In the midst of unprecedented times we are doing our utmost to stay on top of our studies (as much as we possibly can!). This first week will have been weird I suspect for most… possibly really hard. It is certainly an adjustment for me trying to create purposeful working time in amongst the carnage that is my energetic little boy! Two students that have made an outstanding start to their independent learning from home are Kyra and Amber… and to be honest I wouldn’t have expected anything less!! These two students embody our mantra of work hard, get smart and be kind and it wasn’t a surprise to me to receive direct contact from both Miss Batty and Mr Said to highlight the quality of the work they have each produced… Well done Kyra and Amber!!
As part of their expedition “Sagas, Sailing and Steel” X24 students will be carrying out fieldwork at Sheffield Hallam University on Thursday 26th March.
Students will be testing the strength of different materials to help them gain a deeper understanding of how Viking swords were strengthened with materials from ancestral bones.
We will be leaving school by coach at 9.00am. We expect to return at around 3.00pm.
Students will need to bring their regular stationary: pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, pencil sharpener.
They will also need to bring a pack-up lunch.
We do not expect to be outdoors for any great length of time so no specialist clothing is required.
X24 students will visit Hatfield Moor during the school day next Monday as part of the immersion into their immersion into their new learning expedition.
Students must dress prepared for the weather. It is likely to be wet/muddy so hiking boots or wellington boots will be needed as a separate change of footwear, along with a plastic bag to place them in.
Students will eat lunch in school as normal.
Skipper will visit Hatfield Moor in the morning and Admiral in the afternoon.
Year 9 will be starting their Passage Presentations on the week commencing 9th December.
If any parents of previous passage students would like to take part as community audience members for our X24 cohort, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Crew Webb have been listening to Miss Hannam’s crew read this week as part of their voluntary Duke of Edinburgh service. The students will also undertake a skill section, a physical section and finally an expedition in order to gain their bronze award.
We would just like to remind you that X24 Presentation of Learning for their current expedition ‘Life through a Lens’ will take place at XP School on Wednesday 10th July at 5pm.
This will be the final Presentation of Learning for Year 8, so it would be brilliant to see you there in support of our students.
This week in Humanities sessions X24 students have been exploring the context of their anchor text Of Mice and Men. As the book is set in 1930’s America we have been studying what life was like at this time and recording our new understanding using a BBK note catcher. All students worked hard to expand their knowledge during these sessions but Milla and Aaisha’s work stood out in terms of it’s Craftsmanship and Quality. Beautiful work girls!
With a few hints, clues and a quick game of hangman, X24 students successfully identified all the components of the new expedition.
Over the next six weeks we will be studying the expedition entitled Life through a Lens and attempting to answer the question “How can the Arts help to uncover the past?”
In todays Humanities sessions X24 students were given an extract of their expedition Anchor Text to perform. As the expedition is yet to be revealed the students had no prior knowledge or understanding of the storyline or characters within the novel. This meant that the students had to grapple with the text and perform their own interpretation of what they had read.
Following such an impressive performance of Romeo and Juliet at the last Presentation of Learning, expectations were high. X24 certainly lived up to such expectations by bringing the extract to life in such a believable way. The medium of drama allowed the class to analyse the two main characters and begin to form an understanding of them before we explore the text in further detail. All students were engaged in these sessions however a few stand out students were Vinnie, Archie, Sam and Joe for their sheer enthusiasm and use of characterisation skills. Excellent work boys, keep it up!
In the afternoon the students looked at iconic photographs taken across different time periods and analysed their importance. Again another session where students worked incredibly hard, especially Skipper!
So that’s the three days of Immersion. It is now time for the students to make connections between the tasks we have done and make considered predictions about our new expedition.
I wonder which student will be successful in guessing our guiding question as we reveal all tomorrow …