Students in Years C21 and C22 have the ongoing compulsory extended study of 10 minutes of daily quizzing on the Tassomai science learning programme. This system works to develop students retention and recall of key science facts and concepts by daily quizzing and interleaved retrieval practice. Tassomai done for a least 10 minutes per day will be massively important in ensuring students are GCSE ready. It is only effective when done little and often over the time until GCSE examinations. It is ineffective when not done and left until before exams.
We have been using Tassomai with students in since Christmas and have an expectation that it is done on a daily basis. However, there have been perhaps a significant number of students who have not used the program for many days and continue to do this sporadically despite reminders from members of staff.
We have therefore decided that students who have missed two days or more of quizzing in a week will attend a compulsory extended study session to catch up. Progress will be checked on a Friday and those students who need to then attend compulsory extended study will then do so on the following Thursday. We would greatly appreciate it if parents could give students a nudge to check whether Tassomai has been completed.
Thank you for your continued support in ensuring our students develop strong habits of work and learning and in our aim of becoming exam ready.
Fieldwork to the York Dungeons will be on Monday 12th March for both Admiral and Skipper. The coach will be leaving promptly at 8.30am and students will require a packed lunch for the visit. Students should wrap up warm and wear comfortable shoes becasue as part of the fieldwork experience we will spend some of the time outside. We intend to arrive back for 3.30, traffic depending.
All Year 9 students will be taking part in fieldwork at Sheffield Hallam University next week on Tuesday 23rd January.
Pupils will learn about globalisation, international economies and country evaluation techniques, and apply these to their business client and country of interest. They will produce a 1 page summary report for a business client, with the support of first year university students studying international business. They will also gain an insight into what it’s like to study business at degree level, by working with students studying the subject.
We will be leaving school at 8am by coach. So all Year 9 students will need to be in school ready to be registered at 7.50am.
We will arrive back in school at 12.30 so there is no need to provide a pack-up lunch unless you usually do so.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our community a very happy new year.
All classes will be starting exciting new learning expeditions or in some cases learning expedition slices, which will run until our two week break in February.
Please find below details of the staff that will be working with each class. For any queries relating to your son or daughter’s learning expeditions, please contact the lead teacher in the first instance.
Class of 21
The lead teacher for the Humanities and Arts expedition slice is Mr Sprakes, working with Mrs Batty.
The lead teacher for the STEM expedition slice is Mr Voltaire, working with Mrs Goddard.
Class of 22
The lead teacher for the STEM, Humanities and Arts expedition is Mr Campbell, working with Mrs Smith.
The lead teacher for the Maths expedition slice is Mr Shakesby.
Class of 23
The lead teacher for the STEM, Humanities and Arts expedition is Mr Jackson, working with Mr Blair and Miss Robinson.
Class of 24
The lead teacher for the STEM, Humanities and Arts expedition is Mr Said, working with Mrs Rigby, Miss Thornton and Mrs Waterhouse.
For Y9 extended study this week, students must read the 1st two chapters of War of the Worlds Book 2 and answer the accompanying comprehension questions. Admiral will be tested on their knowledge of these chapters on Monday the 16th and Skipper on Friday the 13th.
Students have been set 3 study tasks to complete over the half-term holidays.
Reading book 1 of ‘War of the Worlds’ with the texts that all students have been given. Students will also need to respond to the comments made on their historical essays and complete their final draft, alongside typing up their solider empathy responses from their books.