This week Year 9 planned and participated in a slave ship court case. They had been learning about how a slave’s identity was affected during each stage of enslavery. When learning about the Middle Passage, they focused on a specific real life slave ship, the Zong. In this case, the owners, captain and crew were taken to court over the murder of 132 slaves. The learners used various sources of information to understand the case and took on a character involved in the case. They had to emphasise with the character they had been given and prepare their evidence for the court case. We transformed the classroom into a court room and every witness had to make an oath. All learners delivered evidence filled speeches and were questioned and cross-examined by the wonderful defence solicitor Lehkena and firm prosecutor Andrew. A fantastic demonstration of their ability to analyse sources and understand the complex nature of this real life case. Great job Year 9!
Year 9 have been looking at the slave trade triangle which operated during the 16th-19th century. They have completed an inquiry into how people were captured, treated and the working conditions on the plantations and have developed their knowledge as to why the slave trade began. Learners have been focusing on the effect that their conditions would have had on their sense of self.
Year 9 have thrown themselves into the "learning pit" in the last 2 weeks as they have been introduced to solving simultaneous equations. At times it was tough and everyone felt the challenge that needed to be overcome. However, through diligence, resilience and a positive attitude (as well as a bunch of trust in themselves as learners), they have all developed skills to climb out of the "pit".