Crew Berger have made a great start on their preparations for their Final Word at the end of their time with us.
We’ve been looking back at past expeditions and thinking about how being at XP has built character. But mostly so far we’ve been being entertained by photos of everyone looking really young!
Thanks to parents who’ve already booked slots for the presentations – we’re really looking forward to seeing what our amazing young men and women have got to say about their growth and development over the past 5 years at XP.
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.
Crew Berger have had a busy few weeks since returning to school at the end of August. Getting used to new protocols in school, meeting new staff and realising the reality of such an important year in our educational journey.
Meeting experts from our pioneering C21 year group made us realise that we needed to start working immediately on our studies for next year’s GCSE exams. Emily, Alex, Chloe and Gabby helped us to focus on what we should be spending our time on in the coming months and I was really proud of crew Berger when they identified that starting revision was something that we needed to do immediately.
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been working on spending at least 10 minutes every night on revision tasks and crew have been sharing their success each morning. We’ve also been holding each other to account and reminding each other to complete these small challenges so that we can build strong habits of self study and revision. The best thing has been seeing members of crew explaining their learning and sharing revision techniques when we check in the next day.
Here you can see Abi and Callie’s personal notebooks and Isaac’s flashcards. Current topics of revision have included the rise of the Nazi party, ratios, electricity, spanish vocab and the great heathen army!
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!