This week, the students participated in a computing enrichment session with Mr Griffiths, learning how to use coding to create a Snakes and Ladders game. New(ish) members of EXAC Johnny and Vincent reflect on the session for this week’s brief reflection: Vincent: ‘We learn a bit about coding and coding on a programme called ‘Thonny.’… Continue reading Computing enrichment session
Before half-term, the Excellence Academy students laid the foundations for an exciting election campaign: researching key political issues and forming into political parties. Each group is given the task of choosing three political policies from a selection of five, forming these into their manifesto and presenting these ideas in the last debating event of the… Continue reading ‘EXAC Election’ Underway!
Last Wednesday, the year 8 Excellence Academy took part in a first for the EXAC scheme: an enrichment session in the subject of Music. Although not a core subject, there has been lots of calls this year for sessions in more arts and tech-based subjects. Even for some of our students who may excel at creative writing… Continue reading EXAC: Music subject enrichment
Last Thursday, ten EXAC students took part in the first ever ‘Worthing Mayor’s Youth Debate,’ which saw them taking on three other local schools in the council chambers of the town hall. This event provided debating debuts for Tia and Abbie in Year 9 and Louise, Billy, Heidi and Abdul in year 8. Experienced debaters Willow, Libin, Drew… Continue reading Worthing Mayor’s Youth Debate
Next week, two debating teams from Year 8 and Year 9 Excellence Academy will take part in the Up For Debate regional championships in London. These six students will face a demanding day, partaking in two prepared parliamentary-style debates and one ‘impromptu debate.’ This third event will be the focus of this blog post. So… Continue reading Impromptu Debates: reflections and tips for success
This week, Year 8 Excellence Academy took on the previously-successful ‘Introduction to Italian’ session with Mr Gilbert. What seemed important for this session was that the students were given the chance to reflect upon what they already know about Italian- and this will include familiar words, sayings, brands, names. As Mr Gilbert showed these familiar… Continue reading Italian- Languages Enrichment
Last week, the Excellence Academy students learnt about Gustav Freytag’s five-act dramatic structure and used this to plan their own stories. After learning about the key structural elements of Freytag’s pyramid (Exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement), I then took the students through Shakespeare’s Macbeth and demonstrated how it fits the… Continue reading English enrichment: Freytag’s Dramatic Structure