Headteacher’s Blog 14/02/2020

Important Dates

 

  

Year 7 Shakespeares Globe  

Throughout this term our Year 7s have endeavoured to construct models of Shakespeare’s famous The Globe theatre. It was exciting to see their creativity thrive and their use of materials: some dabbled into wood, some in straws and some even made it out of cake. We never knew The Globe can be so tasty. 

 

Shakespeares Magic  

Thousands of performances of William Shakespeare’s plays have been staged since the end of the 16th century and our Year 7 pupils were no exception to this fact. Pupils explored a number of extracts from Shakespeares most famous plays, focusing on the magical and fantastical and worked in small groups to stage a short extract from a play of their choice. We believe, if Shakespeare were alive today, he would be very pleased with their final performances. 

 

You will be able to view some of the performances on our website: 

https://downhammarketacademy.co.uk/lifeatdownham/highlightsstudentwork/

 

Year 11 Science Mocks

All year 11 students will be having three Science mock exams, of paper 1, the week after half term.

Revision homework has been sent out on ParentMail and also emailed to all student’s Ooble mail. The tasks within the homework are tailored to cover the content of the mocks so will support students in focusing their efforts in the content areas required. There are BBC Bitesize links with each activity to enable them to immediately access support if needed to complete the exercise. This is designed to set them up to succeed in these mocks and feel confident in their ability to use key vocabulary in Science in context and answer application questions of their knowledge. 

 

Valentines Roses

Over 80 single roses have been delivered to staff and students in the Academy for the third year of Year 11 prom fundraising. The event, supported by Bluebells Florist in Downham Market, has been well received by all bringing smiles to faces on the last day of the half term celebrating St Valentine’s Day.

 

KS3 Valentines Disco

Over 60 students enjoyed the first large-scale evening event, organised by FODMA; the Academy’s PTA. The disco was held in Athena College main hall having been decked out with giant “LOVE” letters, a DJ and various other valentines decorations to set the mood and scene. There was a refreshments table to keep the students fuelled throughout their dancing and socialising, which was well frequented by students throughout the evening.

 

Year 10 Parents’ Evening

It was great to see so many parents of Year 10 students engaged with their child’s learning at the Parents’ Evening last week.  Having strong support at home is one of the biggest contributors to academic success so we really do value all of the time spent supporting your child(ren) to realise the potential grades.

 

Geography: GCSE Geography Trip

 On the 5th and 6th February, two groups of year 11 students travelled to The Grafton Centre in Cambridge to collect data for their GCSE Geography exam. They took part in a range of primary data collection techniques which enabled them to gather information on the contrasting shopping areas of the Grafton Centre, Fitzroy Street and Burleigh Street. Despite the brisk weather conditions, the pupils were efficient and diligent in gathering their data. Their hard work and engagement meant that the pupils were able to collect accurate and useful data that we will be analysing in the lessons to come.

 

Art Students Visit to the V&A

This week Year 11, 12 and 13 Art Students visited the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which showcases the best in decorative art and design from around the world. The main aim was to explore the galleries and find inspiration for students exam themes. From fashion and jewellery to paintings, sculpture, ceramics and furniture in the collections, there was really something for everyone. Part of the day included on-site sketching and taking relevant photographs to add to students own portfolios. Many students had not previously visited this museum, and so this was a great opportunity for them to get a feel for it, while relating the exhibits back to their own work. The students conducted themselves well throughout the visit, and were a credit to the Academy.

 

GCSE and A Level Art Mock Exams

With only a couple of school weeks left before the Art Mock exams, students should be using the Half Term to start to plan their compositions which can then be refined when we return after the break. This is essential as these compositions will directly influence the final exam plan. Any questions, please ask Miss Turnbull or Mrs Andrews as soon as possible.

 

Artwork of the Week

This weeks Artwork is by Philippa Wright, Year 9. Her class is studying Portraiture, and Philippa has produced this well-observed drawing in coloured pencil. We were particularly impressed by Philippas use of mark-making to indicate tone in the portrait, and her use of white space.

 

 

Our First Millionaires

As part of our Accelerated Reader Program, I am pleased to announce our first two reading millionaires!! Congratulations to Molly Goulding and Theo-Morgan Hewett. Research shows that on average a CEO reads 50 books per year, so these pupils are well on their way to becoming CEOs and real millionaires! 

We hope these pupils’ success will encourage others to join them in reading in excess of one million words. 

 

Blue Skies

On Thursday a group of Year 8 students visited Marham RAF base to continue their ‘blue skies’ education programme. The group had a brilliant day at the base working with the instructors to complete the high and low ropes obstacle course. The students are improving their teamwork, resilience and confidence through this programme. Well done to all the students that are taking part.

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