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Uniformed services: Using a radio

Today we learned why uniformed services use radios and the correct procedures to use when speaking over the radio.

We like a challenge, so we cracked some codes to make it trickier!

We split into teams, one team cracked the code and the other waited for the code and a location, which is where Mrs Metcalfe had placed some goodies. The team who were going to the location had to pass the secret code over to a member of staff, if they got the code right they received an item.

We found tea, sugar, milk and biscuits then enjoyed a well earned cup of tea!

Hello yellow!

You may already know that it’s mental health day today. In family groups we looked at ways to keep our mood optimal. We mainly talked about anxiety and depression and some strategies to help us keep our mental health in check!

We learned that scents can ground us if we feel anxious. We tested different scents to see which worked for us. We also tried different sensory activities, from clapping our hands to using plastercene to relax.

It’s also national space week. 10B are learning about space so we combined some relaxing activities with our topic. We discussed why we were doing each activity so we knew more about mindfulness, relaxation and we talked about why mental health is important.

We made an oil burner to help us relax.

Uniformed services: Can you see us?

Today we learned about camouflage and concealment. We had a lesson on how to stay hidden and what might give our position away and then each made a power point about what we had learned.

We then went outside to test our skills. Can you spot the 5 hidden objects?

The uniformed services team could!

We then took it in turns to conceal ourselves. One team hid and the other team searched.

Uniformed Services

As part of our uniformed services we need to learn how to raise our fitness levels. Over the past two weeks we have spent 30 minutes learning some boxing techniques.

Year 11 Uniformed services

As part of preparation for adulthood, some of our year 11 students have selected to complete a uniformed services taster course. Today we completed some of our military module and made a shelter and prepared a hot drink outside.

We took it in turns to make the shelter, we worked in pairs.

We made a fire.

We tested the shelter by pouring water over the top!

Toasting marshmallows aren’t part of the module, but we did it anyway.

Building in progress…

We used ration pack hot chocolate, some of us liked it more than others!

Science 8N and 8B

We are working through the ‘Microbes and disease’ topic in science. Today we have learned how easily germs spread by using glitter. For this experiment: Glitter = germs.

We worked in pairs, one of the pair rubbed their hand in the glitter.

They then had to rub their hands together to see how easily the germs spread.

Germs everywhere!

We then washed our hands.

We saw hat there was still glitter on our hands, even after washing them. We now know how easily germs spread.

Year 10 Science

Year 10 are continuing to work on their science entry level qualification this year and are currently working on the topic ‘Pushes and pulls’ which covers levers and forces. Today we carried out a practical test and refreshed our memories on the different types of forces.

9W Science

We made salt crystals in science. Do you like them?

9W Science

The marvellous 9W have been learning how air resistance works. We made parachutes and tested them.

Year 9 Science

We have been working through the ‘Driving Along’ topic for our science entry level qualification. The topic is about speed, reaction times and car safety.

We carried out an experiment so we could practise calculating our speed.

First we measured out 20 metres and then we worked in pairs.

One of us did the activity and the other timed them using a stopwatch.

We ran, hopped, skipped, walked and did heel to toe, as quickly as we could.

We then logged our times.

We calculated our speed once we got back into the classroom and put our data into a graph.