Amazing prints by X26

Really impressed with Y8’s prints from today’s art lesson.

It was lovely to see the enthusiasm and excitement of the students with this new technique.

 

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. 

Brandan went 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.

Tammy built 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!

Well done crew!

X26 Extended Study – STEAM

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.

Any questions or problems, please contact me:

msaid@xpschool.org

X26 Admiral – STEAM Extended Study – Revision

X26 (Year 7) Admiral have an assessment in STEAM on Thursday of this week.

X26 Admiral Students need to revise for the following two learning targets:

LT6: I can explain how the states of matter are a function of the spacing and movement of the particles that make up a substance.

LT7: I can demonstrate how the motion and spacing of particles in a substance change as the substance changes state of matter.

 

On the Over the Top expedition website, there are lots of resources to help students with their revision. Some students have also taken their STEAM exercise books home to revise.

The expedition website can be accessed from the school homepage at any point by clicking n the menu on Students,  Year 7, 7 Expeditions.

Under “STEAM Case Study 1” there are revision guides, quizzes and example assessment questions.

 

How should my son or daughter revise?

The most important things to remember about revision are that watching videos or reading information are not revision. You can help at home by quizzing your son or daughter and testing what they know.

The most effective way to revise is to do retrieval practice and the apply this knowledge to questions. This video explains how that works.

Students have set their own priorities for revision based on areas for development from mini-quizzes this week.

X26 Skipper – STEAM Extended Study – Revision

X26 (Year 7) Skipper have an assessment in STEAM on Tuesday of next week.

(Due to the staff days Admiral will have their assessment later in the week, I will put an additional post on when Admiral students are prepped for their revision.)

 

X26 Skipper Students need to revise for the following two learning targets:

LT6: I can explain how the states of matter are a function of the spacing and movement of the particles that make up a substance.

LT7: I can demonstrate how the motion and spacing of particles in a substance change as the substance changes state of matter.

 

On the Over the Top expedition website, there are lots of resources to help students with their revision. Some students have also taken their STEAM exercise books home to revise.

The expedition website can be accessed from the school homepage at any point by clicking n the menu on Students,  Year 7, 7 Expeditions.

Under “STEAM Case Study 1” there are revision guides, quizzes and example assessment questions.

 

How should my son or daughter revise?

The most important things to remember about revision are that watching videos or reading information are not revision. You can help at home by quizzing your son or daughter and testing what they know.

The most effective way to revise is to do retrieval practice and the apply this knowledge to questions. This video explains how that works.

Students have set their own priorities for revision based on areas for development from mini-quizzes this week.

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…

X25 fieldwork this week

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.

We plan to return to school by 3pm each day.

X25 Celebration of Learning – REMINDER

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.

We look forward to seeing you this week!

 

Many thanks

C24 Y7 MyMaths extended study

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.
  • Email me through google classroom.

The deadline is Monday evening at 8pm.

Thanks