STEM Family Challenge Event
This week the whole of year 7 and 8 had the opportunity to take part in an exciting STEM Challenge Event. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us, Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives, Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home and Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives.
The STEM Challenge Event was an exciting way for exposing our students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts which will enable them to develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field. The challenges encouraged independent learning and important skills such as working collaboratively and being resilient to overcome failures along the way.
Year 7 students had to design and produce a prototype car, powered by elastic power, which could travel the furthest distance but at the same time being within the design budget.
Year 8 students had to design and create a model roller coaster which would provide the longest rollercoaster experience.
The students worked together in groups of 5 or 6 and competed against all of the other groups in their year group. The winning group all received great prizes- either a blue tooth selfie-stick or a blue tooth mini speaker!
On the evening parents/carers and family members were invited in to take part in the STEM family challenge. There was excellent competition between the families taking part. A big well done to Cameron Sugdon and his family for winning the Family Challenge with their brilliant design. The prize for the winning family was a £20 Amazon Voucher! A big thank you to all of the families who attended for a wonderful evening
This week, some of our Year 9 Science students, had the exciting opportunity to work with Sunderland University, exploring careers in the medical profession. They looked at the various career options available to them within the medical industry: from nursing, midwifery and becoming a paramedic through to studying to be a doctor or surgeon. Students role-played as Doctors and looked at how various patient assessment methods are used by Doctors to assess a patients health. They got to experience bandaging, using a stethoscope to listen to the heart rate, checking for vital reflexes, assembling a model body and exploring the role of our vital organs.
Thanks to everyone who baked, bought and supported our Macmillan coffee morning as we managed to make a massive £412.50!
‘Maths in year 8 has been exciting recently with students working on probability using playing cards, dice and problem solving activities. GCSE students have already sat an exam and are celebrating success and working on improvements. Maths students at key stage 3 begin lessons with a Numeracy Ninja’s and are working up the coloured belts with an eye on the elusive black belt which 1 student has achieved already!’
This term Year 8 are studying gothic extracts in English. See an example of what they are studying below.
Year 11 Business Studies students have been investigating ‘Methods of Production’.
Students were taught the theory and then had to apply their new knowledge in numerous practical demonstrations, showing that they could apply the use of the most appropriate method of production, to fulfill ‘customer orders’, using die, and yummy Jelly Tots. The students learned that sometimes, despite how hard you try, orders can go wrong and this can result in problems for a business. Students worked really hard and showed resilience by working through the problems they encountered. Teamwork and co-operation were put to the test, but this proved no issue for our budding young entrepreneurs!
The sessions have proved popular and the students were rewarded for their fantastic effort!
Some of our students were lucky enough to be invited to check out the progress of our new build on our Ushaw Moor Site.