So, a new year arrived filled with hope and possibility – and then we got the news that we were learning from home again. Crew were determined to write to Gavin Williamson this term to ask the government to make a decision about GCSEs, and then it was announced that they wouldn’t go ahead as planned. It’s felt a bit like we’re walking on shifting sands as we make our way towards the end point of our XP journey, but it’s been really inspiring to see how crew Berger have got stuck in, and are working hard to make the best of the situation.
As well as learning loads of things in our online sessions, and getting to grips with working from home again – we’ve found out some interesting things about crew in our morning hangouts…
One member of crew can’t live without their hot water tap – so they can survive on hot drinks and ramen…
Someone needs help waking up in the morning, but luckily they have a personal alarm call each morning from a very kind crew member…
Two of us have broken our video game controllers – probably due to excessive overuse after being stuck inside all day…
Lots of us feel like we’ve exhausted the possibilities that Netflix has to offer…
Four of us are still catching Pokemon…
And one of us really likes their towel!
I wonder what next week will bring.
Crew Berger have been focussing again on revision tasks. A couple of weeks ago we started a programme of revision inspired by Mrs Sprakes work last year with crew Bronte.
Each member of our crew selected an area of study that they were comfortable with and pledged to create some revision materials based on that. We gave ourselves two weeks to get it started and this week we presented our work.
Abi worked on the Vikings and shared several pages of notes that she’d made on Viking society. Joe found and shared a sample Maths question and Henry produced some notes on Cell Biology, looking at cell structure and moving into DNA.
Rex and Laura also worked on Biology – producing flashcards on Hormones and Menstruation. Laura went down the more traditional route of writing hers out on cards and then taking photos so she could share them. Rex used an app to create his flashcards which allows you to see how long you’ve spent studying each one.
Laura also produced some character notes for one of our English texts – An Inspector Calls, and Khushi worked on flashcards for characters in Macbeth. We enjoyed testing each other on these – can you remember who Fleance is!?
Jac decided to focus on Physics and, although he is doing the higher tier papers, he produced foundation study material to help others in crew. His worked examples of answers on volume, density, electricity and other topics are beautifully presented and explained.
We’ve pledged to continue to produce this revision material and to make it public over the coming months leading up to the exams in summer next year. We’re also pledging to put together a website so that our work can be made available to other crews and other students hoping to do well in their GCSEs.
Callie from Crew Berger in X23 is continuing to shine in athletics. As Yorkshire champion for high jump, Callie’s next goal is on the national stage and this weekend saw her competing in the Yorkshire section of the English Schools competition. She entered the 300m and high jump events and worked hard to do really well in both of them.
Callie’s 300m time was just 0.2s off her personal best and she finished in second place. In the high jump she won, with another great 1.55m jump.
Callie will now move on to the nationals but before that, has been invited to the Northern Athletics competition in Liverpool.
We’re so proud of her great achievement and her hard work – well done Callie!
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.
Crew Berger did a great job on their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition. We braved the wilds of Askern, met a horse with a moustache (you have to look really closely to see it…) and survived the freezing temperatures in order to complete our practice walk and camp.
We’re looking forward to our qualifying expedition in June and would like to appreciate Mr Pearson for working with us and for taking our photo as well!