Student Challenge Newsletter Lent Term 2021

Welcome to the second edition of our new Student Challenge Newsletter. Once again, as a college community we have been confronted with extraordinary circumstances as we began this Lent term working from home. Our students continue to work enormously hard and have been a credit to themselves, their families and the college community as a whole. We 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 such as we have faced since our return from the Christmas break. 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 an ongoing programme of exciting opportunities for our students. Our Year 7 & 8 students have now started their projects as part of the Head Teacher’s Challenge Award. We have been amazed at the quality of project titles chosen which demonstrate ingenuity, independence and critical thinking skills. Added to this is how our students have adapted to producing their projects largely from home as we have moved towards increased home schooling. Teams meetings have helped to support our students to learn new research skills as well as working towards their 1000 word project. Our Oxplore sessions led by Oxford University will also be delivered virtually and will help students develop analytical thinking. Needless to say, we are enormously proud with how our students have risen to the challenge.

Our Year 9 students have now began their academically challenging project as part of The Brilliant Club’s Scholars Programme. To date, our group of 12 students have participated in university style tutorials with their PHD tutor in which they are analysing the effect of climate change on glaciers. This is a highly academically challenging opportunity for our students with the prospect of having their project published online.

We have students in Years 10 & 13 who have started their programme of study on the Aspire 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 and Cambridge. Furthermore, Year 10 & 12 students have completed the first in a series of 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. These courses are self-study and once again our students have demonstrated true grit and determination by completing courses ahead of schedule.

Finally, our Year 11 and 13 students face one of the biggest academic challenges this year as they prepare for external exams with the very real challenge of beginning this term with their courses continuing online. Again they have shown resilience and motivation under exceptional circumstances. What follows is guidance from each subject area on their courses for the remainder of the Lent 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. Any students wishing to get involved should contact Mrs Stirling stirlingc@beck.uk.com.

Best wishes
Paul Dickinson
Head Teacher

This half term we have been offering our students a blend of on remote learning lessons and live TEAMS lessons.  Every week students are expected to complete all the work set for them on Google classrooms and attend a minimum of two live lessons.  The lessons each day help students build knowledge and understanding which they will then demonstrate in their end of week assessment.  This is handed in and marked by their teacher.

Key Stage Three

Topics for you to master this half term:

  • Year 7 Gothic Horror
  • Year 8 Language of Warfare
  • Year 9 Oliver Twist

These topics can be extended at home by trying some of the activities below:

  • Year 7 Gothic Horror

We have looked at a number of different extracts over this half term.  Why not challenge yourself to read a full text? 

  • Dracula Bram Stoker
  • Frankenstein Mary Shelly
  • Woman in Black Susan Hill

Develop your knowledge and understanding f this genre by taking part in the Oak National Academy lessons.  Just look for the topic Gothic Horror – there are 14 extra lessons on a number of different texts – why not challenge yourself to complete them all?

BBC Bitesize has a fabulous section on Gothic Literature.  There a number of different activities for you to complete, including writing your own gothic horror short story.  Why not write your own short story in this style? 

Year 8 Language of Warfare

As an extension of the work already carried out why not take the opportunity to develop your understanding of the Holocaust and the literature that has been written about this period of history.

We have just had Holocaust Memorial Day so there a number of documentaries on Sky and BBC Catch Up that can be watched to help develop your understanding.  For example   - The Windermere Children, the story of a group of Jewish children who found safety in Windermere.

There are a number of texts that are a ‘must’ read:

  • Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  • The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
  • The Book Thief – Mark Zusak

Or watch

  • Schindler’s List
  • The Pianist
  • Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas
  • The Book Thief

Year 9 Oliver Twist

We have looked at a number of different extracts from the text over this half term.  Why not challenge yourself to read the full text? 

Other Charles Dicken’s novels:

  • Great Expectations
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Hard Times

BBC Bitesize has a small section on Oliver Twist.  There a number of different activities for you to complete, including s detailed look at how Dicken’s creates sympathy for some of the main characters.

Oak Academy has a series of lessons on Oliver Twist – why not challenge to complete them all?

This site has numerous books and articles that will help further develop your understanding of the text.

Key Stage Four

Topics for you to master this half term:

Year 10 – A Christmas Carol and Language Paper 1 Section B (Creative Writing)

Year 11 - Language Paper 1 Section A (Reading) and Macbeth / An Inspector Calls
These topics can be extended at home by trying some of the activities below:

  • Learn your quotes.  Challenge yourself to learn 10 key quotes for each character.
  • To improve your vocabulary and reading skills take a look at the web site – 10 Minute Book Club www.english.ox.ac.uk/ten-minute-book-club - this site has lots of different examples of extracts and articles you can expect to find in the exam.  Why not take the time to download a selection, test your understanding and take the time to look up any new vocabulary that you have not met before.
  • You Tube – as you know there are hundreds of clips / tutorials / videos that will support the texts you are studying this half term.  Take the time to watch – further developing your understanding.
  • Carry out your own research.  Remember An Inspector Calls was written in 1945 but is set in 1912.  What do you know about these periods of history?  Help develop your historical and social understanding by creating a fact file of key events / attitudes / politics and society.  You can do exactly the same for The Jacobean Period (Macbeth).  This will all help towards your AO3 mark.

Useful websites

  • BBC Bitesize
  • The British Library
  • The 10 Minute Book Club
  • The Oak Academy

For KS5

Years 12 and 13.

Useful websites for wider reading:

  • British Library - www.bl.uk
  • Cross Ref notes
  • Tess articles -http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english

Extension reading:

Tragedy - Shakespeare texts

  • Hamlet
  • King Lear

Social and Political protest

  • 1984 by George Orwell,
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury,
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

See Miss Mangan's book suggestions on Google Classroom and continue to share yours.

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.

Our science lessons this term have started online and there is a mixture of live TEAMS lessons and work being set on Teams/Google classroom. Students are encouraged to participate in their lessons as fully as they can and complete any challenge tasks their teachers set within these.

Year 7-9

Topics for you to master:

Year 7 : Separating mixtures

Periodic table & metals and non-metals

Year 8 : Wave properties

Earth structure

Earth resources

Year 9 : Chemical energy & types of reactions

Photosynthesis

Respiration

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

GCSE Science

Topics to master this term:

Biology: Y10: Organising plants and animals

Y11: Reproduction ,Variation, evolution and genetics

Chemistry: Y10: chemical calculations

Y11: Chemical analysis

Physics: Y10: electricity, molecules and matter

Y11: electromagnetic waves

Visit BBC Bitesize and use the revision materials and quizzes to extend your learning. Don’t forget that we follow AQA Combined Science Trilogy.

Every topic is listed so choose the relevant ones.

Use the website Seneca to help improve your independent study skills by completing revision tasks.

Here is an extra revision challenge linked to previous learning in Physics: Watch the videos listed and then make a velocity-time graph for the fall.

Consider air resistance, gravitational field strength and terminal velocities.

Could an astronaut jump from orbit?

Sixth form science

The focus this term to challenge and extend yourself is to read some articles around your subject to broaden your vocabulary and scientific literacy. Some suggestions are given below. For Physics it is a good opportunity to have a go at a challenging mathematical problem.

Year 12 BTEC Applied Science

Topics to master this term: the musculoskeletal system.

Read the article from The WHO www.who.int And NHS www.england.nhs.uk

Year 13 BTEC Applied Science

Topics to master this term: Diffusion of molecules.

Read the websites: astarbiology.com/cie/3-1-diffusion

www.courses.lumenlearning.com

Year 12 Biology

Topics to master: Mass transport and the immune system

Read the article:

www.immunology.org

Year 13 Biology

Topics to master: genetics

Read the article :

www.nature.com

Year 12 Chemistry

Topics to master this term: Alcohols

Read the articles:

www.ethicsandtechnology.eu

www.greenfacts.org

Year 13 Chemistry

Topics to master this term: Aromatic chemistry

Read the articles:

www.alevelchemistry.co.uk

Year 12 and 13 Physics

Topics to master this term: electricity

If all the resistors are 1 ohm, what is the total resistance?

RE

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 3 and 4 which relate to the concept of “Who is Jesus?” and “What are the signs of Catholic identity?” There is also a focus on and reflection upon the meaning of Lent and Advent.

Students would normally have opportunity to take part in a service of reconciliation led by a local clergy member but due to COVID 19 this is not possible.

In year 8 students will be studying topics found in units 3 and 4 which relate to “Why do we celebrate?” and “what will I do with my life?” also with a reference towards Lent and Easter.

In year 9 students will be studying topics found in units 3 and 4 which relate to “is all life of value?” and “are there limits to forgiveness?”, and opportunity to consolidate the their own understanding and meaning of Lent and Easter.

Students are able to make progress by completing weekly tasks set for them on Google classroom and Microsoft Teams – as well as being able to 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 Lent and Easter through material provided from Chaplaincy and the RE department which will be used during form period time as we enter the season of Lent. Students would normally have opportunity to receive ashes in school on Ash Wednesday to mark the beginning of Lent but again due to COVID 19 support material and reflections will be provided on the learning platform to inform students about the beginning of the journey towards Easter.

Key stage 4 – years 10 & 11

In year 10 students will be studying topics found in unit 3 and 4 of Paper 1 Catholic Christianity concerning Sources of Wisdom and Authority and Forms of worship and expression.

In year 11 students will be studying topics found in Philosophy and ethics that include the Existence of God and Marriage and family life in the 21st century.

Students in years 10 and 11 are able to make progress by completing work set for them on Microsoft Teams 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 Lent.

Our MFL lessons began this term online and students have participated fabulously in the TEAMS lessons and via the remote learning tasks. Every lesson includes a challenge task and questioning which encourages students to think and step out of their comfort zone.

Years 7-9

Topics for you to master this term:

Year 7: School & Describing your home

Year 8: Free time/sports & shopping

Year 9 : Technology & free time

These topics can be extended at home by trying some of the activities below:

  • Learn 5- 10 new words each week related to your current topic. Look at words covered in your lesson and use websites apps such as Duolingo to improve vocabulary acquisition.
  • You tube has some excellent, challenging and often funny clips. Try “Learn Spanish with Basho”
  • Try interactive apps/websites which encourage learning through engagement and interaction. Try Kahoot, Seneca, Quizlet, Blooket, Quizizz & Memrise. Search for your current topic, find a quiz and as you practice the words through the different activities you will improve your knowledge!
  • BBC Bitesize has a fabulous Key Stage 3 section with self-marking activities which encourages independence and resilience, give them a try perhaps once a week

GCSE French and Spanish (Years 10 & 11)

Topics for you to master this term:

Year 10 : Travel & Tourism

Year 11 : Education, Work & Careers. Exam Preparation.

These topics can be extended at home by trying some of the activities below:

  • Learn 10-20 new words each week either related to your current topic or general vocabulary. The reading and listening papers test our vocabulary so the more words you know and recognise the better. Use some fun apps and websites to challenge your vocabulary learning. Try Kahoot, Seneca, Quizlet, Blooket, Quizizz & Memrise.
  • To challenge your learning skills You Tube has an enormous range of clips many of which can be viewed with or without subtitles. Search your current topic and look for a short clip, don’t worry about understanding every word, if you can briefly summarise what you have watched that’s a good start!
  • Equally some new ideas to try at home. “Coffee Break French or Spanish” offers podcasts to help extend listening skills

www.radiolingua.com/coffeebreakfrench

www.radiolingua.com/coffeebreakspanish

  • BBC Bitesize is fully updated for the GCSE courses. It is a one stop shop for everything you need to challenge your language learning. Our exam board is AQA but all 3 exam boards will have many activities that will extend your knowledge of French or Spanish.

Travel & Tourism :

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zd6y8xs/revision/1

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/znv6bdm/revision/1

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zjngqp3/revision/1

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/z7twpg8/revision/1

A Level French & Spanish (Years 12 & 13)

Topics for you to master this term and materials that will extend your learning:
French : use the app France 24 to keep up to date with currents affairs related to our topics of  strikes, demonstrations, politics/immigration. Use You Tube to search clips that will extend your listening skills. Seneca, quizlet and memrise will extend your vocabulary learning. The website “News in Slow French” has been updated with additional challenge materials for advanced level courses

www.newsinslowfrench.com/home/news/advanced

For a more challenging read try :

www.lemonde.fr

Spanish : watching the news is always top of our list of activities that will help your Spanish and will challenge you. Try some of the websites below:

www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/telediario/?origen=app

www.marca.com/podcast.html?intcmp=MENUMIGA&s_kw=podcasts

www.diariosur.es

Film & Literature Challenge: www.webinarioilch.com

Family Foreign Language Activities at home

Learning a foreign language is a skill which appears on many parents wish lists. Try teaching your older family members some basic language skills to motivate your enthusiasm. Try making a power point of basic language in Spanish or French to teach another family member. Create your own “Get by in Spanish/French” power point!
As we approach Easter teach your family about the differences between Easter celebrations in the Uk and in Spain/France.

Watching foreign language films has never been easier with both Netflix and Amazon having a variety of titles available (please refer to age restrictions and parental consent)

Some recommended titles:

The African Doctor (Netflix) PG rating, comedy drama in French with subtitles
Anelka misunderstood (Netflix) PG rating, sports documentary in French with subtitles
Antoine Griezmann : The making of a Legend (Netflix) PG rating, sports documentary in French with subtitles

Zipi y Zape y la isla del capitán (Netflix) PG rating, animated film in Spanish with subtitles

Book of Life (Disney+/Amazon Prime video) U rating, animated film in Spanish with subtitles

History lessons began this term online and our young Historians have participated in the TEAMS lessons and via the remote learning tasks. Lessons include a challenge task and questioning which encourages our Historians to think about key questions, assess the proposed evidence and complete their overall objective.

Years 7-9

Topics you will study this half term:

Year 7: Medieval Religion and the Crusades

Year 8: The English Civil War

Year 9: Hitler’s foreign policy and life in Nazi Germany

These topics can be extended at home by trying some of the activities below:

  • Learn about key individual and their role in the topic being studied.
  • Learn 5 -10 key words/valiant Vocabulary each week related to your current topic
  • You tube has some excellent clips. Try “History lessons with Miss Fagan” or BBC Teach
  • Try interactive apps/websites which encourage learning through engagement and interaction.
  • BBC Bitesize has a fabulous Key Stage 3 section with self-marking activities which encourages independence and resilience, give them a try perhaps once a week

GCSE History (Years 10 & 11)

Topics for you to master this term:

Year 10: Medicine (Renaissance)

Year 11: Germany (Weimar and the rise of Adolf Hitler)

These topics can be extended at home by trying some of the activities below:

  • Learn 10 -20 key words/valiant Vocabulary each week either related to your current topic or the paper in general. Each lesson has a key word/valiant vocabulary section.
  • You Tube has an enormous range of clips. Search your current topic and look for a short clip.

Worcester Jonny and Oversimplied are good starters

  • BBC Bitesize is fully updated for the GCSE courses.
  • Get revising is a website that is free to join with lots of resources for GCSE courses.
  • Our exam board is Edexcel.

A Level History (Years 12 & 13)

Materials that will extend your learning:

  • Get revising is a website that is free to join with lots of resources for A level courses.
  • Start reading some of the recommended texts

BRITISH PAPER

  • S J Lee, Aspects of British Political History 1914-1995 Routledge, 1998
  • N Lowe, Mastering Modern Britain, Palgrave, 1998
  • A Marr, A History of Modern Britain, Macmillan, 2007
  • A Mayer, Women in Britain 1900-2000, Hodder, 2002

Visual Sources

USA PAPER

  • P Boyer, American History: A Very Short Introduction, OUP, 2012
  • P Clements, Prosperity, Depression and the New Deal, Hodder, 2005
  • R Dallek, Hail to the Chief, Oxford University Press, 1996
  • J Diggins, The Proud Decades 1941-60, Norton, 1989

Visual sources

www.avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/20th.asp

www.amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory

www.backstoryradio.org

www.archives.gov/exhibits

Family History Activities at home

We always hear how as people get older their interest in History grows. Try teaching your older family members some information from the topic you are studying to motivate your enthusiasm. Watching documentaries and History based films has never been easier with specific History channels available now and both Netflix and Amazon having a variety of titles available (please refer to age restrictions and parental consent).

Thank you to the students who are working hard and engaging with the remote learning. You are doing a fantastic job.

KS3

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

Year 7-UK physical landscapes- glaciation & coasts

Year 8- Ecosystems

Year 9- Coastal landscapes

To enhance your geographical understanding you could;

  • You could use the BBC bitesize website where there is lots of information and quizzes to test your knowledge; www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrw76sg
  • We recommend watching documentaries to develop understanding such as:
    Severn World's one planet- David Attenborough, Blue planet coasts- David Attenborough, Frozen Planet-David Attenborough, Coast series on BBC2.
  • Keep a glossary of geographical terminology and test yourself.
  • Apply your geography to the world around you by plotting different routes and going on a walk to explore your local area.

KS4

Current topics this term:

Year 10- The Living world Ecosystems

Year 11- Natural Resources

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/
  • Complete quizzes on the internet geography website; www.internetgeography.net/geography-quizzes/
  • Follow ‘geography_cat’ on Instagram for short revision flash cards.
  • Create flash cards.
  • Watch documentaries such as; A Perfect Planet- David Attenborough.

KS5
Topics studied this term:
Year 12- Natural Hazards and Changing Places
Year 13- NEA research, Coastal landscapes and Urban Issues
To enhance your knowledge:

  • A level students must be reading around the subject to challege 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, A Perfect Planet- David Attenborough
  • Read some geographically related books: The Almighty Dollar- Dharshni David, Prisoners of Geography- Tim Marshall, Factfulness- Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans Rosling, and Ola Rosling

Use your local area to start exploring the geographical links and begin planning your NEA research

Computing

Our computing lessons began this term online and students have participated fabulously in the TEAMS lessons and via the remote learning tasks. Every lesson includes a challenge task and questioning which encourages students to think and step out of their comfort zone. All students across years 7,8 and 9 have been offered a weekly computing lessons looking at coding and creating fun games using software such as scratch. This has enabled them to be creative and think outside the box.

Years 7-9

Topics for you to master this term:

Year 7: Coding using Scratch

Year 8:  Computer networks and coding with Scratch

Year 9 : Computer networks and coding with Scratch

These topics can be extended at home by trying some of the activities below:

Logging onto https://scratch.mit.edu/ and explore the different games that can be created and look at the code behind the game.

Years 10 and 11 Business, IT, Travel and Media

Topics for you to master this term:

Year 10 Business: The students have been working on the following topics, Business finance which includes; types of financial documents, different types of payment, costs, revenues and profits, income statements, statements of financial position including assets and liabilities and ratio analysis.

Year 10 IT: Students are working on a coursework unit to design and develop a User Interface. Throughout the planning process they have been given the opportunity to develop their skills to critically think about what is involved when creating a professional product. They have been given the assignment content and are required to evaluate and justify their decision making throughout. This type of thinking all contributes to achieving the higher grades within the course and using the different methods to plan their time and think about constraints has allowed students to develop their understanding of how to access the higher boundaries.

Year 10 Media: The use and application of digital graphics across a variety of different media sectors. The properties of digital graphics and how their purpose dictates the properties used by the producer.

Year 10 Travel: Students have started their coursework. They will need to show knowledge of the distinct types of destinations and travel routes within the UK. They will also analyse how travel destinations offer specific services to meet the needs of diverse types of customer and finally recommend a detailed itinerary for tourists travelling within the UK.

Year 11 Business: Our students have been working on completing their BTEC coursework to a high standard, researching and appraising different enterprise opportunities and then deciding on the most appropriate. They then put together a comprehensive business plan for their chosen idea detailing its aims and objectives, marketing strategies, competitor analysis, logistics and monetary management.

Year 11 IT: Students are working towards their coursework unit based on Data Modelling. Increasing their skill set has allowed them to make decisions and add further information to a given template, based on a holiday company. Using the skills to analyse the information will allow them to make recommendations to the business and assess the data that they have been given. Providing justification and an overview of why they have created the model in the way that they have will ensure that they are able to access the higher grades within the course content.

Year 11 Media: The use and application of digital graphics across a variety of different media sectors. The properties of digital graphics and how their purpose dictates the properties used by the producer.

Year 11 Travel: Students have been completing their coursework. Showing knowledge of the distinct types of destinations and travel routes within the UK. They also analyse how travel destinations offer specific services to meet the needs of diverse types of customer and finally recommend a detailed itinerary for tourists travelling within the UK.

These topics can be extended at home by trying some of the activities below:

GCSE Bitesize

Kahoot quizzes

Sixth Form Subjects – Year 12 and 13

Year 12 Applied Business: Students have been working on the coursework unit, all students have the opportunity to challenge themselves by producing work to distinction standard.  The students have been given modelling to allow them all to access these high grades.

Year 12 A Level Business: Students have been working on 3 main business topics since the new term which consist of Human Resource Management, Operations Management and Leadership and Management.  Students all have the opportunity with the use of challenge activities and questioning to access high level skills to allow them to access evaluation and justification marks in the questioning activities.
Year 12 IT: Students are working towards their coursework unit based on Social Media. By evaluating and justifying the choices that they make throughout the planning of their project has allowed students to assess the need for the business use of Social Media. Making recommendations and suggestions will allow them to challenge their way of thinking and put forward some ideas to the business that they are working with. Students are also continuing to work on the database module of the course, developing their skills of creating reports and forms, based on given scenarios, working towards distinction level, independently.

Year 12 Media: Students are working on the unit ‘Cross-media industry awareness. This unit challenges them to understand how producers of media adapt their productions across different media industries, for example the use of the digital industries to create things like websites and social media content to further enhance and promote their products.

Year 12 Travel: Students have been working on a coursework unit ‘Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism’ in which they have been exploring the links between marketing and customer service within two specific Travel and Tourism organisations; Ryanair and Malmaison Hotels. Students have been able to extend their learning in order to access the higher grades of Marit and Distinction by examining and applying marketing theory and business models to these selected organisations; Examples have included the Product Life Cyle, Boston Matrix, Ansoff’s Matrix and PESTEL analysis, to mention a few. Students have been able to access a wide variety of resources to help them produce their coursework which are all located in a Google Site which has been produced for them. This has enabled students to be able to work independently on the coursework tasks, and therefore work at their own pace towards the distinction criteria.

Year 13 Applied Business: Students have been working on 2 different coursework units which include Business Planning and Marketing Communications all students have the opportunity to challenge themselves by producing work to distinction standard.  The students have been given modelling to allow them all to access these high grades.

Year 13 A Level Business: Students have been working on A2 business topics since the new term which consist of Managing Change, Managing Organisational Culture, Managing Strategic Change and Political and Economic Change.  Students all have the opportunity with the use of challenge activities and questioning to access high level skills to allow them to access evaluation and justification marks in the questioning activities.

Year 13 BTEC Travel and Tourism: Students have been working on a vocationally based assignment where they have been taken employed as an intern at the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).  For this they are examining the appeal of two contrasting visitor attractions, focussing on The Merseyside Maritime Museum and The Grand National Festival. They have examined a range of aspects including funding, size, scale and their contribution to the local and national economy. They have also examined how the attractions meet the diverse expectations of different customer types and the role technology plays in helping to meet and exceed customer expectations.

Year 13 BTEC Business:  Students have been working on a vocationally based assignment examining recruitment and selection at Liverpool Hope University.  They have taken part in a practical exercise where they have applied for a role at the University, and now having taken up that role they are in the process of selecting and recruiting for a post at the University.  Their tasks have included completing documentation, advertising the post, shortlisting for the post and communicating with applicants.

Year 13 IT: Exam content and coursework are being completed. Extended questions are set for each topic allowing students the opportunity to access the higher mark bands. Feedback is provided to improve the quality of these answers. For the Web Design coursework students have been given the opportunity to plan and design a website. Justification of the designs and including all elements of the specification will allow students to achieve the top grades. Evaluating each element will also allow students to think about the decisions that they have made.

Year 13 Media: Students are working on the unit ‘Advertising Media’. This units challenges them to take a given client brief and suggest advertising materials. These then need to be justified and ideas pitched back to the client before producing the different adverting media elements.

These topics can be extended at home by trying some of the activities below:

A Level Business – using dynamic learning complete the many different case studies that are available on the online platform and also complete the end of unit quizzes to assess knowledge of the subjects.

BTEC Travel & Tourism – using the Google Site to complete the distinction criteria and read further information pertaining to your coursework and the selected businesses. This includes press releases and news articles that can be used to enhance coursework analysis.

www.bbc.co.uk – keeping up to date with current affairs, with particular reference to the impact on different business sectors and the effect on the overall economy of the covid crisis.

The key ingredient to educational success is physical well-being.

A healthy mind equals success, so it’s time to get physically active.

All Year Groups

Sporting Success

Do you want to become a great athlete or even an elite athlete? 

Watch these short films and learn how to become driven, mentally strong and ambitious. Through hard work and dedication you can succeed.

American Football Quarterback - Tom Brady - Mini Documentary (Tampa Bay Journey) – 7th Super Bowl Winner in 2021, aged 43.

Click this: Tom Brady

Read this article: The Guardian - Tom Brady

Dame Jessica Ennis Hill – British Heptathlete - she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2015), and the 2010 European champion.

Click these:

Dame Jessica Ennis Website

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.

Years 10 & 11

You will be sitting your ‘Risks in Sport’ examination.

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

Strategies for Effective Learning

To enhance your study skills watch this clip and learn how to revise effectively.

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

BTEC – UNIT 1 Anatomy and Physiology

Please see links for You Tube videos for support with A&P examination. See Mike Tyler's videos for all Learning Objectives.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltFutvTye8c

www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5vtafmTrNw

A Level Physical Education – Answer Perfect


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

Careers in Sport

Use Unifrog (the complete destinations platform) to research all types of employment within the sports industry.

Unifrog

Years 7, 8 & 9

Our Art students at Archbishop Beck have been creating some excellent artwork whilst at home that shows how creative, inventive and imaginative they can be well done! This term, students looking to stretch and challenge themselves even further creatively can research deeper into their topics this term and create their own individual pieces as developments and add

them to the project work. Discuss any interests in the topic you are studying with your teacher and they can support you with new artists or techniques you can explore.

Students can additionally get creative with found materials and plastics at home and create their own recycled material sculptures inspired by the artist Robert Bradford. Consider how to transform everyday items into something extraordinary.

Furthermore, now the weather is finally improving, consider how students can create artwork in their outside spaces. Use collected sticks, willow, canes or recycled objects to create an outdoor sculpture. This can be small on a window ledge or large enough to sit in! Students can plant seeds around the sculpture and photograph it as the sculpture transforms as the plants grow around it.

Art students who are interested in challenging themselves digitally can try the excellent apps Youdoodle, Tayasui sketches APP, Pinterest & Typedrawriting and TATEkids. Additionally, they can research artwork for inspiration on websites such as The Walker Art Gallery Virtual tour, V&A gallery, the Tate, Pinterest and thisiscolossal.com. Please photograph the challenge activities your students complete and send to sharpee@beck.uk.com to post on our school website and Instagram.

Topics this half term are:

Year 7 : Hundertwasser and Colour Theory

Students can create their own colourful colour wheels using found objects and photograph. Additionally, students can challenge themselves in their artwork by showing understanding of more complicated colour theory such as choosing harmonious or contrasting colour palettes for their artwork.

Year 7’s can challenge themselves by exploring other areas of challenge in this term’s topic by research Hundertwasser’s imaginative architecture and design a Hundertwasser inspired house. Use materials you have at home and create a cardboard or found object sculpture inspired by Hundertwasser’s buildings.

Year 8 : Street Art

Street artists like Banksy, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat all have/had an instantly recognisable style. Can you challenge yourself to come up with your own cartoon character inspired by Keith Haring’s cartoon people (see the five a day people for healthy eating) and create patterns? Banksy’s artwork often has a political or social message. Can you design a ‘Be Kind’ or similar social message artwork inspired by Banksy? Finally, Jean-Michel Basquiat often created his murals and street art when listening to music. Try drawing while listening to different types of music and challenge yourselves to create different marks depending on the rhythm and see how it changes your drawing style.

Year 9 : Pop Art

Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art portrays things from popular culture. He drew inspiration from cartoons, newspapers, advertisements, and things he saw in real life. To challenge yourself, can you create your own Pop Art piece that portrays the news and current real life events now? How can you create something meaningful to you? Can you consider using Lichtenstein’s comic book style to re create our own superheroes now such as our NHS key workers?

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.

Look at pinterest for inspiration for your chosen theme and be creative with the materials you have at home to develop found object sculptures and consider painting and drawing on unusual surfaces such as waste cardboard, envelopes and newspaper/ magazines. Try collaging magazine and unwanted paper in the house to create interesting mixed media pieces inspired by your chosen theme.

Continue to use 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

For year 13’s we are coming towards our deadline for Component 1 in April. Students will need to continue to challenge themselves to complete large development pieces that connect to their chosen theme and work towards developing their final piece/ pieces for their Component 1 portfolio. Students all have assigned individual tasks to challenge support them from their subject teacher. Additionally, students have access to weekly 1:1 tutorials with their subject teacher on Microsoft Teams.

To challenge themselves independently, 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.

Food

Years 7,8,9

Food students looking to challenge themselves should try the following websites: Food a Fact of Life, Explore Food, Change 4 Life, ‘Inside the Factory’ programme and the APP Sugar Swaps which 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, Seasonality, Sustainability and Cooking Skills

Year 8 : Nutrients, Fibre, Seasonality, Sustainability and Cooking Skills

Year 9 :   A Balanced Diet, Nutrition through life, Compare nutritional needs of specific groups , Food Safety and Cooking skills

As we approach Easter, think about…..

What foods are eaten and cooked around Easter?

What foods are in season around Easter time?

Years 10 & 11

As students work through the WJEC Level 1 and 2 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 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. Abstract art- Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect. Wassily Kandinsky. Research a variety of different Abstract artists. Best abstract artists
Vasily Kandinsky (1866–1944) ...
Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) ...
Kazimir Malevich (1878–1935) ...
Lyubov Popova (1889–1924) ...
Mark Rothko (1903-1966) ...
Jackson Pollock (1912–1956)

Year 8 :   Winter fleece hats- Look at hat designers to see their fantastic creations- Philip Treacy is one of the most well known names in millinery and his hats are as popular with the royals as they are with Hollywood stars. Look up his work.

Year 9 : GCSE Fashion taster themed project

As we approach Spring, think about spring/summer themed textiles  you could make. Think about summer themes to inspire your fashion ideas.

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

  1. What is a hat designer called?
  2. Name a British at and bag 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. This term we will be concentrating on The environmental issue with the fashion industry, sustainability and ethical issues.

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”.

University interview preparation, portfolios and completion of sketchbooks and practical work. Teams is full of help for this.

Product design

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. They can also use the site Technologystudent.com

Topics this half term are:

Year 7 : Puppets and toys- moving parts 

Year 8 : Structures

Year 9 : Automata- Mechanical systems

As we approach Spring, think about the different types of garden furniture we can use outside. Can you design a new product that can be used by the whole family? Best answers to each DT teacher please....

What is Bauhaus and what makes them different to other design movements?

Find out about the history of Meccano

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.

GCSE/ A Level Dance

The students can develop their knowledge further for their theory aspect of the course by watching the following links on Christopher Bruce and Richard Alston.

www.vimeo.com/237214906

www./vimeo.com/238811438

GCSE Drama

Drama students can develop their knowledge further on Brecht by watching the following link.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7fqMPDcKXM

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