For more details on our rationale for extended study, please click on this link.
Students are set work through Google Classroom, which students access through their school login.
This table shows what a typical week looks like, the days on which extended study is set, and when it is due.
In time all parents are added to Google Classroom and receive weekly updates, For a more detailed view of the work set, ask your child to show you in Google Classroom, as detailed in this video.
Today students were introduced to our offer of clubs at XPG, and will have an opportunity to try out these clubs next week for one week from Monday 3rd October.
Given that we have our Open Evenings on 12th and 13th October in the final week before our two-week break, these clubs will then start fully in the week following the break from Monday 31st October.
Our offer of clubs
Lunchtime Clubs – Student receive a pass to go first in the lunch queue
MONDAY LUNCH: Chess & Minecraft
TUESDAY LUNCH: Mindful Arts Club
WEDNESDAY LUNCH: Book Club
WEDNESDAY LUNCH: French Arts & Crafts
THURSDAY LUNCH: Podcast club
THURSDAY LUNCH: Chess & Minecraft
After School Clubs – Extended Study will still be available to all students Mon-Thu
MONDAY AFTER SCHOOL: Football Training
MONDAY AFTER SCHOOL: Rock School
MONDAY AFTER SCHOOL: Games & Minecraft
TUESDAY AFTER SCHOOL: Hula Fitness
WEDNESDAY AFTER SCHOOL: VEX IQ Robotics
WEDNESDAY AFTER SCHOOL: Multi-sports (this club will star in November after Wednesday football fixtures finish)
THURSDAY AFTER SCHOOL: Fitness circuits
THURSDAY AFTER SCHOOL: Nature Club
Students have been set two quizzes in Google Classroom.
One is on the Rock Cycle and the other is on the Particle Model.
Students should do each quiz repeatedly, making notes in Google Keep on any mistakes until they regularly get high scores again and again.
The deadline for this work is Wednesday 17th November at 5pm.
Good morning, thanks to all of the students and families that have been in contact with us to ask for guidance and support around the holiday Extended Study.
We are asking for the work set to be completed in each subject. However we wanted to make it clear that we recognise that students and families are still getting used to the various platforms we use such as Google Classroom, TTRockstars etc and that we will bear this in mind when we return to school net week around deadlines etc.
Where students need additional support with their Extended Study, we will work with them in the first week back next week to make sure that they are able to complete the work.
From Tuesday 2nd November, and every day following (Monday-Thursday) there will be ongoing support for students with extended study from 3.30pm to 4.30pm in addition to our clubs.
We will publish more details next week of the regular weekly flow of extended study that will be set in school weeks.
We have set extended study for G28 students through Google Classroom. All work set is due on Monday 1st November. If students have any issues they should contact their teacher through Google Classroom.
We recognise that students have just got their iPads so much of this extended study is revision of work already done in school and is light touch at the moment.
We want the students to get into good habits around doing extended study often, so it would be best if students can space out this work and a do a little every day or two. The work that has been set should help them to see early success in these apps. The work will increase in challenge when we return to school after the break.
- Students have been set a range of tasks in Hegarty Maths to complete. Students need to login and click on ‘my tasks’ and complete each exercise set. Students should have their notebook with them beside their iPad to do working out. If they need help, they should watch the tutorial video for the exercise by clicking ‘get help’.
- Students have been set revision in Hegarty Maths. They should go to ‘my tasks’ and complete MemRi tasks 3 times per week.
- Students should do at least 30 minutes of ttrockstars each week in the ‘garage’. This is better spaced out. For example 10 minutes every couple of days is ideal.
- Bucket list. Students already have a range of 10 maths challenges from their bucket list booklet to work on. These 10 challenges need to be completed. Students should bring evidence of these tasks to school (photographs on ipads or notes for example)
- Students have been set 2 Google Form Quizzes for science as a recap. These are on the subject of the particle model and earth structure. Students should have their notebook beside them to make notes on any errors. The point is to ‘over learn’, so students should do the tests until they are regularly scoring above 20 points.
- Students have ben set a video in Clickview to watch on igneous rocks as a recap. Again the point is to ‘over learn’ so students should watch again and again until they get every question correct every time.
- Coal during World War 2: Students have 3 tasks to complete. Students have a Google Doc created for them in Google Classroom. There is an optional extension task too.
- David Almond talking about Grandpa in Kit’s Wilderness. Students have been set a video to watch and a Google Doc has been created for them to answer questions.
Senorita Quested has set some fun half-term challenges for students. She would like each student to complete at least two from:
- Look up a cooking recipe for “Spanish tortilla”, “paella” or “churros” online and try making it at home.
- Places to visit: “Chuchos tacos” in Jesmond or Byker and “Boquerones” in Heaton, Newcastle for a taste of delicious Spanish tapas.
- Listen to some Spanish music. Look up the artist Rosalía who puts a modern twist on Flamenco.
- Watch the animation films “Coco” or “The Book of Life” to learn about the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico. Note down 5 things they do to celebrate the festival to share with us.
- Watch your favourite film and add Spanish subtitles. Note any words you learn ready to share when we return. (there are loads of Spanish language videos on Clickview)
- Learn a Spanish tongue twister. You could try Pancha plancha con cuatro planchas. ¿Con cuántas planchas Pancha plancha?
- Create some posters of inspirational Spanish quotes to put up in your bedroom/ around school. Pinterest is a great place to start!
See you all in two weeks!
iPad OS & Safari
In iPad OS, the web browser Safari behaves just like it would on a laptop. This means that on your son or daughter’s iPad, there is no need to download the Google Apps such as classroom, gmail or docs as they can all be accessed from Safari.
Notifications on smartphones
It is a good idea to add your son or daughter’s school google account to their phone too. This will mean they will get notifications on their phone too when teachers email or set work through Google Classroom.
To set up the school account on a phone go to:
Settings, Accounts, Add Account, Add Google Account
Their email address to set up the Google account on their phone will be in the form:
Your son or daughter has those login details saved on their iPad in Google Keep. They can show you this.
You have now been invited to Google Classroom. When you accept this invite you will receive regular emails with a summary of the work that has been set though Google Classroom. You can choose to make these daily or weekly updates.
We use Google Classroom for work in class, and for extended study. Extended Study is completed outside of class time at break, lunch, after school or at home.
Your daughter or son has full and free access to a wide range of educational videos through a site we subscribe to a site called Clickview. We will set work through Clickview’s interactive videos, but during the two-week break they can explore thousands of educational videos on pretty much any topic you can imagine.
Now that students have their devices, we will begin to increase the amount of extended study that students are asked to do. We set extended study through Google Classroom. Your son or daughter can now access this through Safari on their iPad. In time we will add parent emails to Google Classroom so that you get updates on a weekly basis of work that has been set.
Students can either do extended study after school, or at home. This week, students have extended study for Spanish.
The instructions below have been shared with students through Google Classroom. They have links to the resources needed in Google Classroom too.
SPANISH EXTENDED STUDY
Task 1) On a blank piece of paper write down all of the vocabulary you can remember from this term so far.
You can: Say your name; say how you are; say your age; say where you live and where you want to live.
Task 2) Look at the pictures you took on your phone for 5 minutes and memorise more vocabulary. When the 5 minutes is up add to the list you made in task 1 in a different coloured pen. Do not copy it over.
Task 3) Google Forms quizzes linked in Classroom. Take your time and read the questions carefully. “Mi Cumpleaños” = my birthday. This is a quiz in preparation for next week so you will need to refer to the Sentence Builder in Google Classroom.
Task 4) Spend 20 minutes improving your letter to a Spanish friend. I am attaching feedback from your previous homework to each of you individually and I would like you all to act upon it to redraft your work.
“sp” = check spelling
underlined = a vocab. error or something which is from a translator which should not be there,
^ = a word or punctuation missing
I may have put a couple of observations or comments underneath on how to improve your writing.
Improve your writing:
– Challenge yourself and see if you can write it from memory.
– Add something new. e.g.” Tengo una hermana que tiene quince años / Soy hijo único.”
– If you look up vocabulary from your lesson resources, that’s fine. Please write it in a different colour pen.
This work is due Monday evening so spread it out through the week. I will be checking it has been done by everyone on Monday night.“