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 …
A new term and a new expedition for students in X24. As with all expeditions at XP we start this process with an immersion which allows students to grapple and make considered predictions about the content of the expedition.
The first immersive task given to the students today was to take the opening of their Anchor Text, which is currently unknown to them and use the writers description to paint the setting.
The students were so focused and as a result produced beautiful work that will be placed in the front of their new exercise book.
In X25 we are looking at facades of buildings and artists who are influenced by them. They have used a range of media to re-create one of the artist compositions.
Today we have gone outside to draw from observation and look at one point perspective, making our observational drawings look realistic. Here they are working hard!
Extended study has been set for X25 to take photographs of their own house (focussing on the facade). They can also take photographs of interesting facades in Doncaster or of a friends/family house. They need to have their photographs ready for x-block session next week.
This week in Humanities and Arts X24 have been studying the Early Modern Period. It has been brilliant to see how students have supported each other in sessions by working collaboratively to produce beautiful work.
What a fantastic morning…today X1 and X2 constructed hearts out of clay. This is before the challenge of making their chosen organs out of clay…but a little bit bigger. I wanted to give them the experience of moulding, manipulating and adding extra pieces of clay such as the aorta and the pulmonary veins. Excited for them to start their product next week.
This week in C24 students have been studying rebellion in the Medieval Period. Starting by exploring the feudal system and analysing its impact. The students have worked really hard on the craftsmanship and quality of their book work. An excellent start has been made to the expedition by all students! Let’s keep it up!