As this academic year ends, we’re already looking forward to our first week back!

School starts again on Tuesday 27th August, 8.30am.  Students will require a PE kit for Tuesday and Wednesday, along with their usual stationery (pen, pencil and ruler) A kit list has been provided for Friday’s activity.

**There is no extended study during the first week back**

Tuesday: In school with a normal finish time of 3:15.

Wednesday: In school with a normal finish time of 3:15. 

Thursday: Students are out of school today, within normal school hours.  They should wear their usual everyday clothes and bring their bags and stationery. They will also need a packed lunch and a bottle of water (provided for students on FSM).

Friday: Students need to be at school for 7.45am.  We will be out of school all day so students will need a backpack with a packed lunch, a bottle of water, hiking boots and waterproofs. Students on FSM will be provided with a pack lunch.

Please check the kit list below for further details of the required clothing.  Please can students come to school in trainers, not their walking boots.  We are expected to be back at school for around 5pm (to be confirmed during our first week back.)

Please refer to these important docs and ensure you and your child are familiar with them.  A medical form will be sent home on Tuesday 27th; please return this to us on Wednesday 28th.

Have a wonderful summer break!

 

E25 will be holding the Presentation of Learning for their current expedition ‘Three Cheers for Trees!’ on Thursday 18th July at 5.30pm.

Students have been working extremely hard throughout their expedition and this will be an opportunity for them to share their learning with parents, carers and visitors.

We will also have a surprise to share with you at the end of the evening – the grand revealing of our final product!

We look forward to seeing you!

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  • What is the difference between a meter and a metre?
  • How could we use two straws, an elastic band and two paper clips to find the mass of an object?
  • How is mass related to weight?

All this and more will be revealed at our STEAM Presentations of Learning on 10th and 11th July (click here for further information)

Family are invited to come along and find out from our student experts, but expect to be asked about your own learning!

7 Pioneer Fieldwork Reminder

On Tuesday 2nd July, Pioneer will be taking part in fieldwork linked to our current expedition, ‘Three Cheers for Trees!’

Students will be heading to a location not too far away.

Fieldwork will take part during the normal school day with students travelling on our school minibuses.

Students will require a packed lunch, appropriate footwear and clothing as we will be outside for the day – whatever the weather!

Fingers crossed, if the sun is shining, please ensure students bring plenty to drink (no fizzy drinks or glass bottles) and suncream.

What does ‘Working Hard’ look like?

Well, I think 7Explorer are a clear example of the answer to that question!

Take a look at all students working in class today.

 

So, remember, Working Hard focuses on the following criteria:

  • I arrive for each class on time and prepared – BIG TICK
  • I participate fully and mindfully in class – MASSIVE TICK
  • I complete all my work in a timely manner and to the best of my ability – EVEN BIGGER TICK

Enough said!

 

 

‘Three Cheers for Trees!’ Fieldwork

Next week, E25 will be taking part in fieldwork linked to our current expedition, ‘Three Cheers for Trees!’

Students will be heading to a location not too far away on the following dates:

7Pioneer: Tuesday 2nd July

7Explorer: Friday 5th July

Fieldwork will take part during the normal school day with students travelling on our school minibuses.

Students will require a packed lunch, appropriate footwear and clothing as we will be outside for the day whatever the weather!

Fingers crossed, if the sun is shining, please ensure students bring plenty to drink (no fizzy drinks or glass bottles) and suncream.

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Peer Critique: Ascending the Amazon!

So, today in HUMAN, 7Explorer have been deepening their knowledge and understanding about the Amazon Rainforest and the flora and fauna found within each layer.  Then, along with their senses, they have created a piece of descriptive writing, capturing what their journey might be like as they travel from the forest floor to the emergent layer.

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The quality of students’ writing was excellent!  Look at some of the sentences students identified as having the ‘WOW’ factor.

Ruby:

‘All of a sudden, the cool rays of exhausted sunlight penetrated the vibrant, green, detailed foliage and stroked my skin.’

Billy:

‘The orchids stand out in the rainforest, adding a florescent and vibrant aspect to this colourful creation.’

Callum:

‘Stridulating crickets fill the rainforest with their loud song which stretches deep into the Amazon’.

Students then went on to critique each others’ work, commenting on ‘What Went Well’ and ‘Even Better If…’  Students were also eager to grade their work.

Take a look at the focus of Marshall, Sami and Ruben as they read each others’ work, write their critique and then share out.  Absolutely wonderful!

E25’s final HUMAN expedition is called ‘Three Cheers for Trees’.

For our final product we will be creating a piece of graffiti artwork which encompasses the messages and learning of this expedition. For example, deforestation, the rainforest and the importance of trees in our environment due to the services they provide.

The artwork will be on a wall in our school (cheers Gywn!) and every child in E25 will make their mark in the product.  The inspiration for the final product came from our anchor text – Dr Seuss’s The Lorax. We watched this film during Immersion Week and saw the mural dedicated to the trees which are loved so dearly. I’m sure ours will look even better! Related image

So that we could create beautiful work we are very pleased to be working alongside an expert, Craig, who has been running design and practical sessions with the students to create the image and build technique with the spray paints. The first group to experience the practical session was E2 and it’s safe to say they had a great time!

I think the students found that using spray paints is harder than it looks – Craig was able to explain to the group how the paint would react differently when sprayed close/far away from the surface and the difference in the outcome when spraying quickly and slowly. The students responded well to his advice and they were clearly writing their names in no time, he was very impressed!

 

E1 and E3 will have their practical sessions on Monday 24th June. It is advised they come to school in clothes they do not mind getting paint on as it is permanent – just in case!

Three Cheers for Trees!

E25 have started their final expedition of Year 7 which is entitled ‘Three Cheers for Trees!’

At the end of immersion week, students were introduced to the name of the expedition and the guiding question: ‘Who Speaks for the Trees?’

7 Explorer started to investigate the geographical context of the expedition further today in HUMAN when they considered the world’s different climate zones and where the Amazon Rainforest is located.

Zooming in even further, students looked carefully at and analysed climate graphs and then constructed their own rainfall and temperate graphs to show the climate of a tropical rainforest.

It’s fair to say that the craftsmanship and quality of students’ work today was excellent!