Our last week as crew EJN

This week, crew EJN have been working on their crew name presentations that they will be showing Miss Robinson next week during their weekly crew hangout.

Crew have a few ideas about who they would like to be named after and why:

Crew have also been busy completing their home learning, creating some beautiful work.

These are for the nature page for their visual diaries:

 

Positive and motivational quotes for their visual diaries:

In other news, Olivia has been swimming in a river!!!

…and Jessy has a new dog called Callie.

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!

Surprising revelations made by crew

This week we went back to basics a little for our crew google hangout. We discussed a few protocols like ‘microphones to be on mute unless you have been directly asked to speak’ and to put your hand up and wait if you have a question. I decided to go through this because our previous hangouts have been a little rowdy and off topic. When everyone talks at the same time, it’s really difficult to hear anyone.

Once the new rules had been established, we did our check in which was ‘What is the worst thing you have ever eaten?’. Now, this is where I was really surprised! There were some very unexpected answers. For example:

Broccoli, olives, ketchup (who doesn’t like ketchup!?), garlic, asparagus, shepherds pie, instant mash, coleslaw, tuna, Harry Potter dog food flavoured jelly bean and finally – a caterpillar and a worm!!

After those revelations, we looked at our crew tracker. This is where I have been keeping tabs on crew and their progress with their home learning tasks. I have shared this document with parents as well so they can see the work that is being completed and what needs to be done.

By talking about work that some members of crew have completed  – it really helps the other students understand the tasks and help each other (which has been really lovely to see)

We then moved onto a quiz which was made up of four rounds; general knowledge, films, music and capital cities. Jessy won with a massive 24 out of 25, with Arthur coming second with 21 and Tammy third with 20. Olivia has volunteered to prepare a quiz for next week and be the quizmaster. I wonder how many questions I will be able to answer!

REMEMBER – our crew hangout is every Tuesday at 12 noon and is compulsory. 

All but one crew member attended the last one, it would be SO good if we had every member of crew joining next week (and every week that we are in lockdown).

I would also like to say a big well done to Olivia, Arthur, Harrison and Max for joining Miss Vayro’s google hangout session for Hums on Mondays at 1.30 and also Nida for joining one.

Can ALL crew please ensure that they join Miss Vayro’s hangout EVERY MONDAY at 1.30 please.

This will help you with your expedition and also give you an opportunity to stay in contact with your classmates (which I think is really important).

Lastly for this week, I wanted to share some emails that I received from Mrs Collinson. She wanted to let me know that some members of crew EJN have been working really hard on their Spanish work:

Massive well done! Keep it up.

 

It’s VE Day!

VE Day marks not only 75 years since Victory in Europe, but also a bank the end of another great week for Crew Macmillan.

I go on enough about how I couldn’t be more proud of my crew, but I really am so happy with how crew have adapted to working from home. There’s some fantastic work being submitted, which you must keep up with – it’s so important that we don’t fall behind, but we also remember these circumstances aren’t normal, and that we do what we can, when we can! Remember, if there are any issues, you need to let me know so we can resolve them together!

There are a few more appreciations this week, from Miss Cocliff & Crew Macmillan:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week, most of crew Macmillan have had 1:1 Google Hangouts with me, to review progress in each subject, find out where we are with the work set, and to get some support if it’s needed with any of the tricky tasks! There are just a couple pencilled in next week, but these honest conversations are really vital – and i’d like to appreciate all of you for having these conversations – i know sometimes it can be a bit tricky to admit you need some help. Being honest with what we find difficult opens up avenues for u sas learners – it might be that we have 1:1 hangouts every week, or group hangouts if there are more than one of us struggling with a particular task. You’d work together in school without question – that’s still possible virtually, too! 

I’d like to end this week by sharing a really lovely picture with you. Ricki’s little sister, Tiffany, has created some beautiful artwork for us, that I think is just incredible. She’s only 4 years old, but her use of different materials is fantastic. A proper little artist in the making! Thanks, Tiffany! 

Enjoy the (hopefully hot) bank holiday as much as you can. Don’t forget your sun cream, remember to hydrate yourselves, and spend some time in the garden if  you can (you might even spot some more birds, to beat XPE, too!)

Miss Cocliff x

ETCH A CELL RESEARCH PROJECT

We need our student to help with important medical research!

In this second challenge of the new Year 9 learning expedition: Here Comes the Sun, mitochondria research scientists in London need our students’ help.

Nearly every cell in our body contains hundreds to thousands of mitochondria. These tiny structures are incredibly important. They are often referred to as the ‘powerhouses’ of the cell. This is because they convert the fat, protein and sugar from the food we eat into the energy we need to survive.

We couldn’t live without mitochondria, and if they do not work properly it causes very serious problems.

Students’ job is to identify mitochondria in images of cells at a very high level of magnification.

Volunteers like our students’ work will eventually train AI computers to help analyse new data even faster. This will help the scientists to do their research more quickly and develop new drugs.

More details can be found on Google Classroom or on the immersion section of our expedition website.

 

THIS WORK CAN ALSO COUNT TOWARDS DofE Volunteering during lockdown too!

Our new Year 9 STEAM expedition is called ‘Here Comes The Sun’. The website for the expedition is live now.

This afternoon we kicked off STEAM immersion week in Year 9 with a huge Google Hangouts Meet.

The meeting was attended by over 60 students from both XP and XP East who met to learn about the challenges we have set for their immersion this week.

One of the main things that we want students to get out of this week, and the whole of this term’s Year 9 STEAM expedition is an appreciation of nature.

 

CHALLENGE 1 – BIRDING

We have asked students to spend at least 30 minutes spotting birds. We have shared a guide and record sheet with them in Google Classroom. Staff have been having a go this week and spoke to the students about how lovely it was to spend time out enjoying nature.

We would love to see lots of photos from students of any birds that they see or just general shots inspired by nature. We are also determined to beat XP East with the number of birds that we spot!

In our meeting we had a massive game of quizlet live to compete with other in identifying 20 of the most common garden birds.

Spoiler alert: Penguins won! 🐧 🏆

 

 

There are also some optional challenges that we would like for the students to try if they can:

OPTIONAL CHALLENGE 1 – BUG HOTEL

If you have a garden or patio space, it would be amazing if students could gather resources to build a bug hotel, these can be as complex or simple as students want to make them.

Students don’t need to complete all of the work on it this week during immersion, as we will revisit it throughout the expedition. Again we would love to see photos of any that students build. Here is mine that I built with my son, we had a great time:

 

OPTIONAL CHALLENGE 2 – NEST BOX

If students have the resources and space they might want to build a small nest box.

This would be a great project to do with family members.

Again students would not need to complete it in this immersion week. It is something we will ask them to return to every week.

 

Details of all of the above are on Google Classroom.

 

There is another important challenge we will be sharing tomorrow, after which I will add a new blog post.

 

GOOGLE HANGOUT CLOSING CIRCLE – THURSDAY AT 3.00pm

It was wonderful to see so many students this afternoon to kick off the new expedition. Charlie even played us out of the meeting with what I believe the young people call ‘The Rave Music’.

On Thursday we will be gathering again on Google hangouts Meet at 3.00pm to see how students have been getting on with their challenges and share the photos that they send to us.

We will also share the guiding question and more exciting details about out new expedition then too.

Please do encourage your son or daughter to get outdoors and enjoy nature wherever possible, get them to send us photos and to join us in the hangout at the end of the week.

Thanks as always for your support.

Have a great week and enjoy VE Day with your family on Friday.

 

#wearecrew

Crew EJN being creative!

Crew EJN have produced some beautiful work based on the artwork of Wassily Kandinsky during lockdown.

By Nida

By Tammy

By Bryan

By Arthur

By Jessy

By Olivia

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’.

By Harrison

By Arthur

By Jessy

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.

Take care and stay safe!

Crew Catch-ups!

Fridays, at 11am, are becoming my favourite time of the week. Why? That’s when Crew Macmillan’s Google Hangouts are! We broke our record this week, with the most crew members joining so far – with the addition of Mrs Robins, too – who it was lovely to catch up with! We’re glad to say, this will be a weekly invite – you’re officially part of Crew Macmillan!

Crew seem to be adjusting well to their new routines at home – so much so, that only a couple had a few things to catch up on academically. It’s lovely to hear crew supporting each other, offering help if it’s needed.

Keep doing what you’re doing Crew Macmillan, because you’re smashing it!

During our hangout, we had a real mix of conversations. I’m a little dumbfounded at the fact that i’ve been their crew leader since September and only NOW have some of them told me about (and proceeded to show me) their DOGS! It’s really made my week seeing Max the border collie – who can high five Courtney?! – and Dotty, Mr & Mrs Robins’ Lakeland terrier x border terrier, who loves to give cuddles!

I got a reminder of how random crew really are, too. Heather updated us on her Gratitude Jar – and read us a lovely entry. Frankie gave me goosebumps by drinking a glass of milk (i thought she said it was from a camel!). Isaac said his favourite celebrations were twix (REALLY?). Alfie doesn’t have a dog, so showed us his cactus instead (Mr Robins asked if he cuddles it?!) Imogen is also to create an instructional video on how to cook scrambled eggs in a microwave (who knew?!) so i look forward to that!

I asked some of crew to share with me work they are proud of this week. Check out some beautiful work by Milo, analysing the GCSE poem Hawk Roosting:

I hope i receive some more pieces crew are proud of so i can share them!

Courtney and Heather have also shared some more beautiful artwork for us to pass to Mrs Pulham for the residents in the care home where her mum works. This is an ongoing thing, and hopefully we’ll be able to send lots of colourful pieces for everyone to see.

Courtney blew me away yesterday, too, by sending me a video of her singing Valerie by Amy Winehouse for the residents – i’m sure that will make them smile. We have such talent in Crew Macmillan!!

As always, i’ve set Crew Macmillan a weekly challenge. This one could be yummy, though – their challenge is to bake/cook something, and send me some pictures if it’s not all gone straight away. They needed a gentle reminder, though, that TOAST DOESN’T COUNT.

I look forward to seeing what they come up with. Keep working hard crew – i can’t wait to see you all.

Miss C x

Beautiful work by X24 and E24

It’s been brilliant over the last 3 weeks to receive daily updates and work from Year 9 in both XP and XP East.

During their time at home students have been immersing themselves into our new expedition entitled ‘Empire’ using the the google site which can be found here https://sites.google.com/xpeast.org/c24-yr9-empire/home

Our guiding question for this expedition will be Do we need structure to make society stable?

Our anchor text is Animal Farm and we will explore the content through one of our three case studies. The other two have yet to be revealed to students…

In this post I’ve tried to capture a snapshot of the great work we have received.

Students have looked at Russia both in its past and present formation. Explored the different ideologies behind Socialism, Communism and Capitalism and how these ideologies were part of the Cold War. Analysed historical sources and the poem Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes As well as created a facebook profile on Ted Hughes using research on him and his life.

A special mention must go out to Theone for creating a facebook profile on Ted Hughes in the first person, Milo who carried out some detailed research and to Noah and Maclaren who thought about the finer details and decided whether they would have befriended him and gave him a specific number of friends.

I hope the slides give a sense of how hard students have been working from home.