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 STEM Extended Study

You have two pieces of extended study to complete over the Easter break:
1. Complete your lab right up for the Water Purification experiment. See the attached photo which tells you the sections you need to have completed.
In your discussion you must explain what you found after we evaporated the sea water before and after we distilled the water by boiling it in the conical flask and condensing it in the test tube. What was the difference in the amount of dissolved solids before and after? What was there a difference? What happened? What was the pH change? Why did this happen? After the distillation, do you think the water was potable? If so, why? If not, why? Was your hypothesis correct or incorrect? Was it specific enough?
Make sure that you use correct scientific language and key words in your write up. Your work should be of high quality and be detailed. If you need help, please email me in good time.

2. Follow the links on Google Classroom. Read the texts and watch the videos on Enzymes to prepare yourselves by building your background knowledge for our next experiment; Enzymes- Investigation into the effects of pH on enzyme action.

3. Email Mr Voltaire with your answers to the following questions: 1. What is an enzyme? 2. What is the function of enzymes? Give examples 3. What is the lock and key theory? 4. What can affect the function of enzymes?

Y9 FIELDWORK 6th MARCH- Admiral and Skipper

Y9 fieldwork for both Admiral and Skipper will be taking place on Monday 6th March, the first day back after the half-term holidays.

We will be leaving school after crew at around 9.30 and we should arrive back at school before the end of the school day.

All students must bring a packed lunch, warm outdoor clothing and comfortable footwear.

Y9 Hums Admiral and Skipper Extended Study- due Friday 3rd Feb

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.

Needed 1,300 (2 litre) POP BOTTLES PLEASE!

The gardening group are hoping to build an eco greenhouse at school. We need 1,300 (2 litre) pop bottles rinsed and sent into school. Please take them to crew with you and someone from the gardening group will collect them. Please don’t take them to reception.

Many thanks for your support!

Year 9 “Bridges” Fieldwork

Skipper are on fieldwork this Friday (6th Jan), and Admiral the following Monday (9th jan)

We will be outside for the most part of the day, so students will need to wrap up warm (layers are key in this cold weather), with raincoats (just in case) and sensible shoes.

A pack up will be needed, students will also need something to record information onto or into, a phone is ideal, but a trusty notebook will suffice.

Best wishes and a Happy New Year

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.