Our new students have been asked to complete homework on Spanish numbers 1-15 and on asking and giving ages. They need to record their answers on the double-sided work sheet reproduced below:
As always they are welcome to receive extra support in supervised Extended Study after school, and I will be present on Thursdays to offer this help if needed. Y7 Admiral – homework due in Tuesday 26.09.17 and Y7 Skipper due in Thursday 28.09.17 (to be set 21.09.17).
Students have been shown how to log in to times table rockstars.
The web address is ttrockstars.com
The login is firstname.surname24 for example martin.said24
The password for the time being is “password”.
Students need to complete at least 10 games in the studio. They can play any other number of games in addition if they choose to. The deadline is Sunday 17th Sep at 8pm. If there are any problems with access to technology, we have an expedition support session this Thursday after school.
All year 7 students have some reading and notes to complete. The deadline is this Wednesday’s session. Each student has a copy of the document in their bag and it has also been shared digitally through google classroom if they prefer to make notes online.
1. Read pages one and two: EVOLUTIONARY CHANGE & DARWIN’S THEORIES
2. CATP Text code in the main body of the text:
C – Connections,
A – Ask questions
T – translate tricky passages into your own words
P – Predict (how did Darwin use this information to come up with the theory of evolution by natural selection)
3. Then complete the note catcher on each of those two pages.
Students have already done the first part of a CLOSE READ and skimmed the document.
SOAPSTONE: From that as a class we decided that…
Subject – Evolution by natural selection and how Darwin came to relaised this is how species developed over time.
Occasion – A book about Darwin’s life and discoveries
Audience – Young people and adults interested in science
Purpose – To promote awareness of the genius Darwin’s theories
Speaker – A science historian
TONE – Quite formal, but engaging.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org