This week in Humanities sessions X24 students have been exploring the context of their anchor text Of Mice and Men. As the book is set in 1930’s America we have been studying what life was like at this time and recording our new understanding using a BBK note catcher. All students worked hard to expand their knowledge during these sessions but Milla and Aaisha’s work stood out in terms of it’s Craftsmanship and Quality. Beautiful work girls!
In todays Humanities sessions X24 students were given an extract of their expedition Anchor Text to perform. As the expedition is yet to be revealed the students had no prior knowledge or understanding of the storyline or characters within the novel. This meant that the students had to grapple with the text and perform their own interpretation of what they had read.
Following such an impressive performance of Romeo and Juliet at the last Presentation of Learning, expectations were high. X24 certainly lived up to such expectations by bringing the extract to life in such a believable way. The medium of drama allowed the class to analyse the two main characters and begin to form an understanding of them before we explore the text in further detail. All students were engaged in these sessions however a few stand out students were Vinnie, Archie, Sam and Joe for their sheer enthusiasm and use of characterisation skills. Excellent work boys, keep it up!
In the afternoon the students looked at iconic photographs taken across different time periods and analysed their importance. Again another session where students worked incredibly hard, especially Skipper!
So that’s the three days of Immersion. It is now time for the students to make connections between the tasks we have done and make considered predictions about our new expedition.
I wonder which student will be successful in guessing our guiding question as we reveal all tomorrow …
One thing we love to do in crew Macmillan is talk to each other about our interests. Last Friday, Vinnie enthralled us all with a presentation on Alcatraz, the island prison just off the coast of San Francisco.
We were amazed by his knowledge and understanding of the history and geography of Alcatraz, which is a topic he’s been researching for only the past few months. Most of all, though, we were all hugely impressed by his professional style of presentation – a sincere well done to our Vinnie!
Crew Macmillan had a great session today cleaning up our school grounds. Sadly we didn’t manage to find anything too spectacular (only a few bits of tissue and one unidentified broken pen) but Frankie suggested that next time we should bring metal detectors – fingers crossed we find some long-buried treasure!
As the X24 Human expedition Rebellion draws to a close we have been spending time in session writing our answer to the guiding question and reflecting on the past fifteen weeks. A massive highlight of this project was the performance of Romeo and Juliet, where all fifty students showed such courage to perform to such a large audience.
I am so proud of every student in X24 for the incredible hard work that went into the performance and the expedition as a whole. I look forward to seeing the students continue to create beautiful work in the next expedition.
On Wednesday 8th May, students in X24 will be performing William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as their final product for the expedition REBELLION.
The performance will take place at 6pm at XP EAST. Please ensure you arrive in time to be seated before the performance starts.
Students in X24 will be expected to stay at school until the end of their Presentation of Learning. The reason for this is because this will allow time for the students to do a rehearsal before the evening performance. Therefore, please can you ensure that students bring enough food to fuel them for the evening.
If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact school.
This morning, Alfie gave us an insight into some of his collection of endangered plants. Alfie is our expert on botanical science and our crew look forward to the scientific breakthroughs he will make in the future!
X24 will be attending a performance of Romeo & Juliet at The Grand Theatre, Blackpool on Wednesday 27th February. We will be leaving school at 10am and aim to return to XP by 7pm. Students will need to bring a packed lunch that will be eaten on arrival in Blackpool and also have some further food to snack on during the return journey. We will keep you updated during the day through the school website.