Students in Years C21 and C22 have the ongoing compulsory extended study of 10 minutes of daily quizzing on the Tassomai science learning programme. This system works to develop students retention and recall of key science facts and concepts by daily quizzing and interleaved retrieval practice. Tassomai done for a least 10 minutes per day will be massively important in ensuring students are GCSE ready. It is only effective when done little and often over the time until GCSE examinations. It is ineffective when not done and left until before exams.
We have been using Tassomai with students in since Christmas and have an expectation that it is done on a daily basis. However, there have been perhaps a significant number of students who have not used the program for many days and continue to do this sporadically despite reminders from members of staff.
We have therefore decided that students who have missed two days or more of quizzing in a week will attend a compulsory extended study session to catch up. Progress will be checked on a Friday and those students who need to then attend compulsory extended study will then do so on the following Thursday. We would greatly appreciate it if parents could give students a nudge to check whether Tassomai has been completed.
Thank you for your continued support in ensuring our students develop strong habits of work and learning and in our aim of becoming exam ready.
All Year 10 students will be taking part in first aid training with St John’s Ambulance staff on the afternoon of Friday 13th April in preparation fortheir silver Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. The sessions will finish at 4.30 pm so students will need to make arrangements for the later than usual finish.
All students in C21 have revision activities to complete. There is a dedicated part of the website for this. In the website go to ‘Students>GCSE curriculum>science>topics>physics>electricity’. Alternatively, students can follow the link directly that I posted on Google Classroom. This part of the website will continue to grow and develop over the course of the year and will be a go to resource for revision and exam practice.
I will be adding more videos every day this week so students should watch them, attempt the practice exam questions and then mark their work and address misconceptions by watching the accompanying walkthrough videos.
By Friday all videos will be added so students will need to complete the google form found on the bottom of that revision page where they can let me know their progress and any area where they still need help.
Students should also continue to do 10 minutes of daily quizzing on Tassomai and read their text books to do retrieval practice.
Any feedback from parents and students would be gratefully received. We are building a website that works for students and meets their study needs to give them the best possible chance of passing their GCSEs.
Students in C21 have been exploring the question, ‘What is the point of poetry?’ as part of their Expedition Slice this term. Students have analysed poetry as part of their preparation for GCSE Literature and working with expert poets Becky Cherriman and Dan Ryder they have started to write their own poems. These poems have been inspired by the work of Ted Hughes and will be considered for inclusion in an anthology of poetry to celebrate the Ted Hughes Festival that takes place in September http://tedhughesproject.com/
I am pleased to a announce that our Celebration of Learning will take place at The Point, Arts Centre http://www.thepoint.org.uk/ on Tuesday 20 (Admiral) and Wednesday 21 ( Skipper) of February from 5.30 until 7.00 where students will perform their individual and group poems for parents and invited guests.
If guests could arrive from 5.15 and head to the cafeteria area we will start the readings at 5.30. We look forward to seeing you there!
Last term students in both Admiral and Skipper in C21 worked on producing a booklet exploring the guiding question, ‘How Far Did the Vikings Forge a Legacy?’ After visiting the Jorvik Museum and a Viking exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum, students were given a Viking artefact to study. The focus of this study included the historical context as well as the scientific properties of their artefact, covering both GCSE History and Science standards. Students then assessed the work of their peers and decided which work should be included in the final product.
The booklet has now gone to print and the culminating fieldwork will be students attending the Viking Festival in York engaging with members of the public to explain their knowledge of the Viking period and their understanding of the science of metals and their properties. We will be hoping to raise funds for future expeditions by asking for donations in return for a copy of the booklet.
Skipper will be joining the festival on Wednesday 14 February and Admiral on the following day Thursday 15 February. Students will need to wrap up warm as we will be outside for large parts of the day and bring a packed lunch. We will leave during crew on both days and we will return for approximately 3.15pm on both days. If any parents wish to come to the event we will be based in the main festival tent in Parliament Square (opposite Marks and Spencer’s) as well as Coppergate and at the bottom of the Shambles near to the DIG Museum. We would be pleased to welcome you!
A reminder for C21 students that tomorrow our expert poet Becky Cherriman http://www.beckycherriman.com/ will be running your poetry sessions. You will need a warm coat and sensible shoes as part of the session will involve a landscape walk at Lakeside and it may be muddy!
Our students in Year 10 have been busy working hard and getting smart in preparation for their mock exams which have taken place over the first two weeks of term. The somewhat gruelling schedule has taught our students the value of good preparation and study habits and they have conducted themselves admirably throughout this period.
As a thank you to students for their hard work, we will be having a celebration this Friday 17th January. PE will take place as normal first session in the day followed by fun activities. After lunch we will be taking students for a game of bowling to help them relax and blow off some steam. There will be no change to the usual finish times for students, however we will finish bowling at 14.15 and will let students go home straight from the ‘Tenpin’ bowling alley if they want to. Those students who wish to, may return to school as normal if they are being collected by parents. Please note, this may be a little later than usual as we will be walking back from the bowling alley.
Once again, congratulations to Year 10 on working so hard!