‘Making My Mind Up’ Y8 POL

Thank you to all of the parents that came to 8 Explorer’s and 8 Pioneer’s Presentation of Learning last night. I must say that the Y8 ‘Making My Mind Up’ expedition has been an exceptional one.

Thank you to Mr Brown, Miss Parker, Mr Rider and Miss Haughey for all of the hard work that went into the planning, fieldwork, the expedition’s Google Site and the POL. A special mention needs to go out to Mr Brown for being expedition Lead – great work Drew!!

In only 48 hours the video clip of the final product that I put onto Twitter has had nearly 1600 views! It highlights the national interest that we have in the way in which we do things around here.

As ever, we cannot underestimate the role of Presentations of Learning in our expeditions.

They act as the period in which students have to step up to the pressures of articulating their progress to an authentic audience. POLs are high stakes, and hours of preparation goes into them. Knowing that your Mum, Dad, Uncle Tony or even your Aunty Dot are coming to the event means that students have to work hard to pull it off.

Yet again, I was dead proud of the way in which all of our Y8 students (ranging from those on the Autistic Spectrum, Special Educational Needs to those who may be academically gifted children) articulated their learning with such clarity, and it’s always nice to hear such positivity from parents.

Well done everybody!

Student Bikes

Last night someone broke into the school grounds to take a bike that had been left overnight. Fortunately, they decided not to take the bike so it is now safely in the school building.

This is a reminder that any personal property, including bikes, should not be left outside school overnight. Also, any bikes brought into school for during the day must be padlocked in the areas provided.

If you need to leave anything overnight please speak to a staff member and it can be arranged to store the item indoors.

7 Pioneer Immersion Extended Study

As part of Immersion Week for the new HUMAN expedition, 7 Pioneer took part in a gallery walk using the silent conversation protocol. One of the images used is below. Students made notices, wonders and questions about this image and how it linked to the other images on display. We then discussed how these everyday items all include an ingredient called palm oil and the impacts of this. In order to develop this learning further and make links to the expedition in more detail, 7 Pioneer have been set Extended Study.

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7 Pioneer’s Extended Study is to make a list of as many products in their homes which contain palm oil – these items range from food, cosmetics/toiletries and cleaning products. Students need to write down the brand name and the type of item it is, for example, Cadbury’s DairyMilk chocolate. 

The list can be either hand written or typed. It is due Monday 10th June.  

By the end of the week, students will have revealed the expedition themes, anchor text and guiding question. In the meantime, keep using the clues to work it out Pioneer!

Chernobyl Discussion

This morning in Academic Crew, as I came in, the crew were already seated and in a deep discussion about the Chernobyl disaster. The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986, in the No. 4 nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat, in the north of the Ukrainian SSR, near the Byelorussian SSR border.

Holly was leading the discussion and explained how radiation can affect humans and its damaging effect of DNA. We then investigated as a crew the most radioactive places on Earth. Links were made by Corey and Raven to the current joint expedition in STEAM and HUMS as the term radioactive had been mentioned during the immersion.


E25 fieldwork due back by 5pm as expected

E25 have had a busy and inspiring day at Jodrell Bank, asking loads of great questions and demonstrating our Character Traits in all workshops and around the site.

We are now on the coach on the way back and have an estimated arrival time of 5pm as planned.  We will update the blog and Twitter again when we are about 30 minutes away from school.

Many thanks for organising to collect your children later than usual.

E25 will be on fieldwork on Tuesday 4th June. 

Please make arrangements for your child to arrive at school no later than 7:45am and be collected around 5pm.  

The fieldwork arrangements are as follows:

  • All students to arrive at school by 7:45am for a prompt departure at 8am.
  • Students will need to bring a packed lunch and bottle of water (no glass bottles or fizzy drinks or sweets.)  NOTE: Please bring this in a small paper or plastic bag, as there will not be room for large bags to be stored on site.
  • Please bring any prescribed medication required, clearly labelled in a plastic bag or envelope with your child’s name and required dosage.  This includes travel sickness tablets where necessary as we will be travelling via coach for approximately 2 hours.
  • Sensible clothing, coat and shoes need to be worn (we will be outside for part of the day)
  • Students will return to school at approximately 5pm – although we will post updates on the website and social media.
  • The venue we are visiting is a strictly phone free zone, so students will need to turn their mobile phones off or on to flight mode during the fieldwork.  If any parents need to get in touch with our venue during the fieldwork please contact the school office on 01302 898792 as they will have instructions as to how to contact us whilst on fieldwork.
  • If any parents would like to know the destination of our fieldwork or have any questions, please contact me at jtownson@xpeast.org

Many thanks for your support.

Music Lessons for next Academic Year

If your child currently takes music lessons, or would like to take them up from September, please return the following form by Thursday 6th June 2019. This is the deadline set by the Music Service. Any returned after this date cannot be guaranteed to have a slot.

Thank you

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