This week in Crew JNI we have been focusing our discussions in Academic Crew around our HoWLs. We each spoke about where we have seen other students working hard, getting smart, and being kind in sessions. Crew members spoke passionately about the hard work they have seen within lessons, and deconstructed what it means to work hard, get smart and be kind.
We finished this week off with our Friday Book Club. This week, we read a chapter of The Giver together before students went and produced some amazing ‘Blackout Poetry’ (pictured below). The poetry is created by picking out and circling certain words in a text to create a poem. Students worked hard on this, creating poetry from the chapter we had read, and I think you’ll agree, they produced some amazing pieces. Keep up the good work, Crew JNI!
I’ve been really impressed with some of the revision that students have been doing in Year 7 for their STEAM assessments. Here are some great examples of diagrams and notes from Olivia and Rebecca, and some flash-cards from Lola.
X23 Skipper have been introduced to the ‘grid method’ in their art session today. They have looked at the artist Chuck Close who uses this method to create large scale photorealistic portraits.
He uses this method to ensure that the proportions are accurate. He us able to look at each individual section so he isn’t overwhelmed or overpowered by the whole image, breaking it down into more manageable areas which he can work through methodically.
Students looked at a piece of his work and used the grid method to start re-drawing his work at a slightly larger scale:
As you can see – Skipper have made an excellent start with these!
They will be using this method to create their own self portrait very soon!
This week in XBlock Drama Year 7 have been working on their use of characterisation skills. The task in today’s lesson was to create still images of traditional children stories such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The students worked hard to create images that were interesting and realistic. I was really impressed with the craftsmanship and quality of their work!
This week X25 have been working hard on their immersion for their new expedition. It has been an action packed week, starting with learning about film making with our expert Geoff Hewitt, to painting the opening of Anchor text, grappling with a map of migration and completing gallery walks. The week ended with the unveiling of the expedition and all it’s components.
So now, without further ado, our title of the expedition is Should I stay or should I go? with the guiding question:
Why should we care about Migration?
Over the next 14 weeks our students in X25 will be studying this expedition and working towards our final product which is to make a documentary about the topic of Migration.
This is going to be a fantastic opportunity for our students to engage with the community and I can’t wait to see what they will produce.
On Friday XP and XP East students welcomed Alun and his team from Balby Church. it was inspiring to hear about the work they do. Alun also revealed our guiding question for this expedition: Why do we still need charity?
It’s day three of Immersion and X25 students have been busy painting the opening extract of our mystery anchor text. All students were focused and working hard to produce their interpretation of the setting.
Two of our X21 Engineering students, Sonny and Junior were working hard today to help out a disabled Doncaster resident. We’d been asked to build some raised beds on her allotment and both boys showed great resilience and craftsmanship and quality as they went about their task. Assisted by Mr. Jackson and Mr. Green they had the job completed in one morning and we’re looking forward seeing the beds filled!
If anyone knows of any more volunteering opportunities we’d love to hear from you.