Crew Macmillan: SPOTLIGHT

Crew Macmillan have been plugging away at their academic work again this week, still adjusting to our “new normal”.

Earlier in the week, i received a lovely email from Mr Pearson about Milo. Milo has been a superstar with his Spanish work:

Brilliant work, Milo. Keep this up – you’re developing into a fantastic linguist!

I’ve also seen some fantastic efforts towards HUMS work this week. EMPIRE! looks like a fantastic expedition, but also looks quite tricky! Here are some examples of crew’s beautiful work, summarising some of their learning about Socialism,Capitalism and Communism:

 

Well done to Milo, Archie, Finn, Isaac, Imogen & Alfie (Top left to bottom right) – amazing work!

Finally, this week I set Crew a more creative challenge. Mrs Pulham’s mum works in a care home where elderly residents aren’t getting visitors at the moment. I asked crew to create something – this could be a letter, a note, a picture – that we could pass on to make the residents smile. Alfie and Courtney have created some gorgeous artwork – early – the deadline is next Friday. Alfie created some watercolour flowers to bring Spring indoors, and Courtney has been learning how to use the digital art app, ProCreate, to create some sunsets – and some of our Disney favourites!

 

 

 

 

 

                   

Hopefully this will spread a little happiness – some great talent in Crew Macmillan!

Keep up the fantastic work, Crew. No matter how long this goes on, you’re making me proud to be your Crew Leader. I love seeing the work you do – it blows me away every time!

Stay safe, and enjoy the Easter Weekend. I look forward to our check-ins next week!

Miss C x

XP Christmas Jumper Day was a big success!

Staff and students at XP came out in force sporting their Christmas jumpers today to raise money for ‘Save the Children’.

Pupils were in good spirits as you can see from the photos taken at this mornings community meeting.

I will announce the total amount of money raised when it has been counted.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for joining in and raising money for a very worthy cause.

Well done XP!

A number of students from X24 have been working extremely hard both in lesson and also in the completion of their extended study. They have completed these tasks to a high standard and also made sure that they have been handed in on time.

The students that I would like to give a special mention to are Alfie Lockey (X24 Admiral), Bella Herring (X24 Skipper) and Amber Clark (X24 Skipper) who have all finished the two studies (paper cut and sharpie block design) in class and also their extended study (Artist research).

All three of these students are now well on the way to creating a lovely charcoal study for their developing and exciting art portfolio.

Alfie Lockey:

Amber Clark:

Bella Herring:

Well done Alfie, Amber and Bella! Keep up the good work!

X24 have been giving kind, specific and helpful peer critiques to each other to make improvements to create beautiful work.

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They have been looking at lino cuts by an artist called Karl Schmidt. They have chosen two different designs to produce two A3 designs:

  • One using a black sharpie pen on white paper
  • One using a craft knife to carefully cut back paper.

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X23 Barcelona Celebration of Learning

This evening 25 of our X23 students shared their Barcelona Celebration of Learning with their parents and carers. Uniquely, this is the only such school event held entirely in Spanish, and is the result of our four day visit to Spain’s iconic second city.

For those who were unable to attend the COL, and/or who wish to view the photo storyboard again then please click on the video-clip below:

Guests were then invited to view our X23 students’ work journals, showing sketches of Gaudí’s artistic and architectural creations that were completed as we toured the Parc Guell.

A special thank you to FXP who provided refreshments and who continue to give so freely and willingly of their time to support the work of the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X23 Bioshock Fieldwork

X23 have had 4 data collecting fieldwork events so far and there last one is next week. They are continually becoming self led as they are gaining expertise in the practice. This weeks visit to grove gardens was wonderful, all participants worked hard to collectively gather the data needed. Students were able to start straight away with collecting data, which they will then be able to analyse and explain how biodiverse Doncaster is and what can be done to improve this (if necessary).

Barcelona Day 2

We woke up early on Tuesday ready for a productive day in the beautiful city of Barcelona.  After a big breakfast we headed off on the metro to meet our tour guide Theo.  During our walking tour of the city centre, Theo showed us a range of beautiful buildings and explained the ideas, history and thinking behind the architecture of Antoni Gaudí and others. We learned that St George is a significant figure in Barcelona and features heavily in the decoration and extravagant carvings adorning many of the buildings in the centre.  The tour came to a close at the awe inspiring Sagrada Família.

After grabbing some lunch and quenching our thirst our travel manager Sunni organised for us to continue our work on Gaudí by visiting his house and the magnificent Park Güell.  This allowed the students to take some quiet time to reflect and draw their surroundings in their journals.

Following this we made our way back down hundreds of steps, several hills and metro stops before finally reaching the beach and getting our first close up view of the Mediterranean.  Here we were able to enjoy some quality time together, eating ice creams, playing football, building sand castles and in the case of Ethan, being buried in sand.

After an eventful day it was time to dust the sand off our feet and head back to hostel to shower off the suncream and get some well earned rest. 

X23 Fieldwork for 9.4 Bioshock

X23 have begun their series of fieldwork research visits to areas in the Doncaster area to evaluate biodiversity. X23 are currently working on expedition 9.4 Bioshock and have the guiding questions: ‘Has biodiversity in Doncaster changed for the better or the worse?’ and ‘What are nature’s rights?’

 

We’ll be visiting a new site each week for the next four weeks before students will begin writing a formal report to share with the council.