X21 are once again working hard this morning after their first formal GCSE written examination paper yesterday. Students are getting ready for their Chemistry exam this morning, and then will have a Literature exam this afternoon on Othello and their Poetry Anthology.
On Monday some of the X21 students went to gym for their PE session and were asked by the staff if they wanted some music put on the speakers.
“No thanks,” they were told by ours students, “we’re listening to our poetry on our headphones.”
This week Crew Earhart are focusing on the importance of HOWLs. In the community meeting on Friday the students were given their crew average for HOWLs. Currently crew Earhart’s average is:
Work Hard = 3.35
Get Smart = 3.35
Be Kind = 3.46
Although we appear to be achieving well in our HOWLs, there are some students who are not quite achieving the minimum expectation and need crew to help support and challenge them.
Therefore as a crew we will be analysing our own and our peers current attainment in HOWLs and making a conscious effort to help each other to improve. Students will be expected to make academic pledges to ensure they are actively working on this and encouraged to speak to teachers to gain clarity on the grade they were given.
A great first session readdressing the purpose of what it means to work hard, get smart and be kind. I am looking forward to the discussion in crew over the next few days.
X23 have been developing their stippling technique in Art and have produced some stunning studies of insects. They have created a range of tone and have looked closely at their chosen image (this work supports their expedition ‘Bio-Shock).
By the end of this week X23 should have their studies completed and I can’t wait to see the outcome.
Here is an update on X22, working hard on a KWL protocol whilst reading about shopping preferences in our current topic “Town and Tourism”. Students grappled with what they already knew, and wanted to learn from the texts.
Callie from crew Berger had a busy weekend of athletics, taking part in a county athletics competition. She worked really hard, taking part in the long jump, high jump and 300m race.
Callie took 1st place in the high jump with a height of 1.55m and she’s now Yorkshire champion!
We’re so proud of Callie and her continuing commitment to athletics.
The ladies from the Big Talk Education will be in talking to students about Relationships and Sex Education this Wednesday. Each Year groups will have their own separate sessions.
They will be focusing on:
- Introduction to Secondary RSE – The basis of knowledge of year 7 pupils can vary considerably depending on the quality of their primary RSE provision or lack thereof. This lesson is designed to establish knowledge levels, ensure consistent accurate knowledge of core topics and back fill gaps. Themes covered include proactive safeguarding, reproduction, puberty, relationships, body image, gender and reliable sources of information.
- RSE Building on the Basics – In year 8 we address core themes within RSE, myth busting common misconceptions of young people around sex, risky behaviour, pregnancy, rights and responsibilities, as well as the law. The young people work with the team to clarify definitions of terms they have heard but may not understand, as well as answering questions in a safe confidential environment.
- Developing feelings – We work with young people to discuss changes in friendships and relationships as they may begin to develop emotional and romantic attachments. This covers all types of relationships and as with all of our programme, is fully LGBTQ+ inclusive. The workshop covers a range of themes that affect relationships and young people’s perception of what constitutes a healthy relationship. We address peer pressure, abusive relationships and gender stereotypes, as well as contemporary issues such as youth generated images (sexting), internet safety and the dangers of inappropriate websites which we demonstrate can warp a young persons’ view of social norms.
- Infections and Protection – At this point we introduce the young people to the dangers of sexually transmitted infections, ensuring they understand the short and long term effects, as well as which can be treated or cured and which can’t. The lesson includes information on safer sex, a demonstration of condoms and the local information relating to how, (when the time is right for them) to access them for free. Developing a greater awareness of the law, consent, better communication skills about safer sex and confidence to make good decisions are all objectives for this workshop.
- Sex: Your Decisions – Building on the themes of consent and contraception from the previous lesson, this session introduces more of the choices that young people need to consider before entering a sexual relationship. Covering the most up to date contraception information with details on efficacy, is critical to help young people make informed decisions. To underline the consequences of decision making, we highlight the effects of unplanned parenthood on potential mothers and fathers. We highlight the limited power of fathers in decision making, the effects of pregnancy for mothers, as well as the financial and lifestyle impact for both.
- Mates, Dates, Loves, Hates – This lesson is designed to aid young people identify abusive relationships and establish boundaries. Covering a wide range of abuse from verbal, emotional, financial, sexual and physical as well as isolation. By highlighting the warning signs of these we explore how young people could help their friends through these situations and where to get help, if they have concerns. To ensure the reinforcement of healthy relationships the team work with the group to discuss the positive qualities of their perfect partners.
- Relationships: Ups, Downs and Endings – Whether it is family, friend or a partner, all relationships have their ups and downs. This lesson establishes the characteristics of positive loving relationships, whether this be family, friendships or romantic. However even healthy relationships can have turbulence, so we work with the group on strategies for conflict resolution. At some point within their lives it is likely that everyone will experience a break up or bereavement, so we explore the seven stages of relationship break down and how this shares similarities to how we experience grief for the loss of a loved one. Exploring the impact of relationship changes on emotional well-being, builds knowledge of what to expect and introduces coping strategies that can make a material difference to young people as they move through their lives. This lesson is framed within a contemporary context of social media and access to technology, that can be used for online bullying, we highlight the possible repercussions of this as an outlet for frustration or anger.
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Every Monday morning we do crew check in and talk about our weekend. Afterwards we do academic crew. This morning we have had Millie, Aaleyah and Beth studying mathematics, looking at ‘range, medium and mode’. Alfie and Jacob doing ‘frog, play, net’, which is another tool to help them progress in mathematics. James and Jessica worked on timetable rockstars. Luke and Frankie was helping Joseph plan his crew activity for Wednesday. Great work this morning Stan Lee!
Well Done to all the Duke of Edinburgh
Silver Canoeists they all paddled for the
last 2 days on the Chesterfield Canal and
Groups have been incredible today showing great maturity and determination. All the groups completed and everyone stepped up to navigate, map read, take on a leadership role and to look after crew.
Well done, crew!