Year 9 Visit to Newcastle Library

On 13th July, five eager Year 9 students got ready to explore what Newcastle University Library had to offer. On entering the library, the students and staff were all amazed by the sheer size but were quickly taken to the education centre.

During the morning students spent time looking at some of the oldest books the library had to offer, touching letters that Henry VIII himself wrote, and tracing a finger over Queen Victoria’s signature. Students then saw news articles written 200 years ago about the outbreak of cholera in Gateshead.

Students broke into teams and drew pictures of a body that they then had to add symptoms of cholera to – both teams did fantastically well, with the competition ending in a draw. Students then had to design their own medicine to combat cholera and present their ideas to the rest of the group, with a winner being voted for (well done Mrs Threadgall!).

Students then had the opportunity to explore the library, getting to see the vast expanse of resources it holds, seeing the different working areas, and even managing to stay silent across floors 3 and 4; the silent work areas!

After this tour, students were back in the education centre and another competition entitled ‘Pipes and Sewers’ (a version of snakes and ladders which included facts about the cholera outbreak) started. Students loved the game, and didn’t want it to end, but time was almost up and they moved on to the final quiz of the day, where all students managed to answer the question in order to ‘Save Granny’ from the outbreak of cholera.

Overall the day was fantastic, and everyone came away having learnt something new!

Beach Rewards Trip

On 7th July 2017, 32 students and 6 members of staff piled onto a coach heading for the coast.  After the week of terrible weather, our bags were stuffed full of extra layers and rain coats, and the outlook for staying dry was not optimistic.

However, once we landed on Marsden beach, everyone’s first thought was to get changed into shorts as the day was muggy and warm.  The day absolutely flew by with some students playing football and rounders, others creating huge sand forts, and others choosing to sit and relax while making stone sculptures or making bracelets with Mrs Pennock.

The weather stayed so nice some students even decided to dip their feet in the freezing North Sea! The day was rounded off with ice cream on the cliff top and a very sleepy bus ride home.

A very well done to all involved, all students were a shining example for the Academy (though Mr Sword did manage to drip ice cream everywhere…).

Year 11 Study Day

With the exams fast approaching a group of 9 year 11 students left the Academy for a full day of preparation and skill enhancement.  Walking into the conference room at Gateshead College was like walking into Sir Alan’s boardroom with all the latest gadgets and a beautiful glass window overlooking the Sage and the Gateshead Quayside.

The boys dived straight in with some Maths revision tips delivered by Mr Hill.  They created revision cards on key topics and used them to answer exam questions relating to them.  All students successfully managed to answer the questions using the tips Mr Hill had given them.

With no time for a break the students moved on to look at transferable revision skills delivered by Mr Divers.  Mr Divers helped the boys discover what type of learner they are and what methods to use to give them maximum retention when it came to the exams.

After a short revision break, Science and command words were next on the cards, with time for lunch in the middle.  The boys were reminded about the different styles of question they would come across and how to use all the information given to them in the paper to earn as many marks as possible.

Last up in the day was Mrs Warr with her English Language revision.  The boys were encouraged to write their own creative story using a picture as a prompt and were reminded that senses, vocabulary, imagery, punctuation, emotion and rhetoric were all important when trying to get the marks in these longer answer questions.

The Great North Museum: Adapt!

On Tuesday 9th May, nine year 8 students and three very excited members of staff left the Academy eager to see what wonders of nature the Great North Museum had to offer.  On arrival the group walked through the museum to get to the education centre at the back and were already captivated by the range of exhibits on show.

To start the day students had a lesson about the variety in nature and why animals have different features based on where they lived.  Students got to handle stuffed foxes and otters, feeling the fur and touching their sharp teeth.  One student was shocked at the size of an elephant’s tooth and another explained to Miss Bartram why alligators have two sets of eyelids.  Their science teacher would be proud of the knowledge they demonstrated!

After all the hands-on fun, students were sent to explore the new ‘Bones’ exhibition where students gathered information about different types of skeleton and teeth and discovered new facts about how animals move around. The sheer size of the whale skeleton was enough to take a few people’s breath away.

After a short break for lunch, the excitement continued with students exploring the other exhibitions in the museum.  There were Greek ruins and Egyptian tombs, Roman walls and prehistoric fossils. All the students gathered in front of the T-Rex skeleton to pose for a picture to commemorate the day.  The students were a credit to themselves and the Academy, and they all came away with new facts to share!