Blog week ending 12th March

Posted on: 12/03/2021

Screen shot 2020 07 17 at 085005It has been so wonderful to welcome students and staff back into the classrooms this week, we have really looked forward to seeing you all!  As you are aware, students have been self-testing with lateral flow tests supported by volunteers from our school community.  So many of our volunteers have remarked on how charming, polite and mature our students have been during the process.  I’d like to thank all students and volunteers for creating such a calm and efficient process, allowing us a safe return to classroom lessons.

Year 7 students have been involved with an exciting project within their finance lessons. The epistemic insight project has been created alongside the LASAR Research Centre from Canterbury Christ Church University and is all about learning about learning.  The project is part of the Big Questions in Classrooms initiative which is funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. 

The aim is to equip the students with the skills and knowledge to begin their secondary school learning journey by exploring some ‘big questions’ and working out how different disciplines tackle the same subject.  Y7 students have been discussing and debating thought provoking and highly engaging material. For example, they have debated whether behaviour is a result of nurture or nature and can robots be human?  They were able to answer topical questions such as these using a multi-disciplinary approach, using the discipline wheel (shown below). This project engages students’ intellectual curiosity and develops their cross disciplinary understanding allowing them to make connections within their learning.

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The Year 7 classes have created and researched their own questions, such as:

‘Can robots be human?’

‘Why do we obey?’

‘Should humans always believe science?’

‘How has technology changed our lives?’

‘How are we not extinct yet?’

‘Is it nature or nurture that makes us human?’

Students have worked extremely hard on this project and we are delighted with the outcome. They have all risen to the challenge, engaging in ideas of research and are starting to explore the world and questioning their experiences and are becoming inquisitive learners.  We will celebrate all the achievements of Y7 and of the resilience and mature approach they have taken in completing this project. We look forward to handing out prizes to all the winners! Well done Year 7! 

Here are some examples of their work:

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Year 7 DT students have returned to the classroom and immediately begun working on a modelling project they had started during remote learning – making miniature furniture items using just straws and paper!

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To mark Independent Women’s Day MFL Students in 9H researched some inspirational Spanish and Spanish speaking women and shared them with the class for discussion.

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Science students in Y7 have been working on an independent project to produce a poster depicting ‘Atoms, Elements and Compounds’.  Miss Mills has been impressed by the results, which even included some video submissions! 

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The Beans on Toast Challenge winners have been announced!  Mrs Baillie was delighted so many students joined in the fun and submitted their creations.  Special congratulations to Lily J of 10A who submitted three dishes to a beautiful standard.

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Our Year 9 Interior Design students have been working to a client brief to create their own unique pattern in order to produce a bedspread, curtains and wallpaper using a variety of techniques during their remote learning lessons.

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Students in the WG6 EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) class have had an online workshop session with Dr Becki Nash from the University of Southampton. Dr Nash leads their student programme to develop higher level academic skills. The session focussed on developing their skills around public presentations.  To find out more about the programme and Dr Nash’s research work please click here.

Dr Becki Nash | The Learn With US Transition Programme | University of Southampton

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Kent Police have got in touch to invite students to apply to be part of their new Volunteer Police Cadet programme in Central Dartford. The scheme is available to students aged 13 and over and aims to promote a practical understanding of policing amongst all young people, to encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship, to support local policing priorities through volunteering and giving young people a chance to be heard, and to inspire young people to participate positively in their communities.

To find out more, and to register interest please visit their website here.

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Kent County Council have shared the below video message regarding the COVID vaccination programme. 

Please click here to view the ‘One Dartford’ message.

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Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

Head Teacher

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