Hahn’s HoWLS

in Thursday crew sessions over the last couple of weeks, Hahn have been looking at their Habits of work and Learning (HoWLS). This forms part of our Narrative for success, together with attendance and academic progress. (Academic progress data will be out early December).

Our HoWLS (Habits of work & learning) are:
Work Hard:
I arrive for each class on time and prepared
I participate fully and mindfully in class
I complete all work in a timely manner to the best of my ability

Get Smart:
I take responsibility for my learning by asking questions and seeking help when needed.
I assess my work based on established criteria and rubrics
I welcome feedback and revise my work

Be Kind:
I communicate politely and kindly
I work cooperatively with others
I take care of resources and materials and act as a steward of our community

Teachers and crew leaders assess students on their HoWLS at specific times during the academic year and are graded between 1 to 4.5.

Less than 2.5 is Serious

Between 2.5 – 2.9 is a Concern

Between 3 – 3.4 is ok / secure

Between 3.5 – 3.9 is Great

And 4 and over is Awesome

Students should be achieving at least a 3!

This data is then analysed by students during crew so they can identify areas of success that can be celebrated and areas that need to be improved on. By doing this students take accountability and ownership of their learning.

When students have analysed their data they make pledges on what they are going to improve on. This is then supported by a crew leader pledge of how we can support them further.

We will be checking in weekly with our Pledges to really hold each other to account. at the moment our overall average HoWls are between 3.0 and 3.2. There are a few people in crew who can really make a difference in helping to bring our average up to a 3.5 and there are some who are already achieving this as individuals so well done to them!

we have made pledges as a crew before, however we have not regularly looked over them so they have often slipped or not actually improved. As it says in the name, HABITS of work and learning….. if we want to improve on this we need it to become habit and for habits to form we need to keep practicing and returning to it over and over again.

This is my pledge as crew leader:

to return to pledges and HowLS every Thursday to reinforce our habits to support my crew to work harder, get smarter and continue to be kind.

Our pledges will be displayed in our crew room and students will be sending a copy out to parents soon, however you can ask to see your child’s as they have access to them on their devices.

If you have any questions about HoWLS or anything else please feel free to email me.

Best wishes,

XP16 Lead
Hahn Crew Leader
XP Trust Outdoor Expedition Lead

Crew Berger’s Beautiful Revision



Crew Berger have been focussing again on revision tasks.  A couple of weeks ago we started a programme of revision inspired by Mrs Sprakes work last year with crew Bronte.

Each member of our crew selected an area of study that they were comfortable with and pledged to create some revision materials based on that.  We gave ourselves two weeks to get it started and this week we presented our work.

Abi worked on the Vikings and shared several pages of notes that she’d made on Viking society.  Joe found and shared a sample Maths question and Henry produced some notes on Cell Biology, looking at cell structure and moving into DNA.

Rex and Laura also worked on Biology – producing flashcards on Hormones and Menstruation.  Laura went down the more traditional route of writing hers out on cards and then taking photos so she could share them.  Rex used an app to create his flashcards which allows you to see how long you’ve spent studying each one.


Laura also produced some character notes for one of our English texts – An Inspector Calls, and Khushi worked on flashcards for characters in Macbeth.  We enjoyed testing each other on these – can you remember who Fleance is!?

Jac decided to focus on Physics and, although he is doing the higher tier papers, he produced foundation study material to help others in crew.  His worked examples of answers on volume, density, electricity and other topics are beautifully presented and explained.

We’ve pledged to continue to produce this revision material and to make it public over the coming months leading up to the exams in summer next year.  We’re also pledging to put together a website so that our work can be made available to other crews and other students hoping to do well in their GCSEs.


My Mental Health Took Kit

This term our Wise Wednesday crew sessions are focusing on how we can support our own mental well being.

Some students may feel that this will be of no benefit to them, that they feel absolutely fine, don’t need any help or techniques to help with their mental well being…

However what if we think ahead and create a tool kit of supportive strategies now, before problems like anxiety, depression, isolation, and other life pressures hit us. Hopefully, if or when any of these problems arise we are already equipped to deal with them.

Like anything, these techniques need to be practised to get the true benefit from them. By becoming familiar with them sooner rather than later, will make it easier to engage in them when things get tough.

This weeks session was the BODY SCAN. A body scan is a type of meditation whereby you mentally scan yourself from head to toe. You are bringing awareness to every single part of your body, noticing any aches, pains, tension, or general discomfort. Staying present and breathing into these sensations can help bring relief to our minds and bodies.

Our learning target was: I can identify the benefits to my mental health through taking part in a form of relaxation technique called a body scan.

As expected not everyone felt an immediate positive impact from it. As crew Hahn had already done this last term, we tried an alternative type of scan where we focus on contracting our muscles before relaxing them which helps to identify what it actually feels like for certain areas of our body to be relaxed. For example when we are stressed we naturally tense our shoulders and neck so sometimes we might think we are relaxed when actually we are not.

As i previously said, not everyone will feel its benefits after doing it once or twice. For people who haven’t done anything like this before it can seem very odd lying on the floor next to your mate concentrating on parts of the body and your breathing. Hopefully though, if and when students are experiencing difficulty such as poor sleep or if they are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety they can look back to these session and have a go.

Why not have a try at this yourself? There are loads of body scan meditations on the internet. Here is a link to a headspace.com body scan free trial, why not give it a try yourself…….

Crew Hahn reap the benefits of Saluting the Sun

As part of our continued focus in crew on wellbeing and things we can do to have a more positive impact on our mental health we started this morning by ‘saluting the sun’. This is a flow of yoga poses & stretches that focus on breathing and self awareness.

Before we took part in the activity we did a purposeful check in where I asked everyone to use a maximum of 3 words to describe how they feel. This was their list:


Tired, happy, Cold


Tired & Sleepy


Tired and anxious

Tired and cold

Tired and cold

tired and cold

Pleased, tired and disappointed


Tired, emotional and annoyed


We then completed the activity by doing the yoga poses and stretches 5 times. The final 2 times were lead by Tom who seemed to have a really good grasp of directing the flow and sequences of the activity.


After we completed it we sat back in our circle and I asked them again to use a maximum of 3 words to describe how they feel now.

This was theIr list in the same order:


Happy and tired




Tired and relaxed



tired but less cold

A bit calmer


Tired (and in pain from stubbing toe)


As you can see overall there was a positive impact from engaging in the activity, where previously most of crew commented on being cold, tired and sleepy to now feeling more awake, less cold and more relaxed.


As a crew we decided that we’d be happy to try other methods of relieving stress and anxiety during our crew sessions.

p.s I tried to take some photos but they were having non of it!

Crew Earhart Get Smart

Every week in Academic Crew, students in Earhart choose a topic to revise, and create resources for. Not only is this a perfect example of working hard, the crew are also getting smart, as these resources are then shared ready to support everyone’s revision. Here are Charlotte’s notes on the Vikings, and Mills’ Cornell notes on Hitler’s Rise to Power. Well done Earhart!


Woofus Wednesdays with Crew Hahn

Rufus (my dog) has had his second day at school last week where his day starts in our crew Hahn morning session.


Rufus enjoyed this weeks session as he got to have a chilled half hour in a dimly lit room relaxing before the onslaught of admirers through out the day.


Not only did Rufus get to enjoy a relaxing session but that was the aim of the session for all of Hahn. We spent the session doing a mindfulness body scan which took 18 mins listening to a recording where instruction is given on how to relax each part of the body from your toe to the tip of your head. This may sound easy but it takes practice to teach your body to recognise how each finger feels, what the difference is between a relaxed or tense Knee or to focus in on the muscles in your arms.

Some students found this beneficial,  emotional In some cases, however others found it difficult to concentrate and be still for the duration of the task. Again this is something that comes with practice.


I believe if we can learn some anti stress and anxiety management skills now before our lives become overloaded with pressures we will hopefully be better equipped to deal with them.


Crew Hahn had a great week and were rewarded with a trip to McDonalds for a drink / breakfast on Friday morning. Well, it didn’t turn out to be as I imagined as the Covid restrictions caused a few problems so we ended up standing outside in the cold for a while, however a warm hot chocolate and a sausage and egg McMuffin helped. I was too cold to think about taking a photo of us all but will next time!



What does a Thoughtful Thursday look like in Crew Earhart…

This week in our Thoughtful Thursday crew session we focused on supporting each other to get on top of our academic work. Some students decided they wanted to work on revising for their test in History by studying the rise of Hitler, whilst others used this time to do additional work for Common Mission.

I was really impressed with Crew Earhart’s focus during this session. Well done to Bobby who also wrote a superb essay on how Hilter gained power in 1933.


Crew Berger: Coming Back Stronger…

Crew Berger have had a busy few weeks since returning to school at the end of August.  Getting used to new protocols in school, meeting new staff and realising the reality of such an important year in our educational journey.

Meeting experts from our pioneering C21 year group made us realise that we needed to start working immediately on our studies for next year’s GCSE exams.  Emily, Alex, Chloe and Gabby helped us to focus on what we should be spending our time on in the coming months and I was really proud of crew Berger when they identified that starting revision was something that we needed to do immediately.

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been working on spending at least 10 minutes every night on revision tasks and crew have been sharing their success each morning.  We’ve also been holding each other to account and reminding each other to complete these small challenges so that we can build strong habits of self study and revision.  The best thing has been seeing members of crew explaining their learning and sharing revision techniques when we check in the next day.

Here you can see Abi and Callie’s personal notebooks and Isaac’s flashcards.  Current topics of revision have included the rise of the Nazi party, ratios, electricity, spanish vocab and the great heathen army!


It has been great getting back in crew. I got to spend the first 2 full days with them for their immersion. This was so much fun but had a really important message about being the best version of yourself and that we need to work hard to achieve our dreams.

Students seem to have settled back into school really well, especially in crew. I’m delighted with the way crew are engaging in the topics we talk about and although we started a bit wobbly with not speaking in turn, everyone has quickly got back to using our norms such as not speaking over people and being on time.

We’ve had a slight facelift when it comes to delivering crew across the 2 schools which i think will make our sessions even better. This week we have focused on accelerated reading which allows us to identify students reading age. Being able to read is so important and has a direct impact on their exams. Every Tuesday during crew we will be reading, either individually or as a group looking at texts that will come up in their GCSE’s.

Many of crew Hahn have received post card praises from teachers and learning coaches for their hard work and general attitude since we returned, WELL DONE GUYS!

We are also having a big push in coming to school everyday prepared. This is part of getting smart. If we are not prepared and dont have the appropriate equipment then we can’t work to the best of our ability.  Please can you support your child in making sure they come to school everyday with a pen, pencil, ruler, charged device, reading book, water bottle and school bag.

I’d like to thank everyone in crew for adhering to the guidelines for social distancing and following our school procedures. We check each morning that all of crew have washed their hands and don’t have any of the symptoms. As a reminder please dont send your son or daughter (and siblings) to school if they have any of the symptoms. If you are unsure and need further advice please speak with the office staff or check the web posts.

On a Friday afternoon i also get chance to spend More time this year with my crew doing leisure activities. It’s so important for students to do some physical activity, especially during what could be a stressful year for them. Last week we played badminton which was great fun beating them all and I’m looking forward to doing it again this week.