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 8: Waves assessment REVISION

Year 8 have a short assessment on waves tomorrow. There are some anchor charts (posters with important information) on google classroom which they can use to revise. If students log in to classroom and then click on 8.3 waves, there are a series of photographs of the anchor charts that are up in our classroom.

We have spoken today about how to use these. Self-testing is a very effective way to make knowledge permanent. So students ought to spend around an hour tonight, covering sections of the anchor chart and then testing themselves on what they have hidden. It helps to have pen and paper near so that they can make a note of things that they have forgotten. Then retesting on the forgotten bits just ten minutes later will strengthen the memory, even more so than had they never forgotten in the first place.

It would be really helpful if friends and family could test them on this too.



8 SKIPPER STEM: Easter extended study

  1. Students need to do a first draft of an informative article about the Loma Prieta (1989) or Port au Prince (2010) earthquake. I have shared a writing frame, assessment rubric and resources to help on google classroom. There is also a model piece about Christchurch (2011) which we critiqued today. (DUE WEDNESDAY NEXT WEEK)
  2. Respond to all feedback on ripple tank write up in their google doc. (DUE FRIDAY NEXT WEEK)

Article Research Y8 Skipper and Admiral

Year 8 Skipper and Admiral have a specific earthquake or tsunami to research. This research needs to be completed by Friday 24th March so that students can begin writing their scientific article from Monday 27th March.

As students will be writing scientific articles they will need their devices each session over the forthcoming weeks.

Y8 Fieldwork Natural History Museum, London

A reminder about Thursdays fieldwork arrangements. Please see the original post below.

Could I also ask that parents and carers do not send students with anything containing peanuts as we have a student with allergies to peanuts, also if students require an inhaler they must bring one with them on the day.

As part of the expedition Disaster!, students will carry out Fieldwork at the Natural History Museum, London, on Thursday 30th March 2017. Students will be travelling by coach to London and will therefore need to arrive at school no later than 6.15 am ready for a 6.30 am departure. We will arrive back at school later that evening at around 7.00 pm, depending on traffic. All students except those on Free School Meals will need to bring a packed lunch, and may want to bring some money for the Services on the way home where there will be an opportunity to eat, or bring a double packed lunch instead.

We ask that any students who are travel sick take their medication in good time, sit at the front of the bus, and pass their return journey medication to myself or their Crew leader.

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Y8 Extended Study for the 2 week break – MyMaths

All year 8 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. Most students have enough 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



Year 8 Final Product: SUD construction

All year 8 students will be working on the final product which is a result of their hardwork, research and presentations this term. Tomorrow students will begin building the sustainable urban drainage system to help relieve some of the surface water on the school grounds. Students will be working outdoors and will need their fieldwork gear: warm clothes, casual clothing that they don’t mind getting a little dirty wellies/work boots.

Well done everyone in year 8 on a great expedition and fantastic final product!