Year 7 Humanities and MFL Travel Show
Where could the Humanities and MFL Faculties take a Year 7 residential trip? That was the question posed to Year 7 students on Wider Learning Day II. The challenge was to research, design and present a holiday package that would meet Humanities and MFL criteria and which would excite and interest our Year 7 students at Alice Smith.
After hearing from the Heads of Department about their favourite travel experiences during period 1, students dispersed in groups to plan their great adventures. There was much excitement as each group opened an envelope revealing their mystery country destination and then it was all hands on deck as each member of each group was given responsibility for a key thinking role, as well as various tasks. Students were given a set of criteria: a maximum spend budget per student of RM10,000; the need to identify and explain key sites of historical and geographical interest; marketing strategies and various costs to factor in and also key language and cultural points to consider for their designated country.
By period 6 each group was ready to ‘sell’ their holiday creations in a grand ‘Humanities and MFL Travel Show’ held outside the Humanities Block. With their stalls set out, there were posters, props, adverts, slide shows and even some cultural decorations as students made their pitch to the judges (and to each other). The teacher judges used their subject criteria to award marks for each presentation, whilst each student was given a gold, silver and bronze medal to award to their favourite ‘package’. Students took us to Brazil, Fiji, Spain and Australia, to name but a few of the destinations. Huge congratulations to all students as the level of research, teamwork and attention to detail was impressive. There were so many tempting possibilities for future Humanities residential trips.
The overall winners were Group 17: Derrick, Carmen, Aedan, Lily, Kavin and Siya, for their holiday package to Cambodia which received the top mark from the judges and students. A mention too for Group 2 who took us to South Africa and Group 15 to Italy who narrowly missed out on first place. Thank you to all the staff and students that participated with our Humanities and MFL Travel Show, for what was truly a fantastic day.
HoF Humanities & Social Sciences/HoD History
Year 9 WLD with Murray Lachlan Young
On the 8th November, a British poet, stand-up performer, broadcaster, playwright, screenwriter and children’s author known as Murray Lachlan Young visited Year 9. Murray not only taught us a completely new style of poetry writing, but helped each and every one of us individually to improve our poems.
The day started as a whole year group where he engaged us all by reading out some of his poetry that used the same style of composition to inspire us. Next we split up into groups (mostly of our choice) and started to develop our poems. With some help from Murray and the other English teachers, we were able to write, perform and capture a video of our final products.
Murray’s style was accessible, creative and it was easy for everyone to understand. He broke poetry down and first asked us to list words from our chosen topic. We then matched the words randomly together with the aim of writing a poem that was as creative as possible but without over thinking the images of the topic. We all enjoyed different elements of this Wider Learning Day as it was a very successful day and enabled us to learn in a comfortable environment. We liked how we could collaborate with people who we were confident being around but also enjoyed working with people outside our tutor group. We found the new technique Murray taught us to be really interesting and great fun. At the end of the day we had all achieved the goal of writing an individual poem easily and were able to present back to our group and the year. Overall, it was truly a great and fun opportunity for the year group to explore new techniques for writing a poem.
Savannah Lee, Natalie Hunter and Sarah Djedovic
Year 10 WLD - Cooking, Money Managing and Career Advice
Last Wednesday Year 10s took part in a range of fun activities that taught us many valuable skills, they ranged from cooking to money managing and career advice.
During the first two periods of the day we were in the main hall to be given an in-depth career advice talk. The first activity that we did was getting us to think about what part of a career is important to us. We got asked questions such as "Is status in a job important to you?" and depending on the way we felt we would stand in a different part of the room. The next activity included us getting into smaller groups, these groups depended on what career path you wished to take, for example everyone interested in the medical industry were in one group. We then interviewed everyone in our group to decide who was best fitted for the job. Finally we had some of the teachers gives us some very intriguing presentation about their career paths and how they have got to where they are today.
In the cooking activity we were given the task of cooking fresh tomato pasta. In my opinion this a was useful for future times when we might be struggling with money, like university. Not only did we learn the skill but we developed a new sense camaraderie.
In order for us to learn how to manage money we were given the opportunity to organize a music festival, during this process we had to consider how much money we would exceed as well as our final profit.
Not only this but we also had the opportunity to take part in learn DIY skills, these include how to sew a button onto a shirt and painting boxes, the boxes we painted were for the school production so we had an element of community service built into the day.
As we are heading into a stressful period, we had a session based around stress relief. We played so games that raised our heart rate this meant that not only was it fun but it helped us to forget everything and enjoy ourselves.
Georgina Cox and Noah Shine
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