It’s all go at XP after our time at home during the lockdown. It’s so good to have the crew back together again. I’m really proud of crew Kahlo for settling back into their school routine (even though they’re all a bit tired). Each and every member of crew has made a fantastic start to Year 8 and has received some lovely feedback from their teachers.
For our first day back we had a full day together to re-connect and catch up.
I was impressed with their mature attitudes towards the new rules that we have to follow to stay safe in school. They also let off a little steam by playing a few games outside to get some fresh air…
We discussed ideas for crew pledges to try and help each other when we need support
The crew has had some changes this week like our first whole school virtual community meeting:
We also had the introduction to ‘Wise Wednesdays’. For our first week, we were looking at ‘Understanding Identity’. We discussed how social and cultural factors help to shape our identity. It was a chance for the crew to explore who they were as people and think about how others see them. It was challenging for some members of the crew but they grappled with the tasks and supported each other. It was lovely to have the chance to speak to them all about ‘what makes them who they are’.
Crew EJN have produced some beautiful work based on the artwork of Wassily Kandinsky during lockdown.
They have also started their new expedition ‘Above all, compassion’ off with a bang by designing a storyboard to show the environmental changes during ‘The Lorax’.
There is a website that has been created especially for this expedition to help pupils find the tasks that they need to complete and to give them extra guidance. The link for the website is here.
Keep up the good work crew and remember that I want you to concentrate on the most recently set tasks on google classroom and try to meet your deadlines. If you fell behind with the work from the beginning of lock down – that needs to be done after you finish the new work.
Crew EJN were treat to breakfast during crew time today. They worked great as a team to prepare toast and hot drinks and also cleaned up the room really well.
It was a really good way to end this term and have a bit of a chill and chat while we were discussing ‘kindness’. A student from crew had created a presentation all based round the importance of kindness to others and how unkind behaviour and actions can really affect someone and hurt their feelings.
It was a lovely atmosphere and pupils got their fill of biscuits, toast, brioche rolls, hot chocolate, tea and coffee!!
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:
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.