderful and wondrously nonsensical! We were all howling with laughter — the perfect end to a lovely first week back, for what will surely be another term where we all get smart, work hard, and be kind.

Crew EJN making pledges for this term

Crew EJN (X26) have been making pledges this week. Everyone in crew has made a pledge that they want to achieve this term. Here are some examples:

  • Finish my extended study on time
  • Have the correct equipment
  • Improve my handwriting
  • Come to school earlier
  • To be more organised
  • Listen more in sessions
  • Come to school everyday
  • Always try my best
  • To concentrate and focus more in sessions
  • To get more praises this term

As a crew, we will re-visit these pledges each week to see if we are on track to achieve them.

Well done crew EJN! Lets fulfil these pledges!

What would be your pledge this term?

X26 student showing us how it should be done!

I wanted to give a student in my Crew a special mention for her hard work since starting XP in September. She will probably hate that I have made a fuss and posted this – but I wanted to share this beautiful book review that she passed on to me.

Nida from crew EJN in X26 produced this review based on the book ‘Ratburger’ by David Walliams in her own time. She wanted other pupils to be able to read it and know a little more information about the book before reading it. Nida really loves reading and gets through a few books per week.

She thought that producing book reviews like this might help other pupils who don’t have the same love of reading as she does.

I think you will agree with me that this is a really beautiful piece of work and I am looking forward to reading another book review!

Well done Nida! Keep up the good work!

p.s. please don’t be angry with me for posting this!

Beautiful Book Club

This week in Crew JNI we have been focusing our discussions in Academic Crew around our HoWLs. We each spoke about where we have seen other students working hard, getting smart, and being kind in sessions. Crew members spoke passionately about the hard work they have seen within lessons, and deconstructed what it means to work hard, get smart and be kind.


We finished this week off with our Friday Book Club. This week, we read a chapter of The Giver  together before students went and produced some amazing ‘Blackout Poetry’ (pictured below). The poetry is created by picking out and circling certain words in a text to create a poem. Students worked hard on this, creating poetry from the chapter we had read, and I think you’ll agree, they produced some amazing pieces. Keep up the good work, Crew JNI!

X26 XBlock Drama

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!

Excellent work X26!


Crew JNI Vote for Ambassadors

This week in crew we have voted for our ambassadors — members of our crew that will give tours to visitors coming to XP.

First of all we deconstructed the notion of ‘ambassador’ and we listed some features of excellent ambassadors. Then, crew had a short opportunity to write some reasons why they would be a great ambassador before speaking in front of crew.

The speeches were impassioned and showed the dedication of students that love their school. Even when some members of our crew couldn’t find the right words, others helped them by telling them why they were so amazing!

We voted in our private polling station (the cupboard). The votes were counted and Reuben and Ava were elected! Well done, you two.

We finished off the week by writing one word that summed up our day and unpacking these together. Support for those who needed it was heartfelt and warming, as everyone left feeling wonderful and positive, ready for a restful weekend!


Crew EJN and SHA join forces to watch and discuss Newsround this week

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.

Well done crew EJN and SHA!