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!
Following the success of our virtual Engineering the Future for Girls programme in June 2020, the University of Strathclyde are delighted to be offering the virtual programme again in 2021 for school pupils in S3.
The University, BP and BAM Nuttall recognize the challenges school pupils have faced this year and it’s important to us that the current S3 cohort are given the same opportunity to engage with us as those who have attended the programme in previous years. We have therefore developed an online offering which is designed to inspire female pupils to discover the excitement and personal satisfaction that comes from a career in engineering. We ask that you bring this to the attention of S3 girls, particularly those that have a talent for mathematics or physical sciences.
Virtual sessions will run over three mornings on Monday 7th,, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th June 2021 from 10.00am – 12.30pm each day. Participants will hear from staff and students at the University and colleagues from BP and BAM who will provide an insight into studying and working in the field of engineering. Participants will also take part in a group project throughout the week. There are 100 places available on the programme and participants must be able to commit to attending all sessions as listed above
Further information and the online application form are available on the Engineering the Future for Girls website: https://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/outreach/engineeringthefutureforgirls/
The deadline for applications is Monday 15 March 2021.
S1 parents – we have launched our personal reading programme for S1 – Book Bingo. We’re asking learners to complete at least one task by the end of term & submit via their Google Classroom (it will be assigned to them on there). This will be their only piece of homework / home learning across the school this first term as we ease them back in #literacy
Some of our BGE pupils have been giving their favourite books and authors a “shout out” to recommend them to others. Some have also talked about the benefits of reading during this time as a way to unwind and relax.
This is just a small selection for now but you can see more over on our twitter feed @AlfordEnglish.