Heather, Liz and Fotini
Welcome to KS3HW, we are a mixed class of eleven Y7 and Y8 students who spend our pastoral time working in the upstairs department. Our classroom environment is tailored to meet our individual needs with opportunities for class discussions, group work and independent time in our personalised workstations. We follow a visual timetable with clear routines and expectations – this really helps our learning.
The students spend part of their lesson time with pastoral staff (for English, Maths, PSHE, Citizenship, MFL and Topic) and part with specialist teachers (for Art, Computing, DT, Drama, Food Technology, Music, PE and Science).
The Autumn term is important as the students get to know each other, their teacher and the values of St Martins. We aim to promote a respectful, positive and independent ethos in our class. We also like to set high expectations towards work and behaviour!
In terms of learning, we have already made an excellent start! In English we have been reading and performing ‘Sunflower’ poems before writing our own poems for the St Martins 50th Birthday Celebrations. In Topic we have been learning about the Buddhist religion and even made our own ‘Wheels of Dharma.’
Update – December 2018
KS3HW worked extremely hard during their Music and Drama lessons to prepare themselves for the Xmas Factor competition. They successfully created and wrote their own play-script which was a spinoff of a Victorian St Martins classroom based on A Christmas Carol. They also performed the Christmas song – Jingle Bell Rock. Their performance was fantastic and all of the students/staff were very proud of them!
In their Science lessons, KS3HW have been exploring electricity and circuits. They successfully made their own circuits and worked together as a class to make a parallel circuit!
KS3HW were also lucky enough to visit the Roundhouse Christmas Party. There was music, food, sweets and lots of sword fights! The students had a great, fun-filled day.
KS3HW missed the school Christmas Dinner, so we had our own McDonald’s Christmas Dinner as a reward – it was yummy!!!
Update: March 2019
KS3HW have been taking part in a range of exciting outdoor education sessions. They have been canoeing on the River Derwent, weaselling through Black Rock and walking 5 ½ miles around the Attenborough Centre. The students have developed their teamwork and communication skills throughout. They have also been resilient and brave during the cold weather! Well done KS3HW!
Update: June 2019
KS3HW have been working really hard with their Maths learning and have been reasoning and deepening their thinking throughout. Last half term we focussed on shapes including quadrilaterals, triangles and their properties. The students were able to make shapes, draw shapes and identify their properties throughout. They also learnt about coordinates and how to read and plot these. They remembered “along the corridor and up the stairs” when making their own coordinate grids and maps outside. Excellent teamwork and discussion throughout from all involved – well done!
During the Spring Term KS3HW visited Mount Cook for their 1-night residential. All of the students had a wonderful time and completed a range of fun activities. They went fossil hunting and discovered shark’s skin hidden in the rocks, they completed various nail-biting team challenges and they built and raced speedy land karts. After all of the brilliant challenges, the students settled down for ghost stories, smores and a toasty campfire. They all slept marvellously and enjoyed their second day of adventures – especially the archery tag! For some of the students this was their first experience away from home and it is safe to say that all students were impeccably behaved, respectful and resilient throughout. A huge well done to everyone in KS3HW – you made everyone proud.