Headteacher’s Blog 08/02/2019

Important Dates

 

18th-22nd February – Half term holiday

 

Maths in Physics Intervention

On Thursday morning 24 Year 11 students participated in some intensive Maths in Physics intervention sessions. This was to support higher tier students in making cross-curricular links between the two subjects and to revise more demanding numeracy applications that are common to both  subjects. It was well received with students making good progress in the sessions.

 

Year 11 Leavers Hoodies

Year 11 Leavers hoodies are here! Students are able to wear these in place of their Academy jumper and blazer from now until their last exam. With over 130 students wearing a range of 59 colours it will certainly brighten them all up. I’m looking forward to seeing the various difference combinations over the coming days.

 

Drama Performance

A group of talented students put on two amazing performances for our annual drama performance. The performance was an original play written by our own head of drama Miss Chapman. The Eastern Daily Press have written a lovely article as below. Well done to all involved:-

 

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/education/downham-market-academy-showcase-original-work-1-5881892

 

Year 11 Revision Skills day

Students in Year 11 enjoyed a day off timetable on Tuesday to take part in a carousel of activities designed to aid them in the final preparation for the GCSE exams.  They were shown different revision techniques in a Maths and Science context as well as general advice on revision and mindfullness from a visitor to the Academy.  Everyone took part in a relaxation session and also made a revision timetable that can be adapted and added to on the website “Get Revising”.  Now we just need everyone to put this into practise.

For parents, the revision skills session is next Tuesday from 5pm – please do book “seats” using the online system: www.parents-booking.co.uk/downhammarket

 

Year 10 English Trip

We are delighted to be able to offer our year 10 students the opportunity to attend The Globe theatre in London to watch a production of Romeo and Juliet. This is the Shakespearean text that their year will be studying for their GCSE and the opportunity to see the production in action will be invaluable for their understanding of the play. The Globe is a recreation of the theatre in which Shakespeare premiered his plays and occupied as a writer and performer in the late 16th – early 17th century. Watching the production in such an atmospheric location will give the students an indication of how the original staging conditions may have helped shape Shakespeare’s productions. The theatre contains a standing area for students to be able to get close enough to touch the stage and this is the area we will be occupying during the performance to replicate as closely as possible the experience of a theatre goer in the Elizabethan age.

 

The trip will take place on Tuesday the 12th of March, 2019. For any further information please contact either Mr Hale b.hale@downhammarketacademy.co.uk or Dr Nolimal m.nolimal@downhammarketacademy.co.uk

 

 

Science Faculty Visit to Hillcrest Primary – Dr Feeney

As a science teacher from DMA, I was invited to Hillcrest Primary School to attend their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) week.

I taught a lesson on forces to the Year 5 classes of Miss Musket and Mr Frost. The pupils raced different types of batmobiles down a ramp. After measuring the weight, distance travelled and time taken to stop of each car, the students worked out the speed of each batmobile using the equation speed = distance divided by time.

The pupils concluded that the heaviest cars had the higher speed but stopped sooner. This related to gravity pulling their weight down the slope and friction slowing the cars as they leave the slope. The children will use this knowledge in relation to the electric powered model cars that they are making.

It was very nice to meet the pupils and staff of Hillcrest Primary School which include the siblings and parent of current DMA pupils.

 

 

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