Since January, Year 7 have been learning about the human body in their Human Machine STEAM expedition.  They have been studying cells at the ‘microscopic machine’ level as well as the organs of the digestive and respiratory systems at the ‘macroscopic machine’ level, in order to answer the guiding question “Why is my body like a machine?”

They are now ready to share their findings with you, and would like to invite you to join in with a series of activities to present their learning on the following dates:

7 Explorer: Wednesday 27th March, 5:30-6:30pm

7 Pioneer: Thursday 28th March, 5:30-6:30pm

For a taster of what we have been studying, visit our expedition website.

We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your continued support.

All E25 students have been sent an email reminding them to revise their Case Study 2 content of the Human Machine expedition.  We will use some of our class time after the holiday to revise Case Study 1, but they are free to work on this on their own over the holiday too.

We will have a written assessment on this (as well as Case Study 1) on Friday 22nd March.

There are many resources to support them in their revision, including the expedition website, which itself contains many helpful links, videos, learning target rubrics, quizlets and lesson resources.  Some students chose to take their class books home with them and all students were given a paper copy of the revision grid for Case Study 2 to start them off.

Please continue to encourage your child to talk about their learning at home and to share their revision progress with you.

Many thanks,

Mrs Townson

Travelling the Trade Triangle!

In our HUMAN sessions, 7Explorer have been experiencing what it was like being part of the triangular trade system which became established during the time of the Transatlantic slave trade.

First of all the traders set sail from Europe…

First stop, Africa! Here, the European traders exchanged weapons, cigars, cigarettes, iron, steel and clothing for ivory, gold, wood, spices and slaves.

From Africa, the traders continued their voyage until they reached The Americas. Here, the American traders wanted hard-working, obedient and cheap slaves! Lots of slaves!

The European traders exchanged the slaves for goods such as raw cotton and silk, tobacco plants, indigo, rum and whale oil. They then set sail back to Europe.

The traders arrived back in Europe with the goods they wanted, having made lots of money along the way!

Zooming in on Africa!

This week has seen 7Explorer begin Case Study 2 which is entitled ‘Say It Ain’t So!’
As part of our introduction, we have been learning about the continents, oceans and countries of the world.
We then zoomed in on the country of Africa in order to set the context for this case study.

We spent time getting to know the four key biomes of Africa. To do this, each of us had to become an expert about one particular biome and make notes about its key features.

We then had to share our expert knowledge and teach others about our biome.

It was wonderful to hear the quality of discussion and teaching that was taking place between students.

At the end of the session, students had to ‘Press Save…’ and note down two features that they had learnt about each biome.

E25 have an Extended Study Task which has been emailed to them, posted on the Expedition Google Site and on Google Classroom.  This is due on Wednesday 13th February in our Science lesson.

If they are unable to access it due to permissions on the doc, they should try logging in through their Google account on the XP East website first.

Many thanks,

Mrs Townson

Just a reminder to all E25 students that the pre-learning for tomorrow’s Science lesson involves watching this video and completing this form to demonstrate your understanding of the key points. The aim of this task is to give you a head-start on the content we will be tackling, so please do not panic if you find it a challenge initially!

Thank you to the majority of students who have completed this already and to those who have emailed me with questions or requests for support with this task.

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Mrs Townson

USA Here We Come!

Today in HUMAN, 7Explorer have spent some time getting to know more about the USA. We shared out facts we already know and then we watched a brilliant video clip to find out about the different American states.

We then zoomed in to find out more about which states make up the Deep South.

In groups, we had to look at a map of the southern states, one at a time and outside the classroom, memorise the location of one state and then return to our group to label our maps.
We only had 20 seconds to memorise the state and then 40 seconds to share out with our group and record our findings on our own maps.
Groups had to be well organised and co-operate with each if we were to label our maps correctly.

Take a look at us in action!

Tomorrow, we’ll find out which team is the winner!

E25 Human Machine

E25 have really thrown themselves into their first Case Study, Microscopic Machines, in the new STEAM expedition called Human Machine.  We have been looking at our first learning target: I can explain how different cells are adapted for their function.

Caiden is shown below using a video tutorial to build his knowledge of how to use a microscope, whilst Zach M, Zach H and Nikodem were Getting Smart by choosing to spend extra time at breaks looking at their cheek cell slides and onion cell slides.  Cerys, Aaron, Zach, Dylan and Shanna are pictured here giving kind specific and helpful feedback in purple pen, whilst Harvey added labels to his animal and plant cell comparison diagram.

E25 have a Quizlet task to work through as pre-learning before our lesson on Thursday 17th January 2019.  Use the resources available to familiarise yourself with the 15 words and definitions in advance of our lesson.

We discussed good ways of doing this: it is better to spend 15 minutes each day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on the bus, at break or in Extended Study, than to cram it all into one session!

The link is on Google Classroom or you can click here.

Many thanks,

Mrs Townson

7Explorer Immersion Week!

Phew!  It’s been a busy week so far for 7Explorer and we’ve only been back at school for three days!

The new year has seen the launch of our new expedition, beginning with Immersion Week which is when we are given lots of clues about what our new expedition and guiding question might be about.  We have to try and piece the clues together, looking out for any red herrings!

We started by sharing the following quotation:

‘I wanted you to see what real courage is.  It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.’

We then watched the opening credits to the film ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.Image result for to kill a mockingbird opening credits

What could the connection be?

Yesterday, we travelled to Liverpool where we visited the International Slavery Museum.  We are now busy trying to work out how what we saw and heard could link with our new expedition.Image result for international slavery museum liverpool

Today, we took part in a Gallery Walk, contemplating different images, some happy, some quite harrowing, and thought about how these could also be linked.  A couple of us think we spotted some red herrings!

So far, words such as unique, slavery, division, separation, punishment, racism and rights have been shared.

The ‘big reveal’ is on Friday – what do you think our new expedition will be about?