Joseph Swan Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday the 28th September Joseph Swan Academy hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning from 10am until 11.30am. We invited members of the local community and parents of Year 7 students to join us for a morning of delicious refreshments.

Year 7 and Year 12 students hosted the event.  Year 7 welcomed our visitors and helped serve refreshments, whilst Year 12 ran a tombola stall, raffle and two Macmillan competitions.  There was a huge variety of prizes on offer, all of which were kindly donated by local businesses, students and staff donations.

The Joseph Swan Academy band played throughout the event supported by our Head of Music, Mr Miller.  For a list of prize winners please contact the Head Teacher’s PA – Andrea Atkinson.

A huge thank you to all of those who supported this event – we raised over £500 for a truly worthy cause!

Provision for Year 11 and Year 13 – 1st March

Department Year 11 Year 13
English Complete the English Language Paper 2 (emailed) and revise the nature based power and conflict poems in the revision workbook (emailed). English Literature:
To support your preparations for Paper 2, Question a please use the crime text that you identified to create your own Question A task:
AQA Resource
The above provided advise from the exam board about this process but remember, you need to find a section of a text which contains enough linguistic and structural material to to be able to analyse it to a high level.
There is a lot of material which is copyright free and available on the internet if it is Victorian (or earlier) if you’re struggling to find a text at home. Remember that the focus question is always the same (as is the mark scheme).

Send your completed task to Mrs Warr via email

Year Language:
Research the theorist Pinker and explore nativism further. I’ll attach some links. They then need to revise the key theorists from Tuesday’s lesson focusing in particular on phonetics and phonology. Students should then re- annotate their exam extracts in full, identifying anything they might have missed from the trial exam.
Chomsky’s Theory of Language
The Language Instinct

Maths All students have been set work to complete on Mathswatch. All students will be emailed directly by their teachers with instructions of tasks to complete. Past exam papers will also be attached for students to complete in preparation for their exams.
Science Combined Science
Students need to use their revision guides to complete end of topic questions from topics 1 to 4 for Biology and Physics and topics 1 to 5 for Chemistry. Copies of the revision guides have been shared with all students on the google drive. Answers to support self assessment are at the back of the revision guides.

Separate Sciences
Use the grade booster work books that have been shared via google drive to complete the questions from topics 1 to 4 for Biology and Physics and topics 1 to 5 for Chemistry. Answers to support self assessment are at the back of the workbooks.

Students are to use their textbooks to complete the end of topic questions for their current unit and complete the textbook questions for their y12 modules as revision for the upcoming exams.
Art Year 11 to work from their exam prep schedule and outcomes checklist. Aim to complete all tasks for this week for Tuesday next week. Any concerns or questions email both Art staff for a response. Year 13 to continue working on their exam prep as according to tutorials. Any concerns or questions email both Art staff for a response.
BHT Mrs Barrass’ Year 11 Business class, please refer to Tuesdays email and complete Unit 8 tasks 1-4.

Mrs Penny’s Year 11 Business class, complete Unit 5 (year 10 folder) comparison table set on Google Classroom. Anyone still working on Unit 1 Business plan please continue with this task.

Miss McGeorge’s Year 11 Business class, continue working on Unit 5 tasks set on Google Classroom.

Mrs Saunders and Mrs Whalen’s Year 11 Health & Social Care classes, please continue to work on Unit 2 tasks set on Google Classroom.

Year 13 Business students, use beebusinessbee resources and your revision guides to revise for Business Finance Exam.

Year 13 Health and Social Care, continue working on Unit 14 coursework tasks set on Google Classroom.

EPRE 11J1 – Students should access the Google classroom work on Islamic practices and work through the questions on each PPT as a revision activity.

11J2 and 11J3 – Students to complete a research task based on ‘divorce’ on to their Google Classroom platform.

Year 13 Philosophy – read the introduction to Meta-ethics powerpoint on the google classroom and make notes.
Geography Using the revision workbook posted on google classroom earlier this year students should look to complete the questions on ‘Changing Cities’ and ‘Development’ ahead of their trail exam. They can use the mark scheme in the back of the book to self assess their answers. Year 13 – continue to work on their Personal Investigations using the feedback provided by Mrs Blundred.
History Use your books (which you all have at home) to revise the topics from Year 10 which will be on the trial exam this month and in the June exam for paper One
This is Germany (apart from those in Miss Lough’s class last year who studied the USA) and the Conflict unit (which you all studied) about the Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations, Appeasement etc.
As well as the sites on the Academy revision site you can use this about Germany

This one is good for parts of all of the topics, you’ll have to navigate the way through it – where it says ‘Modern World History topics’, you need the second, third and fourth topics plus Germany or USA depending on what you have studied. This does not cover all of the Germany or USA topic so you’ll still need to refer to your books.

For Germany focus on hyperinflation, Hitler’s treatment of different groups and impact of war. For conflict unit look at League of Nations, Treaty of Versailles in particular. Try to create mind maps and use some of the revision techniques we used during some AAPC sessions and revision you did last year.
Miss Lough has also put more revision material on google classroom.

Work to complete your coursework, you all have clear individual instructions on what you need to do. If you need any help then email Mr Givens.

For the exam units – use your notes from both topics to begin your revision for the June exams by focusing on work from Year 12 from study on both Tudors and Russia. Remember the essays are ‘assess the validity’ of a particular statement so need to present both sides of an argument. Again anything you think you need on top of this then email Mr Givens and Miss Lough

ICT Cambridge National ICT
Unit 1 revision: Unit 1 revision materials are already on Google Classroom for students to access. Students are to read through this work. Students can then make notes based on the pre-release for the March trial exam. Pre-release is on Google classroom, which can also be accessed from here
Revision materials for Unit 1 and Unit 2 exams are on Google Classroom. This includes unit specifications and accompanying notes, which students should read through and make notes. Previous exam papers for both units are also available on Google Classroom to work on.
Languages Please login to Kerboodle and complete the following exercises:
Pages 158 – 159 exercises 1,2, 3 and 5
pages 160 – 161 exercises 1,2,3 and 4
Write your answers on a sheet and this will be marked and stuck into exercise books.

Also, complete the grammar worksheets (these will emailed to students). There are two for Higher candidates and two for Foundation however you can complete all four if you wish. Write answers on a separate sheet if you can’t print at home.

Finally, continue to learn your General Conversation questions and prepare answers to the rest of the questions.

All work will be checked on Monday.

11BFR1 – Students should log onto Kerboodle. Foundation students should do pages 150-151, read the article ‘Le règlement scolaire’ and complete exercises 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5 and 7.

Students entered for Higher Tier should do pages 152-153. Read the article ‘Améliorer son école’ and complete the activities 2, 3, 4 and 5.

All students should continue to practise their answer to the questions for the GCSE French speaking examination (Genral Conversation).

Foundation Tier students should complete the first two attached worksheets and Higher Tier students should complete the final two attached worksheets.

Please write your answers on paper if you do not have any printing facilities at home.

Music Can students please complete pages 10 to 20 in the white theory books
Complete another 16 bars of their compositions and look at completion. Send composition work to my email so I can have a look and return with corrections.
Log on to google classroom and either finish any work you have still to complete for unit 2 or unit 5 or green pen any work that has been marked.
BTEC Sport
Finish the report for the second assignment of unit 3. When it is completed share it with Mr Gray.
Technology Work will be shared on Google Docs.

Sixth Form Literature Students Theatre Visit

The Sixth Form A Level Literature students were given the opportunity to visit Northern Stage in order to see an RSC production of Shakespeare’s famous work Hamlet. This play is a key text for our students as they are exploring it as part of a unit called “Elements of Crime”. In this unit they are approaching Hamlet through exploring its links with the Crime genre. The students really valued the chance to see the text in performance: after all, it is only on the stage that a play truly comes to life: as Hamlet himself says, “The play’s the thing”…

Before the performance the students were able to meet the RSC cast members who discussed the play and their insights about the characters that they were performing as in Hamlet. This discussion with professional actors was fascinating and allowed students to gain a new and unique perspective on the play.

Jesus College Cambridge Workshop

Students from Year 10 and Year 12 were involved in a highly engaging and informative workshop delivered by three university students from Jesus College Cambridge.

The Year 10 workshop focused on ambitions and aspirations, and gave students an insight into what life is like at a high achieving Russell Group University such as Cambridge. Students were actively involved in discussions around university life, including the types of degree on offer; student accommodation and facilities; extra-curricular activities and more. The representatives from Jesus College also gave students an insight into the requirements for entry into these Universities.

The Year 12 talk was attended by almost half of the year group, showing the high aspirations and goals that these students have for themselves. This workshop focused on the pragmatics of the application process, not only to Cambridge and Oxford, but also to all Russell Group institutions.

Topics covered in this talk included entry requirements; entrance exams; how to write personal statements and the importance of super and extra-curricular activities. The session also gave an insight into how rewarding studying at these institutions is. It has certainly whetted the students’ appetite to apply to the best universities!

At Joseph Swan Academy we pride ourselves on fuelling and supporting the ambitions of all of our learners and events such as this continue in this theme.

UKMT Senior Team Regional Final

On Tuesday the 14th November, four of our Sixth Form mathematicians competed in the UK Mathematics Trust Senior Team Regional Final.

The four students tackled three rounds designed to test their natural flair and ability in Maths, as well as working as part of team to solve Maths problems. The students had a great time and all four agreed that their favourite round was the cross-number round which not only tested their Maths and team-work skills, but also their logic. Despite not being overall winners on the day, the students did incredibly well and outperformed many other schools in the region. We are already looking forward to next year’s competition!

World Challenge Launch

On the evening of Wednesday 18th October, the World Challenge team came to Joseph Swan Academy to launch our fantastic expedition to the Uttarakhand region of Northern India.

This expedition gives students the opportunity to trek in the foothills of the Himalayas; go on safari; visit the beautiful historic Agra and see the Taj Mahal. Even more importantly students will be working on a community project which aims to provide better educational facilities for students in an impoverished village in India.

The evening was well attended and delivered brilliantly by our World Challenge partners. We hope that many of the students who attended will opt to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Year 12 Nissan Plant Tour

As part of their A Level Design Technology studies, a group of Year 12 students visited the Nissan Car Plant at Washington in Sunderland. They had a guided tour of the manufacturing lines by Mr Frank Davidson and saw all of the processes involved in making a complete vehicle. They learned how many different departments, processes and systems work together to complete a Nissan car that rolls off the production line at the rate of one a minute. Hopefully this new knowledge and understanding will help in their studies at A Level.

The students were a credit to themselves and the Academy and conducted themselves impeccably.

Mr G. Hodgson

Year 13 visit to Newcastle University Biomedical Science Lab

Our year 13 Biology students spent the afternoon experiencing what it would be like to study Biomedical Science at Newcastle University.

They were part of a large group from schools across the region that had the task of testing urine samples and diagnosing diseases. Students listened to an introductory session from the university’s senior lecturer, Dr Geoff Bosson, who is well known for his research across the world in Biochemistry.

They linked what they were told in the introduction about the kidney to the test results from the unrine samples and symptoms that the patients were exhibiting to give a full diagnosis. All of our students came to the correct diagnosis and were able to intepret their results!

After the break, students then got to make their own dipsticks that doctors can use to diagnose conditions like diabetes and to confirm pregnancy. They used a series of chemicals then tested their strips against some glucose solutions.

All students behaved impeccably and were a real credit to the Science Department and the Academy. A really fantastic afternoon where students were talking about the opportunities for them after their A level studies.

Mrs Stevenson

Students Shine at Joseph Swan Academy

We are very proud of all our Year 12 and Year 13 students this year. The Academy has achieved record breaking results for students in Year 12 and in Year 13. These​,​ very pleasing results mean that students have gained University places throughout the country​ and in Wales​ in a very varied range of degree courses.

Examples of the breadth of degree courses that students will be studying include Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Mental Health Nursing, Chemical Engineering, Spanish and Japanese, Occupational Therapy, Forensic Science, Mechanical Engineering, History, Business, Music, Aeronautics and Astronautical Spacecraft Engineering, Fine Art,​ Business and Logistics,​ Psychology, Civil Engineering,​ Business and Marketing, Geography,​ Midwifery, Fashion, English Literature, Engineering, Primary Education, Biomedical Sciences,​ Law,​ Business Management, Zoology and Computer Science.

Students will be studying at Universities throughout the country​ and in Wales​ including York, Teeside, Loughborough, Cumbria, Manchester, Northumbria, Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Leeds and Bangor.

We are also very proud of the students who have chosen to go onto higher level apprenticeships​ including car manufacturing and construction​ and those who have chosen to go straight into the world of work​ and training​​ including joining the Military Police through the Army. ​

Well done to all of our students and thank you to all of the parents/carers who have supported the students and ​worked closely with the Academy to achieve these very successful set of results.

Well done to everyone​ involved. ​

Physics Success

The Ogden Trust in connection with Northumbria University held an awards evening on 28th June to recognise the most promising Year 12 A-Level Physics students in our region.

The Ogden Trust supply a range of initiatives, programmes and projects to promote the teaching and learning of physics and they aim to maximise the opportunities available to young people studying this subject.

Sam Evans was nominated by Miss N Irving for his enthusiasm and commitment to his physics studies. As a prize winner, Sam received a certificate and book token to the value of £25. He is also eligible to apply for events and other programmes offered by Alumni Association.

Well done Sam!