New Zealand – Mrs McCormack

Our Class Team

Teacher HLTA TA TA
Karen McCormack Sarah Jones Laura Williams Lauren Kuya

Contact the teacher at karen.mccormack@abbotsleaschool.co.uk

Our Weekly News

In the boxes below, you can read about our best moments in school.
We are sharing our weekly news every Friday.

Week 31+

New Zealand have been focusing on their maths and English assessments this week. We have made great progress with our science topic of Reproduction and the students have shown their understanding, contributing to class discussion. Food technology continued with our healthy eating topic, and we made tortilla pizzas with a range of toppings. Our new class reading book is “Good Night Mr Tom” and we have been discussing the challenges faced by poor communities in the East End of London during the second world war. Our Allotment project this week involved looking at jobs in the horticultural sector. Despite the rain, our herbs are growing well in the Forest School area, and our seeds are sprouting in the classroom! Well done everyone and have a well-earned rest this weekend.

Week 30+

Despite it being a short week, New Zealand have crammed a lot into our four-day week. Maths focused on Pictograms and how different images may be used to represent data. We have begun looking at Human Reproduction and have started with the very cells that begin the reproduction process. The students have been attentive and made some great contributions to our class discussions. In ICT, we have considered how technology has changed the workplace and the impact of Covid on jobs in the future. If we include Employability (understanding application forms) and English (comparing newspaper articles,) you will get an idea of how busy we have been. Well done to all students.

Week 29+

Students this week have made great progress in science, re-visiting the nervous system and answering questions about how electric impulses travel around the body. Maths has been interesting as students design their own surveys and present their data. They have chosen graphs and pie charts to present their data. Our ICT Task has focused on The Tourist Board in Liverpool and students have put together an itinerary for two visitors to the city. The students have “booked” hotels and priced up a 5-day stay, including theatre visits, restaurants, and of course, football ground tours! Well done everyone, a very productive week!

Week 28+

Students this week have enjoyed our morning quizzes involving maths, SPAG and a little geography and history thrown in for good luck. Excellent work from everyone! English has focused on the writing exam and newspaper reports. We also studied news reports and had to decide if they were fake or real. In maths, students have continued to look at different ways to present data. They will be collecting their own data next week and will have the chance to put the new skills they have learned into practice. We have loved our science focus this term – looking at plants, photosynthesis and pollination. This has tied in nicely with our project on allotments and we have started sowing seeds and planting in the Forest School area. New Zealand class have earned a relax in the sun this weekend. Enjoy!

Week 27+

New Zealand have been enjoying the sunshine and spending time in our Forest School area planning an allotment. Some pupils worked on the Bug Hotel. Maths has focussed on a new topic, data collection and presentation. We have looked at primary and secondary data and ways to use a survey to find out people’s opinions. We have begun looking at the Level 1 Functional Skills English Reading Paper. The case study looked at Cat Cafes, which provoked lots of discussion. In science, the students are researching plant and animal cells and comparing the two. We will soon be growing our own herbs to plant in the Forest School area. Every morning we continue to read “The Lord of the Flies” and some students took the opportunity to visit the school library to pick a reading book of their own. In our food technology lesson (making Irish 15s) you can see, the very busy week we have had!

Links to open sessions at Hugh Baird College and Myerscough College for September.

https://www.hughbaird.ac.uk/events

https://www.myerscough.ac.uk/whats-on/online-course-advice-morning-february/

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