The Year 7 learners thoroughly enjoyed working with the microscopes as they begun exploring the physical world around them in a unique way. Learners enjoyed the opportunity to indulge their curiosity by picking things to observe. Many learner comments were made throughout the process such as "Come look at this!", "Okay, come guess what this is", "Woah, that looks so awesome!" or "Ugh, that looks so gross...and also cool at the same time."
In this learning block Year 7 learners are participating in basketball during PE lessons. They are focusing on the fundamental skills of dribbling, passing and shooting and using them in different games and activities. They are also discovering how adaptability is a key component of any team game and the importance of being able to modify the basic skills to cope with different situations that arise during games.
In Year 7, learners are writing a script for an action or horror movie. We will first write it in English, and then translate and learn Spanish. Apart from working on listening, speaking, reading and writing, they also learn about ICT, such as movie and audio editing, Google tools, etc. They have already written the setting, chosen the characters and roles, decided the conflicts between them and just begun writing the first scene in the story.
Year 7 explored what it means to be adaptable during their Entry Point this week. Our learners were challenged by playing everyday sports whilst tackling certain obstacles. During volleyball learners were tied together at the ankles which encouraged them to change how they played the sport by working together. When playing football our learners were blindfolded and used their other senses to guide them to the ball. Well done Year 7 on a wonderful first Entry Point! We are all ready to explore the importance of being adaptable in the fabulous unit of learning ahead.
In their last unit of the year, the Year 7 learners were exploring A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. They had a focus on the argument between Oberon and Titania and the way that argument affected the forest and was eventually resolved. Below are their interpretations of Act 2 Scene 1, the scene in which Titania and Oberon argue over a changeling boy.
In science, Year 7 have begun using the Bunsen burners which always adds some extra thrill and excitement to the day. Year 7 have been doing a series of lab challenges that involve using basic chemistry to resolve problems. Learners have been trying to use more scientific vocabulary in their lab observations and have recently begun using words such as soluble, insoluble, solute, solvent and solution. If you’re curious, ask a Year 7 to explain some of these words to you.
In the current unit, the Year 7s will be learning about shape and measure. They started off the unit by learning how to round to decimal places and significant figures. We discussed the usefulness of rounding numbers and looked at how rounding is applied to newspaper articles, concerts and bridges. The learners also solved a hundred year old puzzle which is used to prove a two thousand year old theorem. The learners will continue to learn more about Pythagoras’ Theorem and see how it can be used to find missing lengths in right angle triangles.
In year 7 learners have started coding in Scratch. They learned about the different stages in in computer game development such as; research, planning, storyboarding, sprite design, coding, testing and debugging. They then harnessed this multitude of skills to recreate a classic computer game called Chuckie Egg. They have also been updating their digital portfolios, uploading evidence from different subjects. Finally, Year 7 learners have been continuing to learn more about digital citizenship, through the online learning platform DQ World.
Middle Years learners had a chance to display their science skills by designing experiments and collecting data to answer questions they were curious about. Some of the creative questions the learners come up with and explored included:
It was great to see the Middle Years Learners interacting with primary learners and demonstrating their projects in exciting ways. It was a fantastic to see how well many learners could articulate their findings to the primary learners and the learning facilitators. An exciting conclusion to the research the learners had been conducting for the past month.
To start the day off, Year 7 learners enjoyed an exciting werewolf mystery game that required them to resolve several contentious issues that arose throughout the game. Learners needed to resolve these issues as a group before anyone became a tasty snack for the werewolves. The learners then debated on a proposed social media policy for iCAN. Preparation for the debate required a great deal of discussion and collaboration on everyone’s part to help the debaters present the best arguments for their team’s views. The judging panel of the debate was composed of Year 7 learners who had to moderate the debate and do their best to reach a unanimous decision whilst also considering the viewpoints and best interests of the learners at iCAN. Overall, it was a fun and interactive day for Year 7.
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