Following the closure of our Y8/E26 bubble, we will now move to an online educational provision as shown below – this has proved to be highly effective in supporting students in other year bubble closures as engagement rates have regularly been above 95%.

 

Here is our protocol for online learning:

  • all Crew sessions and lessons will take place LIVE via Google Hangout and the timetable is highlighted below.
  • students will receive input from teachers and have time to complete activities on Google Classroom.
  • students are registered in Crew (8.30am), at the beginning of the morning session (9.15am) and afternoon session (1.15pm).
  • all students are expected to join each session.  If a student is absent, Crew Leaders will contact home to ascertain the reason why. If a student is unable to join a session, for example, they are unwell, we ask parents to please contact the office.
  • Crew Leaders and Expedition teachers will send Google Hangout invitations to their classes.
  • invites for live sessions will be sent through email.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact your child’s crew leader.

Thank you.

PS: It was amazing to have 86% (44) students join the hangout this morning with our expert Victoria, who spoke to us about the Suffragette movement in Doncaster.  What a turn out at short notice!

 

Fight the Power!

The year 8 students across XP School and XP East are working towards part of their final product for the ”Fight the Power’ expedition. C26 have been learning about the power of protest, and the impact activists have had on the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. The goal is to commemorate this work, both in a plaque that will live proudly in Doncaster train station, and through works of art that we will be curating celebrating local activism across Donny, should we raise the funds.

Check out our crowdfunder here!

With only 19 days left to reach their crowdfunder goal, students will be pushing to make the final £800 over the coming weeks with their fundraising efforts. We have arranged raffle prizes, because our busking plans were unfortunately no longer feasible due to lockdown restrictions, but we’re not letting it stop us!

Students have recently had an expert visit from Olivia from Black Lives Matter Doncaster, who shared with the groups about the protests earlier this year. Her insights into structural racism and her experiences of micro-aggressions helped open up a dialogue in our school on difficult but deeply important topics.

I would like to thank her for the work she continues to do and we look forward to working with her in future.

Students also have a hangout / expert visit arranged this Friday morning, where they will be learning about the impact of the local Suffragette movement, and the impact Doncastrian suffragettes had on women’s rights across the UK.

We were shocked earlier in the expedition to learn that of the 500+ statues in the UK, only 80 were of historical women. We wanted to do something to address this imbalance, so we feel that commemorating the work of Doncastrian women’s rights activists is a great place to start.

Students will be coming round over the coming weeks to sell raffle tickets, prizes include

  1. A chocolate hamper (worth over £30)

  2. A McDonalds meal of your choice (+ McFlurry), delivered to you during dinner time

  3. A pass to skip the dinner queue for an entire week

We appreciate all donations, and ask that if you can continue to share this if you are unable to donate to hopefully spread the word!

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!

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE FOR THIS EVENT (now on Tuesday 17th December, not Thursday 19th as previously stated)

E26 (Year 7) will be holding the Presentation of Learning for their current expedition ‘Over the Top!’ on Tuesday 17th December, 5.30-6:30pm at XP East.

Students have been working extremely hard throughout their expedition and have been working on answering the guiding question: ‘Does war unite or divide?’

This will be their first formal opportunity at XP East to share their learning with parents, carers and visitors and we very much look forward to seeing you there.

E26 Fieldwork Tuesday 19/11/19

This week, all students in E26 will be going on fieldwork for their expedition on Tuesday 19th November. They will need to arrive at school for normal time and should be back at the end of the school day. We will be travelling about 45 minutes away in a coach so please give students who experience travel sickness any medication if necessary and/or bring it with them for the journey home (please hand into staff).

Students will need:

  • a warm coat (we will be inside for most of the day but will spend a period of time outdoors)
  • a packed lunch and drink (there will be nowhere for students to buy this so it is vital they bring this with them – FSM students will be provided for by school).
  • blue/black pens
  • a bag to carry the above in.

Students are not allowed sweets or fizzy drinks.

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We will reveal the location on the day to the students, but for now – keep guessing!

 

 

E26 HUMAN Fieldwork

E26 will be going on fieldwork on Tuesday 19/11/19.

We will be visiting a mystery location approximately 45 minutes away from school.

Students will need to arrive at school at normal time and should be back by the end of the school day.

 

More details will be released next week – so keep checking the website!

Introducing XP’s Own Army Expert!

Today in HUMAN, 7Explorer were lucky enough to have a visit from a particularly special expert!  Ethan, who is one of XP’s first cohort of students to take their GCSEs, came to speak to us about applying for jobs in the army and the qualities needed to be a successful soldier.

Ethan is joining the army in March when he will start his training as a soldier in the Royal Engineers.

Ethan talked to us about what inspired him to join the army, what his roles and responsibilities will be and what his daily routine will be like.  He also explained what duties the role of being both a medic and an engineer would include.

We were fascinated to hear that he will have to share a dormitory with 11 other soldiers and get up at 5am!  We were shocked to hear that you can have one hour on your X Box each evening to help you unwind!

Ethan spoke clearly about needing qualities such as compassion, respect and craftsmanship and quality. Shawn said, ‘It’s just like crew!’

We then shared examples of our job descriptions and asked Ethan to choose a job to apply for.  Ethan said he would apply for all of them as he was impressed with persuasive devices used, such as Sam’s rhetorical questions, and the clear explanations of the character traits that are needed.

7Explorer would like to appreciate Ethan for taking his time to talk us. We have invited him back once he has started his training to let us know how he is getting on.

Good luck, Ethan!

Case Study 1: United We Stand!

Today in HUMAN, 7Explorer have been working extremely hard writing their final copy of a World War 1 job description.

Students’ task was to compose a piece of persuasive writing to encourage men to enlist in the army. They had to include a range of persuasive literary devices such as rhetorical questions, alliteration and powerful vocabulary to make their adverts appealing.

All students were focussed in sessions and were praised and appreciated for their sustained levels of concentration and productivity.

Take a look at what working hard and getting smart in 7Explorer looked like!

Immersion Week: 7Explorer are on it!

Today, 7Explorer started Immersion Week in preparation for their first expedition at XP East.

Students watched two mystery pieces which might be linked to the theme of the expedition.

Take a look at one of the clips:

From this, students had to make notes about what they noticed, wondered and any questions they would like to ask to further their thinking.

All 7Explorer were 100% focussed on their learning.

In addition to this, take a look at the levels of Craftsmanship and Quality.  I’m sure you’ll agree that the standard of presentation is excellent!

Well done, Explorer!