Well, it’s been a busy couple of weeks in crew. We have been working hard and cracking on.
This week, crew Kahlo has been looking at ‘British Values’ as part of our crew curriculum. We have been learning about how British Values teach us tolerance and respect for others.
We even made a display in our crew room.
We then moved onto looking at the difference between weather and climate. Pupils carried out research into causes of climate change.
I wanted to highlight this beautiful work by Bryan and Jessy. For our current Y8 expedition ‘Wherever I Lay my Hat’ where we have been looking at the artist Luke Dixon for inspiration. Pupils have practiced adding lines and patterns to simplified copies of his work and also using a viewfinder to zoom in on details. I don’t know about you, but I think Jessy’s pencil-tone portrait is absolutely amazing! I only asked for a line drawing – but she went for it! We didn’t want to add any lines (like Luke Dixon does) over this drawing – so we have photocopied her work and she is adding lines to a copy so she has not one but two beautiful pieces of work!
On Thursdays, crew Kahlo has started to think about the HoWLs grades that they would give themselves for that week in each subject area and crew. Pupils critiqued each other’s grades and commented on whether they agreed with them or not. This led to loads of discussion about what ‘work hard’ looks like and how they could try and improve their own ‘get smart’ in lessons. It has been really great to have Mr. Challen in crew with us as he has been able to comment on pupils’ work in their maths lessons.
A very productive couple of weeks crew! Keep up the good work.
Year 8 Skipper have been learning about food, most teenager’s favourite topic. We have discussed menus, likes and dislikes, what we ate at the weekend and what we’re going to eat. Have a look at their group work around a celebrity dinner date in response to the LT “I can extend a past tense verb phrase into a sentence”.
As we are at an important time for students in Year 11, as they continue to work towards developing evidence of progress and attainment for Teacher Assessed Grades, we are pleased to announce the phased re-opening of Extended Study provision after school for students who wish to stay at school until 4.30. In these times there will be members of the Year 11 teaching team on hand to provide additional subject-specific support. Please see the Extended Study timetable below with specific days and timings.
“The family of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore is inviting the world to take inspiration from his famous 100 laps around his garden to celebrate Captain Tom’s life, his generosity of spirit and the hope and joy he brought to millions.
The Captain Tom 100 is taking place on what would have been his 101st birthday weekend, from Friday 30 April to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May”.
So, as a crew, Crew Macmillan have decided we will be taking on Captain Sir Tom’s 100 Challenge this coming Friday, April 30th.
The Challenge involves completing 100 of something!
Crew have decided to collectively complete 100 laps of XP school in one single crew session. Actually, then, we had a trial run on Friday; and managed to smash that target, so we’re going to challenge ourselves to achieve 200 Laps instead!!!
We’ve set up a fundraising page to try and raise some money in aid of our chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. If you are in a position to help us to do so, the link is here.
We would love to be able to raise £100 – what a lovely amount in honour of Sir Captain Tom Moore.
I look forward to taking on this challenge – come on crew, we’ll smash it!
The Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) school age vaccination team will be visiting XP school shortly to continue the HPV programme for all boys and girls in Year 8 (1st dose) & 9 (2nd dose). Thursday 6th May 2021 is the day allocated. All parent/carers of Year 8 students only should have now received an email with an attached link from your child’s crew leader. It is really important you fill in the form that is attached with the email in the link. This will save time in phone calls being made a week before vaccines in response to whether your child will be having the vaccine or not.
If you have not received the link for the HPV vaccine from your child’s crew leader then please contact them or myself email@example.com requesting the link for the HPV vaccine.
Crew Earhart are hard at work preparing for their Final Word in early June. This is an opportunity to celebrate their time at XP, looking back over experiences, expeditions, and achievements. Parents are currently booking times to come into school and celebrate the end of five years with their son / daughter, friends, Crew Leader and staff. I can’t wait to hear what Earhart have to say about their growth and learning…well, actually I can, because it will literally be their Final Word.
There is the opportunity to become a Science Subject Lead at our extraordinary schools, XP and XP East. We need someone to inspire our students to be Scientists within our highly regarded expeditionary learning curriculum.
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