Working Hard in E25 and E26!

It’s been a busy week in both E25 (Year 8) and E26 (Year 7)!

Here are some of the highlights…

On Wednesday, an expert visited E25 and talked about the plight of refugees and the long, arduous journey they face when seeking asylum.  Our expert, Nick, from the Conversation Club in Doncaster, engaged students in a game where they had to overcome many obstacles to arrive safely in a different country.

E25 also spent quality time reading the anchor text ‘Of Mice and Men’ for their expedition, ‘Should I stay or should I go?’  Students were introduced to the characters of George and Lennie, with Mr. Portman lending his amazing vocal talents when reading dialogue between the two!

Meanwhile, in E26 students listened attentively as Ethan, who is enlisitng in the army in March, spoke with great passion about how he became inspired to join the army and what his new job and training will involve.  E26 asked thoughtful questions such as ‘If you are an army medic, do you still need to fire a gun?’ and ‘What sort of food do you eat in the army?’

Thank you, Ethan, for taking the time to share your experiences with us!

Finally, it has been wonderful to hear about the high levels of engagement and productivity of all students this week.  Here are a few entries from our praise logs…

Year 7s (E26):

‘Harvey has written an excellent WW1 job description which shows high levels of engagement and craftsmanship and quality. A pleasure to read, Harvey!’

‘Excellent purple polishing to up-level his WW1 job description. Shawn thought carefully about which other persuasive devices he could add to help add impact to his work. Brill!’

‘Cerrina was ON IT today in Hums – always offering to contribute and made super quotation annotations.’

‘Faith showed great courage when delivering a speech to the crew about what would make her a good ambassador.’

Year 8s (E25):

‘Alice challenged herself to use new vocabulary in her writing in Spanish today.’

‘Dylan answered questions with great maturity and a keen eye for detail in Music.’

‘Ruben was a fantastic ambassador for 8Explorer at the Conversation Club, maturely asking questions to migrants in Doncaster in a way which was polite and respectful.’

‘A beautiful example of how books should be laid out! It is amazingly neat and it absolutely made my day that Ava takes such pride in her work.’

Well done, everyone!  Keep up the amazing work!

 

Expedition ‘Slow Down’ Immersion E24/Y9

Last week E24 started their first STEAM expedition in year 9. We visited the advanced manufacturing research centre in Sheffield where we were able to get a first hand look at the types of careers, technology and equipment being used in engineering today.

The students also recapped concepts of forces by building self propelled lego cars and measuring the speed distance and time.

Watch this video for more information of what year 9 got up to!

 

E24: Visiting Sheffield Hallam University

Day 3 of E24’s first week back saw students visiting Sheffield Hallam University.  This fieldwork was designed to further develop students’ knowledge and understanding of how to get to higher education, what opportunities are available and what university life is like.

Throughout the day students discovered the different ways to get to further education, whether this is by completing A Level courses, maybe BTECs or through an apprenticeship, some of the many different types of degrees which could be studied (who knew that Surf Science was a degree?) and what else makes up life at college or university – anyone for a game of Quidditch at the Harry Potter Society?

A tour of the university allowed students to see the different facilities that are available.  The size of the lecture theatre made students gasp and the flight simulator, used by students studying aeronautical engineering, had them asking insightful questions.

At the end of our visit, feedback strongly showed that the majority of students would like to go to university and now feel more confident knowing how they can access this amazing opportunity.

Well done, E24!  Now, don’t forget your hiking boots tomorrow!

E24: Smashing it!

Following on from a great first day back, E24 (Year 9) have had another excellent day!

It has been wonderful today to see such high levels of engagement, focus, co-operation and graft!

The day started with a crew session where crews were given four different challenges to solve.  These included: Radioactive Isotope, The Floor is Lava!, Precious Trophy and Scientific Breakthrough.

Here we are working as crew!

The next part of our day saw us building on our careers sessions from yesterday by finding out what potential employment opportunities might be suited to us.  Using a programme called ‘Start’, we discovered which careers matched our qualities, skills and interests.  We also researched what salaries different jobs would pay and the availability of specific jobs throughout the country.

Ali discovered that being an author could earn her anything from £9,800 a year to over £2million a year!  She’s already started writing her bestseller!

Rhys is interested in becoming a paramedic.  He researched the qualifications he needs to achieve this and found out that there are over 2,000 job opportunities in this field across Yorkshire.  We’d all be in safe hands with Rhys!

Throughout this session, learning and conduct behaviours from ALL students were exemplary!

The final session of today saw students introduced to ‘Passage Presentation’ which is an important piece of work students complete during Year 9 to demonstrate that they are GCSE ready.  More information to follow about this…

So, tomorrow, we are heading to Sheffield Hallam University.  We can’t wait!

Welcome back, E24!

Today saw all students returning to school following the summer break.  It was wonderful to see students smiling and sharing how they are looking forward to the new school year.

 

For E24 (Year 9), it has been a busy first day back, with students rejoining their crews and starting the day with a summer check-in and inter-crew puzzles and challenges to get everyone warmed up!

We then had an informative introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme by Mrs. Ap Harri and discussed how we would be taking part in the scheme as crews.  It’s fair to say everyone is looking forward to how they can take part in voluntary and physical activities and how they can learn and develop new skills.

This was then followed by the introduction to our new guiding question:

‘What makes me ready to start GCSE?’

This guiding question will be explored over the coming weeks as students prepare for their passage presentation which holds the key to them being considered ‘GCSE ready’.

Today saw the introduction of Case Study 1: ‘Where can I be?’

Throughout the day, students investigated how professionals in a number of trades and industries started their journey and investigated potential career paths starting at GCSE. This was done by a three hour career carousel of experts, including the police, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Polypipe and GoGreen, who visited XPE.

And this was all in one day!

It’s a full on week for E24 so keep checking the website for what else has been going on.