Year 10 Spanish Extended Study

Students need to log on to espanolextra to practise numbers this week, ready for sessions on Monday 11th September. Go on to the topics area, then numbers, and scroll down to the listening section on telephone numbers. There are 2 activities to complete. Any problems, please see Mrs Sprakes.

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!

Well done X23 Skipper!

DofE Bronze Qualifying Expedition – Crew Earhart

Last week Crew Earhart embarked on the qualifying expedition for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. In crew this morning we focused on debriefing our DofE experience, which included a discussion about our strengths and weaknesses as crew, giving appreciation and apologising when necessary and also discussing the importance of de-gunge.

This experience has helped Crew Earhart to realise the importance of working together and the power of being crew not passengers.

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Crew Earhart Getting Smart

This week Crew Earhart have been looking at the importance of revision and exploring what makes effective revision. During the discussion some students in Crew Earhart showed integrity by stating that they haven’t been revising for enough for assessments.  We decided as a crew that we need to support each other with this by revising together both inside and outside of school. Alongside giving each other regular reminders and holding each other to account if this doesn’t happen.

Our first revision session was really successful. It was brilliant to see the students working together and getting smart. I was particularly impressed with Liam and Logan’s work on the respiratory system. 

Crew Nightingale reflect on their HOWLs

At the end of last term in Crew we spent some time reflecting and unpicking what our HOWLs should look like. Following our return from the two week break each Crew member has set new pledges to ensure they are Getting Smart, Being Kind and Working Hard. We will use these new pledges to frame and focus our final term in Year 10

Tassomai in Crew Berger

Josh and Isaac were crew Berger’s top workers on Tassomai at the end of last term.  Both boys were regularly getting their daily goals and making great progress as a result. We’re really proud of their progress.

In crew overall, Josh has worked the hardest on Tassomai answering over 8000 questions correctly and logging more than 120 active days on the app.  Well done Josh!

We’ve had a bit of a lull over the holidays but this is also a reminder that crew should all be doing 15 minutes a day and getting their daily goals.

This is a reminder to all parents / carers of students in Year 9, students are due to have injections for all Year 9 girls and boys against Polio, Tetanus and Diphtheria, Meningitis ACWY on Tuesday 4th June 2019.  The consent forms were sent home with students one month ago, Crew leaders will be in contact with those parents whom the school nurse has not received their consent forms.

Barcelona Day 3

The students began the final day by sitting in the sunny courtyard of our hostel and spending time on their journals. Once we had finished our sketches of the famous landmarks or beautiful buildings in Barcelona we headed out to catch a glimpse of the Olympic Park Stadium.

With rumbling stomachs we then headed into the bustling streets to find a traditional Spanish restaurant so the students could have the opportunity to taste the delights that Spain has to offer.

Following this relaxed lunch break we returned to the hostel to gather belongings before making our second visit to the beach. The students voiced how desperately they wanted to revisit the famous food market and indulge once again in the delicious snacks that were on offer. A slight detour on our walk to the beach allowed for this. Once at the beach the students enjoyed having time to be together, playing football or just simply relaxing in the sun.

As the sun began to fade it was time to return to the hostel to get packed and ready to travel home tomorrow.

It’s been a busy three days of exploring Barcelona and brilliant opportunity to spend quality time together, explore a new city, to learn about another culture and most of all to have an opportunity to practice speaking Spanish.

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