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Heather, Kirsty, Hannah & Matt

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!

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