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.
Students in C22 will be going out on fieldwork to Conisbrough Castle on the 19th February in order to further their knowledge/learning about Norman castles. Admiral will leave at 9.30 and come back to school for 12.30, Skipper will leave at 12.30 and come back to school for about 3.30 (depending on traffic). Lunchtime arrangements will not be affected so students can take their lunches as normal. Students should wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes… it will be cold!
As part of the I fought the law and the law won expedition C21 students produced a piece of creative writing based on a particular style of writing within the crime genre. Students included historical context in their crime writing showing the depth of their understanding of crime and punishment in both either medieval times or the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Students produced several drafts together with a linguistic commentary on the stylistic choices and literary devices they had used to show that they understood the craft of writing.
Here’s just a few of these stories and commentaries.
Students in C22 have recently enjoyed a visit from a number of experts in connection with their current expedition ‘War! What is it good for?’ and to help them answer the guiding question ‘How has conflict shaped out world?’. Firstly, students experienced what it was like to be soldiers in WW1 with a visit from Doncaster Museum where they participated in trench cooking and trench building. Students also handled a number of WW1 artefacts and weapons and had the opportunity to have their burning questions answered by a second WW1/2 expert. Finally, students have had the chance to take part in a session delivered by the Doncaster Conversation Club who work with local asylum seekers and refugees to enhance their understanding of how and why people flee war-torn countries. Great work from all in C22!
During the first week of the holidays in May 2017 C21 students had the opportunity to visit Madrid, Spain’s stunning capital city. This was the first visit abroad for XP, and had a focus on Spanish and the Arts.
On their return Students took part in a Celebration of Learning. During this evening students described and explained the journals they had worked on while they were in Madrid. Parents were encouraged to buy their refreshments using the Spanish language, helped by posters and, of course, students.
Students then went on to simply analyse their favourite piece of Art, and talk about the Spanish that they used. This part of the Celebration was completely in Spanish, an opportunity to show off their refined accents.
Below are Azriel, Alex and Zara speaking on the evening and a collection of all the student speeches from the evening with their translation into English.
To find out more about this expedition click here.
The date for the Madrid CoL will be Tuesday 4th July, 5.30 until approximately 6.30. This will be an opportunity for your son or daughter to explain their journal work they completed on the visit, including Art and Spanish.
Part of the evening will be in Spanish, and we encourage you to have a go at ordering your refreshments in Spanish too!