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19/04/24

Year 9 students have been honing their woodwork skills in Design and Technology class as they start the creation of a table lamp. pic.twitter.com/6dMcKXCchO

18/04/24

It was a pleasure to welcome our Yr12 students and parents in for our UCAS and Oxbridge information evening tonight. Advice and Guidance is a key part of our outstanding 6th form offer. pic.twitter.com/5nLFBCpzr5

18/04/24

What a lovely way to work on their vocabulary. https://t.co/AsA9Ui7xGz

18/04/24

Yesterday some of our Year 9 drama students headed into London to watch the West End production of Wicked - they will write a review and critical analysis of the show as part of their studies. pic.twitter.com/xXom1uYRya

18/04/24

We are looking forward to welcoming Year 12 students and parents/carers to our UCAS Information Evening in the sports hall from 6.00pm. pic.twitter.com/NslyZe1Vt7

18/04/24

A lively student-led debate happening in Year 9 Religious Studies class about gender differences and equality. pic.twitter.com/eFZJM3ukMz

17/04/24

Some amazing books coming soon! https://t.co/DUDJcw38Ao

17/04/24

Trampolining Success Year 7 student Adam, recently competed in the National Trampoline and DMT League. He finished First place and took home a Gold Medal in the 9-13 Male category. A fantastic start to the competition season! pic.twitter.com/juVslTgKhc

17/04/24

Year 7 were playing detectives in English class today - by acting out a murder mystery in preparation of writing their own murder mysteries later in the term. pic.twitter.com/2LC1qHojzA

17/04/24

What better way to kick off our summer term than a wonderful evening at our Jazz Night taking place next week with our talented musicians. Friday 26 April, starts at 7pm.Tickets available via ParentPay - £8 each.Cashless bar available. pic.twitter.com/80XqfsmxZp

16/04/24

Year 10 were making motors in physics lesson today using magnets and wire coil's, the hands-on activity deepened their learning experience and understanding of how motors work. pic.twitter.com/KTs9Lj69yv

15/04/24

The Big One - Senior County Cup Football Final 🏆After an amazing season the Senior 1st XI play Bishop Stortford High School in the County Cup Final.We need you there 🫵KEY INFO:📆 Wednesday 24th April - 6pm Kick Off 📍Cheshunt Football Club, EN8 0RU🎟️Ticket Price: TBC pic.twitter.com/N5QM5RUP1c

15/04/24

To celebrate National Scrabble Day, Ms Wildsmith has made an interactive game of Scrabble featuring mystery books! Come and have a go in the Library 📚 pic.twitter.com/2J4BlZl5lZ

14/04/24

Term Date Reminder - Monday 15 April 2024 is an INSET day for staff, school will be closed to students.Tuesday 16 April - students return to school.Term dates can be found on the school website https://t.co/nCY6jzrm3K pic.twitter.com/oQnBChcPDM

13/04/24

New raised beds, just waiting for our weird and wonderful vegetable and flower seedlings to be planted! 🌱🌈🥕🍋🥒🌶️🫑 pic.twitter.com/G2f8Zr1vCU

13/04/24

Students were fantastic this morning getting packed up and out early. About to take off on our first flight to Lisbon. pic.twitter.com/vpPWqSnpbu

13/04/24

Yesterday we had a fantastic day walking around Sete Cidades crater lake, visiting coastal lava flows, lava caves and Ponte Delgada town. pic.twitter.com/Zbs5j7LeIX

10/04/24

A great day exploring today, starting with a forest trek with waterfalls and HEP dams followed by a dip in some geothermal pools! pic.twitter.com/FfOisipjph

09/04/24

Year 10 Geographers have arrived in Ponta Delgada, have had dinner and are settling into our rooms. Ready for a busy day sightseeing tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Zk5WfrmEcd

09/04/24

Eid Mubarak to all our families in the SJL community celebrating this week! pic.twitter.com/tqzErrwAe7

04/04/24

Sport Tour 2024🇳🇱🏐A fantastic week of netball for the girls!A 3rd and 1st place result at the tournament shows how hard the girls have worked and have learned a lot this week. They should be very proud🥇🥉Well done to Aida and Lily, coaches players of the tournament 🏆 pic.twitter.com/unx8bWlxUC

04/04/24

Sports Tour 24 - An amazing week of football comes to an end. The Yr9A team perform brilliantly in the tournament this afternoon - played 5, Won 3, Drew 1 and Lost 1. Crowing them ChampsThe Yr9B battled well in their games but didn’t have enough to podium. ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/e9PwDRLI05

03/04/24

Sports Tour Update 24-Time to put the skills the girls have learnt into action🏐 pic.twitter.com/CHcn2k5KX2

02/04/24

Sports Tour 2024-Netball training is underway pic.twitter.com/dGjCSdaJhy

02/04/24

Sports Tour 24 - Great first training session. Boys worked really hard and are ready for this evenings games vs Caesar FC and Rood Groen FC pic.twitter.com/Urr4YYELa4

Helping You To Help Your Child

Here are some practical ideas for helping your child to learn.

The strategies and techniques are all tried and tested and based on research.

It is an advantage for students to develop good learning techniques as soon as possible. In year 7 they are useful: by year 11 they are essential.

We have included tips and techniques for parents and children to share and try out together. We hope you'll enjoy doing some of the things in this guide.

And remember…

We learn best when:

  • We are relaxed but a bit puzzled or challenged
  • We are well hydrated
  • We use techniques which maximise the brain's natural preferences for pattern, colour and novelty
  • We do things ourselves
  • We talk about and explain what we do
  • We are well rested
  • We exercise regularly
  • We are encouraged and praised

 

Planning family time

Hot tip: Plan the family diary together.

Help your children to manage their time. They need to allow time during the evenings and weekends for homework. How does this fit in with their other activities and family events? Your children have a homework timetable. For year 7 students about one hour a night is scheduled.

A simple but effective system is for students to have a short break when they get home from school, but then to get straight on with homework before doing anything else.

Hot Tip: Use mealtimes to find out about your child’s day

Research shows that the children of families who eat together do better in exams. Even time in front of the television can provide a stimulus for debate and discussion. Chatting about the day's events helps all of us. We all learn better when we explain things to other people, so by chatting about something the children have done at school you can reinforce learning.

 

V. A. K learning

There are three main ways to learn and some students have strong preferences towards one style:

  • Visual (seeing things)
  • Auditory (hearing things)
  • Kinaesthetic (doing things).

Example: you have to learn a list of French vocabulary

Visual learner: likes to make a colour-coded list with some little pictures

Auditory learner: prefers to make a tape and chant out the words

Kinaesthetic learner: associates the words with actions and acts them out

In practice, most of us seem to be a bit of a mixture and to learn best when we combine the three styles.

 

Reading

Reading is a fun and enriching experience for many of us. In addition there are strong links between love of reading and academic success. The English faculty and the Library staff work constantly to encourage enjoyment of reading. Students have one reading-related homework per week. Parents can support this by:

  • Encouraging your children to enjoy reading for fun
  • Have a light touch - don't be judgemental
  • Everything counts: sports reports, magazines, websites
  • Help them choose books and magazines
  • Encourage them to get books from the school library/local libraries
  • Encourage them to join the school Reading Group
  • Let them see you enjoying reading
  • Audio books are a good way of entertaining children in the car
  • Talk about books
  • Books make great presents.

Hot Tip: Reading the same book as your child enables you to engage in discussion with them.

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