Mindful Monday: Crew charity presentations

Crew Pankhurst have been researching different charities during ‘Mindful Monday’. Each group chose a charity they’d like as our crew charity and prepared a presentation to present to Crew.
Today was presentation day.
After watching each others presentation we had a vote. Crew decided they wanted Macmillan as our Crew charity. We also decided to support another charity that was more local to our community, the ‘Doncaster cancer detection trust’

Well done to those students who really tried hard.

Part of the product for the Y8 expedition Fight the Power! is going to be a plaque that celebrates the work of Doncastrian Suffragettes. But we need YOUR help to make it happen….

From September to Christmas, the all Y8 students across XP and XP East are completing an expedition called Fight the Power! This expedition focuses upon the power of protest and rebellion, from the Peasants’ Revolt, through to the Suffragette Movement and beyond.

Fight the Power! is an ambitious study that bridges all subject, HUMAN, STEAM and the Expeditionary Arts. During this expedition students are paying particular attention to the amazing work of the Suffragette Movement, focusing specifically upon how the Suffragettes of Doncaster helped to build and improve the society we live in today.

To celebrate the work of these amazing women, all students in Y8 will be involved in raising money to produce a cast-iron plaque by a local artist that will be placed permanently in Doncaster town centre. For the rest of their lives, our Y8 students will be able to take family and friends to see how their work has positively impacted their local community by highlighting the incredible work of these unsung heroes.

Y8 would really appreciate it if you could take a look at their crowdfunding page for the project and donate anything you can:


Without your pledges, this won’t be able to happen!

It is really important that at this stage the crowdfunding page is NOT shared on social media -this will come a little further down the line.

If the students manage to raise enough funds for the plaque then, the crowdfunder will enter its second stage, where students will be able to raise funds to work with Sarah Smizz, another local artist. With Sarah, students will get the opportunity to help design and create trade union style banners that will immortalise the work they are currently undertaking on their expedition.

Thank you for your support with this important work.

X26 & X25 Coming Back Stronger!

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!

What a way to start the year! #Comingbackstronger


Checking out of lockdown!

Thank you to everyone who joined the hangout today, you made me laugh.

We had a check in of ‘what has been your worst hair cut?’ Dodgy fringes and barbers cutting ears!!
We had a Crew quiz, Bobby and Lily came joint first, well done!

Well done to Zarina who got a special mention for her maths work 🙂
Well done Bobby, Bec and Lily who have been handing in their work, great to see.

Here are a few pieces from Crew Pankhurst this week:

Lily’s work where she watched a video about Langar and wrote a short story about someone carrying out an act of kindness / compassion.

Some brilliant notice/wonders and question from Bec

Some good news by Lily

A lovely inspirational quote by Rebecca

Lily has been planting seeds

Bob has started doing an additional task! Ace.

Massive amounts of praise for you Zarina! Very proud of the work you have done in Maths and how you have shown resilience and didn’t give up 🙂

See you all on our next crew hangout!
Mrs Hannam


This week’s blog is written by Rebecca, Zarina and Stevie.

Emmeline Pankhurst

We wanted Emmeline Pankhurst as our crew name because she was an amazing, empowering woman. She didn’t just inspire other women but men as well, and made our community a better place. To this day thousands of people across the world have an opportunity to vote, however during Emmeline Pankhurst’s time, women did not have that choice. For her to stand up for all women takes great courage and the hate she received made her stronger as a person. All women should have the opportunity to vote. To make a life changing decision. To not have the world run by men. Without Emmeline Pankhurst, women would not be able to vote and because she changed that, we are proud to call our crew, Crew Pankhurst.

‘Without inspiring women, I don’t think I would have become to person I am today’ – Rebecca. S

Thats the (crew) name of the game!

Crew SHA had an awesome hangout this week!
All students presented their Crew name. It’s going to be a difficult choice for me and Miss Robinson to make. All will be revealed next hangout with a guest appearance from Miss Robinson herself, all on our best behaviour please! 🙂

All of the presentations discussed the character traits of the person they wanted their crew to be named after and how these spoke to our XP character traits. What I don’t think everyone realised was that the students themselves were also showing courage, respect, craftsmanship and quality, compassion and integrity during the making and presenting of their presentation and it made me realise how engrained these traits have become and how they are a part of who you all are. I am so proud of you all. Well done everyone!!

Take care of yourself and each other,
Mrs Hannam

The return of stop the bus!

We had a lovely catch up after the half term break. Thanks to all those that joined. Our half terms seemed to have consisted of ice creams, enjoying the sun and visiting family (social distancing observed!)
Bec kept her crown as ‘stop the bus’ champion! Closely followed by Hubert and Danny. Good effort everyone.

L has been planting flowers that attract bees this week and thinking about the environment and how important bees are to our survival!
Bee FACTS! – an average worker bee makes 1/2 teaspoon of honey in its whole lifetime!
Honey was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun and was still edible (I wouldn’t have fancied it myself, YUK).

Lily and James have been making some very yummy food.

Well done Lily for catching up on work over the half term.
Well done to those who have also been turning them trackers green 🙂 ACE!

James’ donuts. YUM!

Lily’s cheesecake. Looks professional! WOW!

Lily’s recipe

Bec’s brilliant Spanish work 🙂

Bob’s Spanish work

See you all next Tuesday at 10:30

Take care

Mrs Hannam

Quizzy Rascals!

Had another lovely crew hangout this week (even though I lost the plot going on about Eurovision!)
Rebecca won our quiz! Well done!
A massive well done to L, Bec, Bobby, Zarina, Lily and Hubert for keep up with (or trying to!) their work. Keep going.
Make sure those of you I spoke to get their STEAM final assessment completed, thanks! Well done Stevie for getting this piece of work done, great to see you handing in work now.

This week:
Spanish :Y7 Term 3 Week 7 Mis ojos y mi pelo
HUMS:Rainforests, Location and Climate- Case Study one/Week one ANDAmazon Travel Guide
STEAM: Lesson 3 – I can describe negative human impacts on the environment (w/c 4th May)
Maths: Expedition week 1 – 4th May – Immersion and averages
ART: Colour and Kandinsky Week 4

Here’s a selection of some of our work – very proud 🙂




Year 7/8 Common Mission

As part of Common Mission in year 7/8 we are launching The Book of Memories. Crew leaders will be sharing this during google hangouts. We would like you to produce a virtual (slides) or book of your memories during this time so that we can look back and reflect on our time at home.

Each week you will be given a theme to help you create your book of memories and give you ideas of activities you might be able to do at home. Your crew leader will share the introduction with you and how you can make your book and also the first theme which is “What is in my cupboards”

We look forward to seeing your ideas and sharing with us what you have been up to whilst at home.

Stay Safe Everyone

Ilinca’s Year 8


Thank you to everyone that joined our check in today, great turn out. Was lovely to see you all and to observe the 1 minutes silence together where we paid our respects for those who have lost their lives working on the front line during this difficult time; I know some of you, like me, have members of your family that are working on the front line. Our thoughts are with you and your families.

Our crew check-in today was ‘what’s the first thing you’re going to do after lockdown ends?’ Sophie, Zarina, Lily, Danny and Oscar’s answers revolved around seeing different members of their families which they have missed. L wants to go to Escape and eat a Nando’s (yum!), Bec is looking forward to being able to touch things she’s not allowed to at the moment! Bobby and Hubert were a little late to the check in so we’ll get to hear there’s next (sorry guys I forgot to ask you when you joined us!).

Our Crew quiz today revolved a lot around Toy Story and Harry Potter as well as some general knowledge questions and questions about our time at Outward Bound in Wales (that night in the log cabin ay! What an experience). Well done Hayley who came in first place with an impressive 19/20! Zarina came in second place with 15/20 and Sophie took bronze with 14/20.

More pets made an appearance during our show and tell! Oscar’s dog Merlin and his extremely cute guinea pigs – George, Frankie and Patch.
Danny’s other cat Marty came along for a Google hangout today too! Even my vicious cat Elizabeth Taylor came to say hello (no Crew Leader was harmed in the making of the hangout, phew!).

Massive well done to those students who consistently hand in work; Bobby, Bec, L, Hubert and Lily. Well done Zarina, L, Bec and Stevie for getting a mention from Mrs Goddard for maths work. Well done Stevie who we’re all hoping is going to make a come back! Well done for getting started, try to keep up the good work. Lets make our crew’s tracker nice and green.

You have all now been emailed my up to date Crew SHA tracker so you know which work needs to be completed. If you have lots of reds (you know who you are!) do last weeks work and this weeks and keep up from here on in. The new expeditions are a great opportunity for you to keep up and not feel overwhelmed by work thats gone.

Here’s a summary of what needs to be completed:
Here is Mrs Vayro’s tutorial this week: https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MjM5MTQxNDExMTNa
Here is the website where you’ll find the resources to complete the tasks :https://sites.google.com/xpeast.org/y7c26-above-all-compassion/immersion-human

Mrs McCarthy’s immersion work is due this Friday -https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Fo2B47Ot826xmjH-dIjBigno35fcDFuwSyP6mtT_pn4/edit

MATHS: Arithmetic procedures:Next week you will be looking at adding, Subtracting, multiplying and dividing fraction. It is the same procedure as last week. Find the link to the work below.

Please remember to add your working out on the doc provided below (name it week 6, initials) https://sites.google.com/xpschool.org/x26-year-7-term-4/arithmetic-procedures

This is the Doc to add your working out to (remember to initial yours) https://docs.google.com/document/d/16L3B3nDzRVTAwXlx2HPW0yC2t3qxxsknSRe58xJEnHs/edit

ART: Colour and Kandinsky week 3. Well done for those who have already submitted this work, see some examples below 🙂

SPANISH:Y7 Term 3 Week 6 El Aspecto Físico https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/Mzc4MjAzNzUyMjJa
Complete pages 1 and 2 of the Google Doc using guidance from the videos.
Page 3 is optional.
Video 1 – Vocabulary (page 1)
Video 2 – Activities Explanation and Guidance (page 2)
Video 3 – Optional Challenge (page 3)

When you have completed the document click on “hand in” (it might say “turn in”) to notify me that you have completed the work.

Due Friday 1 May 2020 at 3:15 p.m.
email for support and further guidance – vcollinson@xpschool.org

STEAM: Log on to the expedition website and complete immersion lessons 1 and 2: https://sites.google.com/xpeast.org/y7c26-above-all-compassion/immersion-steam

Seneca links in case you haven’t already signed up:

Admiral link: https://app.senecalearning.com/dashboard/join-class/00sed720c5

Skipper link: https://app.senecalearning.com/dashboard/join-class/g0f94uheu2

Look after yourselves.
Same time next week!
Mrs Hannam

More great art work from our Crew.