Tuesday, 1 July 2014
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Thursday, 26 June 2014
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The project team have a great strapline:
|'Whatever the weather, we're in it together'|
P1 - Our main objective was to start forming the cakes. So after everyone did a little bit more writing in their logbooks they were sent to Imagine to start. First of all everyone was set to plan where their cakes were going to be on their boards. The pyramid and Petra groups had to use some of the math that they had learned to do this. The Petra group learned that their cakes stacked up on one another was not high enough so they had to calculate how many more cakes to bake and baked them before period 2. The Machu Picchu group also discovered they needed one more cake and baked this before period 2.
P2 - After planning everyone was sent to start cutting the cakes and making the marshmallow crispy cakes. Then when one or two groups were making these supervised the other groups got icing to start binding their cakes together. This ran into period 3.
P4 - Everyone started to reflect what they did and set individual or group objectives for tomorrow.
P1 - When everyone was present they were sent to imagine to start adding the icing on their cakes. The pyramid group placed their marshmallow rice crispy cakes on the top of the pyramid bases and spread butter cream around it to stick the icing to the pyramid. They had a few people doing this and the others were making and rolling out the icing. The Machu Picchu group used their one more cake to form more of the shape and started moulding the marshmallow rice crispy cakes into the ruins around the cakes. Then the Petra group were adding more layers to their cake. Finally the Sphinx group were either helping the Pyramid group or butter creaming their sphinx. A problem that the pyramid group had was that the 5 by 5 pyramids crispy's could not fit so they had to find a solution and decided to make it out of ginger bread. This ran into period 2.
P2 - All of the groups started rolling out their icing and started to stick them on the cakes. Then some people from all of the groups started to use some icing to make trees and people. Many of the groups showed resilience in their work since there were times when people started to get agitated at how things were working out.
P3 - Everyone returned to Explore and started to reflect what they did today and what they need to do tomorrow.
A student led, in student time community and environmental motivated event from the media for surfers project. It would be great to see you there supporting the student action and our local beach. This is a super example of an authentic outcome to project based learning. Please spread the word.
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Working Toward Project
No chapter page
Front cover has title, and who has written the book
Back cover exists
A chapter page is written but has no page numbers
The introuction is too brief and miss important ideas, sentiments and a welcome.
Chapters randomly organised.
Glossary included but does not explain clearly the key terms
A front cover to summarise the north east
A back cover with “blurb” summarising the book.
A Chapter page with page numbers.
An introduction- purpose of book, written by, written for, an introduction/ welcome to the North east.
Section on ABOUT THE NE- History, Geography, landmarks
Section on CULTURE OF NE all others
A map of the north east is included.
A glossary of technical terms
a random selection of backgrounds
Title position and size changes from page to page
odd page has random background
or title and page number varies.
Page contains no image
Page contains too many images
Additional facts are in the same style as the text.
consistent backgound/ colour scheme
Consistent font size for titles, subheadings and text
Position of page title should be consistent
Position of page number should be consistent.
Minimum of one picture per page.
Additional facts in fact boxes.
All pictures are the same size.
Pictures are too small.
Contains too many large pictures.
Pictures are purloined from internet
Pictures are blurred, need cropping.
Pictures have unclear caption
Most pictures will be around half a page.
The smallest pictures will be a third of a page.
The most important pictures may take a full page. (only a few per book)
Pictures must be yours or copyright free.
Pictures are HQ and clear
Pictures require an describing or explaining caption
One person does the bulk of the writing
One person does not contribute to the writing.
The odd lapse into familiar or 1st person writing.
odd lapse to present tense.
Punctuation good, but does not add to the clarity of the writing.
Keyterms used, but no explanation.
or Too many Key terms.
Subheadings do not make it clear what the paragraph is about.
the topic sentence confuses the subject and object
the second sentence has the same subject.
A few connectives have been used.
Every person writes at least one paragraph
Written in a formal 3rd person style to inform.
Written in the past tense.
Punctuation and grammar need to be 100% accurate and useful in making the information clear.
Key terms/ technical/ specialist language in bold ( these word would appear in the glossary.
each section has a clear useful subheading.
each paragraph starts with a topic sentence. SVO or SVN
The second sentence uses the Object or Noun of the topic sentences as its subject.
A wide variety of connectives are used to add information, emphasise information, explain or sequence information.
Monday, 23 June 2014
PROJECT: Dogs with Jobs with Laura Couch and Amy McVay
We met the deadline for the calendar to be prepared ready for exhibition Saturday. All the photos were taken by the students after learning about how to take action photos of dogs from a professional photographer. A special thank you must go to Katherine Sayer for her hard work editing and uploading the photos in her own time.
Also a massive thank you to Owen George who is doing work experience with us, he's mature, thoughtful and incredibly hard working!
PROJECT: Childs Play - You're Hired with Charlotte Hodgson, Sarah Shepherd, Lisa Keenlyside
We are very proud of our year 9 group, they have been committed to the project from day one. We have been out and about last week to soft play, Team Valley and interviewing shoppers at manor walks and a local baby group. Their enthusiasm and behaviour has been fantastic throughout these trips and they have worked hard to create an original product for the baby/toddler market. This week, they are pitching their idea to JoJo Mamma Bebe and Mothercare and we wish them all the best of luck in doing so. Keep up the good work!
PROJECT: Bewitch the Mind and Ensnare the Senses with Helen Black and Claire Mark
The girls doing the Bewitch the Mind and ensnare the Senses project have worked incredibly well last week and are ahead of schedule with their children's books! They visited Newcastle Central Mosque and Newcastle City library and were a real credit to our school, listening well and asking questions. Well done! W can't wait to perform for Hadrian school.
PROJECT: World Challenge Ghana with Miss Williams and Miss Shiell
Building, Plastering and painting two classroom blocks with educational murals for the Perfect Peace primary school in Essaman. Running the entire expedition themselves including managing the budget so well we have money left to give an extra donation to the school. We've all landed safely back at Heathrow this morning and can't wait to share our experiences with the 'It's Ghana be alreet pet' project on Wednesday.
PROJECT: Media For Surfers with Mr Bing, Mr Martin, Ms McGee.
After an amazing first week of surfing and research, the group are now totally in control of the project and are using their expertise as a basis to campaign on real life issues they care about. They are going to be using to media to make our oceans cleaner and safer places. There will be an opportunity for all to get involved in a couple of weeks time. Watch this space.
PROJECT: Clued Up with Miss Smith and Miss Wilkinson
The whole group have been fantastic. The highlights have been;
· the way they planned and produced a healthy, balanced and nutritious meal on a budget. They were all different and all absolutely delicious, prepared and cooked from scratch.
· the Boot Camp we did on the beach which was really challenging but huge fun
PROJECT: Was ist das? (Northumberlandia Project) with Mrs Clark Miss Crawley
We have been overwhelmed by the group’s enthusiasm as a whole, they are beginning to show a real eye for detail and an awareness of what makes great quality work. Also impressed with their dedication, organising a sponsored walk or run to raise money for the charity which runs Northumberlandia and also to fund extra resources which the students will make and print.
PROJECT: CakeWorld with Miss Dyer, Mrs Patrick and Mrs Hodson
Cakeworld is off to a self-raising start with students using maths, creativity and teamwork skills to design and structurally plan their cake creations. This week the Pyramids, Sphinx, Petra and macho Piccu will start to take shape and we will literally be up to our elbows in cake mix and icing! Join us at the National EAT festival, Sunday in Newcastle, to see our cakes on the Cake Planet!
PROJECT: From Archaeology to Artist with Miss Carmichael and Miss Elsy
A super group of students who are working really hard. They have created a clay sculpture, tile and fossil all in one week inspired by their Archaeology field trip last Monday. The students are sensible and have been really resilient in using a new material. Well done and keep up the great work this week!
PROJECT: Military Music Project with Miss Watson and Mr Rigby
· Fantastic camaraderie within the band, everyone is pulling together and persevering incredibly well. We have seen some amazing resilience from students as they teach themselves their instrument. Biggest success is that we can already play 3 pieces very well and have one more to learn this week! The band now have 6 gigs lined up for this week!
PROJECT: Get Active On A Shoestring with Miss Joyce-Gibbons, Mr Pooley, Mr Horner and Mr Best
A great start to the project. The group approached all activities enthusiastically and with a ‘can-do’ attitude. On Friday, we asked the students to reflect on the highlights of week 1. They were: the 6 mile walk at Ingram Valley, Pitch and Putt at Whitley Bay, the team building challenges, Mr Horner’s shoestring bootcamp and obviously the fish and chips at South Beach.
PROJECT: Trash to Cash Mr Morris & Mr Wright
Well done guys for working great together, you are starting to become better organised and planning ahead which is really improving the quality of your outcomes.
Three excellent trips to understand the culture of the North East in more depth- the students were true representatives of the school. Their work room has a brilliant supportive learning atmosphere due to all the positivity from the students. Keep up the good work!
Kerry Leonard "mugging off" Chris Cassidy by catching the American Football above him Bradley. Lloyd. Denon. Adam. Leading every warm up. 1st interception touch down to. Taylor!
Really great displays starting to come together using information gained from out trips last week. Some really good examples of resiliency and acting on advice being shown in our drafts of work.
Crammy Wipeout have set themselves high expectations and have recently completed their fifth draft of the assault course that we'll build on exhibition day. Everyone is making a great effort, both physically and academically. Highlights are Craig Lamb's team spirit in the gym, William Morris' scale drawings of the course, Daniel Plant's and Karhr Bamrah's contribution to the website and Josh Martlew's determination in every practical challenge. Keep up the hard work lads!
All 6 groups have already constructed and tested prototype turbine blades and all have successfully carried out complex performance calculations that go beyond the A-Level Physics specification! Designed and constructed bases for final turbines using recycled plumbing plastics- awesome problem solving skills. After a site visit last Wednesday, their work has received interest from a number of different renewable energy companies including NAREC (National renewable energy centre), the world's leading researchers for blade testing. As a result, the project is due to be in the local newspaper later this week after a press release on Friday!
Our greatest success from last week was producing a fantastic app that will go on Google Play for everyone to use, that tells people how Harry Potter is connected to Alnwick Castle. Students went on an information gathering day at Alnwick Castle taking photographs and making notes for the app. Then students have worked independently and collaboratively to put the work together. This week we are going to be using Raspberry Pi's to create a quiz using computer programming, language to see what people have learned about Harry Potter and Alnwick Castle using the app.
Greatest successes: The group has acted on feedback to grow as a cycling team by working on the communication and discipline needed to cycle effectively in a large group. Some outstanding research has been undertaken to find local WW1 sites including the sites of German Zeppelin raids which the group has skilfully mapped and navigated us to, by bike. The group were a credit to CLV at Blyth Battery and managed to make it home despite being full of fish and chips! Keep up the great work!
Greatest success was going to the Northumbria Uni "Reveal" fashion exhibition and then students coming back and using the ideas they had seen to make their designs and then critiquing each others work. The resilience of this group has been amazing.
Friday, 20 June 2014
The "Archaeologists to Artists" project have planned in some great steps to build student's confidence and skill level so they can master new materials confidently. Students are using their knowledge of archaeological finds at Simonside to inspire a ceramic wall tile display planned to be installed at school.
Thursday, 19 June 2014
1. We all need to see what the purpose of the "team" is, so that we can worrk together.
2 Community an dculture need regular attention.
3. Critique is a great way to build supportive learning communities.
Regular critique & a culture of optimism - a 'we can do' & 'nothing is out of our reach' approach.
Took the Crammy Wipeout students out on a trip to meet Britain's strongest man today who owns a strongman gym in Consett. Students treat him like a celebrity; taking pictures of him at the end of the workout he had designed them. This was an opportunity to show a range of fitness strategies. The activities encouraged critiquing technique and team spirit by supporting other students. I asked students to write a paragraph about the experience. Most wrote 3- 4 paragraphs.
We did a gallery style show and tell and used post its to give feedback, groups then had 10 minutes to read their feedback and respond, including a to do list for the next session. We also did a literacy exercise on how to summarise information (not cut and paste!) using the funnel thinking map.