Crew online check-in with Mandela

It has been fantastic to have a Google Hangout from everyone in Crew Mandela. It seems a lifetime since we had to finish at school so abruptly, however all crew members are in  good spirits and we discussed some ways that people have been keeping busy!

Everyone in the crew commented on how the new timetable has made routines much more manageable learning to be a solid structure of the day.

Big shout out to Alfie and Chloe who have been completing STEAM work to an excellent standard. Check out the pictures below:

 

Also a huge shout out to Beth who has been going above and beyond in Spanish Plus and completed all tasks to an excellent standard! well done Beth!

Our next Check in online will be Tuesday at 11:30 am. Holly is going to lead the check in- with a pub quiz style competition to follow. See you then!

 

E25 Human Work During School Closure

It’s good to see some students already starting their online learning assignments. Here are the instructions on how to complete the work set. This was shared with students in lessons but those who were absent last week will have missed them. They must READ all the instructions on the slides/Google Classroom.

Submitting work 

  • Currently on Google Classroom, there are 2 assignments set. Students need to complete the Geography one FIRST and then the English slides. They should submit the doc on Google classroom once they have got to the end of each slide. 

What to complete and when

  • Each set of slides are broken down into ‘lessons’, students need to complete a minimum of a lesson a day or follow the ‘weekly planner’ timetable sent out my Mr Portman each week.
  • Whenever the students see a red ‘TASK’ symbol which looks like the one below they need to complete the activity on their doc.

Layout

  • On the docs, work needs to have the layout of:

           Subject: Geography/English/History

           Lesson Number:

           DLT: 

           Task: 

Students need to write in Quicksand font, size 12.

If you have any questions, email me at hhickson@xpeast.org. I will be checking emails everyday and student work completion – if work is not being done, parents will be contacted.

Thank you!

E26 are creating beautiful work in their art sessions

E26 pupils have been using watercolour paints to create beautiful sunsets and silhouettes inspired by African landscapes.

I am extremely impressed with E26 and their enthusiasm to create their artwork. We have some very talented young people at XP East! Well done!

Medieval Mayhem for E25!

What a fantastic day we had on our fieldwork yesterday with E25. We visited Oakham Castle to experience workshops, role-play and re-enactment specifically tailored to our expedition ‘I’ve Got the Power!’.

We began the day with a walk-through re-enactment of William the Conqueror’s invasion through England, resulting in the Harrying of the North.  Needless to say there were some great acting skills showing the death and destruction that William caused.  Then, onto the Domesday Book where we analysed data and figured out how the ownership and value of the land changed between 1066 and 1086.

A tug of war game to represent the story and changing power balances during the First and Second Barons’ War where King John, followed by King Henry III battled with their Barons. It was clear to see the complexities and changes in power during the 1200s and each student played an excellent role to tell the story.

Next, we explored the Black Death, Hundred Years War and the Poll Tax which was brilliantly represented through another interactive game. We learnt how these events helped to cause the Peasants Revolt. We met John Ball and Wat Tyler and felt first hand how they inspired and lead the Peasants to challenge the traditional power dynamics – it was absolutely great to see how involved the students got. Who’d have thought they would make such enthusiastic revolting peasants who so passionately rejoiced over the death of the Archbishop of Canterbury (Dylan).

After the excitement of the revolt, we returned to the hall to prepare for a debate – democracy vs. dictatorship. The students used sources to gather information on the two systems of power in order to defend their side – again, fantastic arguments from both sides, with a special mention to Ava who brought examples in from our learning so far this expedition to support her pro-democracy argument.

All in all, a wonderful day – it’s great to have such confident, enthusiastic students!

E25 Fieldwork Wednesday 22nd January

On Wednesday 22nd January, E25 will be going on fieldwork to develop their knowledge and understanding of the medieval period.

Their current expedition ‘I’ve Got the Power!’ has the guiding question ‘how does power affect us?’. We are undertaking a thematic study of power over time, with our first area of study focusing on the medieval period. This fieldwork will directly link to our learning in lessons and greatly help to support the expedition.

We will be going to a mystery location that will be revealed to students on the day.

Image result for question mark

Students need to arrive at school by 8:15 and we will be returning to school at 5:30. 

Students will need:

  • a packed lunch (FSM students will be provided for)
  • a warm coat as we will be outside for some of the day
  • a drink (no fizzy drinks)
  • a pen and notebook/paper to write on
  • a bag to carry the above in
  • travel sickness tablets if needed
  • normal school dress code and mobile phone expectations apply to the fieldwork

 

E25 HUMAN PoL Reminder – Tonight!

Last term, students in E25 studied the expedition entitled ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ with the guiding question of ‘Why should we care about migration?’ 

Our final product for this expedition is a documentary that explains our answer to this question. The first screening of this documentary will show at E25’s Presentation of Learning tonight, Monday 20th January at 6.40pm at Cast theatre, Doncaster.

We have worked closely with the Conversation Club, a charity which helps asylum seekers, during this expedition. It has been a valuable experience for all involved and our work with this charity has played an important role in our documentary.

Every student will be expected to attend on Monday with one ticket for one adult companion. Unfortunately, as the theatre has a full capacity of 130 people, students are unable to invite more than one person. Students need to make their own way to and from CAST theatre as transport will not be provided.

Therefore to allow students to showcase their hard work to more relatives/friends we are putting on another screening at XP EAST on Thursday 23rd January at 4.30pm.

Please arrive in enough time to be seated before the screening begins.

We look forward to sharing our expedition with you.

In praise of productivity in E24/Y9 GCSE Spanish

I was very pleased with the high levels of engagement and focus in E24 (Y9) GCSE Spanish on Friday. Our students were practising asking and answering health-related questions, using a board-game and dice to introduce an element of unpredictability and “spontaneous speech” – exactly how our students will be assessed in their final GCSE Spanish speaking exam.

Due to the level at which they are working now, when using interrogatives and correct intonation it is no longer a case of what they say, but also how they say it. These are higher level thinking skills that our young linguists are developing with great proficiency. Well done!

 

Year 8 students have been experimenting with oil pastels this term in their art sessions to create some beautiful sunset inspired blends. Can’t wait to see the finished pieces.

E25 HUMAN Fieldwork 22nd January!

On Wednesday 22nd January, E25 will be going on fieldwork to develop their knowledge and understanding of the medieval period.

Their current expedition ‘I’ve Got the Power!’ has the guiding question ‘how does power affect us?’. We are undertaking a thematic study of power over time, with our first area of study focusing on the medieval period. This fieldwork will directly link to our learning in lessons and greatly help to support the expedition.

We will be going to a mystery location that will be revealed to students on the day.

Image result for question mark

Students need to arrive at school by 8:15 and we will be returning to school at 5:30. 

Students will need a packed lunch and a warm coat as we will be outside for some of the day.

More updates will be posted next week.

E25 HUMAN Presentation of Learning

Last term, students in E25 studied the expedition entitled ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ with the guiding question of ‘Why should we care about migration?’ 

Our final product for this expedition is a documentary that explains our answer to this question. The first screening of this documentary will shown at X25 Presentation of Learning next Monday 20th January at 6.40pm at Cast theatre, Doncaster.

We have worked closely with the Conversation Club, a charity which helps asylum seekers, during this expedition. It has been a valuable experience for all involved and our work with this charity has played an important role in our documentary.

Every student will be expected to attend on Monday with one ticket for one adult companion. Unfortunately, as the theatre has a full capacity of 130 people, students are unable to invite more than one person. Students need to make their own way to and from CAST theatre as transport will not be provided.

Therefore to allow students to showcase their hard work to more relatives/friends we are putting on another screening at XP EAST on Thursday 23rd January at 4.30pm.

Please arrive in enough time to be seated before the screening begins.

We look forward to sharing our expedition with you.