Our most personalised, diverse ACD yet…
With Y7 involved in SBS and castle building as well as Unlocking Potential, Y8 exploring careers and GCSE options, Y9 investigating RE topics and careers, Y10 on a STEM event with lots of practical activity and Y11 undertaking a myriad array of activities linked to personal need (Geography Field Trip work, RM, Media, German, Art, English learning experiences…) it was a breath-taking day in many ways!
Meanwhile, Sixth Formers undertook a huge range too – things that will support their immediate, exciting futures.
These pictures give a mild flavour of all the excellent efforts…
The resources here may be of help to many students – there are so many students who are verbally smart but sometimes:
- don’t respond to the specific demands of a question
- don’t know how to communicate their ideas on paper adequately
The resources require students to think about command words in questions, to be very clear on what is being demanded of them and to consider how to plan a written response.
The powerpoint (CH) is a stimulus because different subject areas may define the key, command words slightly differently. That said, it is a useful stimulus and demonstrates how key words can demand different levels of skill and be linked to different grades of question and, ultimately, different GCSE grades.
It is important to not only know what is being demanded but to be able to actually then structure an appropriate written response. The word documents give examples for RE (GC) and for English.
It is worth considering discussing this at home, with a Study Buddy and/or in consultation with subject teachers – especially where there is currently below-target performance.
How to structure an answer to a Religious Studies GCSE exam question
Ways to Structure Responses to English Paper 1 Question 5
Session 3- Decoding Exam Questions
The attached offers a brief, interesting idea regarding Stretch & Challenge for all…
One central message seems to be: “the key to stretch and challenge is to pitch the learning at the higher ability learners”
Perhaps have a read, have a think and let me know views…
Stretch and Challenge – A stimulus for thinking
Our 3rd and final ACD of the year offered various terrific experiences once more.
Pictures give but a flavour…
At last night’s very well-attended Parent Forum, we discussed learning in general (models for structuring and scaffolding learning) as well as Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBTC).
Attached here are the Powerpoints.
If you have any queries, leave a comment…
Parent Forum June 2017 Final Version
Parent Forum June 2017 LBTC
Our latest event aimed at Raising Aspirations for TAG students involved representatives from IGD (Institute of Grocery Distribution).
Students had a great opportunity to quiz members of the IGD about their daily practices and the sorts of skills required to develop careers in the many fields which fall within their industry. They also undertook tasks which developed their skills-sets.
Thanks to Mrs Whelan-Davis for excellent organisation and to the students for their terrific contributions
While not an exclusively TAG student event, Ski Trip 2017 was all about providing the opportunity for students to develop a range of talents, abilities, gifts – we believe these qualities are more-so learned rather than strictly innate.
See the video here, giving a flavour of what a terrific group did all week.
Forms for Ski Trip 2018 are in Student Services and places are selling quickly…
Our 2nd Alternative Curriculum Day (ACD) of the year saw a terrific range of learning activities.
As said before, we firmly believe that talents, abilities and gifts are largely developed through experiences and self-application – ACD is about raising the aspirations and developing experiences of all our learners so that talent, ability and gift is fostered…
Y7 – undertook some terrific Performance-based activity as well as Careers-oriented work
Y8 – some TAG students “unlocked potential” while others were engaged in a brilliant SBS event
Y9 – studied some vital aspects of their RE curriculum
Y10 – explored future pathways in a terrific, interactive setting
Y11 – did some science and technology-related learning which engaged and enthused all!
Sixth Form – were involved in a range of alternative learning experiences.
These pictures give a mild flavour – well done all!
Charlotte does a lot of performance work both inside and outside of school – she has performed in Disneyland Paris with “Introducing Young Talent”, for example!
It is through her Performing Arts Academy that she has been able to do the following:
- Jack(ie) Scott in High School Musical ( Albany Theatre Cov).Jemima In Cats ( Spa Centre)
- Appeared at Art in the Park and Leamington Food Festival
- Appeared on Blue Peter BBC
- Sang Solo in Royal Priors Shopping Centre and others in Cov/Brum
- Broadcast live on Coventry & Warwickshire Radio Brody Swain Show
- Performed as Little Red Riding Hood from Into The Woods (Spa Centre) for the Heritage Society
- Played Verruca Salt & performed as a Solo Vocalist/dancer (Billy Elliott) at Warwick Chocolate Festival
- Appeared in a cinema screening at VUE cinema
- Performed for Spa Theatre Company
- Worked with Carl from Nick Jnr’s “Go Go Go”
- Worked with West end star Charles Brunton (Miss Trunchball Matilda) among others.
Recently she played Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast at the Spa Centre. She received some great reviews and is particularly proud of this performance as she worked very hard on several aspects of it – in particular, at making the character very comedic and, of course, mastering the French accent.
Charlotte is particularly excited as she has already been advised that she will be invited to perform again at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 2018 – it is a great opportunity!
Two other NLS students, Mya and Lian Bates, will be appearing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End this year in a New show called The Lazy Ace.
NLS’s pool of creative talent is clearly vast!
The latest GCSE Master Class focused on Skills, Questioning and Writing Scaffolds.
All of these PowerPoints are also saved on the Student Shared Area…