Links to the Real World in School
I have recently acquired a job working with the kitchen staff for 2 hours after school. This has allowed me to get to know the kitchen staff and see what it is like from their point of view. Working in the kitchen has given me responsibilities and has made me more mature as well as putting a few pounds in my pocket.
The tasks that you have to perform when working have made me more aware of the pressure that the kitchen staff must have to go through. If you are debating taking on a job, I highly suggest you take the opportunity, as it is worthwhile. However, there may be aspects that some people may find boring. When I find myself with nothing to do I use to time to revise for up coming exams.
I like my job with the kitchen staff as they are all very lovely and it has made me feel more responsible, it makes me very glad that I was able to obtain a position working with them.
- Shauna Kingett
I think that my History class is good because we get a sheet with tasks and different tasks are worth a different amount of points. You have to get as many points as you can by the end of the term so you are free to learn how you like.
- Tomas C
A few lessons ago in History we started a project introduced by Miss Coles. In each column was a topic that we had to cover. In each row was the type of task and the points that you get from the task. In total, you need to do at least one activity from each column and your aim is to get a certain amount of points, which are equivalent to a grade. This is working great as everyone can choose what suits them, whilst making you practice important skills. This project is a great example of new ideas in lessons that are really helping us to learn.
- Jade Driscoll
Recently I was given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel across seas and create unforgettable memories with unique individuals in Morocco. Some people may think my team and I went on a fun holiday under the sun, but in reality this was a challenge: a challenge of strength, responsibility and teamwork. When I joined up to visit Morocco I believed I would gradually pay off the bill, but I found out that I needed to work before I even went on the trip. I had to fundraise the full amount of money independently. This shock made me determined to complete the task so I could achieve my target.
When we first landed, the students needed to take control of the situation and find the correct transport to get to the right accommodation. Therefore, we needed to be responsible and organise our team so no mistakes were made. Throughout the trek we needed to turn this group of individuals into a team so we worked together and helped anyone who needed aid. Out there, we pushed our boundaries, learnt many new skills and accomplished achievements that we thought were unimaginable. It was certainly an unforgettable experience!
- Bethany Hart
In GCSE PE we use the learning line, this is where at the beginning of the lesson you write your name on a post-it note. Then as you go through the lesson and you learn more about the topic you move your name through the categories. The categories are the success criteria and levels of understanding based on our own personal feedback from what we knew. This helps because, like SOLO taxonomy, it gives you goals and aims to attempt to achieve. Having this is good because you know that in order to improve you have to do certain things. When you say you think you are at a certain level, you have to say why and be able to explain yourself. This is a great way of getting us to reflect on our own learning and understand where we are going next.
- Laura Jephcott
In our i-future and English lessons we have been using Edmodo. We access Edmodo for homework tasks as well as work in lessons when we are using the iPads. Also, in English when we plan and teach our own lessons to the class it is good to be able to post the work and resources on the class Edmodo page so that we don’t lose it and it is easier to get to. It also allows our teachers to give us instant feedback on our work in class and to achieve digital badges for effort, team work, discussion and group presentations.
- Rebecca Kitson
In February, Ryan, Jay, Rebecca, Lucy and I went to Massiluis, Holland. It was a trip of a lifetime. We all stayed with Dutch students but we didn't just meet families and friends for life, we learnt about their classroom dynamics. Unlike many schools in England, in Holland, iPads are an important part of their education and the use of apps like iMovie and Simple Minds is commonplace in some schools. Each student has their own personal iPad with apps and books to help them study. In my opinion, I think that this is what we should start to do, as incorporating iPads into our lessons keeps us interested, will help productivity, challenge our thinking, encourage creativity and assist in raising the quality of our learning and work.
- Tiegan Meadows (i-learner)
On April 27th to the 28th, we completed a practise Duke of Edinburgh expedition. For the first day, we were with teachers so they could make sure we were map-reading ready for the next day because we had to walk in our groups without a teacher. Before we could start the expedition, we had to map our route for both days, which had to be at least 12km long. Accompanied by our map we had two route cards where we wrote all the grid references and instructions so on the days we knew if we were on the right track.
On the first day, everybody met at our starting point, which was Ongar. We got into our groups, then we were given our maps and route cards. We set off and after at least six hours walking time we got to our destination: the campsite. When we got to the campsite we had to put up our tents and then we were able to do whatever we wanted. So our group decided to cook our dinner and then we sat in our tents and played cards, which was really fun. We were able to be with people we wouldn't usually be with. After a horrible night’s sleep due to freezing conditions, I got up, got dressed, had breakfast, took down my tent, packed my hiking bag and then finally my group were ready to set off again for the last day.
- Georgia Goldhawk
On the 27th of April, a group of year 10 students, including myself, went on our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice walk. We walked for at least 6 hours each day and it was challenging yet thoroughly enjoyable. Through ﬁelds, we trekked. Through bog, we trudged.
Once we reached camp we were all very tired and hungry so we had to set up our tent and cook dinner. Pot noodle and cup-a-soups all around! It was a great evening, even though nobody was satisﬁed with their feast of soggy pasta. A memorable experience for me was when 8 of us gathered in a tent playing cards games for at least 2 hours, it got very serious!
The second day was tougher than the ﬁrst for us as a team because we got lost twice and suffered serious shoulder numbing, however it was all worth it.
All in all, I would deﬁnitely recommend Duke of Edinburgh for anybody offered the chance. I made new friends at the same time as working within a team; I loved it! I'm very excited and prepared for the real thing.
- Rebecca Weston