A reminder about Thursdays fieldwork arrangements. Please see the original post below.
Could I also ask that parents and carers do not send students with anything containing peanuts as we have a student with allergies to peanuts, also if students require an inhaler they must bring one with them on the day.
As part of the expedition Disaster!, students will carry out Fieldwork at the Natural History Museum, London, on Thursday 30th March 2017. Students will be travelling by coach to London and will therefore need to arrive at school no later than 6.15 am ready for a 6.30 am departure. We will arrive back at school later that evening at around 7.00 pm, depending on traffic. All students except those on Free School Meals will need to bring a packed lunch, and may want to bring some money for the Services on the way home where there will be an opportunity to eat, or bring a double packed lunch instead.
We ask that any students who are travel sick take their medication in good time, sit at the front of the bus, and pass their return journey medication to myself or their Crew leader.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
X-Block will start next week (w/c 5th Sept). Students in X2 will have PE on Tuesdays. Students in X3 will have PE on Wednesdays. Students in X1 will have PE on Thursdays.
Year 7 X block sessions are in the afternoon from 1415 until 1515. Students need to a full change of clothes into their PE kit on these days, however they can choose to go home in their PE kit if they wish.
Students in 8 Admiral and 8 Skipper have been set a piece of extended study to create their own interpretation of the island discussed in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Students must ensure they use quotations in their work alongside any drawing or design they create. In both groups students should have already decided on their pairs for this task and how they wish to present their interpretation. This work is due on 28th June.
Both Skipper and Admiral have Extended Study to complete over the holiday. Students will need to write up their notes from the fieldwork visit to the Gurdwara. A google doc will need to be shared with both Mrs Sprakes and myself.
Students may wish to use the following headings in their notes:
The scriptures (book)
History of Sikhism
This mini-learning expedition came from a partnership between XP School and Natural England. Natural England are a charitable organisation who own and main many sites of importance across the country, including Hatfield and Thorne Moors, these being the last lowland peat bogs in the country. The charity wanted our students to create artefacts that helped to inform other children their own age about the geological and biological importance of the sites, their provenance and many of the wonderful stories stories associated with the moors. We were very lucky to be given access to the sites and tours from Janet Canning and Philip Robinson from Natural England. We also worked with Sue Ellis from Serendipity Art who helped to inspired our students with the stories of the moors, and Andy Muscroft who helped to record and edit the students’ footage.
The expedition took place over the course of three days, when we suspended the timetable so that we could focus on making really high quality, beautiful work. Students did some fieldwork at the moors, and then returned to school to work as script writers, artists, animators, editors, narrators and actors. We are incredibly proud of the work that the students have done and hope that it encourages more children to visit what is one of the county’s most beautiful and important outdoor classrooms.
Below are the three stories and films students worked together to make.