It is wonderful to welcome back our students in Year 8 and 9 today, they have certainly returned with renewed energy and enthusiasm!
Today, is all about Crew. Students have been spending their time today reflecting on the past few months, learning how to keep themselves safe whilst in school and most importantly reconnecting as a Crew.
I have had the pleasure of spending time in each of the Crew’s and it is great to see the students engaged, working collaboratively and happy!
Learning Maths remotely, like other subjects, can be really difficult. Then when you also ask students to show their working out, it get be even harder. Below shows some of the exceptional work that is going on at home from X25. Keep up the resilience X25!
Year 8 have been working hard this week on an Art assessment for their expedition “I’ve got the Power”. Students have been experimenting with oil pastels, learning how to blend colours and create texture. In this assessment they had to work from a photographic source to create their own image relating to power generation. Here, you can see members of 8 Skipper producing beautiful work for their assessed pieces.
On Tuesday X25 went on fieldwork to Oakham Castle to enhance their understanding of the Medieval Period. Oakham Castle worked really hard to create an itinerary which built upon our learning in the classroom. Throughout the day we did a variety of interactive and thought provoking tasks such as taking part in a Peasants’ revolt role-play, playing a game called ‘Surviving the Black Death’ where groups of peasants had to battle to survive against all odds and participating in a debate over democracy verses dictatorship in the courtroom of the Great Hall.
We all throughly enjoyed immersing ourselves in medieval life. The students came back into school yesterday with a stronger understanding of the context and events of this time period. Which is exactly what fieldwork is all about! If you haven’t been before Oakham Castle it is certainly worth the visit!
On Tuesday 21st January, all of X25 will be going on fieldwork to Oakham Castle in order to further develop their knowledge and understanding of the Medieval Period.
This is going to be an important piece of fieldwork as it links directly to our new expedition which is entitled ‘I’ve Got the Power!’ with the guiding question of ‘How does power affect us?’
Students need to ensure they are at school by 8.15am as the coach will be leaving at exactly 8.30am. The students will then return to school at 5.45pm.
As some of the activities are outside and involve physical movement, students will need to dress accordingly. Therefore, warm clothes that are easy to move in would be most appropriate.
Students will also need to bring a packed lunch that they can eat whilst at Oakham Castle.
We are aware that this is the day after the Presentation of Learning at CAST Theatre, so students maybe tired, however this is an opportunity that cannot be missed. So please help us to make sure that all students attend.
If you have any further questions about the Fieldwork next week please do no hesitate to contact school or the students Crew Leader.
Last term students in X25 studied the expedition entitled ‘Should I stay or should I go?’ with the guiding question of ‘Why should we care about Migration?’
Our final product for this expedition is a documentary that explains our answer to this question. The first screening of this documentary will shown at X25 Presentation of Learning next Monday 20th January at 5.30pm at Cast theatre, Doncaster.
Every student will be expected to attend on Monday with one ticket for one adult companion. Unfortunately, as the theatre has a full capacity of 130 people, students are unable to invite more than one person. Students need to make their own way to and from CAST theatre as transport will not be provided.
Therefore to allow students to showcase their hard work to more relatives/friends we are putting on another screening at XP EAST on Thursday 23rd January at 4.30pm.
Please arrive in enough time to be seated before the screening begins.
We look forward to sharing our expedition with you.
Students in X25 were joined by members of the Conversation Club on Tuesday afternoon where they hosted a variety of different board games.
We particularly enjoyed catching up with those we have met previously and showing off our more competitive sides!
We were keen to show the asylum seekers that they no longer need to feel ‘isolated’ like they had previously told us, because they are welcome in our community any time!
Some students were involved in filming aspects of our final product today too, capturing the action using the specialist equipment with help from our expert, Geoff Hewitt. We would like to appreciate Geoff for allowing us to have this opportunity.
Filming our journey throughout the expedition helped us to reflect on just how much we have learnt. Later into the afternoon students took time to silently reflect on their thoughts and feelings. Some were interested to see how they had changed, and we were all moved by what we had heard and learnt over the past couple of months.
We would like to appreciate those from the Conversation Club who took time out of their day to come in and see us! We would also like to appreciate Mr Jackson and Mrs Mawby for providing transport to and from XP which made this possible!
X24’s second Presentation of Learning will cover their STEAM work. This will take place on Monday 15th July and will run from 5 until 6pm. Students will be demonstrating their air powered rocket cars, discussing their speed experiments and their design process for their cars.