All Year 7 students have a mini test on heredity when they come back from the two week break. This will cover two supporting learning targets:

LT2a: I can describe a simple model of DNA, crediting those that discovered its structure
LT2b: I can show how genetic information is transferred from one generation to the next

 

A range of resources have been shared with students to help them to revise:

  • Videos to remind students what we have studied in class
  • Knowledge organisers – theses are single sheets containing all of the knowledge that students need for each learning target

For their revision to be effective students should:

1. Watch the videos (making notes if they want to)

2. Look at the knowledge organisers. Memorise sections. Cover up parts of the screen/paper and test themselves. Then get someone else to test them.

3. Take the I AM LEARNING QUIZES that have been set. (Student log into I AM LEARNING through the school website)

 

Students often think that either reading or making notes is the best way to revise, but research shows that self-testing  is far more effective. Especially when this testing is spaced out with increasing gaps between the testing.

 

 

Please help your son or daughter by…

  • …getting them to space their practice. Little and often is far better than trying to cram. For example an effective schedule for self testing might look like this:
    • Monday 22nd May – Watch vdeos and make notes → 20 mins self testing
    • Tuesday 23rd May – Review notes → 20 mins self testing & I AM LEARNING QUIZZES
    • Wednesday 24th May – 15 mins self testing
    • Friday 26th May – 15 mins self testing
    • Monday 29th May – Review notes → 15 mins self testing
    • Wednesday 31st May – 10 mins self testing & I AM LEARNING QUIZZES
    • Friday 2nd June – 10 mins self testing
    • Sunday 4th June – 10 mins self testing & I AM LEARNING QUIZZES

 

  • …getting involved in their self-testing. Get them to show you the knowledge organisers and ask them questions based on the content they need to learn.

 

Students have been given a slip for you to sign to confirm that they have been self-testing. Or alternatively you can email me to confirm: msaid@xpschool.org

 

Thanks for your support

Year 7 fieldwork this week

Year 7 parents, students will be going out in the locale for fieldwork this week so need to be prepared for the weather.

They will be within walking distance, so they’ll just need an appropriate coat for the weather and some sturdy shoes/trainers.

7 Admiral will be going out on Wednesday.

7 Skipper will be going out on Thursday.

Student-led conferences

Dear families

Students have just completed their third set of learning expeditions for this academic year and are now preparing for their student-led conferences.

As you know these conferences are an opportunity for your son or daughter to share their learning with you and to discuss their progress.

The conferences will take place in the fortnight beginning Monday 8th May.  Crew leaders will be in contact over the coming week to arrange times for your son or daughter.

As always, thanks in advance for your attendance and support, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Year 7 Extended Study for the 2 week break – MyMaths

All year 7 students have been set a personalised set of MyMaths activities for the two week break.

These are designed to stretch, introduce new concepts or prepare students for FIX when they return to school.

To login, student use: xpschool rectangle137. To access “my portal” they have a 3 digit username and 3 letter password.

Students should complete the online lesson first for each activity before they attempt the homework task. They should aim to get 80%.

The deadline is 8pm on Monday 6th March. Students have have a varied number of exercises to do – around one per day over the two week break, so please encourage your son or daughter to do little and often. Each exercise typically takes around 20 mins.

If internet access is going to be a problem, if your son or daughter is struggling with the work, has lost their username and password or if they have any other problems, please get them to email me on tblair@xpschool.org

Revision STEM

Year 7 ! Heads up about the test tomorrow this is what is on it: Decide where you will need help

Science(JCH):
I have put some questions on I am Learning about the periodic table to help. Log in to XP website and go to my apps, I am learning.
Solids, Liquids and gases
– spacing of particles, can they be compressed, can particles flow, how are the particles arranged, how do they move, bonds.
– Identify pictures
– How do gases move through the air (how does a smell waft from the lovely cakes to your nose)
Convection Current (explain the hot and cold water experiment)
Heating the Steel rod Experiment – what happens to the particles
Endothermic process
Exothermic process
Elements, atoms, compound molecules, mixtures.

Maths (TBL):
Calculate the nutritional value of a meal
Plot graph
Planning your cooking time
Percentage
Volume of a cuboid and cylinder
Radius, Circumference and diameter

Needed 1,300 (2 litre) POP BOTTLES PLEASE!

The gardening group are hoping to build an eco greenhouse at school. We need 1,300 (2 litre) pop bottles rinsed and sent into school. Please take them to crew with you and someone from the gardening group will collect them. Please don’t take them to reception.

Many thanks for your support!