School starts on Tuesday 27th August where we will be embarking on a week of crew.
Throughout the week students require to be at school at normal time (8:30) but finish times will be slightly different depending on the schedule for the day. Students will require a pen, pencil and ruler this week and a kit list has been sent out for Wednesday and Thursday.
The week’s schedule is as follows:
Tuesday- In school with a normal finish time of 3:15. There is no extended study in school this week.
Wednesday – Out of school on crew activities so students will need a backpack with a packed lunch, a bottle of water, hiking boots and waterproofs. Please can students come to school in trainers not their walking boots. We are expected to be back at school for around 5pm.
Thursday- Out of school on crew activities so students will need a backpack with a packed lunch, a bottle of water, hiking boots and waterproofs. Please can students come to school in trainers with their walking boots in their bag. We are expected to be back at school for around 5pm.
Friday- Students are in school all day. Their week will be completed with a Presentation of Learning commencing at 2:15 which parents are invited to come and support their students where they will be answering their Guiding Question.
Last week I posted the excellent field work and data collection of the local ecosystem, that X25 completed. This week, students used the data collected to built food chains and then grappled incredibly hard to build an XP ecosystem food web.
Learning Target: I can combine food chains to form a food web.
Next week, we will be investigating what might happen if disease killed one of the species in XP ecosystem or a completely new species was introduced…
In X25 we are looking at facades of buildings and artists who are influenced by them. They have used a range of media to re-create one of the artist compositions.
Today we have gone outside to draw from observation and look at one point perspective, making our observational drawings look realistic. Here they are working hard!
Extended study has been set for X25 to take photographs of their own house (focussing on the facade). They can also take photographs of interesting facades in Doncaster or of a friends/family house. They need to have their photographs ready for x-block session next week.
We’ve been really lucky this week to have the MANufacturing TRAnsport visiting from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield. On Monday and Tuesday this week, students from XP and XP East have been able to experience something of the future of manufacturing and engineering on this fantastic lorry! We’ve handled objects, used AR to investigate an engine and tried out virtual MIG welding. Congratulations to Kelsea who was the champion welder with an impressive 91% score for the quality of her weld!
We’re looking forward to working again with the team from the AMRC and would like to appreciate them for their hard work in setting everything up and working with our students.
A reminder that the X25 (Year 7) celebration of learning is this Wednesday evening, 19th December from 5.30pm until around 7.00pm.
It is important that every student has someone from their family at this event as it helps to provide an authentic audience for their work in what will be a great celebration of their efforts in their very first learning expeditions at XP.
Students are asked to dress smartly as this is a formal occasion. Students can bring a change of clothes or can choose to attend in smart clothes for the whole day.
Student must stay in school between 3.15pm and the start of the celebration of learning. They will be given some time to relax after school and before the last rehearsals, so they can bring a pack up tea if they choose.
In the New Year, X25 students will be visiting the National Mining Museum in Wakefield as part of their Immersion for the next expedition.
Admiral will be visiting on Wednesday 9th January and Skipper will be visiting on Thursday 10th January. We will be leaving promptly at 8.45am and hope to be back in school by 3.15 pm, traffic allowing.
Students will need to bring a packed lunch with them including a drink, students on Free School Meals will be provided with a packed lunch/drink.
It is recommended that students wrap up warm for the visit, a warm coat, sensible shoes (trainers/boots- no heels) are recommended. A small amount of time will be spent outside and with the weather starting to turn I also recommend students bring a hat, scarf and a pair of gloves.
If there are any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
As is usual during immersion into new learning expeditions, there will be no X Block in Year 7 or Year 8 in the upcoming week.
This means that Year 7 and Year 8 students will not need PE kit for Tue – Thu this week.
Year 8 students should still bring their PE kit as usual tomorrow.
All students students should still bring their PE kit as usual on Friday too.
Year 8 will be being placed into new X block groups. These will be shared later this week, as it does mean that the day on which each Year 8 student gets their X Block PE sessions may change. X block will start again in the week commencing 15th January.