Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

A Specialist Language College

Second Flexible Learning Day on 14th March

Dear parents and carers

Our second Flexible Learning Day of the year takes place on Tuesday 14th March 2017. Below is the outline for the day, I hope you find the information useful. It is important that all students attend school as normal as they will be engaged in essential work in different and exciting learning styles, that the Flexible Learning Day allows.

Most Year 7 students will be involved in an ICT & Media activity where pupils will be reporters for the day.Students will be shown video clips of current and interesting new stories and then use their ICT skills to produce a report by the end of the day, to present to the rest of the year group. Pupils will learn about the best way to present a media story by using their existing ICT skills, as well as learning new skills whilst working in a group. Pupils will meet in the Gym at the start of the day.

A small group of selected Year 7 pupils will be spending the day at JDT Music Academy in Dereham for workshops to encourage, facilitate and nurture creativity in every pupil. The students will be using the recording studio and various instruments at the academy. Pupils on this activity will have a separate letter explaining activity, and know to meet in MFL1 to register at the start of the day.

Year 8 students will be on a trip investigating the impact that tourism is having in Wroxham and the Norfolk Broads. In the morning students will assess the different ways in which conflicts are being managed in the Norfolk Broads through a guided boat tour of Salhouse Broads. In the afternoon students will collect primary data through a range of group activities based in the centre of Wroxham. Year 8 students need to have returned the consent form to go on this trip. Year 8 students to meet on the Tennis Courts.

The Year 9 students will have a Crime and Consequences Day and the opportunity to interact with lots of different organisations based around the theme of ‘No Crime’. Some of the sessions include how to respond if someone has been harmed; meeting a prisoner and prison officer to find out first-hand what life is like in prison; activities designed to increase the awareness of abusive relationships and what to look out for; presentations to improve awareness of the dangers of drug use and much, much more! The feedback from previous years from both pupils and staff has been extremely positive. The sessions are run by experienced professionals who have a lot of valuable information and insight to offer our pupils. All Year 9 pupils will be meeting in the Sports Hall at the start of the day.

As well as these exciting activities, approximately 90 Year 9 students across the day will experience a workshop with STOMP in small groups for an hour and a half each in the drama room. ‘STOMP’ is a musical company which uses a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy and have taken the world by storm with their spectacular shows.Two members of the company will lead workshops focused on physicality, co-ordination and dexterity.

The day is split into two activities for Year 10, the first being ‘An introduction to Macbeth’ - the Shakespeare text students will study for their GCSE in English Literature. Students will participate in a number of short workshops aimed at introducing them to key characters and engaging them with the themes and ideas of the play.

The second activity being Maths Mastery Challenges which will involve engaging and exciting group tasks working on continued development of Mathematics mastery and recall of prior knowledge. All of the tasks will contain knowledge and skills from the learning the Year 10s have undergone this year and seeks to support students’ preparation for their GCSE. There will be an element of competition to the event with prizes on offer; all designed around helping support students in their journey to achieving their best in the new Mathematics 9-1 GCSE. All Year 10 students should meet in the specific English and MFL rooms displayed on lists at reception on the day.

In this, their final Flexible Learning Day at Neatherd before the GCSE exam season begins, most Year 11 students will be treated to a day of exciting workshops and presentations on key study skills, delivered by a company called Learning Performance. Learning Performance is the UK’s leading study skills company. Their interactive and motivational workshops show students how to learn, how to revise and how to prepare for exams with creative strategies such as memory techniques. Research shows that equipping students with such learning strategies can improve progress by an average of 8 months. The sessions will be interactive and practical and will give students an excellent boost as they prepare for their important exams. All students will receive a handy study skills booklet as part of the day. Learning Performance will also be delivering a one hour session for parents starting at 3.30pm for anyone interesting in attending. You will receive a separate letter regarding this. Year 11 pupils should meet in the canteen at the start of the day, unless they are doing the ECDL course.

A small group of Year 11 students will be spending some time on the day working towards an ECDL Level 2 Certificate in IT Application Skills. This is an internationally-recognised qualification which has been taken by over 2.5 million students in schools across the UK in recent years. It is valued by employers as evidence that young people have achieved a very good level of competence in their ability to use various IT applications, thereby equipping them for the modern workforce. Pupils doing the ECDL course should go to Geog3.

Yours sincerely

Mr N Sinclair

Flexible Learning Day Co-ordinator and Associate Assistant Head teacher