News from the Senior Department
Message from Mrs Wright
Pupils are already talking about Christmas, and even – can you believe it – Pi Day! We all have a favourite time of the year (Barvember, anyone?) but what about your favourite time of the week, or even day?
- For children, dinnertime conversation boosts vocabulary even more than being read aloud to
- For adolescents, it is a powerful predictor of high academic achievement scores
- Associated with more positive moods and positive view of the future
- Associated with reduction of high-risk behaviours such as drugs and violence
- Improved active listening skills
- Enhanced logical reasoning
- Stronger negotiating skills
- Creative problem solving
Head of Senior Department
Theology, Philosophy and Religion
This term, Year Six pupils have been studying some of the first stories of Jesus.
For their holiday homework, they were challenged to be as creative as possible and produce a letter, diary entry, first-person account, or a newspaper article. There were some amazing efforts across the year and a couple of Head’s Commendations were awarded for outstanding work. One of these was a short-animated Lego movie by Charlotte F; as you can see below, not only is Charlotte’s video exceedingly good, but it shows great technical know-how and humour. You can watch the video here
Well done to everyone whose work is on display in the TPR Room – and to Charlotte too, of course.
Year 7 English – Mr Owen’s Pocket Book
On Friday 11th November, Year 7 were treated to a performance of Mr. Owen’s Pocketbook by Redheart Theatre company. The production was a one man show exploring Wilfred Owen’s experience of war through his poetry and the poetry of his contemporaries.
An officer travels from Allied HQ to the Western Front, one week before Armistice, and discovers the pocket book of a young lieutenant killed that day. And so, we journey through the poetry of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, John McCrae, Jessie Pope and many others.
The show is written and directed by award-wining writer Justin Butcher and performed by experienced, professional actor, Rupert Mason.
It was an enriching, moving and memorable experience for the pupils in Year 7 who are currently studying the poetry of the First World War. Even more poignant was the fact that Mason performed the show on Armistice Day.
It was an enthralling performance, which brought the grittiness and rawness of World War 1 to life.
Top Form Geography
Year 6 Art and Design
For Top Form Parents from the Science Department
The Science Department will be sending home a revision package this weekend which was discussed during the recent Parents’ Evening.
Please look out for it, and ask your child to have a look at it over the weekend and keep it safe.
Head of Science