C21/C22 Parents: Tassomai

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.

What a brilliant way to end a week! Crew Bronte, along with other crews from C22, set out on their first practice walk in preparation for their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition later this year. Under the guidance of expedition supervisor Kate apHarri Bronte enjoyed a cold, muddy but fun-packed walk around Chatsworth Park. Crew learned how to orientate a map and how to use map symbols and grid references to work out location. In addition, Crew Bronte applied their knowledge of the Countryside Code to respect the environment they were walking in. On top of all they they got absolutely covered in mud!!!

Well done, Bronte!

Student should re-read the chapters handed to them in class which include the artilleryman (Book 1 Chapter 11 and Book 2 Chapter 7) and must examine how the artilleryman changes. Students must ‘track’ the text (select and highlight key points) and write a brief summative answer of how/why they believe he’s changed, using quotations to support their answer.

DofE practise Walk in February.

As part of the training for their practise and assessed expeditions, we have planned a day practise walk for year 9 students in February. The date for your child will either be Saturday 11th or Saturday 18th February. Those going on the 11th February are those that have their practice expedition weekend on the 6th May. Those going on the 18th February are those that have their practice expedition on the 13th May. You will know the expedition dates at your SLC.

A letter will be sent home shortly with more information about the day.

Please can I state that students MUST wear walking boots with ankle support, other footwear will not be allowed. If you have any problems with this please let me know or speak with your crew leader. They must also have a water proof jacket and trousers. These items are not optional, they are necessary for the safety and well being of your child and they will not be able to take part with out these items.

Everything you need to know will be in the letter and on the DofE page of the web site.

Please email me if you have any questions.

Cheers

Kate

DofE Expedition Weekend dates

Year 9 DofE Bronze award students will be completing 2 weekend expeditions. The first is a practice expedition, the latter an assessed expedition.

The practice weekend for your child will either be the 6/7th May or 13/14th May followed by the assessed weekend which will either be the 17/18th June or the 24/25th June.

You will be able to get these dates at the upcoming SLC’s.

Further information about the expeditions will be available very soon. If you have any questions please email me. kapharri@xpschool.org

Cheers.

Y9 Fieldwork 3rd and 4th Jan

Hello and happy new year to you all! 

Just a reminder that Y9 Admiral will be out on fieldwork tomorrow, 3rd Jan and Y9 Skipper on Wednesday 4th Jan. 

Please remember to bring a packed lunch, make sure you are wearing warm clothing (big coats, hats, gloves and scarves necessary) and wear comfortable footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty/muddy. 

We will be leaving school at 8.30 and will arrive back at approximately 3.30, traffic permitting.

Y9 Holiday Extended Study- Skipper and Admiral

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.