On Thursday this week all pupils took part in our first ‘Extended Learning Day’ of this academic year. ‘Extended Learning Days’ (ELD) are organised throughout the academic year to enrich the curriculum and provide pupils with a greater variety of learning experiences.
Year 7: The focus of learning for pupils centred around ‘The Catholic Church’ to enrich learning in RE. Pupils had the opportunity throughout the day to visit Preston’s iconic St Walburge’s Church. The visits were hosted by Canon Cristofoli and Deacon Abbé who provided very informative talks on the magnificent structure and history of the 309 ft spired church together with in depth Catholic symbols represented in the church, the church’s society ‘Institute of Christ the King’ and what is so special about being a ‘Catholic’. Learning continued in Food and Nutrition with pupils instructed and making bread and hot cross buns. Chaplaincy provided a session relating to the importance of the Eucharist together with Fr Mario in our school chapel explaining the reasons behind the special vessels and vestments of the Catholic Church. In Art pupils were tasked to create a paper template of a ’stained-glass window’. A review of the day’s learning and prayer concluded in the school hall.
Year 8: Various aspects of Physical Education had pupils participating in their house groups in several challengers that included outdoor relay, dribbling and ball on a racket races together with tug of war, up and under and hoop link competitions. The fitness studio session had pupils exercising on the various pieces of equipment with an emphasis on calorie burning. A ‘Gameshow’ concentrating on pupil dexterity and co-ordination together with an ‘Escape Room’ event was hosted in classrooms with additional ‘Clockface Orienteering’ and ‘Archery’ sessions in the school gymnasium.
Year 9: After an initial introduction in the school hall with a viewing ‘Naked Science’ a video about the deadliest planets in our solar system, pupils continued their learning in class by drawing out the solar system to scale to appreciate the massive distances involved. Classes then uniquely focused on sessions physically creating with specific materials a ‘Mars Rover’ (a balloon car) and separately a Mars Lander’, specifically considering the need for water, food, oxygen, entertainment and exercise etc. There was a very excited ‘Mars Lander’ parachute drop to test each designed lander with house points to winning teams and a unique race-off between the best Mars Rover at the concluding session in Il Cenacolo summarising the day’s science learning.
Year 10: There were several department’s culminating to undertake a Business and Marketing project for Year 10 with Design Technology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Business Studies, MFL and Humanities all combining to create and market a product from a list of six items to eventually win the backing of the ‘Corpus Christi Dragons’. The day consisted of four different sessions that included specific marketing mix of ‘product’, ‘price’. ‘place’ and ‘promotion’. Throughout the day pupils refined their resources ahead of a recoding a video for the ‘Dragons’ to judge who will get the financial funding for their product!
Year 11: Our Year 11 took part in a specifically focused ‘Macbeth Day’ led by their English department teachers preparing for their ‘Shakespeare’ question for their future GCSE Literature exam. Pupils focused on the analysis of extracts but also had tuition on how to specifically comment on the play ‘Macbeth’ and to thoroughly understand the plot. Any part of the play could be given as an extract so it is important for pupils to know the play very well. Particular aspects to reading, understanding and responding to texts, together with analysing the language, form and structure of the play and using a range of vocabulary for clarity, purpose and effect were explored.