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!

X22 Application and Practice

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 Wednesday 6th February and Admiral students on Thursday 7th February.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

Year 10 Fieldwork: Yorkshire Museum

 

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.

Skipper: Wednesday

Admiral: Thursday

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.

Many thanks

Extended Study C21 Admiral and Skipper

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.