Glebelands School’s Spring Focus Day was a roaring success on Tuesday 17th January. Students enjoyed a fantastic day of activities which enriched their curriculum and prepared them for the future and the world of work.
Year 7 spent their second Focus Day involved in a variety of activities, with one half of the year group taking part in some Code Breaking hosted by the Maths department and then, in the afternoon, enjoying a range of team building activities to build on their collaboration and team work skills in the PE department. The other half of the year were involved in the creative arts, producing an art project, learning how to play a variety of drums and enjoying choreographing some of their own dance moves.
Following feedback from last year, we gave Year 8 students a choice of two trips. Half went to the Science Museum where they spent a day at one of the UK’s most illustrious museums. As well as viewing the display and interacting in the Launchpad Area part of the museum, students watched the Legend of the Apollo 4D experience. The other half of the year spent a day at the Tower of London learning about a key part of our nation’s history.
The day for Year 9 was also split into two. For half of the day, students learnt about the variety of skills they can use to retain information. It was a super-speed study skills session led by a company called PositivelyMAD, who demonstrated a variety of techniques including mind mapping, story boards and memory stacks. At the same time the other half of the year were engaged in a session run by Eagle Radio, where they were looking at the media and the types of stories that people listen to. The session finished with the students recording their own news which was broadcast on professional equipment. Year 10 enjoyed a day led by SATRO, who organised the Bradford Business Day workshop. This was a game designed to engage the pupils in all areas of business, from product design, negotiating business deals and managing money. It was a really good experience for all the students, with awards given out at the end for the company that made the most profit on the day.
Following the issuing of their mock grades the previous week and with important GCSE exams approaching, we wanted to give our Year 11’s some more holistic skills to help them cope with the increasing demands of their GCSE courses. One session looked at stress management and ways to relax during stressful times and another looked at anxiety and how to identify and manage it. Alongside these activities, Year 11 also had their Interview Day where they were grilled by local businessmen and women in a Mock Interview aimed at helping them improve their techniques before their upcoming College interviews.
Thank you to all the staff at Glebelands who have put time into planning this successful day, and also to all the visitors who came in to share their expertise with our students. A fantastic day was had by all!
Mr R Hepburn
Over the last week Glebelands School has been running its annual Community Science Challenge. This has seen over 400 students in Years 1-6 from our local primary schools competing to produce the tallest working lighthouses. Glebelands School students also had the opportunity to compete in an inter-form challenge in Years 7 and 8.
The groups took on the role of structural engineers and the challenge was for the students to make a lighthouse with a working bulb on top that was controlled by a switch. The taller the lighthouse the more points the groups received, as well as bonus points for a working bulb, a switch and completing the Maths challenges alongside. The students had a budget to make the lighthouse models with and it was amazing to see the structures they created from a limited number of resources. The tallest tower over the three days was an amazing 1.5m, which was taller than a lot of the participants!
These challenges showcase the creativity and enthusiasm that the students had in designing and working together to complete the task. It also gave their teachers a real chance to see the students working in a different environment and you could see a real engagement in order to try and build the best lighthouse.
Glebelands School takes the promotion of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects very seriously, and this was a great experience and opportunity to be able to let the students carry out some experiments that they may not get to do on a day to day basis in their school and hopefully inspire some of the future generations to take a real interest in the field of Science and Engineering.
Mr Stefan Radwanski
Senior Teacher/Head of Science
On Thursday 2nd February Glebelands School hosted its latest Community Science Show, Science Misadventures presented by Fran Scott. Fran is an internationally recognised science communicator on shows on the BBC Learning Zone, as well as a number of other shows on CBBC such as Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom. Fran has also won an RTS Award and been nominated for three BAFTAs for her TV shows.
The talk was a journey through Fran’s career in how she became a science demonstrator and how she uses the fundamentals of science and “experimentation”, to design demonstrations suitable for a TV audience. The audience were shown the strength of friction by having a tug of war between themselves and two yellow pages, the wonders of Newtonian fluids and how to make very loud bangs from very small bubbles. Crowd participation was a big part of the show and there was a real buzz from the audience as they were exposed to a number of demonstrations.
Glebelands School prides itself on the promotion of the STEM subjects to our community and students and these events allow them to see the opportunities available through these subjects. Fran’s talk had an underlying theme of how she applies the basic principles of science in lots of different ways and that science is just about trying to answer questions and that people shouldn’t be put off by it because actually it is a lot of fun!
It was a very enjoyable evening and a great end to a fantastic Community Science Week at Glebelands School.
Mr Stefan Radwanski
Senior Teacher/Head of Science