Science in STEM week

Lara BEALE and Keely BURTON

This week we are blogging about our science class with Mr. Canavan. Due to it being STEM week (science technology engineering and maths) we have been having a week of building a little car in groups.

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In science we have all been working hard to build unique and moving mini cars. The objective of this was to see which car could go farthest down the court with a Barbie doll in it.

In our class we had a wide range of ideas for cars, some being a watering can for the build, a corn flakes box and one group even decided to try using a coke and mentos for the power!

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By the end of the week we had a competition to test out our cars and, as a matter of fact, ours won! We were very proud and really enjoyed STEM week as a whole as we did things like this in other subjects like, maths, computing and geography. We can’t wait for it to come around again next year.

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However, in a normal science lesson we love both practical and academic work as our teacher makes it interesting as we have massive class discussions, which is where Sir answers all the questions we have. We feel that science is a very difficult and challenging subject which really tests us to our limits, but we also think it is a quite creative subject where you can explore different things to an extent where only your imagination can take you. 

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In our overall opinion science is an interesting class which we really enjoy leaning about and we both can’t wait to study it over the next few years!

Computing – Stem Week

blog1This week in computing we got to use the micro:bit computers. These are tiny little computers that have 2 buttons on them and some LED lights that light up. Our first task was to create a program that could make the micro:bit make a smiley face when button a was pressed and a sad face when button b was pressed. Once we created the program, it could then be down loaded to the micro:bit that was attached to our computers.

Blog 2The next task was to create a compass, the micro:bit has a compass built in and was able to work out which way was north. We had to make the code that told the micro:bit what angle was north, east south and west. Some of us, also managed to make it show North East, South East, South West and North West.

 

Once we did this, we were allowed to go online to the micro:bit website and choose our own program to code. Some of us chose to make a rock paper scissors game where you shake the micro:bit and it chose your shape to show at random, a few students also made a score system that let you know how many points you had.

On Thursday we got to show parents and guests to the school what we had been doing in the STEM classes. One of the stands was about our computing lessons, we had pictures showing students working, there were students programming and we had a table full of working micro:bits that were attached to battery packs which students had programmed.

Most people liked the “rock paper scissor” game, the compass feature and finally the love meter where you got to see how much two people loved each other, this gave a random answer, but was still good fun.

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We can’t wait to this again, it has been a really good fun week.

Meet a Teacher – Mrs Isham

Mrs Isham – Drama Teacher

Q1. What interests you in the subject youEIs teach and why did you want to teach it?

“I have always been interested in theatre right from the beginning. It’s always been a passion and hobby of mine. So it’s really interesting and exciting that I can pass my hobby onto other young people of today.”

Q2. How long have you wanted to be a teacher and how long have you been teaching?

“I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was about 16, I am quite old (!) and have been teaching at the school for 15 years and I taught for 2 and a half years before that so I’ve been teaching for about 18 years now.”

Q3. Is teaching your first major profession?

“Yes, teaching is indeed my first major profession.”

Q4. Do you have any advice for people who want to or are doing your subject as a GCSE?

“Just enjoy it; work hard, try hard and you won’t go wrong!”

Q5. Do you see yourself continuing being a teacher in the future?

“Yes, I can’t see myself doing anything else.”

Q6. How do you try to make your lessons interesting for students who may not have an interest in your subject you teach?

“I try to choose really relevant, interesting topics and concepts so that even if students aren’t enjoying the performance aspect they’ll still be learning something about the wider world within my lessons.”

Q7. What inspired you to start teaching?

“Throughout my life I’ve had lots and lots of inspirational teachers and I suppose it was them who inspired me to want to make a difference to students just as they have made a difference to me!”

Q8. What other things do you do to improve/help our school be better in your spare time? (E.g. clubs, extra-curricular activities etc.)

“I feel like within my subjects it is a necessity to provide extracurricular, so obviously Rock Challenge is one of my biggest highlights of the school calendar, we do really really well and have been really successful in that. I also enjoy creating and working on musical productions, concerts, and cabaret evenings. I try to do as much extracurricular as I can, to give as many children as possible an opportunity to perform.

You can see more info on the Rock Challenge journey by clicking on this link: http://www.durringtonhigh.w-sussex.sch.uk/wordpress/tag/rock-challenge/ 

Meet a Teacher – Mr Paul

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Lara Beale & Keely Burton

This week on the school blog we interviewed Mr Paul (Computing Teacher). Here is what he said:

Q: What interests you in the subject you teach and why did you want to teach it?

“I have been interested in computers since I was 14 years of age when I was given my first computer, to be able to write my name on a screen and have the computer say my name was amazing to me. Throughout my life I have used computers and programming to help me get through life, when I left the army I wanted to learn to fly an aeroplane, to be able to pay for lessons I wrote some flight planning software which enabled me to gain my PPL licence”
 Q: How long have you wanted to be a teacher and how long have you been teaching?
“I wanted to become a teacher when I volunteered to be a parent helper at my children’s school when they where in Y2 and Y4. I was going to become a primary school teacher but ended up going for computing and media in Sixth Form, later on, I changed my career to teaching Secondary School.”
Q: Is teaching you first major profession?
“No, my first job was in the Army in the Royal Engineers, I did that job for 6 years, then became a fitness instructor for 1o years and then a fitness centre manager for 6 years”
 Q: Do you have any advice for people who want to or are doing your subject for a gcse?
“Computing is not just sitting at a computer and programming for hours on end, its about problem solving and giving yourself a good base knowledge that will only help you in the future, in the years to come, many jobs will be replaced by computers and robots, someone needs to program them, why not make that person you?”
 Q: Do you see yourself continuing being a teacher in the future?
“I believe so, I really enjoy what I do. I am not one to say “never” and always keep my options open, but at this time , i have no intention of looking for a different job.”
 Q: How do you try to make your lessons interesting for students who may not have an interest in your subject you teach?
I create interesting resources and use my “acting skills” to create some interesting videos. I would like to say that I am an actor that has skills 2nd to none, my daughter has told me not to give up my day job.”
 Q: What inspired you to start teaching?
“My son and daughter’s Y4 teacher. She was such an inspiration to watch and she clearly loved what she did. In the 6 years I knew her, she turned down the opportunity of 2 promotions because she just wanted to teach children 100% of the time.”
Q: What other things do you do to improve/ help our school be better in your spare time? (E.g. Clubs, extra curricular activities etc.)
“Photography and Film Club, Study 6 to help some students with homework, and general catchup sessions when ever students want/need it.”

Meet a Teacher – Miss Hannan

Lara Beale & Keely Burton

This week on the school blog we interviewed Miss Hannan (Business Studies teacher). Here is what she said:

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Q1. What interested you in the subject you teach and why did you start teaching?

“It was a subject I really enjoyed when I was learning about it myself in school.”

Q2. How long have you wanted to be a teacher and how long have you been teaching?

“I originally always wanted to be a primary school teacher but after I had done my A-levels, I didn’t get a high enough grade to become a primary school teacher. I then realised that I had an interest in teaching a high school and decided to pursue that instead.”

Q3. Is teaching your first major profession?

“My first major profession is teaching. I’ve been teaching for 3 years now. It’s not my first job, but it is my main one. I use to be a farmer before I became a teacher!

Q4. Do you have any advice for people who want to or are doing your subject for a GCSE?

“Everything we learn about relates to the world around us and it can help you in your future life as you get older.”

Q5. Do you see yourself continuing being a teacher in the future?

“Yes, but I would like to do some traveling in between to relieve some stress.”

Q6. How do you try to make your lessons interesting for students who may not have an interest in your subject you teach?

“The teaching techniques I use are videos, worksheets and I try to relate to local life and use local businesses as examples students may know of.”

Q7. What inspired you to start teaching?

“Some of the teachers I had when I was in school, they made teaching enjoyable.”

Q8. What other things do you do to improve/ help our school be better in your spare time? (E.g. Clubs, extra-curricular activities etc.)

“Enterprise club, blogging club and help out with the Duke of Edinburgh trips”

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Meet A Teacher – Miss Maughan

Lara Beale & Keely Burton

This week on the school blog we are presenting a new section which is when we question teachers and get to know them a bit. This week we have also interviewed Miss. Maughan, music teacher. Here is what she said:

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Q1. What interests you in the subject you teach and why did you want to teach it?

“I’ve always been interested in performing arts and when I was at school I was involved in a lot of music, drama and art. When I went to University I decided to focus on music because I feel like music is inclusive for all and it allows everyone to be involved and have a go. Whoop, whoop!”

Q2. How long have you wanted to be a teacher and how long have you been teaching for?

“I’ve been a teacher for 9 years but I only wanted to be one for 11 because I really wanted to work in prisons but I thought if I couldn’t handle secondary schools I couldn’t handle prisons.”

Q3. Is teaching your first major profession?

“Teaching is my first major profession. YES!”

Q4. Do you have any advice for people who want to or are doing your subject for a GCSE?

“Practice makes perfect!”

Q5. Do you see yourself continuing being a teacher in the future?

“Yes I do, but who knows what life will bring?”

Q6. How do you try to make your lessons interesting for students who may not have an interest in your subject you teach?

“I try to go for the genre that everybody likes and that’s mainly pop music, I try to find ways of getting that involved in the music. Whoo hoo!”

Q7. What inspired you to start teaching?

“I just want to say thanks to my Mum, because she’s my biggest inspiration. I just can’t believe how far I got, without her I wouldn’t be where I am today. Oh, and I like to thank my dog too.”

Q8. What other things do you do to improve/ help our school be better in your spare time? (E.g. Clubs, extra-curricular activities etc.)

“I do quite a lot of different clubs around the school like Choir, samba band. But right now I’m working with Miss Isham on our amazing production of Evening at the West End, which you should totally see in April. I also cycle with a helmet and a brightly coloured coat to promote healthy living whilst doing a daily 8 mile cycle round trip between home and school. I would also like to point out that I recently raced Mr. Ramasami into the school and I beat him, he even had a motor on his bike. Yeah!”