Beautiful Work by Mrs F and Dad

A few months ago, Theo of X21 came to school in his Dad’s socks emblazoned with the word “Dad” on the side.

Of course, since then Theo has been affectionately known as ‘Dad’.

Theo promised to wear the socks again today, when some our students had their final GCSE exam – some have stats next week.

Imagine our horror when we found a couple of weeks ago that Theo could not find the socks.

To all of our relief Mrs F has come to the rescue and provided Theo with a ‘Dad’ sock upgrade. I can confirm that these are far more knatty than the first.

Great work Mrs F! And of course… well played Dad.

X22 – Identity

X22 are working on their coursework for Art, Craft and Design; through the expedition ‘Identity’. Here are some pieces of work that reflect our ‘Habits of Work and Learning’:Getting Smart and Working Hard! The craftsmanship and quality of the work is really developing. Well done and keep up the beautiful work!

Students have also independently researched what ‘identity’ means to them and looked at artists work to influence their ideas. This is evident in the unique work they are producing.

X24 Building Background Knowledge

This week in Humanities sessions X24 students have been exploring the context of their anchor text Of Mice and Men. As the book is set in 1930’s America we have been studying what life was like at this time and recording our new understanding using a BBK note catcher. All students worked hard to expand their knowledge during these sessions but Milla and Aaisha’s work stood out in terms of it’s Craftsmanship and Quality. Beautiful work girls!

English Schools Athletics Competition

Callie from Crew Berger in X23 is continuing to shine in athletics.  As Yorkshire champion for high jump, Callie’s next goal is on the national stage and this weekend saw her competing in the Yorkshire section of the English Schools competition.  She entered the 300m and high jump events and worked hard to do really well in both of them.

Callie’s 300m time was just 0.2s off her personal best and she finished in second place.  In the high jump she won, with another great 1.55m jump.

Callie will now move on to the nationals but before that, has been invited to the Northern Athletics competition in Liverpool.

We’re so proud of her great achievement and her hard work – well done Callie!

The Big Reveal

With a few hints, clues and a quick game of hangman, X24 students successfully identified all the components of the new expedition.

Over the next six weeks we will be studying the expedition entitled Life through a Lens and attempting to answer the question “How can the Arts help to uncover the past?” 



X24 Immersion continues…

In todays Humanities sessions X24 students were given an extract of their expedition Anchor Text to perform.  As the expedition is yet to be revealed the students had no prior knowledge or understanding of the storyline or characters within the novel. This meant that the students had to grapple with the text and perform their own interpretation of what they had read.

Following such an impressive performance of Romeo and Juliet at the last Presentation of Learning, expectations were high. X24 certainly lived up to such expectations by bringing the extract to life in such a believable way. The medium of drama allowed the class to analyse the two main characters and begin to form an understanding of them before we explore the text in further detail. All students were engaged in these sessions however a few stand out students were Vinnie, Archie, Sam and Joe for their sheer enthusiasm and use of characterisation skills. Excellent work boys, keep it up!

In the afternoon the students looked at iconic photographs taken across different time periods and analysed their importance. Again another session where students worked incredibly hard, especially Skipper!

So that’s the three days of Immersion. It is now time for the students to make connections  between the tasks we have done and make considered predictions about our new expedition.

I wonder which student will be successful in guessing our guiding question as we reveal all tomorrow …


Todays Learning Target:

I can collect and record data safely and accurately.

Great work today from X25s field work on school grounds. We have been practising identifying ‘play ground plants’, using quadrat to calculate percentage distribution, frequency, and mean data. Tomorrow, students will use their new skills to collect transect line sampling data ready to analyse next week.

Check out the full case study here