A week of watering

Our 1st week back and Year 11 have been fantastic in getting right into their revision for the exams.

On Wednesday we held our 1st whole year group waking talking mock. The Humanities Faculty bravely planned not just a 2 hour RE session for the whole year group, but this was followed by 3 hours for the 99 students who study History.

Up to now we have gone small-scale, with cohorts of 10-20 students walking and talking their way through Maths, English and Science papers. This week we crashed out the microphones, resources and Hall for a full-scale look at the key questions in RE and History. The students were prepared to actually answer the mock paper, but we went for the Plan-Do-Review model of the 12 and 16 mark questions to maximise their understanding and readiness for the real thing.

The student response was fantastic throughout the day, and this was supported by the planning and resourcing of the Humanities faculty.

Questions were chosen, broken down with mark-scheme precision and resourced into student-friendly packs. Each question was talked through, with staff in support to circulate and further explain in classic assessment for learning mode. The students grew in confidence throughout the day, and the positivity that staff were imparting had a great effect on the whole Hall. This was the case the whole week, with after-school sessions from all faculties supporting the classroom learning.

I am writing this on Saturday morning, and I can hear the revision sessions  in Maths and English. 50 students have come in to carry on the focused start to the term, and once again colleagues of all Faculties are with them every step of the way.

 

**Breaking news: WESTFIELD ACADEMY TEACHMEET 27th June**

Teachmeet

 

On Wednesday 27th June, Westfield Academy, Watford are hosting their 2nd Teach meet on the topic of ‘Raising Achievement’.

After the roaring success of our previous teach meet 2 years ago and our beautiful new building- we thought it a perfect time to host another CPD event for all of the enthusiastic teachers out there!

Teach meets are a golden opportunity to hear best practice, get some fantastic ideas, listen to inspirational teachers and win some prizes along the way! Our set up will be relaxed and fun, so please come and join us for superb and FREE CPD.

Have a nosey at our previous Teachmeet success  here:

https://westfieldacademytandl.wordpress.com/2016/06/07/teachmeet-success/  

Westfield Academy would love to have as many new visitors to our new school and use the opportunity to hear/ or share some amazing strategies teachers/leaders/mentors use to raise achievement in pupils. 

You can visit us as simply a spectator or even better- offer to deliver a presentation 🙂

Presentations format:

  1. Between 3-10mins long- short and purposeful is our goal!
  2. Presentations can be classroom based strategies, whole school, pastoral or leadership orientated. We would love to have speakers from a variety of different educational backgrounds and use this opportunity to learn from one another.

**If you are interested in joining us from 4.30-7pm on Wednesday 27th June please email Emma Keys at teachmeet@westfield.academy  or eke@westfield.academy by the 10th of May. **   

 

 

Polishing our use of consolidations

Consolidation

Consolidation is a lesson stage where new material is reviewed, and learning is reinforced. It normally occurs at the end of the lesson. Consolidation can be compared with revision, which takes place at a later time and serves to remind learners of key learning points. As well as helping learners retain material and reinforcing it, consolidation is an opportunity to clarify and address any doubts. It can also offer a different ‘angle’ on new language, which is productive for learners with different learning styles. The key to any consolidation activity is to ask students to complete a short task which enables them to show their understanding of the learning objective but in a different way to which it was taught.

This week during our Teaching and Learning Briefing, teachers were asked to create a t-shirt design to show their understanding of what consolidation means in the classroom. Check out their masterpieces:

 

As a group, we spent some time sharing ideas and designing a variety of ways students can show what they have learned in their lessons.

Consolidation

  • An answerphone message.
  • A newspaper editorial.
  • A twitter style message of 140 characters. Also, known as a tweet.
  • A wallpaper design.
  • A billboard design.
  • A picture of a postage stamp.
  • A modelling-clay sculpture.
  • A comic strip.
  • A game of charades.
  • A stand-up comedy set.
  • A medicine explanation leaflet.
  • A short film.
  • A short film script.
  • A slow-motion sport’s replay.
  • A podcast.
  • A T-shirt design.
  • A railway platform announcement.
  • A puppet show.
  • A 3D mind map.
  • A set of flash cards.
  • A greeting card.
  • A Mr Man character.
  • A short rap or poem.
  • A magic spell.
  • An illustrated menu.
  • A notice in a workplace.
  • A traffic sign.
  • A message in a bottle.
  • An astrological prediction.
  • A weather forecast.
  • Partner quiz.
  • This is the answer. What’s the question?
  • Create a revision card.
  • 30 second JAM time. (Talk about topic without stopping)
  • Character profile/ Top Trump card.
  • Glossary for the lesson.
  • Story/ information mapping. Draw a set of pictures to explain what you have learned.
  • Plan a lesson.
  • Kahoot.
  • Revision Pong.
  • Demonstration of activity.
  • High 5. Draw a hand and fill it with 5 key words.
  • Problem-solving quest.
  • Write an email to explain to your parents what you have learned.
  • Expert Instagram. Create 5 tiles sharing your expert account on the ‘gram’.
  • Snapchat video.

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Take the time to experiment and plan some new ideas for the next academic year- trial them in the summer term and see what works for you! and most importantly- Share your ideas with your colleagues 🙂