Thank you to the family and friends who attended last night’s Presentation of Learning where students spoke so beautifully about why we still need charity.  A massive thank you to those of you who donated food items for the Given Freely, Freely Given emergency food and clothes bank at St John the Evangelist Church, Balby.  We will be accepting donations of food, clothing and household items until the end of term.

It’s all go for E24 at the moment!  As mentioned last night, their next Presentation of Learning will be on Thursday 12th December, 4.30-5.30pm where they will be presenting their work and findings on their current STEAM expedition ‘Slow Down’ which gave them the opportunity to explore answers to the guiding question:

How Can Maths and Physics Save Life?

As ever, we thank you for your support on these evenings which are a crucial part of your child’s learning. We look forward to seeing you there!




Students in 9Pioneer and 9Explorer will be presenting their learning from our expedition Small Change on Wednesday 4th December at 4.30pm in XP East School. Students have been working towards a number of learning targets focused on the GCSE text ‘A Christmas Carol’ and the historical context of the period when Dickens wrote the novella. We would like to invite you to hear from your son or daughter and see the work they have produced in order to answer the guiding question: Why do we still need charity?  

We will also be asking, if possible, for donations to support the work of the Balby Church food and clothing bank.

FOR THE FOOD BANK: food that just requires hot water adding: e.g Instant porridge, Cup Soups, Mug Shots, instant/pot noodles(supermarket own brands are ideal)

FOR THE CLOTHES BANK: all types but the greatest demand is for jeans, joggers for men and all clothes for children aged 6-18.

Thank you in advance.

E24 Silent Conversation

Silent and super speed conversation by E24 Explorer to revise and consolidate our understanding of stave 3 in A Christmas Carol.

Having previously read, annotated and analysed key parts of the stave over a series of lessons, this was an excellent opportunity to not only recall specific ideas and events, but to assess our understanding of the ideas we’ve been working on.

Great effort today, Explorer!

Given Freely, Freely Given Fieldwork

An incredibly eye opening and powerful morning of fieldwork for Pioneer and Explorer over the last two weeks. As part of our expedition ‘Small Change’, we visited Balby Church to take part in their ‘Big Sort’ on a Monday morning, providing much-needed clothes, food, toiletries and household items for those who have very little.

Both classes have done the school and themselves proud with their contribution to the ‘Big Sort’ working hard alongside existing volunteers sensitively, respectfully, and with lots of compassion. Well done!

See a bit of the Big Sort for yourself below:

A number of students commented on how lucky they were in their home situation to have easy access to things that are so easy to take for granted, such as soap, basic food and water, and it made them feel more grateful for the things they have. And question what they actually need!

It was also really uplifting to see just how many things are donated, and the variety of donations, reinforcing the positivity and compassion of the local communities providing for those in want.

And yet it is shocking that we learnt that everything would be gone the next day when those in need queue up outside the church in the hope there is enough to go around.

What a wonderful operation being run at Given Freely, Freely Given, and what a privilege it has been for our students to be able to take part and work alongside these amazing volunteers.

E24 Pioneer and Explorer

What a week from E24!

This video is of  Pioneer working hard, creating beautiful work and showing craftsmanship and quality.


We then did some peer critique doing the protocol ‘milling to music’. What a great way of getting students out of their seat, appreciating other students work and writing purposeful feedback.

Some great moves from Explorer! When the music stopped students went to the nearest table and peer critiqued (we did this twice). Students then actioned their feedback by improving the work from the suggestions given. In purple pen they explained this and wrote a personal target they needed to achieve in next weeks lesson. All in all an excellent week in Art for E24! Keep it up!

E24/Year 9 How to build a rollercoaster workshops

Year 9 have been lucky enough to experience another fantastic day of fieldwork, helping them build background knowledge for their STEAM expedition, ‘Slow Down’. In a few weeks time, their learning will culminate in a final product that answers the guiding question:

What does physics and maths have to with saving life?

This Thursday, the year group visited Alton Towers’ education department to learn about how they assess the safety and functionality of their roller coasters. Students were briefed on how they might want to design their own roller coasters using the principles of physics and mathematics.

They also applied their knowledge of algebraic substitution by calculating gravitational potential energy, as well as velocity at each hill of their roller coasters and centripetal acceleration. Students were then given a workbook to fill out as we travelled through the park – they were able to explain why they felt so weightless during the drop on oblivion, and were able to calculate GPE on the coasters across the theme park using the knowledge gained in the workshops. Plus, we all had a lot of fun on the rides!

We will be picking up this new physics and maths content once we get back into school this coming week and applying it across the STEAM sessions.


Y9 (E24) Fieldwork 12/9/18

Here’s a reminder about tomorrow’s fieldwork, and a bit more information about where we are going and why.

The fieldwork relates to our STEAM expedition – ‘Slow Down’ – and the Guiding Question has been revealed:

What does physics and maths have to with saving life?

Tomorrow, we will be visiting Alton Towers.  We have already explored the Smiler accident (as part of Case Study 1) and tomorrow’s visit will help us to understand more about forces, speed and safety.

Students will attend a focussed STEAM workshop in the morning.  This will build on our visit to AMRC.

After lunch, there will be an opportunity for students to visit some of the rides discussed in the morning session (working in small groups, accompanied by a member of staff.) Of course, it isn’t compulsory to go on any of the rides!

So, here’s a reminder about the key information for the day.  If you have any further questions, please contact Mr Smith –

**Please also note that students have been told NOT to bring any money**

  • All students to arrive at school by 7:45am for a prompt departure at 8am.
  • Students will need to bring a packed lunch and bottle of water (no glass bottles or fizzy drinks or sweets.) A packed lunch will be provided for those students receiving free school meals. 
  • Please bring any prescribed medication required, clearly labelled in a plastic bag or envelope with your child’s name and required dosage.  This includes travel sickness tablets where necessary as we will be travelling by coach for approximately 1hour 30minutes.
  • Sensible clothing, coat and shoes need to be worn.  We will be outside for part of the day, so please make sure clothing is weather appropriate.
  • Students will return to school at approximately 4pm – although we will post updates on the school’s twitter account and the  XP East Parents/Carers Facebook group.

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!


Showing we are ready to start

E24/Y9 completed an 9 mile hike in the peak district.

Why? Because for the students to understand the planning, preparation to start GCSE and Duke of Edinburgh, where better place to start than meeting the demands of the great outdoors as a first crew expedition. All students were a credit to XP East whilst on the hike, watch this video to see more!