That’s how I described today’s Remembrance Day service at our school this morning.
The event acted as the ‘final product’ for the expedition ‘Over the top!’ (for parents who are new to XP East, every expedition has a final product that culminates in a Presentation of Learning in front of a wider audience).
In my closing remarks I emphasised that our Y7s have been with us for just 9 weeks.
That’s. 9. Weeks.
The people who witnessed today’s event (including myself) were staggered by what they saw: 45 minutes of 11 and 12 year olds reading extracts of their creative writing, reciting poetry, explaining military links from WW1 to modern day Science and performing scenes related to their work in Drama – in front of 250 people. The transitions and movements between the 20 plus segments during the service were all conducted by students. There was no one hidden behind the curtain whispering ‘NEXT!’ or ‘GIRLS YOU’RE UP’. They pulled it off due to the hours of preparation that went on throughout the week.
The event embodied the work of expeditionary learning – drawing on disciplines from different subjects and linking them together via a guiding question, combined with developing the character of students.
What I saw today was nothing short of exceptional.
Well done Year 7s and what a start to life at XP East!
Today our E24 Explorer and Pioneer students completed their study of the Spanish near future tense. Here they are using their speaking and listening skills to practise the construction, by applying their learning and playing Battleships entirely in Spanish:
In X-Block this week the year 8 classes have taken advantage of the seasonal transition and how this can inspire our art practices.
We did a session on creating a still life composition, firstly by looking at how some professional artists create flat lay photographs using inspiration from the everyday (https://www.haarkon.co.uk/portfolio-still-life/):
The class were given 5 minutes in small groups to select their autumnal artifacts to create an aesthetically pleasing flat lay, and I have got to say, I think that they are christmas card worthy!
The classes were also given some time to work on a still life in lesson, they each selected a leaf and were allowed 5 minutes with a drawing pen to complete a short sketch, followed by a further 10 minutes to do a second draft in pencil. The discussions that arose from working with the two media (pen and pencil) were really interesting, and the focus and attention to detail in what was produced was fantastic, great job year 8!
Here’s an example of how, in just a short space of time, Theone was able to produce some really proportionally accurate and well shaded pieces of work. I can’t wait to move onto using colours next week so we can capture what truly makes autumn so magnificent!
This week our E25 students started working on their second expedition in Spanish – my school. Eventually they will be able to express and justify positive and negative opinions about their subjects and teachers, and understand and give information about their school. Here they are using ICT to work independently and to self-assess against the session rubric.
FXP are pleased to be able to offer the latest Purple Voucher Book containing 100’s of local & national money saving offers.
Buy 2018/19 book £25 & for a LIMITED TIME ONLY, receive a FREE 2017/18 book (valid until end December).
All profits go to FXP to benefit pupils at XP & XP East.
To order yours, please send £25 to the school office & we will leave your Purple Voucher Books in an envelope with your name on, ready for you to collect.
Thank you for your support in making the car park a safer place for our students.
The only issue that has arisen from parents is how cars exit the car park. If parents can use the proposed routes as suggested on the picture below then we should be able to ensure as steady flow through the car park.
Once again many thanks for your support.
The Rugby Fixture tonight against Hall Cross will be played at their lower site and we will back at school for around 5:00PM
7 Pioneer have made a great start back at school.
They are busy preparing for the Remembrance Day service they will be holding with 7 Explorer on Friday, which all parents are invited to.
They also handed in their first drafts of their letter from the trenches. I look forward to marking them, giving praise and critique, so improvements can be made next week when we continue the drafting process.
A special mention to Aaron for his beautiful work and superb craftsmanship and quality. He had the initiative to stain his paper and add an envelope to make his letter look authentic!
As part of our first expedition ‘Over the Top!’, E25 have been working hard learning about what life was like for soldiers during WW1. Our final product for the expedition is a little bit different – it isn’t taking place at the end of the expedition but rather in the middle and this is for a very good reason.
2018 represents 100 years since the end of WW1 and, so, we are asking students to host a Remembrance Day Service in school.
We would like to take this opportunity to invite parents, staff and visitors to join us remembering all the service men and women who gave their todays for our tomorrows.
The service will take place on Friday 9th November at 10:30am to 11:30am at XP East.
Refreshments will be available to purchase on the day from FXP who have kindly offered to support us.
We look forward to seeing you on November 9th.