Welcome back – yr 12

Welcome back everyone! I know that you have all worked very hard this year and deserve a well-earned break in the summer holidays. Now the exams are out of the way we need to concentrate on starting the A2 course and getting back into the routine of school life.

It is important to remember that you cannot drop any AS subjects at this stage until you have had your grades in the summer. We believe that once you have had your results you are able to make informed and important decisions about your future choices. You can make this decision on the first day back in September but we will also be running a Sixth Form Open Morning, in the summer break, to allow you an opportunity to drop in and discuss your options with staff.

The summer term holds some very important events in Sixth Form such as the nominations for the Sixth Form leadership roles, UCAS Induction including a trip to the USW and the Welsh Baccalaureate Fortnight. Further details of these events will be shared with you on the web site and Gmail.

This term we will be offering substantial support in your careers choices. I would highly recommend that you visit the UCAS web site www.ucas.com to start looking at subject and university options to kick start the research. Another good web site is www.prospects.ac.uk that helps you look at the types of jobs that you can consider. Here are some other suggested web sites that may benefit you: www.ukcoursefinder.co.ukwww.hotcourses.com www.bestuniforme.com

Scott Gwynne, the Careers Adviser, is also available every week and will arrange a meeting with you if you contact him on scott.gwynne@careerswales.com

The structure of the day will vary this term. There will only be compulsory registration (8.30am-8.50am) during the Welsh Baccalaureate fortnight from the 3rd of July – 14th of July. The timetable will collapse during the fortnight to accommodate a wide range of activities, however P5 and 6 lessons will continue as normal.

In addition to this Sixth Form Assembly will continue every Friday and is compulsory for all to attend. I would like to continue with the successful use of communication through gmail and encourage you to check your mail on a daily basis so that you can be updated with news. Please also continue to use the sign in and out system as a way of ensuring your safety in the school.

Furthermore, we have some very important whole school events taking place this term and I would like to encourage you all to support them. We will need assistance with the Lower School Sponsored Walk and suggest that this may be an excellent opportunity to start fundraising for the Prom next year. The school Eisteddfod, the Creative Arts Evening and the school production of Oliver are just some of the important events that require help and support from Sixth Formers. You have helped to establish an excellent sense of community within the school and I know that this will continue throughout your time in Y Pant.

Finally, Dr Caulfield and I will be running a Sixth Form Clinic every morning in the Sixth Form Area this term. If you have any queries or problems, please come and see us or Gmail us, as we are here to help.

 

Busta Rhymes

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Young Writers Busta Rhymes competition and Y Pant pupils have made a significant contribution to this prestigious event!  The competition aims to find exceptional young poets and this year it received in excess of 6,000 entries.  Y Pant pupils from Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 took part and submitted their poems to the selection panel.  The competition organisers were particularly impressed with their poems and wrote to us expressing their delight that the work of a large number of pupils from Y Pant had been selected for publication.  Fantastic news!  The judges were so impressed by the standard of poems penned by our pupils that 31 have been chosen for publication in this year’s volume of Poets from Northern Ireland & Wales.  Choosing which poems are going to be published is essentially subjective and editors’ preferences do come into it but the judges were impressed by the perception, imagination, expression, creativity and original use of language in our pupils’ work.  The collection of poems will be published on 30th June and available to buy online and in all good bookshops!

Key Stage 3 Assessment Period

The annual Assessment Period for Key Stage 3 students will run from Tuesday 13th to Friday 23rd June. Details of assessment content for each subject can be found in Table 2 below.

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Year 7 and 8All exams will take place during normal timetabled lessons within the Assessment Fortnight.  Pupils will be informed of the exact date and period by their subject teachers.

Year 9 :  Most exams will take place in the Main Hall or the Sports Hall (see Table 1 below for details which may be subject to change). This will be a useful experience for students in preparation for GCSE and other external examinations they will sit next year.

Table 1: Year 9 Exam Timetable – Main Hall or Sports Hall

Date Subject Band Time Venue Duration  
Tues 13th June English X 8.50 Main Hall 1.5 hours Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Y 11.10
Wed 14thJune History All Pupils 1.30 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Thu 15th June Geography All Pupils 8.50 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Fri 16th June Welsh All Pupils 1.30 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Mon 19th June REP All Pupils 1.30 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Tues 20th  June Biology All Pupils 8.50 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, calculator
Wed 21st  June Chemistry X 8.50 Main Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, calculator
Y 11.10
Thurs 22nd June Physics All Pupils 8.50 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, calculator

Some assessments for Year 9 will take place during normal timetabled lessons within the Assessment Period.  Pupils will be informed of the exact date and period by their subject teachers.

Table 2: Assessment Content

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Art No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exam – assessed during the course of the year. Tonal A5 study of mask.

This will assess the composition and the accuracy of proportion and perspective. We will also look at the successful application of tone, shape, pattern, texture and detail.

Pupils could try carrying out direct observations based on the relevant themes to help prepare for the test.

 
DT No exams  – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year.

 

 
Drama Assessment will take place in end of year practical: 2 hours across 2 lessons (this may fall outside assessment fortnight: students will be told by their class teachers). Assessment will take place in end of year practical: 2 hours across 2 lessons (this may fall outside assessment fortnight: students will be told by their class teachers). Assessment will take place in end of year practical: 2 hours across 2 lessons (this may fall outside assessment fortnight: students will be told by their class teachers).  
English (1hr) Narrative: Choice of two titles.

Pupils will complete preparation work/revision work prior to the exams in their English lessons. Pupils will be encouraged to consolidate their revision over half term with parents being able to help their child by doing some general spelling/ punctuation/ grammar and story planning revision.

(1hr) Narrative: The Injured Soldier story.

Pupils will complete preparation work/revision work prior to the exams in their English lessons and pupils will be encouraged to consolidate their revision over half term with parents being encouraged to help their child by doing some general spelling/ punctuation/ grammar and story planning revision.

 

(1.5hr) Series of Fiction Reading Comprehension Tasks and 1 x Non Fiction Writing task: Pupils will complete preparation work/revision work prior to the exams in their English lessons and pupils will be encouraged to consolidate their revision over half term with parents being encouraged to help their child by doing some general spelling, punctuation and grammar

*Exam in the Main Hall – see Table 1

French   No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year.  
Geography The exam will last 50 minutes and take place during one lesson in the assessment fortnight. We will let pupils know the date before they break up for Whitsun. Pupils will need to revise all the work they have covered this year. The exam will last one hour. Pupils will need to revise all the work they have covered this year.

 

The exam will last one hour. Pupils will need to revise all the work they have covered this year.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

History 1 hour exam completed in assessment fortnight, based on the whole year’s work. The focus will be on factual recall. 1 hour exam, based on the whole year’s work. The focus will be on factual recall.

 

1 hour exam, based on the whole year’s work. The focus will be on factual recall.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

 

Food and Textiles

No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year.

 

ICT Assessed through classwork – through a range of key tasks Assessed through classwork – through a range of key tasks Assessed through classwork – through a range of key tasks
Maths 1.5 hour exam in Maths based on the whole year’s work and spread over 2 lessons. 1.5 hour exam in Maths based on the whole year’s work and spread over 2 lessons.

 

1.5 hour exam in Maths based on the whole year’s work and spread over 2 lessons.

 

Music No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year.
PSE No exams. No exams. No exams.
REP No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year.

 

No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year. 1 hour exam based upon Year 9 work on Christian beliefs.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

 

Science

 

 

 

 

 

Exams will take place in the classroom during assessment fortnight.

 

Biology: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Characteristics of Living Things and Habitats.

 

Chemistry: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Starting Science; Solids, Liquids and Gases; Acids and Alkalis.

 

Skills: 1-hour exam based on this year’s work – variables, tables, graphs, analysis of data, balanced and unbalanced forces.

 

Exams will take place in the classroom during assessment fortnight.

 

Biology: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Cells, Reproduction and Variation.

 

Chemistry: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Elements and Compounds; Separating Mixtures; The first part of Reactivity of Metals (their teacher will clarify this further if necessary).

 

Physics: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work.  Assessment based on the topic of Electricity and Energy.

 

*Three separate exams in the Sports/Main Hall – see Table 1

 

Biology: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Diet, Digestion, Respiration and Breathing.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

 

Chemistry: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Chemical reactions 1; Chemical reactions 2; Environmental Chemistry

*Exam in the Main Hall – see Table 1

 

Physics: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Assessment based on the topic of Sound and Light.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

Spanish No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year. No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year. No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year.
Welsh Assessment will be during one lesson and will be based on all topics covered across the year. Assessment will be completed in the class and will be based on all topics covered across the year.

 

Assessment will be completed in the Sports Hall and will be based on all the topics covered across the year.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

MENNA BURMINGHAM YEAR 9 CLAIMS THE TITLE OF ENGLISH CHAMPION!

Menna Burmingham Y9 has been a black belt in Taekwondo for almost two years and regularly attends tournaments across the country.  She recently took part in the very busy TAGB English Championships that was held on Sunday 12th March at the Worcester Arena.  Menna competed in the Girls Black Belt Patterns. This is a fiercely competitive division and Menna had to go through three rounds, each time having to deliver her intricate pattern with the same level of accuracy and composure.  However, it certainly paid off in the final head-to-head round, where she gave an unbeatable performance to claim the title of English Champion for herself. (Menna’s no stranger to holding an English Patterns title though as she first lifted the trophy a couple of years ago when she was a Red Belt.)

Menna also reached the semi-final in the Girls Middleweight Black Belt Sparring event, (bronze) by combining some strong kicking with sheer skill and determination.

Her next major tournament is the Welsh Open in May. Menna is also hoping to travel to the European Championships in June which are being held in Poland.

Y Pant pupils visit the world in a day

Last week we took part in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Programme and were able to take pupils on field trips all over the world – and beyond!

Google came into school for the day and brought with them 60 smartphones.  Using the Google Expeditions App and cardboard Virtual Reality viewers, pupils were able to experience 360-degree tours to places as diverse as New York’s immigration centres, Barcelona, the Arctic, the Great Barrier Reef, the human respiratory system and the Moon!

Pupils were excited to experience this technology and there were many gasps of astonishment as we came face to face with a Great White Shark or experienced standing on the Great Wall of China.

Anyone wanting to try this at home needs two smartphones, or one smartphone and a tablet (one needs to act as the expedition leader) and a Google cardboard (which can be purchased for as little as £5 online).  Check your smartphone can run the Google Expeditions App before purchasing!  It’s fun and has some serious learning potential as well which we’ll be exploring.

Y Pant becomes Hogwarts for World Book Day

Thursday 2nd March was World Book Day and to celebrate, our librarian Mrs Heather Johns, put on a fantastic Harry Potter themed day.

Hogwarts took over the school and our houses became Hogwarts houses for the day.  We also participated in the Hogwarts Teacher Exchange Programme and welcomed Professors McGonagall, Trelawney, Umbridge & Quirrell among others to Y Pant.  Pupils were challenged to find all the Hogwarts staff during the day—a hard task as some had taken Polyjuice potion and looked a lot like Y Pant teachers.

Bake Off

We held a Harry Potter themed bake off and were highly impressed with ALL the amazing cakes that were brought in. 

Bake Off Winners and Runners Up

Bake Off Joint Winners: Emily, Megan, Teyha, Leah and Katie
Joint second Niamh, Briony, Sofia, Elena and Tayah
Third place Jessica
Highly Commended—Libby, Joel and Isobel

Quiz

Some pupils took part in a quiz in the Learning Resource Centre and then hunted for the missing snitches at the end.  The quiz was won by Aneurin 2 (Hufflepuff), the team comprised of, Sam F Davies, Corey Luke, Evan Marsland-Davies, Elise-Marie Shaw, and Libby Lee.

Reviews

We also challenged pupils to write a review of one of the Harry Potter books or films.  We had some fantastic entries (which will be displayed in the Learning Resource Centre).  The winners are:

  1. Harriet Kehl 
  2. Laura Mathieson 
  3. Jay Lock

Tweet

Pupils were also encouraged to sum up their favourite Harry Potter moment in 140 characters.  This was won by Caitlin Richards with the following: