Fun in the Sun for E27!

E27’s fieldwork to Sandall Beat Wood was great! We went as part of our expedition “No One is Too Small to Make a Difference” which is focusing on the world’s animal and plant species in different biomes and the threats to the environment globally.  We were lucky to have such beautiful weather which made the experience even better. We’re so pleased with how the students conducted themselves, got involved in the activities and were listening and asking questions to the experts that guided us around the wood.

Students learnt about the history of the wood, for example, when and why it was created and how it has changed over time.  We identified and learnt about different tree and insect species, where they are in the food chain and how each one of them plays a vital part in the ecosystem of the wood. Another focus of the day was the carbon cycle and the role that dead trees and wood has and the management of the wood due to its SSSI status. We discussed the importance of creating a balance between protecting the environment but also having a space for people to enjoy at their leisure.

Overall, it was a great day and we were really impressed with the students and how they could articulate what they had learnt when we returned to the classroom.

E27 Are Finally Going On Fieldwork!

I am really pleased to write that we are going to be taking E27 on their first fieldwork at XP East on Monday (7th June) and Tuesday (8th June) to Sandall Beat Wood as part of our expedition “No one is too small to make a difference” which has an environmental focus. Due to Covid, we haven’t been able to do this sooner so I am really excited they are finally getting the opportunity.

Explorer will be going on Monday and Pioneer will be going on Tuesday.  We will be leaving school at 9.30am by minibus and be back in school for 1.15 pm.

Students are advised to wear appropriate clothing for the weather that day as we will be outside for the entire time – suncream will be a definite if the weather is like it has been during the holiday! Hopefully we won’t get any rain but if it is forecast make sure students bring waterproofs. Sensible shoes such as trainers will need to be worn as we will be walking and on our feet for most of the time.

Students will need to bring a packed lunch and make sure they have plenty to drink if it is warm (unless on Free School Meals where one will be provided).

Normal school equipment (pens/pencils/device etc) should still be brought to school as the students will have their normal school lessons in the afternoon, iPads etc will be left in the classroom when on fieldwork which will be locked.

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Back to School

After what has seemed much longer than it was , we are back to it in Crew Da Vinci.

I am proud of my crew for coming back stronger than ever. it is wonderful to see everyone’s smiling faces on a morning.

We started our first Crew session focussing  on our Crew Pledges and our expectations and HOWL’s.

We also openly talked about how felt about returning to school, COVID testing and more. There were questions , worries and support. But as a crew we worked together to but everyone minds at ease

As a few Crew members attended In-school provision they were able to talk about there COVID testing experiences and but a few minds at rest. It was amazing to see the support we showed each other.


We have now started back on our crew program.

Everyday we have something different to stretch and challenge our crew.


The past weeks have been filled with some wonderful experiences for year 7

Nic Burne runs the conversation club in Doncaster which helps out asylum seekers and refugees . He came to speak to the year group about the experiences of some refugees and the people he helps.

He also had some of the refugees come to the school to talk to them about there experiences.


Overall it has been a great start back for Crew DaVinci. We will continue to strive to be the best we can be


Reading is Fun!

This week I have decided  to focus upon the reading that we do here at XP and the great work that my Crew are doing.

We have taken our AR reading tests this week and there have been both up’s and downs.

Some of our crew have raised there reading age! . While there is also some who have received a reduced age.

We discussed reasons for this , and they responded with honestly and integrity. Some simply do not enjoy reading and have mentioned that they do not read at all apart from in school.

Some may not have book at all. There are many opportunities to get books.

Where to get books…

  • Students have access to an online library eReader
  • If your child prefers physical books, take a look at this website which has a list of places you can buy books cheaply without having to buy through Amazon
  • Doncaster Libraries are currently offering a click and collect service

Reading is so important and I hope that by working together we can support our crew to develop a lifelong love of reading.


On a second notes are some appreciations for my crew.

Well done to Belle , Ed and Lucas for consistently being recognised as hardworking students during this difficult time. You are a credit to the crew.

Beautiful Work in Lockdown


What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been. With schools closing it has been difficult to adjust to remote learning. However , My Crew has smashed it.

They all have fallen right back into the habits of work and learning .

Working Hard , Getting Smart and Being Kind.

Special thanks to Belle + Edward , your focus has been fantastic.


In crew we have spent some time in a mindful state. Some of the crew have drawn some wonderful pictures.

I would like to share them with you.



Continuing on!

Another week has drawn to a close and Crew JCU has taken some fantastic strides as they settle into XPE.

I wanted to start this with all the wonderful praise that has been sent towards our Crew and share some of those with you :

  • Deaken has shown a remarkable effort this week in all lessons (especially maths) , showing us he can work hard! Keep it up!
  • Belle has shown all of the values that we have here at XPE day in day out , an absolute joy to have in my crew
  • Olivia has produced some fantastic work for me in science, Keep it up

These are a small snippet of the wonderful praise they receive each week.

We have also had some amazing pictures from our resident artists Belle & Emily


In Crew we have been looking at what makes up a good friendship and what makes up a bad friendship. We have looked at what makes a bully do the things they do , the ways that people are different and we should celebrate them.

We have also looked our crew name and have come up with a few wonderful suggestions. While I wont spoil the suspense just yet. I will leave this quote form our current favourite.

Learning never exhausts the mind.



A Fantastic Start!

What a Fantastic start!

It has been a wonderful start to school with Crew JCU

Coming up from primary school can be a terrifying time for many , however the values and maturity I have seen from crew JCU has been astounding. Despite the intricacies of secondary school being harder than usual.

We started our days working together as a crew  , getting to know each other in the midst of the Lock-down period. Reflecting on our experiences of lock-down has been difficult but the general feel is that we want to get back to normal.

One of the fabulous towers we created

A wonderful drawing from Emily

We followed with some wonderful sessions which resulted in this amazing photo of Edward with his cheesy grin.

We also have some budding artists and performers within our crew.

Kicking off with a wonderful drawing from Emily , complete with an XP East shirt

We have resident MMA fighters as well as some up and coming dancers. I hope to see more of these fantastic talents as we move through the school year


The feedback from lessons has been amazing , with everyone Working Hard and Getting Smart 

Special thanks to Lucas for all his fantastic work in Math’s

And to Deacon for his great work in science

Lessons have been tough , days have been hard , but as a crew , everyone has shown their willingness to continue in their positive start! Here’s to continuing on this fantastic journey