Celebration of learning

We have had an amazing week working extremely hard on our phonics and reading. We loved playing ‘Obb and Bob’ game showing our enthusiasm and great knowledge of phonics. We ended up our busy week with a celebration of learning. We enjoyed dancing, singing and having fun with our friends. Well done Year 1!

Sharing our Stories: 14/06/2024

Beautiful Work This Week

XP Gateshead Students Shine as Digital Leaders in Exciting Expeditions Project

Students at XP Gateshead are stepping up in a big way as Digital Leaders, diving into the world of technology to record content for their Expeditions. Teaming up with the XP Trust Comms Crew, these young tech enthusiasts are taking on the role of professional sound technicians. They’re not just learning the ropes of audio recording and editing – they’re skilfully mastering them, gaining hands-on experience that goes beyond the classroom and reaching into real-world applications.

It was so inspiring to see these students get stuck in and take charge of such an important project. Across our Trust, students are constantly proving that with enthusiasm and dedication, they can achieve anything. A massive appreciation to these Digital Leaders for going above and beyond!

A Decade of Activism – New Beautiful Work in Frenchgate Centre

A new curation of recent beautiful work has been installed in the Frenchgate Centre in Doncaster City Centre! There’s awesome work from schools across our Trust, with a key focus on our Curriculum seam ‘Protecting our Planet’ – be sure to go and see the awesome work our students have created!

We’re got vacancies across XP Trust!

We’re looking for:

Learning Coaches at Carcroft School

An EYFS/KS1 Specialist SEND Teacher at Carcroft School

A Teacher at Norton Junior School

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Weekly update for families @ XP Gateshead

World Ocean Day @ Norton Infants

KS1 Sports Day @ Green Top

Fantastic Year 1 Fieldwork to the Deaf School @ Plover

Scott’s Heroes @ Carcroft School

Year 9 Rounders Winners @ XP School

Good luck! @ XP East

Ancient Egyptians @ Norton Juniors

Share your stories with us!

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It might be something you or your students have achieved, a charity you’re supporting or anything at all that deserves a wider audience.

Write to us at [email protected] –  we want to hear about it, write about it and celebrate it!

What time is it Class 6?

In maths this week we are working hard on telling the time using analogue clocks. We’ve had fun making our own interactive clocks and using them to make the time. We’ve also enjoyed applying our skills whilst playing games with our friends.

Let’s see if Class 6 can show off their skills at home by telling you what time it is or working out how many minutes it is until a certain event. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Goodyer

World Ocean Day

Today the children in EYFS wore something blue to celebrate ‘World Ocean Day’. The children revisited previous learning from our summer expedition ‘What happens where the sea meets the shore?’ They spoke about plastic pollution and how we can make a difference. Moreover, they did so with such maturity.

Yet again the children in class 1 have been saving our seas beyond the classroom. These pictures were shared by parents who informed me that Willow and Aurora have been asking to pick up rubbish in their local area. Huge well done for lending a hand and making a difference! You’re amazing!

Punch and Judy Puppet show.

As part of continuing summer expedition, “What happens where the sea meets the shore?” Today the children of Nursery were celebrating “World Ocean Day” by all wearing blue in support of keeping our world’s oceans clean and safe. They also began thinking about their own experiences of the seaside and what there is to see and do at the coast. We were extremely lucky to be able to host our expert visitor Mr Dan, who performed a wonderfully, traditional, seaside favourite; A Punch and Judy Puppet Show for us. The children had a magical time and there was lots of fun, laughter and enjoyment all around.

Today was a memory that the children will remember forever! Such a wonderful treat – Beautiful Work!

Pirate Positioning! ☠️

Last week Nursery explored positional language, such as; “On top”, “Behind”, “Under” and “In front of” as part of expeditionary learning, whilst exploring the Maths based text “10 Little Pirates” by Mike Brownlow (as part of our ongoing expedition “What happens where the sand meets the shore?”) The children practised counting backwards in the theme of the story and sang along to the song version of the text as a hook into where our friend Pirate Pete maybe hiding. The children used a sentence stem like; “Pirate Pete is on top of the Treasure Chest” to explain his position on the pirates map. Here are a few of the examples….

”Pirate Pete is on top of X marks the spot”.

”Pirate Pete is on top of the big sea shell”. “Pirate Pete is stood on top of the crab”.

”Pirate Pete is behind the Palm tree”. “Pirate Pete is hiding behind the photo”.

”Pirate Pete is behind the Stingray”. “Pirate is laying behind the treasure box”.

“Pirate Pete is under the Mermaids”. “Pirate Pete is under the big sea monster”. “Pirate Pete is swimming under the mermaids”. “Pirate Pete is under the shell.”

”Pirate Pete is in front of the whale.” “Pirate Pete is front of my head”. “Arghh leg”. “Pete is in front of the treasure chest”.

The children also took part in a pirate hunt, finding the pirates which matched the wanted posters at the front of Nursery. When they found a pirate they had to match it to the poster and say how many golden coins their reward would be.

Following a more artistic theme the children were inspired by Reception’s drawing of the “10 Little Pirates” characters in the style of Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty. Therefore we followed the same drawing tutorial and created “Wanted” posters of our own. The children did an amazing job.

We are artists in Year One

Over the last few weeks we have been working hard to develop our art skills. We have worked on our line drawing, pattern and texture techniques as well as colour mixing and shading. We are extremely proud of our pieces of art that represent some of the landmarks in and around Doncaster.

Sharing our Stories: 07/06/2024

Beautiful Work This Week

Year 10 Band ‘LOOM’ @ the Doncaster Festival of Colour

On the last Friday before half term, students from XP Doncaster performed their original composition ‘Like A Storm’ in the magnificent ‘Luminarium’ at Right Up Our Street’s Doncaster Festival of Colour.

As part of ‘LOOL’ music sessions, Year 10 students have worked really hard to write this piece of music with Skinny Pelembe and Higher Rhythm as part of the Noise Collective project.

We are really proud of what they have achieved over the last few months – they’ve created beautiful work and developed a true sense of Crew in music.

There is No Planet B – Product Curation in Carcroft Community

Beautiful work from LKS2s most recent Expedition ‘There Is No Planet B’ has been curated on three signs in Carcroft! Their guiding question was ‘How can we protect our wonderful world?’.

Their learning focussed on the climate emergency and the impact that humanity is having on the environment, as well as what can be done to prevent further damage and protect the planet. The curated signs they have created not only celebrate the beautiful work they have done during the Expedition, but also make a stand about a persistent issue with local fly tipping.

Students have created helpful guides on recycling as an alternative to tipping and how this can benefit the community as a whole.

Friends of Norton Campus Football!

Friends of Norton Campus Association organised a community football match – parents versus teachers at Askern Miner’s Welfare Ground. Teachers were joined by some of Doncaster Rovers coaches and staff from Green Top – a real crew effort. The match was a tight game with both teams really wanting the win but at the final whistle it was the teachers that took home the trophy!

Friends of Norton Campus organised food, face painting and activities for the children – we even had a special visit from Donny Dog! We were supported with over two hundred members of the local community resulting in a really fantastic event.

Student Showcase – 4th July 2024

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Y5 parents please find attached an event you can attend to find out more about XP and XP East.

Please note this is not for Y6 students who have already been allocated their school. 

You can book your place here.

We’re looking for an outstanding Learning Coach (Teaching Assistant and HLTA) and Crew Leader at XP Gateshead!

Find out more here and apply to #JoinOurCrew

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Beautiful Work from Elize, Lyra and Leo @ XP Gateshead

Brilliant Bakers @ Norton Infants

D-Day @ Green Top

Pride of Plover @ Plover

Grammar in MI @ Carcroft School

Share your stories with us!

We now have a new dedicated news email so that you can send your stories, updates or ideas about potential news articles directly to us in Comms.

It might be something you or your students have achieved, a charity you’re supporting or anything at all that deserves a wider audience.

Write to us at [email protected] –  we want to hear about it, write about it and celebrate it!