Crew Young are deservedly proud of their first place position on the HOWLs leaderboard, and following our first “data drop” of Year 8 it is clear that we continue to work hard, get smart and be kind. This week in Crew we are considering the merits of framing a weekly, year-based, or termly guiding question to focus our minds on our Habits of Work and Learning.

Crew Young have made a tremendous start to term three in 2019 and we’re delighted that we are well-represented on the weekly positive conduct log. Evidently, we have yet to break our academic resolutions of 2019…..


Crew Young’s Academic Resolutions


Crew Young got off to a blistering start to 2019, by tracing the origins of New Year’s Resolutions. We discovered this widely-held tradition dates back to Babylonian and Roman times, and has been linked to the reimbursement of monies owed to others and to promises made to Janus, the Roman God. On the left is an example of an early twentieth century New Year’s resolution postcard.


We have scrutinised Crew attendance data, and HOWLs grades to identify who gets smart, works hard and is kind to others. Whilst Crew Young were justly proud of their first place position in the Crew HOWLs comparison table, Lewis warned against the dangers of complacency, and pointed out that we could score even more highly.

This lead to a discussion about how we might answer our guiding question: “how can I hit the ground running in the first week back?”, and to the creation of a personal academic resolution that will be reviewed – and if necessary refined – and that we will need to consider when we appraise our performance in our next Student-Led Conference. Here are a selection of academic resolutions:

Merry Christmas from Crew Young!

This week started with Crew Young’s completion of their “Earth, Wind and Fire” tree plaques, jointly with Crew Churchill, in our well-equipped technology workshop. The week ended with the official planting of the trees, together with the students’ plaques, in the grassed area adjacent to the perimeter fence. A very special appreciation for Mrs Duffield who not only gave master classes in the production of the plaques, but who also braved the elements this morning to help our students to curate their final product.

Between Monday and Friday we also dedicated time to silent reading and spent yesterday’s Crew session reviewing the reasons why we adopted “Crew Young” as our moniker. Crew Young lived up to the expectation that we do indeed think differently!

As Crew Leader I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our Crew Young parents for their continued support of the school, to wish them a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year.

We start all over again at 8.30 a.m. on Monday 7th January 2019.

Update from Crew Young

Last week was a real mixed bag for Crew Young. As well as our weekly weekend check-in we spent time preparing tree plaques, completing our latest Accelerated Reader assessment, and constructing our own stories using improvisation and Mr Pearson’s Story Cubes.

Crew Young – perception vs reality

This week in Crew Young we have been encouraged to consider our perception of ourselves, and others’ perception of us, versus reality. This is in order to reflect on our adherence to the HOWLs in an accurate and informed manner. Whilst Alesha finalised her preparations for her SLC this evening, the rest of Crew Young looked at Extended Study completion, as well as other factors that directly influence our attainment. We graded ourselves on the bullseye chart and then challenged each other for a rationale.


Crew Young re-visit SLCs this week

In Crew this week we have spent some time revisiting the purpose of, and the process that lies behind, our Student-Led Conferences. We also considered the benefits and pitfalls of our prior experience of SLCs, as well as what we feel we have learnt as a result of hosting them last year. This is in order to prepare ourselves for the next round of SLCs that are due to take place in a few weeks.

This week in Crew Young

Crew Young have blended an academic check-in with our badminton tournament this week. Following our weekend check-in on Monday, Louie, Isabel and Ella were invited to choose and share a piece of work of which they are particularly proud from their portfolios on Tuesday. Moving forwards, we aim to become more forensic in our analysis of our Crew members’ academic attainment during HUMS and STEAM expeditions.


Today, despite our valiant attempts, we were largely unsuccessful in the badminton tournament against Crew Finch – congratulations to our opponents – but we gave it our best shot!

Free-style Fitness for our Youngsters!

This week Crew Young have been heavily involved in our two Open Evenings, designed to give prospective students and their parents and carers an insight into the daily working practices at XP East School.

Despite finishing at around 8.00 p.m. last night, volunteers from Crew Young still found the energy to let off some steam in a free-style fitness session this morning.

Needless to say, we are immensely proud of our students and of their achievements.


Welcome back, Ella!

We’re glad to welcome Ella back into Crew Young at the end of a shorter-than-usual school week. In Crew we have mostly completed our pledges for this academic year, and we have continued to develop our literacy and comprehension skills in dedicated Accelerated Reader time.

We’re also delighted that more of us have made it onto the positive conduct log as follows:

Maclaren: “Focused and on task, listening to instructions and first to pay attention when I am speaking to the whole class“. “Maclaren has worked really hard in maths today, his work is brilliantly presented and he has managed to give some really tricky questions a go. Thanks, keep up the fab work!“.

Eleanor has been proactive in her learning by emailing me questions related to her homework. I always spot her being kind in lessons helping others out when they are stuck. It’s great to see her work so hard in maths, thanks Eleanor!” “Dedication and hard work in lessons repeatedly. Needs no prompting to get on with work and always works hard!“.

Alesha: “Great contributions throughout the lesson!“.

Louie: “Some great contributions to peer critique during the lessons – kind, specific and helpful“.

Aaron:Talked me through the student side of AR Star Reader tests – thank you!“. “Aaron has gone from strength to strength with his work ethic over the past week. It culminated in a written response in HUMS which showed high level of language and understanding. He was nominated by Chris to share out his work and Mr. Brown took a photo of it to post on the website“. “Got smart with work in Spanish“.

Dominic: “Worked hard during Thursday afternoon’s STEAM session. Worked independently and made lots of notes about the different types of energy efficient housing we were researching. Good work, Dom – keep it up!“.


Welcome back, Maclaren!

This shorter week saw the very welcome return of Maclaren, fresh from his successes and increased medal tally after representing England in a Tae-kwondo tournament in Jamaica. Great work, Maclaren! In a shortened week, he has already made it back onto our praise log in maths: “his focus in class has been really impressive and his work has been at a really high standard” (Miss Haughey).

We also revisited the concept of “conflict” and worked in groups to address the following questions

  • what is conflict?
  • what causes conflict?
  • how do our bodies react when we experience conflict?
  • how might we seek to de-escalate conflict?

Crew Young, our “Youngsters” were ready to articulate their understanding of the issues and how – if they should experience conflict with others – they may be resolved.

Other “Youngsters” that made it onto the praise log this week:

Alesha initiated a really fantastic conversation in maths where there was a disagreement in their answers….keep up the fab work!“.

Adam completed (hums) homework early, to a good standard and with the option extension task completed well. Keep up the fab work!”.

“Brilliant effort on Ella’s homework. All questions answered in depth and the optional extension task was completed to a really high standard with lots of excellent effort! I’m impressed!”.

“In the test which they were given a 5 minute timer, Aaron managed to complete all questions and achieved 48/60. Despite his excellent score, Aaron showed compassion and respect for others too. He carried this work ethic over into the next task’…”.

Louis has been extremely attentive attentive in lessons today. He really excelled in the angles work, completing his work, helping others around him and also giving the GCSE problem solving question a really good go. Thanks Louis, keep it up!”.

“I have seen a vast improvement in Nathan’s efforts in getting smart & working hard these last couple of lessons in maths and I am really impressed with his contributions. He is compassionate to others around him, helping them when they are stuck which is lovely to see. Keep it up!”.

Keisha created a detailed fact file research project on Doncaster’s School for the Deaf in X-Block this afternoon. She chose a building that had relevance to her and the sign language studies she completes outside school, and showed craftmanship and quality in putting together the information on her doc. I was really impressed! Thanks Keisha!”.

Wow – an excellent week for Crew Young!