7Z Remembrance Day
7Z have been working on a Remembrance Day Unit. They have completed Poetry, Maths, Baking, Art, History and Geography through this mini project and have also been engaged, focused learners showing great interest in why we have Remembrance Day.
8Z Maths Place Value
A good understanding of place value (the value of each digit in a number) is vital in primary-school maths.
Each player needs a shuffled pile of 0-9 cards placed upside down.
They need an empty place value grid we used mini white boards.
Players take it in turns to take a card and place it on any square in their place value grid.
The aim of the game is to be the player with the largest number.
Same as above except players can also place their cards onto one of their opponents place value squares if they would like to.
Solar Kit Experiments
7C have been following our unique Captain Planet scheme of work. This current investigation is into Solar Power where they built a variety of solar powered devices.
They could use the kit to build:
1 - Robotic Dog
2 - Boat
3 - Moving Plane
4 - Car
5 - Windmill
6 - Desktop Plane
Or more than one if they were quick enough!
Have you ever used a magnifying glass to make something melt or burn? You were using solar power!
"Solar" is the Latin word for "sun" and it's a powerful source of energy. In fact, the sunlight that shines on the Earth in just one hour could meet world energy demand for an entire year!
We can use solar power in two different ways - as a heat source, and as an energy source.
People have used the sun as a heat source for thousands of years. Families in ancient Greece built their homes to get the most sunlight during the cold winter months. In the 1830s, explorer John Herschel used a solar collector to cook food during an adventure in Africa.
Today, we can use solar collectors for heating water and air in our homes. If you've seen a house with big shiny panels on the roof, that family is using solar power.
We can also use solar energy to make electricity. The process is called photovoltaics. If you have a solar-powered watch or calculator, you're using photovoltaics!
In 1954, scientists at Bell Telephone discovered that silicon (an element found in sand) created an electric charge when it was exposed to lots of sunlight. Just a few years later, silicon chips were used to help power space satellites.
You might be wondering why we don't use solar electricity all the time. Solar power systems make a different kind of electricity than big power plants do, so different wiring is needed and that can be expensive.
There are a few big solar power plants in the United States, mostly in California. It's difficult and expensive to make a lot of electricity using photovoltaics because the panels cost are expensive, and a lot of open land is needed.
Sponsoring a Guide Dog
Following the visit from a Guide Dog Trainer last year which is covered below, the Pathways Department have raised enough money to sponsor the training of two new dogs. The Guide Dogs to be are called Freddie and Rio.
A visit from a Guide Dog trainer.
On February 10th Pathways spent the day with a Guide Dog trainer, Mary Tonks a local resident who is blind, and two Guide Dogs. We are raising money to sponsor a class of Guide Dogs. The students were given lots of facts and information about what it is like to be blind and how valuable Guide Dogs are to allow people to live a near normal life. They also took part in obstacle courses to get an idea about what it feels like to be blind. Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 Pathways all enjoyed the day.
Leeds Skills Show.
A group of Year 10 students visited the Leeds Skills Show yesterday where they were able to talk to employers, careers advisers, colleges and apprenticeship providers. Students agreed that it had been a very informative day.
Trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Pathways Years 7, 8 and 9 visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Friday 12th July 2013. This followed a week of work with a focus on Africa. All the students agreed it was a ROARING success!
Pathways Christmas Activities
Pathways Christmas Dinner
The whole of Pathways had Christmas lunch at the Darrington Hotel on 13 December 2012. Glad tidings were spread by one and all
Trip to York Railway Museum
Year 7, 8 and 9 Pathways went to York Railway Museum on February 1st for their Stop the Clock activity. They were involved in a workshop with a Physics theme - Building Bridges - and then spent time on Art and English work as they looked around the Museum. Everyone enjoyed the day and they were a credit to the school.
Be The Best You Can Be
The photographs are from Wednesday 2nd November. Year 7 Pathways went to Pinderfields hospital school for the launch of Be the Best You Can Be. This is a PSHCE programme which schools around the country are undertaking. It focuses on improving self-esteem, responsibility and motivation.
We worked with Craig Heap an ex Olympic Athlete, and staff and learners from the Hospital school. We will be working with the Hospital school on some more activities.
The afternoon was a huge success.