DRAMA

Secondary has been working on Thought Tracking this week. Students are busy creating a short play, building on the Freeze Frames Unit, in which the students will be creating a short monologue. It has been challenging to try to create a scenario, decide who will speak, and what thoughts that the characters are thinking. It has been challenging but the students are doing an excellent job.

ENGLISH

This week year 11 have been continuing with their studies of An Inspector Calls and looking at the form of diary writing. They wrote an entry from the perspective of one of the characters and considered narrative voice, style and tone. Both years 9 and 10 completed GL assessments as well as comparing fiction and non-fiction extracts. KS5 have been studying poetry from different eras as poetry forms a large component of the A-Level syllabus. Year 13 have studied world famous poets such as William Blake, Wordsworth and Shelley from the Romantic era, whilst year 12 have been comparing poems from WW1.

English

BIOLOGY and MATH

Winter is coming and we need to get ready.

Fibonacci and Pascal is leading the front line for the year 7 mathematics class as they have to analyse sequences. They are exploring the usage of these sequences as they are used in modern times.

Constructions of different angles and lines are helping the year 8 mathematics getting ready to design shelters for the winter. They are understanding and acquiring the fundamental skills for construction and design using mathematical instruments and knowledge.

Year 10 Biology is differentiating between the different levels of organization of life. They are seeing the big picture in how these levels form the base for life as we know it. How these different aspects come together to form a living organism.

How do we respond to different stimuli is the question of the day for the Year 11 biology. They are investigating the two response systems in the human body {Nervous system (Nerve response) and the Endocrine system (Hormonal response)}. They will focus on the Nervous system first and see how the system work and what the parts of the system are.

Nucleic acids and their importance as a biological macromolecule will be investigated by the year 12 biology class. What are the different types and what are their functions? Why is DNA the most important macromolecule? How are they formed? These are the questions which will be investigated and answered.

MATH

Year 9 students started "Financial Maths" topic and have learnt about various types of earning money, such as being paid a salary, wages, commission, etc. They have solved various worded problems on price increase and decrease, discount and percentage change.

Year 11 students have been introduced to different methods of how to solve quadratic equations and will soon learn how to prove quadratic formula.

Year 12 students started a new topic on Series and Sequences and have learnt about arithmetic sequence and how to find n-th term of a given sequence.

Year 13 students had an end of topic test on inverse trigononetric functions in Core Maths component and in Mechanics they have learnt how to resolve forces in the x and y-axis applying second Newton's law.

ICT

Year 13 students have been studying The Impacts of ICT on Society and explored the software GIMP to edit some pictures.

Year 12 students Have been working through their theory booklet on Hardware and Software Unit and exploring databases further in the coming weeks

Year 11 students all have been answering questions on System Life Cycle and have been doing sample Past Paper Questions

Year 10 This week we explored Backing Storage media and looked at solid state magnetic devices

Year 9 Have been presented there PP presentations about comparing different mobile devices

Year 8 have been exploring different types of websites and doing research on what makes a good and a bad website design, also they have learned the basics of Computer systems and had a flavor of programming which we will look at further.

Year 7 Have been working on the Future technology research task looking at how things will be in the future.

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry

This week year 12 students studied shapes of molecules and bond angles. The topic seemed very challenging as we started, but finally the students were able to analyse a molecule and its electron pairs around the central atom and figure out what shape the molecule had. We looked at various shapes, such as linear, planar, tetrahedral, pyramidal, octahedral and some others:

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The students also used moly mods which helped them to understand why a molecule had one shape and not the other and which bond angles were present there. Well done, Year 12!

Year 10 continued studying chemical bonding and structure. We talked about some special cases of covalent bonding, such as double and triple bonding. We were drawing diagrams which was a helpful thing to do to illustrate how electrons are shared and why in some molecules double or triple bonds are formed. Most of the students managed really well, well done.


ART

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RUSSIAN

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This week Y11& Y10 focused on describing pictures and making up dialogues about Environmental Issues like global warming, acid rain, air pollution, urban sprawl, waste disposal, ozone layer depletion, water pollution, climate change and many more affect every human, animal and nation on this planet. Students made voice recordings in Russian about simple adjustments we can make to decrease the amount of disposable items in our daily life.