Y10 have been working extremely hard to get their tonal self portraits finished for their ‘Christmas Style Lecture’ that is due to take place next week.
Pupils have looked at portraits through history in order to help them with their own self portraits.
Pupils have been asked to plan a background for their portraits to show aspects of their character and what makes them who they are. They have all been asked to create a rough plan in their sketchbook. Here are some examples:
Pupils now need to complete their background and mount their tonal self portraits onto them.
Here is one in progress:
Im looking forward to seeing this piece of work completed and displayed next week! Well done X23! Keep up the fantastic work!
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!
As we are now coming to the end of our expedition ‘Are we really free to choose?‘ students have once again being applying their knowledge and practising answering exam questions. It’s been really pleasing to see so many students Working Hard and Getting Smart when attempting source and interpretation questions. Students have really risen to the challenge with these tricky questions! Here are just a few examples of their hard work from this week.
The Celebration of Learning for X22 students will be on the 6th and 7th February. Students will be presenting their art work and discussing how they have chosen to represent last term’s guiding question: Who were the Vikings? The evening will begin at 5.30pm with a short introduction by our students followed by an opportunity for parents to view all students’ artwork and speak to students about the process and thinking behind their work.
Skipper students will present their work on Wednesday6thFebruary and Admiral students on Thursday 7th February.
Students in C21 have been exploring the question, ‘What is the point of poetry?’ as part of their Expedition Slice this term. Students have analysed poetry as part of their preparation for GCSE Literature and working with expert poets Becky Cherriman and Dan Ryder they have started to write their own poems. These poems have been inspired by the work of Ted Hughes and will be considered for inclusion in an anthology of poetry to celebrate the Ted Hughes Festival that takes place in September http://tedhughesproject.com/
I am pleased to a announce that our Celebration of Learning will take place at The Point, Arts Centre http://www.thepoint.org.uk/ on Tuesday 20 (Admiral) and Wednesday 21 ( Skipper) of February from 5.30 until 7.00 where students will perform their individual and group poems for parents and invited guests.
If guests could arrive from 5.15 and head to the cafeteria area we will start the readings at 5.30. We look forward to seeing you there!
Thanks to the poets Becky Cherriman and Dan Ryder who came into XP and ran a writing workshop session with both Skipper and Admiral on Tuesday. Students took part in some free writing as a group, then we trekked around Lakeside, braving the cold and the wind, and began to make notes as inspiration for writing our own poetry. Becky and Dan will be joining us for two further workshops over the coming weeks! Below is one of the poems produced during the session!
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our community a very happy new year.
All classes will be starting exciting new learning expeditions or in some cases learning expedition slices, which will run until our two week break in February.
Please find below details of the staff that will be working with each class. For any queries relating to your son or daughter’s learning expeditions, please contact the lead teacher in the first instance.
Class of 21
The lead teacher for the Humanities and Arts expedition slice is Mr Sprakes, working with Mrs Batty.
The lead teacher for the STEM expedition slice is Mr Voltaire, working with Mrs Goddard.
Class of 22
The lead teacher for the STEM, Humanities and Arts expedition is Mr Campbell, working with Mrs Smith.
The lead teacher for the Maths expedition slice is Mr Shakesby.
Class of 23
The lead teacher for the STEM, Humanities and Arts expedition is Mr Jackson, working with Mr Blair and Miss Robinson.
Class of 24
The lead teacher for the STEM, Humanities and Arts expedition is Mr Said, working with Mrs Rigby, Miss Thornton and Mrs Waterhouse.
As we approach the end of the term, C21 are busy preparing for the culmination of the current expedition, ‘Raiders and Invaders’. As such, we would like to invite the parents, carers and families of all our Year 10 students to their first Celebration of Learning for this academic year. This will take place at the school on Wednesday 13th December at 17.30. The event will last approximately 1 hour where our students will acts as historians, writers and scientists as they present their work and learning to you. This is especially important as this will be a first practice at being an expert for the Viking festival in York where our students will be representing the school in early 2018.
We look forward to seeing you all on the 13th! Thanks for your continued support!
Year 10 will be undertaking fieldwork this week at Yorkshire Museum in York as part of their Raiders and Invaders expedition. Both classes will visit the museum but on different days.
Students will travel by minibus and will depart at 09.15 and return to school in time for lunch, arriving at 12.30.
This means that there will be no change to the normal school day and students are not required to bring a packed lunch.
We politely ask that students arrive with outdoor clothing and comfortable footwear, writing and note taking equipment and devices to take pictures. If you have any questions or queries, as usual please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Send an email to Mrs Batty or Mr Voltaire.
Students in Admiral and Skipper C21 have revision set as extended study this week.
On Friday 20th October students will sit a GCSE style exam paper including two 1 mark questions, a 9 mark question and an 18 mark question. The questions will only be based on the Volga/Rus Vikings which includes:
-The changing nature of Viking (Rus) trade and settlement in Russia from c.750
-The nature of Viking trade and interaction with the Arab world
– Viking relations with Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire
As a result students will need to take their books home this week in order to revise and be fully prepared for Friday.