Blog week ending 10th February

Posted on: 11/02/2020

Numbers Day.  We enjoyed a numeracy themed day in support of the NSPCC’s Number Day, raising money and awareness for the charity’s work.  Mr Naylor planned a series of Mathematic activities and challenges and our PTA hosted the best ever bake-sale of Maths related treats!  A huge congratulations to Tyrese O who Recited up to 70 decimal places of Pi .. an astonishing achievement that earned him 10 House Points and a £15 Amazon voucher.  A well done to Skylar, Che, Jemima and Lami who won the ‘guess the number of sweets in a jar’ and to Edison who won 30 points for the Connect 4 championship. A big thank you to the numeracy leaders who delivered IT lessons using interactive kahoot quizzes that they created themselves. 

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This week I have been interviewing candidates for the posts of Geography and Modern Foreign Language Teachers with the help of my colleagues and the students.  As usual our Student Voice made a huge contribution to the recruitment process with their interview questions.  The Students Voice panel included Phoebe, Dan G, Enoch and Faith who are pictured below.  

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During Science students have enjoyed a lesson of practical experiments as an introduction to the energy topic; Mr Beaumont’s ‘Circus of Experiments’.  The students undertook eight separate experiments to investigate the principles of energy conversion.  Types of energy ‘observed’ were: 

Chemical 

Electrical 

Heat 

Kinetic 

Light 

Potential 

Sound 

Thankfully, nuclear energy was absent from this particular lesson although it will be studied later in the academic year! 

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Engineering workshops.  We welcomed external specialists to deliver a session called ‘Let’s Build a Rocket’.  The workshop took students on a journey to design a rocket to go into space. It incorporates maths, engineering, science and art in one fun session.  It was a lively session where we covered a wealth of topics including the solar system, composition of planets, NASA and Astronomical Units!    

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Best wishes, 

Gavin Barnett 

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