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!
Please be aware that students in C22 Skipper will be out on immersion fieldwork on Tuesday 9th January and C22 Admiral will be going out on Wednesday 10th January.
This will mean a full day out. We intend to set of at 8.30 am and we are expected to return into school for 3.30pm, traffic permitting.
Students will require a packed lunch for the trip, alongside warm clothing and comfortable/sensible shoes- preferably walking boots if possible. The students will be outside for the majority of the day so it is a necessity that students layer-up on clothing… it will be cold!
We kindly ask that all students visiting Madrid in half term, bring their suitcase and hand luggage for a quick check during crew time on Thursday 18th May. This is just to check the suitability and sizes to ensure that we have no problems with the airline. Just the empty bag is fine, but we recommend where possible that students also bring the suitcase padlock, again to avoid any potential problems when travelling.