This evening 25 of our X23 students shared their Barcelona Celebration of Learning with their parents and carers. Uniquely, this is the only such school event held entirely in Spanish, and is the result of our four day visit to Spain’s iconic second city.
For those who were unable to attend the COL, and/or who wish to view the photo storyboard again then please click on the video-clip below:
Guests were then invited to view our X23 students’ work journals, showing sketches of Gaudí’s artistic and architectural creations that were completed as we toured the Parc Guell.
A special thank you to FXP who provided refreshments and who continue to give so freely and willingly of their time to support the work of the school.
X23 have had 4 data collecting fieldwork events so far and there last one is next week. They are continually becoming self led as they are gaining expertise in the practice. This weeks visit to grove gardens was wonderful, all participants worked hard to collectively gather the data needed. Students were able to start straight away with collecting data, which they will then be able to analyse and explain how biodiverse Doncaster is and what can be done to improve this (if necessary).
We woke up early on Tuesday ready for a productive day in the beautiful city of Barcelona.After a big breakfast we headed off on the metro to meet our tour guide Theo.During our walking tour of the city centre, Theo showed us a range of beautiful buildings and explained the ideas, history and thinking behind the architecture of Antoni Gaudí and others. We learned that St George is a significant figure in Barcelona and features heavily in the decoration and extravagant carvings adorning many of the buildings in the centre.The tour came to a close at the awe inspiring Sagrada Família.
After grabbing some lunch and quenching our thirst our travel manager Sunni organised for us to continue our work on Gaudí by visiting his house and the magnificent Park Güell.This allowed the students to take some quiet time to reflect and draw their surroundings in their journals.
Following this we made our way back down hundreds of steps, several hills and metro stops before finally reaching the beach and getting our first close up view of the Mediterranean.Here we were able to enjoy some quality time together, eating ice creams, playing football, building sand castles and in the case of Ethan, being buried in sand.
After an eventful day it was time to dust the sand off our feet and head back to hostel to shower off the suncream and get some well earned rest.
X23 have begun their series of fieldwork research visits to areas in the Doncaster area to evaluate biodiversity. X23 are currently working on expedition 9.4 Bioshock and have the guiding questions: ‘Has biodiversity in Doncaster changed for the better or the worse?’ and ‘What are nature’s rights?’
We’ll be visiting a new site each week for the next four weeks before students will begin writing a formal report to share with the council.
We would like to invite you to the Presentation of Learning for X23.
Skipper’s POL will be held on the 27th March
Admiral’s POL will be held on the 28th March
The presentation will start at 17:30 at XP school. Students will be delivering a lecture about the structure of the periodic table, the atomic structure, atomic size and chemical reactions. This is a vital part of the expedition for students as it allows them to express their learning and understanding from the expedition.
Students in Years C21 and C22 have the ongoing compulsory extended study of 10 minutes of daily quizzing on the Tassomai science learning programme. This system works to develop students retention and recall of key science facts and concepts by daily quizzing and interleaved retrieval practice. Tassomai done for a least 10 minutes per day will be massively important in ensuring students are GCSE ready. It is only effective when done little and often over the time until GCSE examinations. It is ineffective when not done and left until before exams.
We have been using Tassomai with students in since Christmas and have an expectation that it is done on a daily basis. However, there have been perhaps a significant number of students who have not used the program for many days and continue to do this sporadically despite reminders from members of staff.
We have therefore decided that students who have missed two days or more of quizzing in a week will attend a compulsory extended study session to catch up. Progress will be checked on a Friday and those students who need to then attend compulsory extended study will then do so on the following Thursday. We would greatly appreciate it if parents could give students a nudge to check whether Tassomai has been completed.
Thank you for your continued support in ensuring our students develop strong habits of work and learning and in our aim of becoming exam ready.
Fieldwork to the York Dungeons will be on Monday 12th March for both Admiral and Skipper. The coach will be leaving promptly at 8.30am and students will require a packed lunch for the visit. Students should wrap up warm and wear comfortable shoes becasue as part of the fieldwork experience we will spend some of the time outside. We intend to arrive back for 3.30, traffic depending.
Students in C22 will be going out on fieldwork to Conisbrough Castle on the 19th February in order to further their knowledge/learning about Norman castles. Admiral will leave at 9.30 and come back to school for 12.30, Skipper will leave at 12.30 and come back to school for about 3.30 (depending on traffic). Lunchtime arrangements will not be affected so students can take their lunches as normal. Students should wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes… it will be cold!