Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Learning at Winston

Innovative Work

The Religious Studies Department have had another productive Autumn term.

Our Year 7 classes have completed their Primary School Catch-Up unit they have been focusing on a half-term of Old Testament study. A memorable homework was summarising our knowledge of Abraham into a song and then performing it in class. We had lyrics to the tune of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know; Abba's Knowing Me and Knowing You as well as the Spiderman theme tune. This technique of putting revision notes to music is called Acoustic Coding and is explained on the GCSE Revision Tools site on your Frog page. Students were so keen to perform we had to use some of our PSHCE lesson to squeeze all the performances in! The Religious Studies department are planning a Key Stage 4 competition in a similar vein in the Spring term so watch this space.

Year 8 classes have been using a Flipped Classroom approach this half-term, which means they learn a specified topic for homework using a specially designed Frog page and then use their knowledge in practical activities in the classroom. One lesson for example, provided students with the challenge of designing merchandise for the Muslim Council of Britain which would educate people on the differences and similarities of Sunni and Shia Muslims. 

Meanwhile on Monday 4th December twenty Year 10 students were invited to an A'Level Philosophy Masterclass with Joshua Block, a Philosophy teacher from Woking College. The one hour session after school saw students make ethical decisions about whether their mind/ soul or physical body made them who they are, as well as nominate a famous person or character for the Goodies Award. An eclectic mix of Captain America, Emma Watson, Robin Hood, the Queen, Mahatma Gandhi, former President Obama and Mother Teresa competed for the top spot. Students debated what the idea of good was, and whether this crazy mix of individuals had anything in common. We are really thankful to Woking College for allowing Joshua to visit us and are really looking forward to making this a termly event. If you missed out this time and are interested in Philosophy the Religious Studies Frog site has numerous resources for you to read and watch under Year 9 Autumn 2.

Science Lecture Style

Year 11 have been experiencing science lectures this week.  We have planned that they will have a lead lecture in the main hall, followed by workshop sessions, including experiments, in the classroom.  The feedback on post-it notes has been very positive.  Thank you to the Science Team for planning and delivering the lectures and to the Site and IT Teams for organising the hall.