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.
E26 and E25 have been learning about warm and cool colours in their X Block art sessions.
They have a really good understanding of this, as you can see from their work!
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: email@example.com
E24 students will be out on fieldwork on Friday 7th June, 7.45am-4pm.
As this is an immersion activity, the location will be kept secret until the day, when we will also reveal the Guiding Question for our new expedition (can you believe it’s the last one of the current school year?!)
Please take note of the details below:
Students need to arrive at school no later than 7.45am, to ensure prompt departure at 8am.
- Students will need to bring a packed lunch and bottle of water (no glass bottles, 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 via coach for approximately 1.5 hours.
- Sensible clothing, coat and shoes need to be worn (we will be outside for most of the day.) Sandals/sliders/open toe shoes are not permitted, but trainers are fine.
- I know we can’t predict the weather but if sunshine is forecast, please make sure your child has sunscreen and sunhat. Or, if it’s forecast rain, please send them with an appropriate waterproof jacket (with a hood) and suitable footwear.
We will arrive back at school at 4pm. However, this is dependant on traffic so we’ll keep you updated via social media.
If you have any questions about the fieldwork, please contact your child’s Crew Leader or email firstname.lastname@example.org
George giving the world a little taste of the propaganda poster he’s been working on, super fast!
“This video OBVIOUSLY hasn’t been speeded up,” said Megan.
Thanks for putting this little video together, George. Maybe there’s more to come?
Students in C24 have their end of case study assessment on Wednesday 17/04/19 this week. This will be an exam of 1-6 mark questions and a combination of the work we have been doing on:
- Voltage, current and resistance
- Building circuits
- Electricity and how it works
- Static Electricity
- National Grid
For revision students will be able to use the Case Study 2 resources on the expedition website and the explore further page on the website also.
Below are a few highlights of the last STEAM expedition ‘Why am I me?’
This has been by far my most enjoyable time whilst teaching in secondary.
All thanks to the hard work put in by C24 students and learning coaches of XP East.
Fieldwork: Leeds University
Presentation of learning and Final product: Student led experiment demo
Expedition Wall Curation: Photo of students at various stages of their life
Following on from a successful POL of ‘Why am I me?’, students in Year 8 started this week a STEAM expedition called ‘High Voltage’ Over the following two months, we will explore the guiding question:
‘Is Knowledge Power?’
The immersion for our expedition focused on the key themes of ‘Where is it from?’ and ‘What’s so shocking about it?’, including: gallery walks, BBK, notice, wonder questions and silent conversation. This suggested and provided clues to the content of the expedition before the guiding question was revealed. We investigated a murder that resulted in a criminal being put to death via the Electric chair!
This is Jeff! Jeff was the creation of Alfie and Adam in Pioneer STEAM expedition ‘Why Me?’
Jeff was the product of genetic inheritance. Pioneer found that some characteristics are controlled by a single gene, such as fur in animals and red-green colour blindness in humans. Each gene might have different forms, and these are called alleles. The monster Jeff shows the dominant and recessive genes in shown in the Phenotypes! Great work Pioneer!
What an afternoon with year 8 Pioneer! We headed over to use the seminar tables in the music room and had a full session of discussion using the Socratic Seminar protocol. Amazing contributions from the whole class – focussed, attentive, respectful.
And the session was so successful because of the hard work they’ve been putting in leading up to it, and being persistent when challenging themselves to investigate and understand Shakespeare’s language.
We explored 3 questions:
- Was Macbeth’s imaginary dagger an invitation or a warning?
- Was Macbeth free to choose whether to kill Duncan?
- Was the murder of Duncan Macbeth’s peripeteia?
Take a look at a brief moment from this afternoon.