day 3 Secondary Experience

Day 3:

It is the third day of secondary experience and we have improved on a lot of subjects even the ones we have never done before. Today was the last day of the experience but by far the best. We did Art, Technology and Peer Support.

ART:

Art was a lesson full of positive and happy minds as we learnt that when something doesn’t look right you alway have a way to fix what you have made. In art we painted a spooky, abandoned and crooked town which had featured blue, green, white and black buildings. We made this artwork with some simple instructions. First we put blue, green and white paint on the large piece paper we then got some cardboard and whipped it up the page. The second step was to wipe another set of cardboard along the bottom of the paper with some black paint. Finally we added features that made the artwork look more realistic. We think this was one of the key feature of the experience.

Technology:

Technology was a fantastic lesson. We did a lot of different things that made us feel much more grown up. In technology we programmed a Sphero to draw lots of different diagrams. On a Sphero app we programmed the Sphero to turn different angles, go at the right speed needed and and roll for the time wanted this task took a lot of time to perfect but at the end we all got a good result. We as a group think this was one of the best tasks set and can’t wait until we get to do Technology in Secondary.

Peer support 3:

Today was the last Peer Support this week which meant it was the last time to ask about starting Secondary. This time in peer support we did a few thing we wouldn’t usually do. The year 11’s set a new task. We had to write down 3 question to ask the year 11’s, some of which about starting secondary or basic secondary questions. At the end of the interview we wrote down the answers to our questions. All of our questions got answered and we had a great time with the year 11’s. We think it help us realize that secondary is not that bad as we think it is as there are so many exciting and new opportunities in secondary.

Deacon:

My first star about secondary is Technology. My second star is Art and the abandoned buildings we painted. My wish is that Technology would go for longer.

Manvir:

 
My first star about secondary is Technology. My second star is Art and my wish is that we could of done Food Tech.

Isla:

My first star about secondary is definitely Technology because it gives you a better understanding of devices and thing that use electricity. My second star has to be Art because it taught us that you can alway fix a artwork even if it looks impossible. My wish is to improve and get better in art.

Tom:

My first star about secondary is Technology because is my personal favourite and you get to use the Sphero and the app to use it. My second star has to go to Art – it my favourite because you get to paint abandonment towers, bridges and different types of roofs.
# I wish I had a Sphero.

Reflection 3:

We as a group we have had a awesome time although we wish it went a little longer than a week. The classes were a great experience and we all learnt something new we all felt a little older as we went from class to class, did different subjects and played with Spheros. We think that to make a successful change to secondary school we need all the students to show there capabilities to there work, uniform and language. We also think that secondary should be aiming to the best of there abilities at all times.

Day 2 Secondary Experience

Day 2:

Today is the second day of our secondary experience. Things were still very different to normal and the classes are still so much fun. Today we focused on getting better at all subjects and trying more things. We did things like PDHPE and Peer Support.

PDHPE:

PDHPE was a interesting and exciting lesson. We talk about all the things that are going change through life not just in school but outside of school as well. During the lesson we did some fun activities, some of which were puzzles and we had to organise them into order from when you were a baby to when you are a grandparent. We also had to fill out a sheet and answer by writing down the negative, positives and averages of growing up. We think in secondary school we might face some hard changes in our lives like assignment and friend issues but we think that if we talk to a teacher, friend or relative this might become not so much of a problem and we could find solutions like getting a tutor or talking to your friend about what’s going on. We think this subject helped us to understand more about what is going to change in our lives as we get older. During this lesson we also played a multi sport game that included netball, basketball, soccer, hockey and holler hooping this game was a series of changes from sport to sport.

Peer Support 2:

Peer Support was very exciting and interesting as we played a game that involved a lot of communication the aim of the game was to throw the ball to anyone you like but as you throw the ball you must remember who you threw it to at the end of the game there ended up being 6 balls in the circle. We think that the communication part was calling there name as you throw the ball to tell then that a ball is coming towards then so they must catch it. I think the game was a perfect game to teach for communication and that they should use it again.

Deacon:

My first star is for PDHPE because we got to do multiple sports. My second star is for sport because I got to run around. My wish is that we could do more secondary subjects.

Manvir:

My first star is for sport. My second star is for PDHPE and my wish is that there would be more subjects.

Isla:

My first star for day 2 has got to go to PDHPE – it was a really great subject and taught me a lot about change. My second star is for Peer Support because I got to know people I didn’t really know better and it taught me to communicate better. My wish is to do the secondary experience again.

Tom:

My first star is for PDH because it is my favourite lesson and you get to do different sports and lots more. My second star is Project work because it is my best subject you get to write something on docs. My wish is to do more sports.

Reflection 2:

We think the days are getting better and better as they come. Most of the subjects are really different and exciting and all of the kids in Stage 3 are finding it as a wonderful experience. We think that as group if we encourage and bribe people to do their work we could successfully change secondary school in a good way. We also think that by playing fair, being respectful to staff and classmates and including others we could change the whole perspective of secondary school.

Day 1 Secondary Experience

Day 1:

Today our group spent the day in secondary. We did lots of work we wouldn’t usually do in primary, we spent the day doing Maths, Science, Pastoral Care and Peer Support.

Science:
Science was a very different experience as we don’t usually do science experiments. We learnt that everyday ingredients and objects are ACIDIC substances and BASIC substances. For our experiment we added Turmeric and methylated spirits then we put the mix on a piece of toilet paper which turned it yellow.We then cut the toilet paper into two strips.In the second cup we added bicarbonate soda and water.We put the first strip of paper into the second cup and watched it turn a different colour then we put the second strip of paper in to the vinegar cup and watched as it turned different colours. We think this experiment was fascinating and exciting as it was exciting when the toilet paper turned a different colour.

Maths:
Maths was a great experience it was different because things were harder and and we used much more mathematical words. We did a interesting marble run and used paper to form into a tube for the marble to run down then we used cups for the marble to start in and finish in. We learnt that if things are on slopes they go faster and if they are flat or straight they go slower. In the whole experience we found out that we used geometry, trigonometry, measurement, change of rate/calculus and linear relationships in the marble run. We think that this was the best maths experiment ever and can’t wait until we get to secondary.

Pastoral Care:
In Pastoral Care we did a series of placing ourselves on a better and worse scale of going to high school. Pastoral Care is a very calm and safe place as it teaches us to never doubt ourselves and if so to go speak to someone like a counsellor, relative, teacher or friend. In our lesson we filled out a worksheet that asked us about our social life on technology. We then watched a short video of some different mindsets from kids who are starting secondary. This helped us to be more confident about our feelings.

Peer Support 1:
Peer support is a great way to get to know some of the people in secondary such as the year 11’s. In peer support we did a game to help our communication. The aim of the game was to run up to Bronte (one of the year 11’s) who had a list of objects and animals she would then tell us one thing at a time on the list and we would have to make it out of playdoh. The person who guesses what it is first has the next go of forming the playdoh. We think this game was a excellent way of communication.

Deacon:
My first star goes to the Science experiment. My second star goes to Peer Support and my wish is for more Technology.

Manvir:
My first star is Maths. My second star is Science. And I wish we could do more Science.

Isla:
My first star has got to go to Science it was so fun mixing all the substance like turmeric, methylated spirits, bicarbonate soda and other substances together. My second star goes to Pastoral Care because it was so calm and safe and it taught us a lot of different things we could do about being scared of going to secondary. My wish is that our subjects would go for longer.

Tom:
My first star goes to Science because it’s great to be a scientist. My second star goes to Maths because you get to make a marble run. I wish that during secondary I could learn more things and get better at all subjects.

Reflection 1:
We as a group we think that the day was great and taught us a lot. We think that when we get to secondary school we will already have a feel of what it will look like and that it will always have a positive and negative side about it. That is why we think that by listening and respecting each other we could set an example to other secondary kids and sooner or later make a successful change to secondary school.

Our thoughts at the start of the week

Isla:
I think that secondary work will be a great experience as we can learn the difficulties as well as the opportunity’s secondary has to offer. I think working and learning in secondary will not look like primary. l think secondary will push us to the best of our abilities.

Thomas:
I think that secondary is going to be hard for us to do but it’s good to learn new stuff like real live science, pastoral care and other stuff. I think bringing an iPad is good and bad because your iPad battery will go down.

Deacon:
I think that secondary will be fun because of all the subjects but hard because of the assignments and homework.

Manvir:
I think secondary is going to be fun and boring because of all the hard work you have to do at school and all the homework you have to do in secondary school/year 7 might be really hard. The best thing about high school is making new friends and meeting new students and teachers. So I think secondary school will be fun and exciting. My favourite subjects are Art, Science, Maths and Technology.