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.

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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.

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.

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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.

A Sponsored Success!

E25 completed their sponsored walk/run today to raise money for the Conversation Club to support our expedition.

It was great to see a different side to the students out of the classroom – stand out students for effort were:

Ava

Woody

Zak

Zach

Charlie

Tom

Callum A

Jacob

Aaron

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I’d really like to appreciate all the students for their involvement in this – it was an enjoyable afternoon and we got some great footage to use in our final product documentary. The money raised will be put to good use to support the asylum seekers at the Conversation Club. We can’t wait to find out the grand total when combined with the money raised from XP

Please can all sponsor forms and money be handed into school by Friday 6th December – thank you to those who have done so already! 

E25 (Year 8) STEAM Presentation of Learning

The Year 8 STEAM presentation of learnings will be held on:

  • Pioneer: Wednesday 18th December, 5-6PM at XP East

  • Explorer: Thursday 19th December 5-6PM at XP East

The students look forward to sharing the work they’ve been studying in the STEAM expedition, where they have been working towards the guiding question “What is the state of the nation’s health and what should we do about it?”

We welcome you to invite family and friends to the event, sign in will begin at 4:45PM on both nights. We also ask that students remain in school from 3:15PM until the event, if there’s an issue with this don’t hesitate to drop me an email: khaughey@xpeast.org

Take a sneak peek at E25’s final product!

Students in E25 were joined by visitors from the Conversation Club on Tuesday morning where they hosted ‘Minute to Win It’ games.

As part of our expedition ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ we are answering the guiding question, ‘Why Should We Care About Migration?’, which means we have spent lots of time meeting and interviewing asylum seekers from our local community, finding out what it is like to move from one country to another and what the difficulties are.

During the morning we moved away from interview questions and instead focused on building a sense of community. Students really enjoyed teaming up with friends from the Conversation Club in order to compete against each other, whilst having fun- with a few surprises along the way!

We would like to appreciate those that took time out of their day to join us, with a special thanks to Nic for his extra games providing us with lots of laughs! See why here:

I am very proud of all of the students in E25 for the compassion they have shown throughout the expedition, it was heart warming to see the smiles on everyones faces this afternoon!

E25 Sponsored Run

As you will be aware, E25 were due to complete their 5k sponsored run/ walk around Lakeside today afternoon (26th Nov) but unfortunately due to unforeseeable circumstances and staff absences this has had to be postponed until next week, Tuesday 3rd December. Could we please ask that all sponsorship forms are brought into school by Thursday 28th November. Sponsor money will should be brought in by Friday 6th December – thank you to those who have already done this.

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Please be aware that students are still expected to bring in their PE kit on Tuesday. 

We appreciate all of your support in helping us to fund an education and support people in Doncaster’s Community.

A special mention to Aaron and Denim who have raised between them £55! – this is fantastic and any amount sponsored will be much appreciated, it’ll all add up!

 

ABOVE ALL, COMPASSION.