S1 pupils in Maths have had an excellent start to their academy journey and for the past three weeks have been taking part in a project centred around Black History Month and Space Week. The pupils watched the film ‘Hidden Figures’ which is the story of 3 amazing black, female mathematicians who worked for NASA in the 1950s, and their involvement in early space travel. The pupils then carried out some research on one of the main characters in the film, or on Maths in the Past, Present and Future of Space Travel.
We have been really impressed with the conversations and understanding shown by the pupils, they have really engaged with the project, and we have had some really interesting responses to our questions about the film.
Pupils had a choice of how they wanted to present their research, and we have received a wide variety of, reports, powerpoints, posters and hand drawn artwork that pupils have used to share their research. A small selection are shown below, we hope to find a way to share the learning wider after the October break.
Well done S1!!
Well done to our budding S1 Scientists who have all graduated from their ‘Introductory Science’ topic. We are almost finished the practical assessments which are to ensure our pupils have the skills and confidence to conduct practical experiments safely.
What have we been learning? Well we have been lighting Bunsen Burners safely, identifying hazard symbols, making crystals, burning magnesium and learning skills such as graph drawing and equipment diagrams.
It has been a busy term already but all pupils have a google classroom and all materials can be found here so they can recap their lessons and build on their knowledge.
Well done S1!
ADHD / ADD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects people’s behaviour. People with ADHD can seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse . ADD is a type of ADHD that doesn’t involve constant movement and fidgeting but does mean that the individual may lose focus. People with this disorder may have trouble managing time, being organised, setting goals and staying on task however, sometimes it’s just your perspective that needs to change as it also brings many positives………
To find out more about ADHD / ADD pupils can access the resources on the ‘ADHD/ADD’ page which is a subpage of ‘Equality and Inclusion’ on our pupil support site, which can be accessed via the tile on the GLOW Launch pad.
Dyslexia is a complex condition causing an individual to process information differently, particularly around reading, writing and numbers. It does not negatively impact your level of intelligence but simply means that you learn differently.
People with dyslexia see the world differently and this unique perspective allows them to be creative and ‘think outside of the box’, finding inventive ways to solve problems.
Some of the worlds richest people are dyslexic and credit their difference for helping them to achieve this….they believe that being dyslexic is in fact an advantage.
To find out more about what it’s like to be dyslexic, pupils can access the resources on the ‘Dyslexia’ page which is a subpage of ‘Equality and Inclusion’ on our pupil support site, which can be accessed via the tile on the GLOW Launch pad.
It is thought that 10% of the UK population have dyspraxia. Dyspraxia symptoms can vary depending on age…. difficulties may become obvious when learning to tie shoelaces, doing up buttons and handwriting and it tends to get picked up and diagnosed between the ages of 7 and 10.
Although this is a challenging condition and presents difficulties for those with it there are many success stories :
Daniel Radcliffe (Actor), David Bailey (Photographer), Richard Branson (Entrepreneur) and Albert Einstein (Scientist) are all dyspraxic but haven’t let it hold them back!
Watch : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv0O1-YR7vQ
There’s lots more information on the ‘Dyspraxia’ page which is a subpage of ‘Equality and Inclusion’ on our pupil support site which you can access via the tile on the GLOW Launch pad.
There’s lots more information for pupils on the ‘Dyspraxia’ page which is a subpage of ‘Equality and Inclusion’ on our pupil support site which can be accessed via the tile on the GLOW Launch pad.
There are many positive features of an autistic mind, for example :
- Attention to detail
- Deep focus
- Ability to absorb and retain information
- Honesty and Integrity
- Resilient and Determined
Success Stories and Everday Heroes : To find information on different examples of how autistic people have used neurodiversity to their advantage, pupils can access the ‘Autism’ page which is a subpage of ‘Equality and Inclusion’ on our pupil support site which can be accessed via the tile on the GLOW Launch pad.
To celebrate Neurodiversity Week 2021 we will be sharing some information about neurodiversity with you each day this week.
According to the department of education 15% of pupils in UK schools have a learning difference and our aim is to recognise and celebrate the many strengths and talents of being neurodiverse. To find out more about neurodiversity and the benefits it can bring pupils can access the ‘Celebrating Neurodiversity’ page which is a subpage of ‘Equality and Inclusion’ on our pupil support site which can be accessed via the tile on the GLOW Launch pad.
This week our pupils and parents continue to enjoy and engage with our British Science Week projects, making biomes in a bottle, crystals and holograms. Please visit the following Twitter posts to see just some of the excellent examples that have been produced
This week we have had another 2 examples of Excellent Home learning posted on the Alford Science Twitter feed.
Use the following link to find out more about how S1 pupils are performing tasks linked to British Science Week. This starts an interdisciplinary project also involving the Faculties of Business Education and Computing, Humanities, Mathematics and Enterprise and Creativity.
The second link below highlights the work of a S6 pupil who presented their research project to S3 and S6 pupils. The research and presentation form part of their Scottish Baccalaureate qualification.
The Science Faculty thought we would share some excellent home learning that has been produced by many pupils during February 2021. We would like to thank everyone for their continued hard work and some amazing learning. Alford Team Science.