Student Challenge Newsletter Advent Term 2020

Welcome to the first edition of our new Student Challenge Newsletter. During these unprecedented times we, as a college community, recognise the huge efforts that our families are making in order for our students to make continued progress in their studies. We aim to support our students when they are both in college and when there are occasions when home learning is unavoidable. In these termly newsletters we hope to inform you of possible opportunities for our students to both stretch and challenge themselves both academically and personally, in the classroom and virtually. Furthermore we hope to support our student’s ongoing academic progress with snapshots of the term ahead from each subject area.

We have some exciting opportunities planned for our students. Our Year 7 & 8 students have received news of the launch of the Head Teacher’s Challenge Award. Students will be encouraged to use their independence and ingenuity to create a 1000 word project of their own choosing. Together with Oxplore sessions led by Oxford University, we hope to show our students how to work independently, meet deadlines and inform others. Interested students should ensure that your details have been forwarded to Mrs Stirling.

Our Year 9 students have been chosen to take part in The Brilliant Club’s Scholars Programme which we see a group work with a PHD tutor over next two terms towards a research project with a Geographical theme. This is both an exciting and academically challenging opportunity for our students. Furthermore, they will have the chance to have their finished project published online.

We have groups of students in Years 10 & 13 enlisted on the Inspire Oxbridge programme which aims to encourage pupils with exceptional promise to aim high, to stretch themselves academically and to be confident in making well-founded applications to a top university like Oxford. Furthermore,  Our year 10 & 12 students have been offered the opportunity to take part in virtual courses led by Eton College as part of their EtonX programme which aims to create students who are great communicators, great collaborators, adaptable, resilient and creative. EtonX delivers courses that aim to bridge the gap between academic success and life in the real world.

Finally, our Year 11 and 13 students face one of the biggest academic challenges this year as they prepare for external exams. Students follow a strict programme of homework and exam preparation. Students will be offered support, guidance and additional revision as we ensure they are able to complete their exam courses successfully. The first round of mock exams have just been completed and students should use their results to guide their revision programme.

What follows is guidance from each subject area on their courses for the remainder of the Advent term. Students should use this guidance to ensure that they stretch and challenge themselves to produce their very best work both in college and at home.

Best wishes

Paul Dickinson
Head Teacher

In English, the best way to achieve high marks is to be able to make links with other texts and use sophisticated vocabulary.  The best way to do this is to read, read, read and every now and again watch a video or YouTube clip.

Here are a few ideas to help challenge you to become even better English student.  This work should be completed alongside the work your teacher sets you on Google Classrooms.

Year 7

Year 7 are currently studying The Hunger Games.  This is a dystopian novel.  Other dystopian novels include:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Rain by Virginia Bergin
  • The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
  • Breathe by Sarah Crossan
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (first in the Chaos Walking trilogy)

Choose a novel from the list above.  As you read look for comparisons between this text and The Hunger Games.  How do they meet the criteria of a dystopian novel?  Look carefully at character, setting and plot.  What do they share and how are they different?

Year 8

Year 8 are currently studying OF Mice and Men, a story set at the time of the Great Depression in America.  Students will have looked briefly at the social and historical context of this novel and this could be further developed by creating a project about this time period. 

Try and include details on:

  • Major events that happened during this time period
  • The Wall Street Crash, The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl
  • The effects of this on the people who were living in America
  • Research stories of people who travelled to California in search of work
  • Unemployment and homelessness
  • Include photographs and stories.

To extend this further, you could watch a film called ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ – this is an old black and white film but shows the live of people during this time.  It is also a book written by Steinbeck so if you really want to challenge yourself why not read this next.

Year 9

Year 9 students are currently working on descriptive and narrative writing. 

Write a story where you imagine that you (or a character) have found a hidden door into a magical world. 

  • Describe the room or place in the ‘real’ world in detail before moving on to describe the hidden door or portal.
  • Then describe your journey through the door and the world that you find on the other side.
  • Use all the language features and structural features we have looked at in this unit of work to write an imaginative short story.
  • Challenge yourself to write in no more than 500 words.  The best stories could be entered into the BBC Two Five Hundred Word Challenge after Christmas.  Use their website for inspiration.

Year 10 and Year 11

To help you with your literature exam. Consider critical approaches to the texts you have been studying.  Research the following people:

  • Sigmund Freud
  • Nietzsche
  • Aristotle

Make brief notes on each.  What were their key ideas?

Now think about these ideas in relation to the texts you have studied.  How would each interpret the main themes of the following texts:

  • Macbeth
  • An Inspector Calls
  • A Christmas Carol

All maths students looking for extra practise or to challenge themselves further can log onto vle.mathswatch.co.uk and click on the ‘My Progress’ tab. Any issues with login details please email info@beck.uk.com

  • Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 should set the Qualification filter to ‘KS3’ and students in Years 10 and 11 should set it to ‘GCSE’.
  • After finding the topic that they want to study (see below for each year group) they then click on the grey bar below ‘Interactive Questions’ to access the activities.
  • Each topic has a set of Standard Questions and Harder Questions. Completing every question correctly turns the bar green and earns them a ‘Mastered Skill’ star. The goal is to earn as many stars as they possibly can.

If at any point your child gets stuck then each question is accompanied by a video explanation that they must watch.

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10

Students should use the search bar to find the topic that they are currently learning in lesson or anything that they have been taught in the past. If your child is not sure what topic to search for then they can ask their teacher who will direct them.

Year 11

Students studying for the Foundation GCSE exam should use the Grade filter to work through every topic in order starting from grade 1 so that they can master the basics.

Students studying for the Higher GCSE exam have been told by their teacher which grade to start from and they should then use the Grade filter to work through every topic in order

Sixth Form GCSE

Students should use the Grade filter to work through every topic in order starting from grade 1 so that they can master the basics.

A-Level

Students should try exam papers using other exam boards and older specifications. This will help to extend their problem-solving skills and allow them to see topics presented in different ways. The website physicsandmathstutor.com has a search function which allows them to find past papers.

They can also look at Dr Frost PowerPoints on topics we have covered and attempt extension questions for which solutions are provided.

Students learning Science at KS3 can use BBC Bitesize to support and extend their learning. You could also try the quizzes at Doc Brown’s science website.

www.docbrown.info/ks3science.htm

Year 7 : Cells & variation

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znyycdm

Year 8

Students learning Science at KS3 can use BBC Bitesize to support and extend their learning. You could also try the quizzes at Doc Brown’s science website.

www.docbrown.info/ks3science.htm

Year 8 : Body systems – digestion & breathing

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf339j6

Year 9

Students learning Science at KS3 can use BBC Bitesize to support and extend their learning. You could also try the quizzes at Doc Brown’s science website.

www.docbrown.info/ks3science.htm

Year 9 : Waves

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zw982hv

Year 10

Biology : Visit www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zs8y4qt/revision/1  and watch the video. Read the information and have a go at the mini test

Chemistry : Read the 6 revision guides, complete the 5 tests and watch 2 videos on structure and bonding www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z33rrwx.

Physics : Research a specific type of renewable energy resource in more detail and create a presentation about it. Hand this in to your physics teacher or Mrs McConvery for a reward.

Year 11

Biology : Research an unusual animal or plant that interests you. Find out how it is adapted to live in its environment. Hand this in to Mrs McConvery for a reward.

Chemistry : Read this article on fracking and its impacts

www.wired.co.uk/article/what-is-fracking

Physics : Create a series of revision flash cards about waves and their properties.

Year 12

Biology : Research and compare the gas exchange systems in fish, insects and mammals. What are the similarities and differences? Hand in to Mrs McConvery for a reward.

Chemistry : Read the article on hydrocarbon chemistry

www2.chemistry.msu.edu/faculty/reusch/virttxtjml/chapt5.htm

Physics : Research Huygen’s principle of waves.

Year 12 BTEC Applied Science : www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-the-Nervous-System.aspx Read the article on the nervous system

Year 13

Biology : Write an essay on the importance of Biological Molecules. Use knowledge from both y12 and y13.

Chemistry : Read the article and answer the questions within it stereochemistry www3.fed.cuhk.edu.hk/chemistry/files/ChiralDrug.pdf

Physics : Assuming the density of the Earth is uniform prove that an object falling through an evacuated tube through the centre of the Earth would exhibit SHM.  Hence calculate the time the reach Australia! You will need to use Newton’s law of gravity.

Year 13 BTEC Applied Science : www.cancerresearchuk.org/what-is-cancer/body-systems-and-cancer/the-lymphatic-system-and-cancer Read the article and watch video on the lymphatic system and cancer.

Years 7, 8 & 9

MFL students looking to challenge themselves should try the excellent app www.quizlet.com . It's also a website, totally free! Search a quiz on your current topic and it will challenge you to learn new vocabulary and improve your accuracy. To stretch yourselves try looking up tasks on your current topic on GCSE Bitesize.

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2nygk7  this half term are:

Year 7 : Family & descriptions

Year 8 : Holidays

Year 9 : Technology

As we approach Christmas, think about learning how it is celebrated differently in other countries. Can you complete this challenge? Best answers to each MFL teacher please....

  1. What is a Roscón de Reyes?
  2. When do the French usually eat their Christmas dinner?

Years 10 & 11

As students work through the GCSE course, work set by their teachers is a minimum requirement. Using websites, revision guides and apps should become a regular part of their weekly work. For this half term try GCSE Bitesize, 

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z98jmp3  French in a Click

www.frenchinaclick.com/  or Conjuguemos www.conjuguemos.com  Try some exam questions, challenge yourself to learn 10 new words a day and read tips from examiners. There are also links to see what's happening in France and Spain at the moment.

Year 12 & 13

To challenge themselves students should try exam papers from other exam boards. This will help to extend your vocabulary. Challenge yourself to try Pearson & WJEC this half term. Don't forget to ask your teachers for film recommendations too. Keep up to date with current affairs in France (France 24) www.france24.com/fr/france/ & Spain (RTVE) www.rtve.es/

Years 7, 8 & 9

History students looking to challenge themselves should try the excellent app "Quizlet". It's also a website, totally free! Search a quiz on your current topic and it will challenge you to learn new vocabulary and improve your accuracy. Topics this half term are:

Year 7 : Anglo Saxons/1066/Norman invasion

Year 8 : The Tudors

Year 9 : Trenchlife/The Western Life

As we approach Christmas, think about learning how it ….

  1. How was it celebrated in the middle Ages?
  2. Who banned Christmas in the 17th century?
  3. What was special about Christmas 1914?

Year 10 & 11

As students work through the GCSE course, work set by their teachers is a minimum requirement. Using websites, revision guides and apps should become a regular part of their weekly work. For this half term try GCSE Bitesize, Get Revising, BBC teach videos on You Tube. Try some exam questions, look at mark schemes and read tips from examiners.

Year 12 & 13

To challenge themselves students should undertake wider reading and make use of the Departmental Key stage 5 library. Students should practice exam questions.

Years 7, 8 & 9

The topics we are studying in geography this term at KS3 are:

Year 7-Geographical Connections: Africa and map skills

Year 8- Ecosystems

Year 9- Risky world and Rivers

We recommend watching documentaries to develop understanding and using the bbc bitesize website: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrw76sg

Documentaries:

Africa- David Attenborough

Severn World's one planet- David Attenborough

Year 10 & 11

To enhance students' geographical knowledge, we recommend reading around the subject and using watching related videos. The time for geography website has a range of videos relating to the topics studied at GCSE.

www.timeforgeography.co.uk/videos_list/ecosystems/

Current topics this term:

Year 10- Natural Hazards

Year 11- Development

Year 12 & 13

A level students must be reading around the subject to challenge themselves and develop their understanding. Extra reading is provided on google classroom by class teachers. In addition there are a number of documentaries and video clips they can watch;

www.timeforgeography.co.uk/videos_list/ecosystems/

One strange rock- Will Smith (National Geographic)

Climate change the facts- David Attenborough

Books:

The Almighty Dollar- Dharshni David

Prisoners of Geography- Tim Marshall

Factfulness- Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans Rosling, and Ola Rosling

Topics studied this term:

Year 12- Water and Carbon & Global Governance

Year 13- NEA research and Global Governance

Years 7, 8 & 9

Students in this key stage follow the Archdiocesan prescribed course People of God.

In year 7 students will be studying topics found in units 1 and 2 which relate to community, truth, Trinity, nature of God and the Kingdom of God as well as a reflection upon the meaning of Advent and Christmas. Students would normally have the opportunity to visit the Cathedral for the annual Advent service but due to COVID 19 restrictions this is not possible in December 2020.

In year 8 students will be studying topics found in units 1 and 2 which relate to diversity, culture, Jesus the Jew, Judaism, promises, Commandments and covenant, with a reference towards Advent and Christmas.

In year 9 students will be studying topics found in units 1 and 2 which relate to faith, creation theories both scientific and Biblical, Problem of and response to Evil, as opportunity to consolidate the meaning of Advent and Christmas. Students are able to make progress by completing weekly homework set for them on Google classroom – here they can also access revision materials.

Classroom learning this half term will be reinforced by students accessing in their own time recommended websites such as: BBC Bitesize Religious Studies (years 7, 8 and 9) Truetube.co.uk (Years 7, 8 and 9) iStudybells Judaism (Year 8) Because of the COVID 19 situation, students will have opportunity to reflect on the meaning of and message of Christmas through material provided from Chaplaincy and the RE department which will be used during form period time as we enter the season of Advent.

Also students will be asked to support the initiative to bring in an item/s of food or toy which will support vulnerable families this Christmas.

Years 10 & 11

In year 10 students will be studying topics found in unit 2 of Paper 1 Catholic Christianity concerning Practices of the religion which include sacraments, worship, prayer, pilgrimage, Catholic Social Teaching, mission and evangelization.

In year 11 students will be reviewing their mock examination performance to enable them to identify areas of study they need to improve on. During this half term, they will be studying topics found in unit 2 of Paper 3, Judaism concerning Practices of the religion which include worship, sacred scripture, prayer, festivals and features of the synagogue.

Students are able to make progress by completing weekly homework set for them on Google classroom – here they can also access revision materials, course syllabus and exemplars of modelled responses to GCSE questions. Students are also encouraged to purchase revision guides from student services.

Classroom learning this half term will be reinforced by students accessing in their own time recommended websites such as: BBC Bitesize Religious Studies (Papers 1,2 &3) Truetube.co.uk (Papers 1,2 &3) MrMcMillanREvis (Papers 1&2) iStudybells Judaism (Paper 3)

As our blended learning programme develops, additional resources will be added via the Google classroom platform to include podcasts and voiceovers to PowerPoint presentations. Because of the COVID 19 situation, students will have opportunity to reflect on the meaning of and message of Christmas through material provided from Chaplaincy and the RE department which will be used during form period time as we enter the season of Advent. Also students will be asked to support the initiative to bring in an item/s of food or toy which will support vulnerable families this Christmas.

Years 7,8 & 9

Art students looking to challenge themselves should try the excellent apps Youdoodle, Tayasui sketches APP, Pinterest & Typedrawriting and TATEkids, The Walker Art gallery virtual art and This is Colossal  websites.

Topics this half term are:

Year 7 : Formal elements   Look at some YouTube videos

Year 8 : Portraits   Go to The National portrait museum website

Year 9 : Figures and observational drawin YSP  the Yorkshire sculpture park

As we approach Christmas, think about learning colours associated with Christmas.

an you complete this challenge? Best answers to each Art teacher please....

  1. What is a Formal element? What is currently on exhibition at The Tate Liverpool?

Years 10 & 11

As students work through the GCSE course, work set by their teachers is a minimum requirement. Using websites, assessment objective guides, AQA exam boards and apps should become a regular part of their weekly work. For this half term try GCSE Bitesize, Access art Royal Academy of Arts. Try YouTube art techniques video’s and challenge yourself to learn one new technique per week. There are also links to see what's happening in The Tate Liverpool and The Walker Art gallery at the moment.

Year 12 & 13

To challenge themselves students should look at the examples on the AQA exam board websites. This will help to extend your knowledge of the expectations of the Assessment objectives. To complete 1 skills board per week. Don't forget to ask your teachers for film recommendations too.  Netflix Banksy documentary, More4 Greyson Perry’s art club, The Great Pottery Throw Down and Sky Arts channel documentaries. Keep up to date with changes or new up, coming designers and fashion graduates. For your personal investigation component 1 use the following   Social fabric- on Redbull TV, V&A museum and the website “This is Colossal” website.

Years 7,8 & 9

Food students looking to challenge themselves should try the following websites Foodfact of life, Change 4 life, Inside the Factory programme and the APP Sugar swaps are totally free! Search a quiz on your current topic and it will challenge you to learn new vocabulary and improve your accuracy. Topics this half term are:

Year 7 :  Eatwell guide, healthy eating, hidden sugars and cooking skills

Year 8 : Nutrients, seasonality and cooking skills

Year 9 :   Compare nutritional needs of specific groups , Food Safety legislation and Home cooking

As we approach Christmas, think about learning how it is celebrated differently in other countries. Can you complete this challenge? Best answers to each Art teacher please....

  1. What foods are eaten and cooked around Christmas?
  2. What foods are in season around Christmas time?

Years 10 & 11

As students work through the WJEC Hospitality and Catering GCSE course, work set by their teachers is a minimum requirement. Using websites, revision guides and apps should become a regular part of their weekly work. For this half term try GCSE Bitesize, Nutrition.org and Food a fact of life. Try some exam questions, challenge yourself to learn a day and read tips from examiners

Years 12 & 13

To challenge themselves students should look at the examples on the exam board websites. This will help to extend your knowledge of the expectations of the Assessment objectives. To complete 1 skills board per week. Don't forget to ask your teachers for film recommendations too. Keep up to date with changes within the Hospitality and Catering industries.

Years 7, 8 & 9

Product design students looking to challenge themselves should try the excellent apps, Industrial Design 2016. An app exclusively available on Google Play, Industrial Design 2016 offers several up-to-date designs to inspire product designers, Red Dot Design App. @reddot, iF DESIGN,YTD. Behance, Learn Design Sketching, Concepts: Smarter Sketching, Design & CAD for Architecture and Illustration, Morpholio Trace.

Topics this half term are:

Year 7 : Puppets and toys- moving parts  Technologystudent.com

Year 8 : Structures

Year 9 : Automata- Mechanical systems

As we approach Christmas, think about the different materials Christmas trees can be made from. Can you complete this challenge? Best answers to each DT teacher please....

  1. What is a design movement?
  2. Find out about the history of Lego

Year 10 & 11

As students work through the AQA GCSE course for past examples, work set by their teachers is a minimum requirement. Using websites, revision guides and apps should become a regular part of their weekly work. For this half term try GCSE Bitesize and access Pearsons construction resources. Try some exam questions, challenge yourself to learn a day and read tips from examiners.   Watch How it’s made and How it works.

Years 7,8 & 9

Textiles students looking to challenge themselves should try the excellent app on Google play is called TEXTILE

Topics this half term are:

Year 7 :   Abstract art and drawstring bag, natural fibres

Year 8 :   Winter fleece hats

Year 9 : GCSE Fashion taster themed project

As we approach Christmas, think about Christmas themed textiles decorations you could make for your Christmas tree.

Can you complete this challenge? Best answers to each Textiles teacher please....

  1. Name a natural fibre and say where it comes from?
  2. Name a British fashion designer?

Years 10 & 11

As students work through the GCSE course, work set by their teachers is a minimum requirement. Using websites, assessment objective guides, EDUQAS exam boards and apps should become a regular part of their weekly work. For this half term try GCSE Bitesize, or   WWW.textileartist.org. Try YouTube sketchbook and textiles video’s and challenge yourself to learn one new technique per week. There are also links to see what's happening in The Tate Liverpool and The Walker Art gallery at the moment.

Years 12 & 13

To challenge themselves students should look at the examples on the Eduqas exam board websites. This will help to extend your knowledge of the expectations of the Assessment objectives. To complete 1 skills board per week. Don't forget to ask your teachers for film recommendations too.  Netflix and BBC I Player DIOR and Alexander McQueen and Sky Arts channel documentaries. Keep up to date with changes or new up, coming designers and fashion graduates. For  your personal investigation component 1 use the following   Social fabric- on Redbull TV, V&A museum and the website “This is Colossal”.

Years 7,8 & 9

All year 7, 8 and 9 students are given a challenge question on the lesson handout each lesson.

Students can also use the PowerPoints uploaded to Google Classroom to refresh their knowledge of the different topics and sub-topics within the areas they studying.

To further enhance their knowledge and computing skills students can use the following websites and online coding platforms.

scrath.mit.edu

BBC Bitesize – computing

www.tutorialspoint.com/execute_python_online.php

Years 10 & 11

As students work through the vocational GCSE course, work set by their teachers is a minimum requirement. Using websites, revision guides, student workbooks and revision presentations which are all located on google classroom should become a regular part of their weekly work.

Students can also use YouTube clips on the different topics in class to gain a deeper understanding of the subject and the impact on businesses.

Years 12 & 13

To challenge themselves students should use exam papers and revision guides which have been produced to complete revision on given topics in class.  A level students also have access to Dynamic Learning which gives the students the opportunity to develop independence by using the online material and examination tools to revise.  Students also have designated course websites produced by the staff within the department to work independently on the coursework tasks for the vocational A Level across Business, IT, Travel and Media.

For all Year Groups

Click on the link below to discover a variety of differentiated workouts.

www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Set yourself 20 minutes per day, beginning at 3 times per week to complete a Joe Wicks workout.

Endorphins will be released which will make you ‘feel good’ and lead to a good mental well-being. It will help you focus and support learning and brain function.

www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/

If you don’t fancy a Joe Wicks workout, how about the NHS ‘Couch to 5K’ challenge.

Year 10 & 11

You are due to be sitting your ‘Risks in Sport’ examination on 11th January 2021. Get ahead of the game with your revision by completing the more challenging examinations questions.

These can be found on a new google classroom that has been set up for HAP’s students. New questions will be regularly uploaded. Hand work into your class teacher to be marked

Years 10-13

Revision Techniques

Use the Cornell note taking method to make notes on the content of your study. 

>Use for Revision purposes.

Watch this YouTube clip to understand how to create your notes.

Cornell Note taking method

Years 12 & 13

You have access to ‘Answer Perfect’, you should be accessing this resource on a weekly basis to broaden your knowledge and understanding. Please email Mr Rowland or Mr Stirling if you need your login details.

www.answerperfect.co.uk/

James Morris – Topic support

Click on the link below to view videos on a variety of topics covered on the A Level specification. Great tool for revision or to secure learning from the lesson.

www.youtube.com/channel/UCChU8cYZY5xpQ7pBIklu3Xw

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