Y7 STEM extended study

All Y7 students have an I AM LEARNING quiz set. There are lots of questions on there which will help them prepare for their essay assessment. This is due on Wednesday evening at 8pm.


Year 7 students are also starting their essay on natural selection in sessions today and tomorrow. Their first draft must be complete by Monday of next week (17th July).


EDIT: Skipper missed two sessions on this whilst Mr Said was in meetings during the inspection, so they have an extension until Friday of next week.

C23 Admiral and C23 Skipper Spanish Extended Study

All our Y7s have been given the task of researching a Spanish-speaking country and then recording and presenting at least five key facts about their chosen country. These could include:

  • population size
  • unit of currency
  • famous Spanish-speakers born there (e.g Shakira is Cuban)
  • national flag
  • famous national dishes (e.g. Mexico = nachos, enchiladas, fajitas)


Results of research to be brought on the prompt cards (provided) to the next lesson (Admiral = 12/07/17 and Skipper = 13/07/16)

Mr Pearson

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.



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: msaid@xpschool.org


Thanks for your support

Year 7 Spanish Extended Study

Students have a sheet with a description of a house in Spanish. Read the text carefully, and answer at least 4 out of the 8 questions in English, due in for Thursday 30th March. Any problems, please see Mrs Sprakes.

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

Year 7 – STEM Extended Study over the Christmas break

Students have a range of tasks to complete. All details are on google classroom:

  1. FIX work: Some students have some additional work to complete, they were given a letter and copies of the work to take home yesterday. If you are uncertain about whether or not your son or daughter needs has been given some work to do, please contact me on msaid@xpschool.org
  2. Rock Cycle Story Redraft: All students need to make sure they have responded to all of my comments on their rock cycle stories. This needs to be completed by Tuesday 3rd Jan, when we return to school.
  3. Times tables rockstars: This will be checked on the first Friday back (6th Jan) and students need to complete two weeks worth of practice in that time. 20 games in the studio, 20 games in the garage, earning at least £2000.
  4. Mathletics: Students have been set 6 exercises that will help prepare them/give us a baseline for their next learning expedition. Their usernames and passwords have been attached to the post on google classroom.

Have a great break! Thanks for your support as always.