Beautiful work from Theone and Megan – E24

As part of our learning expedition Here Comes the Sun we have been learning about the building blocks of all living things, cells. These revision diagrams from Theone are stunning!

She has even started doing some initial research on the nightjar ,which we will study in more depth later in the learning expedition.

 

Theone has also done some extension work on cell division too. Absolutely fantastic effort Theone. Well done!

 

Also we have been asking students to bird watch throughout the expedition. Megan has put in a brilliant shift these last couple of weeks, well done Megan.

YEAR 9: New birdwatching world record*

We have a new record in Year 9 for the most birds spotted in a single session.

Kyle in X24 spotted an incredible 60 birds from 14 different species, including a sparrow hawk and two herons.

Whilst we have not set any work for students in Year 9 to complete over the two week break we would love it if they continued with their birdwatching, bug hotels and bird boxes. Please remind them to send us lots of photos. We are in competition with XP for the most birds spotted. This means we need to up our game, as E24 are currently behind X24 in the leaderboard.

*not verified by Norris McWhirter

Crew Mercury

Another great week from Crew Mercury, every member is producing real quality learning and also enjoying their time at home.

 

Kaylen has been learning many new skills during this time, including learning to play the guitar, doing lots of gardening and baking.

 

Have a look at this bread!

 

And my favourite new skill he has learnt…how to crochet! I’m sure I’ll have a new crochet buddy when we get back to school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well as all of this, Kaylen has been doing amazing with his online learning. He has done so well working independently! Mrs Collinson is very impressed with his Spanish saying how she is ‘really proud of his courage and commitment’.

I can’t wait to get back to school to hear all about your new skills Kaylen.

Take care everyone!

E24 – Closing circle hangout meeting

This afternoon at 3.00pm we will be hosting a hangout for all of Year 9 across both schools to find out how they have been getting on with their STEAM immersion challenges.

Students can join the meeting by logging into their school account and going to:

http://g.co/meet/c24steam

Attendance for the launch hangout was fantastic. Thanks to all of our families for your continuing support.

#wearecrew

On the 4th of May- all year E24 and X24 at XP Trust will be starting their new expedition for STEAM. This will be starting with a week of immersion, adapted for the current lockdown home learning. Including experts, fieldwork and whole school Google Hangout quiz challenge!

All students in year 9 in both schools will receive a Google Hangout invitation hosted by Mr Smith and Mr Said and learning coaches. This will have key information and challenges for the week to come. 

The Hangout will be 1pm Tuesday 5th of May. 

Below is a Teaser Trailer to the new expedition- Here Comes the Sun!

 

Hegarty Heroes!

I’ve compiled a blog of truly beautiful work that has been submitted to me over the last few weeks from the Y9s. I felt inspired by the virtual gallery that has been produced by the art teachers, as I’d argue that some of this work could be considered art, with art being interpretive…

Aran K, your work on converting fractions was stunning. I love how you’ve used colour codes to break down your thought process.

Charlie R: Decided to do some of the ‘additional tasks’ that I set weekly. This work he did on translations was fantastic, my only even better if being use a ruler!

Chloe T: I love your use of examples in the videos, that go on to support your work on the tasks. That little ‘convert to make it easier’ is a great tip, and worth taking note to help you get unstuck. Great job!

 

Tyler B: I have been wow-ed by Tyler’s weekly updates, his notes are really aesthetically pleasing and well ordered. Tyler has been going above and beyond by completing more tasks than I have been outlining, and his hard work isn’t going unnoticed. Check it out:

Lewis D: has produced very methodical working on the percentage multiplier tasks I set a couple of weeks ago. I appreciate that he is starting out each piece of working out on a new line.

& last but certainly not least…

Theone C: I can’t get over the quality and amount of the work that you have produced Theone, except I can because I know how dedicated you are to working hard! Each week your emails exemplify how it should be done, they are a joy to look through and they make me feel extremely fortunate to teach you. You really set a high bar for those hoping to achieve excellence!

Like and Subscribe to Chris M!

Chris Mbano this week has gone above and beyond with his Common Mission work and been extra creative on his Youtube Channel. Chris has been onto old videos on YouTube and re-edited the first day of all students at XPE. Chris said he did this as a little reminder and to cheer people up of what we can expect when we go back to school. 

 

 

If you haven’t already like and subscribe to Chris’s channel here. 

Also this week there was some confusion with the day of the crew google hangout this week. As there was an invite sent for both Tuesday and Thursday this week. Big thanks to Corey A who checked in on both!

As for everyone else, most crew members checked into at least one of the sessions, but just to clarify this week, the crew hangout will be on Tuesday at 11:30 as normal.

NEW EXPEDITION ALERT!

On Monday 27th April, Year 8 will be starting a new Hums expedition.

Our previous expedition ‘I’ve Got the Power!’ – didn’t quite end the way we planned it to due to the COVID-19 closures, however, it made me realise that we do have the power – the power to spread or halt the spread of an infectious disease, depending on our behaviour. I thought this image highlighted the ‘power of one’ brilliantly in context of the current situation.

Immersion is one of the most exciting weeks in a new expedition – year 8 will start their Immersion week on Monday where they will have the week to work out the clues to figure out what the new expedition could be about, its title and guiding question. I’m looking forward to seeing their responses and doing a bit of detective work!

I’d like to say a massive thank you and well done to how hard the students have worked in lockdown – I know it brings many challenges in a variety of ways but I really appreciate their dedication and hope this continues into the new expedition. The majority of students managed to complete all their work on time but for any who haven’t this is a message to you:

If you have any work that is not completed from the old expedition (I’ve Got the Power) leave it and start from the Immersion week of the new expedition 

This means that all students will start from the same point and it will reduce anxieties about an overwhelming amount of work and the feeling of falling behind.

As with the previous expedition, all work will be set on Google Classroom. Students will receive an assignment of google slides each week. Each weekly assignment contains 4-5 sessions to be completed over the week. The sessions are broken down into different tasks – like with the previous expedition – whenever there is a red task symbol like the one below, there is something for the students to complete.

Each student has a google doc assigned to them on Google Classroom. This doc has the layout of each session and tasks so it is clear for students to organise their work. This doc needs to be submitted once ALL the sessions are completed for that assignment at the end of the week. 

Any questions, email hhickson@xpeast.org

Let the new expedition commence!

Crew Mercury

Another fantastic week for Crew Mercury, lots of hard work finishing off expeditions and completing final products.

Have a listen to how amazing Poppy’s speech is for the final product of the expedition ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ with the guiding question ‘When is it right to make a stand?’.

Poppy Speech

 

Mrs Poncia was over the moon with it! Well done Poppy!

As well as the fantastic learning Poppy has been completing, she has also been enjoying spending time with her sister baking…looks yummy!

And of course, Poppy being the amazing dancer that she is, she has also been doing lots of dancing!

Look at this…!

It was fab catching up with Crew Mercury on our Crew Hangout on Monday, I look forward to seeing you all again next week!

Crew Mercury

So following on from last week’s post showing what Lewis has been up to, it is Daniel’s turn this week.

Daniel has completed some real quality learning including a HUMS assessment where he achieved a fab score and showed great understanding of Africa, development and the DRC. He also completed an assignment answering the question ‘How far can Maycomb be called prejudiced?’. Mrs McCarthy said ‘What an absolute joy to read! Well done, great understanding and detailed yet clear explanation!’

 

In addition to completing his learning, Daniel has been enjoying walks with his family catching Pokemon!

 

He has also been enjoying quality time with his sister 🙂

It has been great the hear what Daniel has been up to, it’s been lovely keeping in touch and seeing the pics!