Rock Challenge 2013 Winners!!

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Yesterday we went to Rock challenge at Guildhall in Portsmouth, there were around 100 students and I was part of the stage crew.
As a member of stage crew I have to make sure that all the set was available and ready behind the stage. This involved props such as a furnace, some flat boards and stage blocks in order to create the scene of Sweeney Todd.

We have been working on this piece for Rock Challenge since about last October and we used a 24 danceathon to fund props, equipment and any other extra props.

We were there from about 7.30am and left at midnight after the announcements of winners at 11.45pm, we won best costumes and choreography which was a great achievement that we’re all really proud of. Mrs Bowden worked really hard on making the costumes, so we were really pleased for her. As well as this we came FIRST PLACE OVERALL!!!! All of the other teachers involved really helped us and have been amazing in enabling us to win, mainly Mrs Isham, Miss Millard, Miss Wolstenholme and Ms Graney. We screamed with joy when the announcements were made and this now means we won from the whole of the South from Hertforshire to Dorset to the Isle of Wight, we are a premier school for Rock challenge.

By Kate Davies

Use of apps & ICT in Year 9 PE lesson

PE teacher Miss Wolstenholme says: Coach my video is an app we have been using in PE lessons which is an instant analysis of a performer. You can watch a performance back straight away, or on a delayed playback so that you can do a performance, then walk round to where the iPad is set up and watch yourself. The best thing about this device is that you can have it on split screen, therefore comparing two performers at the same time. You can also compare your own performance to an elite athlete by downloading the clip from youtube. It allows you to pause and rewind and compare both performances in slow motion. This app is easy to use and can be set up instantly in order for students to analyse their performance straight away.
I introduced this app to my year 9 class almost straight away. The following student has written a summary of how it was used recently in a tennis lesson-

‘In my last PE lesson we were learning how to use the backhand technique in tennis. To start of with, we filmed our teacher doing a perfect backhand on the Ipad, or some students had Ipods. After we filmed her and listened to the coaching tips we got into groups of three according to our ability in tennis. My friends and I are quite confident so we got started straight away, using the Ipad to film each other doing the backhand shot. One person would film and the other two would play in a game situation (doing our best to forget the camera was there!). After we’d all been filmed, we used an app to split the video of the teacher performing the backhand and one of us. Once we’d split the screen, we watched it frame by frame to see the differences between my backhand and my teachers. From watching the video I clearly saw how I need to improve which was by following through, twisting my body round further and moving my feet quickly to get into the right position. I then compared my performance against the assessment criteria to see what level I was at and what I need to do to improve. From watching the video, I instantly and clearly saw my points of improvement and managed to change my technique so it made my playing and level improve.’

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Grace Bassett 9EMc

Year 8 Maths lesson

LO- To be able to order data in order to calculate the median and range (L5) EXT – find the lower quartile and upper quartile of a set of data (L6)

Last lesson we looked at calculating the mean from a frequency table. We were asked to calculate the mean from a frequency table to show that we had an understanding of how to do this.
Mrs Blight made it really easy for us to understand last lesson, so I hoped that I would be able to do it easily. To start off with I thought it would be really easy because of the way Mrs Blight was explaining it to us. When I tried it I did find it quite easy but I did get a few of the answers wrong but then I went to Mrs Blight for help and she helped me to find out where I had gone wrong and how to correct it. When I knew how to do it, I found it easier. In the lesson we did a lot of peer assessment which is marking our friend’s work ourself and our won work which is self-assessment. I’m glad we get to do this in lessons because it helps us to know where and what we have been doing and if we have made our answers clear, then it helps us to know who we can do something better next time.
Before I started doing averages with Mrs Blight I didn’t really know how to do it. I would always be stuck. But with the work we have been doing and the help I have had from Mrs Blight it has helped me to understand everything about averages, so now I know exactly what I am doing and how to work the answer out.
When we first started doing averages I didn’t know what a frequency meant and now I know everything about it. In the middle of work sometimes Mrs Blight will make a mistake on purpose so she can see if we notice it, so I find that good for us.
Mrs Blight makes the lessons very fun and practical so all of us students enjoy it. She always tells us little tricks and easier ways of working a question out and I really find that better. We also do a lot of independent work, and if we get stuck she will always help us, she is a very good and supportive teacher. I used to hate Maths and dread it every lesson, but now I’m in High School and have Mrs Blight I love maths because Mrs Blight explains things to us in an easy way so we can understand it straight away. Having Mrs Blight as a teacher has boosted my confidence up and now I always put my hand up to try and answer questions and join in. I think that averages is the best topic we have done in the whole year. I think maths is the best lesson I have. Our teacher makes sure that when we walk in the room and we are doing something completely new, when we leave the room all of us will definitely know how to do it. If we get anything wrong or we don’t know how to improve Mrs Blight always sets us a target and tells us how we can improve so we always know. Mrs Blight also makes sure that we always know what our MEL (Minimum Expected Level) is, and the level we are at the moment, so I find that very helpful.
At the beginning of every lesson, she always sets us up a starter, it’s normally from a subject we are dong at the moment or one we have just covered, or maybe one we covered a while back. This helps us to think back and remember how to do things. If most of us get the starters wrong, we will always go over it just to make sure we know what we are doing. All the work we do is so good, and I’m lucky enough to have such an amazing and supportive teacher and teaching assistant and students within the class, I love maths.
During the lesson we took some pictures of the work we have been doing and the type of comments we receive to help us improve even more. You can find them below.

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By Alex Hirst
Year 8