We are back to school for a new term. Back to home learning and trying our best – having good days and bad days and just trying to get through and stay safe.
Crew EJN were ready for a break and a little time off last week. Luckily the weather was absolutely stunning!
This is what crew got up to:
Arthur went on lots of walks, met his grandad and took Dotty the dog for a walk and play. He had his first KFC in months (Its was delicious!) He went to Birkin fisheries for ice cream and a picnic and he saw lots and lots of ducklings. He also made a bug hotel for his garden by cutting lots of bamboo up and putting twigs around an old pop bottle in a plant pot. He also painted a pebble to say thankyou to the NHS.
Arthurs bug hotel
Arthurs first KFC for months
Arthurs NHS painted pebble
Brandanwent to Cleethorpes for the day (social distancing of course) and sat and played on the beach. He also went to his sisters for the day where they had a new pool and a 7ft dinosaur sprinkler called Dino.
Tammybuilt a bird table and found an old colouring book to colour in.
As well as being out in the sunshine, crew were still keeping busy with their home learning tasks.
Max has created some lovely artwork based on the artist Kandinsky
Crew EJN have also made a cracking start on their Visual Dairies for their new expedition called ‘Above all, compassion’. Here are their front covers
Im really proud of crew EJN and all their hard work. They have enjoyed their holiday and have got back to working hard with their home learning!
Students in X26 have now been introduced to Tassomai. We’ve had a great session today!
Tassomai is a quizzing app which tracks student progress and builds the level of challenge over time. It will also return to previously studied questions automatically to check that new knowledge is being retained over time.
This will be an ongoing extended study for every week. Each week students need to complete their daily goals for at least 4 out of the 7 days.
There is a Tassomai app which can be downloaded from the app store or google play.
I will check that students have been completing this each every Friday.
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…
A reminder that year 7 students will be visiting sites of former quarries to study Doncaster’s rock strata this week.
7 Admiral will be going on Wednesday 20th March.
7 Skipper will be going on Thursday 21st March.
Students will need a pack up lunch, a pencil and clothes that will keep them warm and dry. Long trousers or bottoms will be needed as we will be going through some overgrown areas. Wellies are preferable as it is likely the areas will be muddy.
A reminder that the X25 (Year 7) celebration of learning is this Wednesday evening, 19th December from 5.30pm until around 7.00pm.
It is important that every student has someone from their family at this event as it helps to provide an authentic audience for their work in what will be a great celebration of their efforts in their very first learning expeditions at XP.
Students are asked to dress smartly as this is a formal occasion. Students can bring a change of clothes or can choose to attend in smart clothes for the whole day.
Student must stay in school between 3.15pm and the start of the celebration of learning. They will be given some time to relax after school and before the last rehearsals, so they can bring a pack up tea if they choose.
This term we are looking at the efficiency of energy transfers as part of our expedition “Where is away?”. An important part of this is being able to work out and interpret efficiency when expressed as a percentage.
All Year 7 students have been set 3 MyMaths exercises as a baseline to test their knowledge of working out percentages of amounts.
If students are stuck they can:
Watch the videos linked here: https://corbettmaths.com/2013/02/15/percentages-of-an-amount-calculator/
Click on the lesson in MyMaths before trying the online homework.
All year 7 students will be taking part in a presentation of learning at Tichkill Community Library on Thursday 5th April.
Students will be showing their lift the flap books, organ system games and discussing their knowledge of the Medieval Period from their last learning expedition with an audience of primary age children and their families from around Tickhill.
Students will leave and return in the school day. They will travel by minibus and spend around 1 hour at the library in four different groups over the course of the day. There is no need for students who have a school meal to bring apack-up lunch as the group that go out over lunchtime will be made of students that normally bring a pack-up anyway.
We will post photographs and videos where we can, subject to members of the audience granting their approval.