Academy Life

Week Ending 09/06/17

Keira Marsh:

As we started back at De Lacy Academy for the last half term, we started the week reflecting on the terrible events that happened in the London Terror attacks. During form time we discussed the event and reflected on each individuals feelings in relation to the terror event. As we continued the week focused turned to the general election and what this could mean for all the young people within the UK.

Week Ending 26/05/17

Maddison Foreman:

The last week of the half term has been very exciting. The year 11s are now sharing lunch with the year 7 students as the year 11s need to be prepared for the afternoon exams.  On the Thursday the lead out loud students had a morning off timetable to work with engaging education. We worked on creating a video to go on the website to promote what lead out loud represents in De Lacy Academy.

Lauren Askin:

This week saw the start of the GCSE exam season. We have now started to have targeted revision lessons and we are now focusing on exam technique before each individual exam.  We have had a lot of support and it now starts the count down to the end of the journey at De Lacy Academy. 

Ellis Budrys:

The language leaders completed the last visit of the term for primary school language lessons. We had a lovely session at Fairburn Primary school where along with the year 9 students we taught the students French and Spanish and answered the queries the primary students had regarding De Lacy Academy.

 

Week Ending 28/04/17

Gabrielle Pearson-Williams:

After the bank holiday we started back to school with a bang. The week was only four days long and we made the most of it. In lessons we started new topics and looked as how progress would look over time. In Geography we looked at new learning structures such as Work through Me. In Assembly we were reminded about the need to work for success and that success isn’t easy but if you work hard and give as much effort as possible you can succeed to your potential.

Brandon Wetherall Yr8:

The first week back after Easter has been a busy one. We start the week reviewing work and completing DIRT tasks in most lessons. The new rewards system has been implemented and we now all need to work towards getting 750 stamps to be able to go on the end of year rewards trip. On Thursday evening all year 8s had the opportunity to look at GCSE option choices we have. It was very exciting talking to teachers about the opportunities each option choice had. I personally found it quite hard to choose my options as there was so much choice to choose from. Friday morning I and 25 other years set off for a day in London. We got to see Buckingham palace, Big Ben, River Thames and even got to go on the London Eye to see the sights from a high. We also visited the national history museum before embarking on our journey back to Knottingley.

Week ending 07/04/17

Connor Tunningley Yr11:

The last week of term also known as revision week. This was the focus for the academy. Lots of staff put posters on the doors to explain how they approached revision in preparation for GCSE examinations and approaches which could be adapted for different subject areas. It was great to see how various teachers prepared for the examinations.  We also had a focus on getting revision walls set up at home to organise the revision we are doing. We ended the term having a revision session talking about approaches and we ended the day we an assembly which focused on success we have been having and then what we need to do to be successful in summer. We received revision packs from subject areas and resources which we could find useful when completing independent revision.

 

Week ending 31/03/17

Ben Cauldwell Yr8:

This week was assessment week for the whole school. We have assessments in most lessons to check progress for each subject area. On Friday year 8s have an exciting assembly about recycling and the importance of looking after the environment. The assembly consisted of a play looking at how we can help reduce the amount of things being sent to landfill and how each household could help reduce the amount in landfill by recycling various products which personally I didn’t realise could be recycled.

Week ending 24/03/17

Tom Worth Yr7:

Last week during lesson times we started to focus on revision in preparation for assessment week next week. During form time we focused on attendance and how important it is to be in school as much as we can. We also discussed how we can help the local community by completing the academy collection for the food bank. We can even receive a colour for bringing in a donation. At the end of the week year 7 got to watch an excellent drama performance related to the issues with road safety. It was great to watch such an interesting performance and after the show we discussed the characters and how we can all start to look out for each other in relation to road safety. We ended the afternoon we a debate on who is responsible for road safety. We decided this should be everyone not just pedestrians or drivers. We all have a role to play. 

Week ending 17/03/17

Jazmine Wilcox Yr8:

First week back after half term, it was great! We started the week with a visit to England Lane Primary. A small group of yr8s/9s have been selected to work towards the language leader programme which involves planning and teaching lessons to peers and younger individuals. We visited the primary school and taught French and Spanish to the year 5 classes. We had to deliver the lesson, while on the visit we discussed what life was like being a student at De lacy and discussed any worries they had in terms of transition.  As the week continued we started to work on new topics and in some lessons completed DIRT work. In PE we started working on Karate which is fantastic! 

Gracie Wallis Yr8:

Last week has been very exciting, the most exciting part of the week included visiting the theatre with Miss Allison along with year7s and 8s. The play was fantastic and it was a completely new experience for me. As the week continued we also got given a new international studies takeaway homework for this half term which we get to work towards being as creative as possible. I love having the freedom to research and develop my understanding of several topics through this project based homework. In Science we had a STEM morning learning about how science can be used in the wider community and we worked on several projects for the morning. I loved the morning organised by Mr Bull. 

Freya Myhill Yr9:

Last week we started the week visiting Willow Green where we taught 30 students French and Spanish. It was great to work with the year 5 students and talk to them about school life at De Lacy Academy.  As the week went on we started to focus on careers, as it was national careers week. It was great to see what all the staff worked as before working with us in school.  The year assembly was also dedicated to careers and how school is promoting skills, which will help, increase employability.

Lauren Green: Yr10

This week has been an exciting one as I had the opportunity to take part in the BBC school report. It was a great opportunity to create a news report using topical issues. Throughout the day we created several questions and interviews members of staff alongside students. It was fantastic to build skills related to a career in journalism and look at how one report is out together every day for the national news.

Week ending 03/03/17

Jazmine Wilcox Yr8:

First week back after half term, it was great! We started the week with a visit to England Lane Primary. A small group of yr8s/9s have been selected to work towards the language leader programme which involves planning and teaching lessons to peers and younger individuals. We visited the primary school and taught French and Spanish to the year 5 classes. We had to deliver the lesson, while on the visit we discussed what life was like being a student at De lacy and discussed any worries they had in terms of transition.  As the week continued we started to work on new topics and in some lessons completed DIRT work. In PE we started working on Karate which is fantastic! 

Gracie Wallis Yr8:

Last week has been very exciting, the most exciting part of the week included visiting the theatre with Miss Allison along with year7s and 8s. The play was fantastic and it was a completely new experience for me. As the week continued we also got given a new international studies takeaway homework for this half term which we get to work towards being as creative as possible. I love having the freedom to research and develop my understanding of several topics through this project based homework. In Science we had a STEM morning learning about how science can be used in the wider community and we worked on several projects for the morning. I loved the morning organised by Mr Bull. 

Emma Beck Yr10:

The first term back at school has gone so quickly. I really enjoy being in school and learning new things, whether it’s from teachers or the people around me. I will say the first few weeks back has been rather difficult with all of the new rules that have been brought in, but I feel that they have been introduced so that we have a better school life. I have enjoyed being in school with my friends and other peers. I love that all of the teachers are willing to give up their time to help us have a better life. Many of the staff at De Lacy are so kind hearted and just want what is best for us.

I have to say my all time favourite lesson is music with Mr Williamson. I love just getting lost in music and forgetting what is going on around me. I am a very passionate guitar player and would love to be a professional musician one day. I know that it may be possible - this with the help of my teachers and peers. I feel that Mr Williamson and Mr Tillyard (Guitar Teacher) are both very big inspirations in my life. They are also the people that can help me to achieve my aspirations in life. One of my other favourite lessons in school is history with Mr Young; I feel that it is so important to know where we come from and know who fought in the past to get us where we are in society today. We are currently studying medieval medicine: I find it so interesting learning about all of the factors that have got us where we are, in scientific and medical terms, today.

Personally next term will be so exciting for me. On November 18th I will have the chance to travel to Paris with school. I can’t even put into words how amazing the trip will be. We will be visiting the Christmas markets, the Eiffel tower and last but not least, Disney Land. One of the other things I am looking forward to next term is the Christmas Show. Every year the music and drama students put on a show at Christmas time, it includes musical performances and drama pieces that have been worked on throughout the year. I will be preforming a song with my band and I will also get the chance to preform a piece on the steel pans, with my year 10 music class. It is a wonderful chance for all of the students, teachers and parents to get together and see more fantastic performances.

This year a new behaviour system was introduced. I feel that it has improved the learning environment in our lessons. It has made it so much easier for the people who want to learn to get on with their work, while those who don’t are dealt with quickly. 

On Thursdays after school I attend steel pans practice. It is one of my favourite things to do in school. It gives us the chance to have fun whilst we learn something new. We only started to play the pans a couple of weeks ago and can now play “ Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE and are currently learning “My Girl “ by Madness. I find it so much fun playing steel pans with friends. I cant wait till we preform at the Christmas show even through I will be rather nervous I cant wait.

Gemma Watson & Sadie Keetly Yr8

During this half term we have taken part in student voice. This is where you give your point of view on school life responding to questions about lessons.  The lessons we enjoyed the most this term have to be History and Drama. The topics we covered are slavery and monologues. We are looking forward to participating in the Christmas production as we are playing Good Elf and Bad Elf. There are loads of activities after school that we have been taking part in.  The extracurricular activities include; Drama club, French Club, Netball, Football and Rugby teams. There are also loads more that we are excited to get involved in as we move into the spring and summer terms.  We have been trying to gain as many colours as possible this term.

We believe the behaviour system has improved lessons. we are all more focused and learn much more in every lesson.

This term we have also started to use the new collaborative learning strategies. They are great as we get to discuss and learn from people on our table.

The teachers at our school are very nice and approachable and are always ready to help you. Miss Williams is a fantastic teacher as she always challenges you to be the best you can in French. She gives you confidence to try complex French work. Miss Bibby is also great as she always points you in the right direction to put on a fantastic show. As we have already mentioned we also love our History lessons with Miss Twort as she really makes history come to light and we have learnt a lot from her with regards to slavery.

During form time we have been given the opportunity of practising our public speaking skills. This has been a fantastic activity and we would really recommend for all students to get involved in this as it has really built up our confidence.  I presented in assembly with Kiera and we presented about cyber bullying to the whole year group. We also listened to Abbie's and Latia’s presentation about France. They did fantastically and we really enjoyed it.

Week ending 27/11/16

Friday 18th November; 2:45am - 75 students and 8 members of staff set off for Paris in two coaches. We set off from De Lacy in two coaches and made our way to Peterborough, where we stopped at the services to use the restroom and the food court. We also changed drivers from Nick and Russell to delightful Dave and Jim. We then continued on straight to Dover, where we boarded the ferry. 

                                                                                                                                              In France we visited Vimy Rigde (A Canadian war memorial). We explored the trenches and visited the memorial. During our visit to Vimy Ridge we met a Canadian who explained the significance of this memorial. She made the visit come to life explaining the activities that occurred at the memorial and then answered any questions we had. It really made history come to life.  After the visit we set off for the Chateau where we would be staying during the visit. When we arrived at the accommodation  we enjoyed a meal together before unpacking and having a well deserved rest.

Saturday 20th November; we began our day with an early start; 7:00am for breakfast! We then made our way in to Paris.  Firstly we made our way to the Eiffel Tower. We climbed the Eiffel tower and had an amazing view of Paris. We couldn’t believe that on the tower there was a restaurant and several shops! After that we went shopping in shops such as Sephora, Adidas and the Disney Store. We then walked around the Christmas market on the Champs Elysee. It was fantastic and really got us all into the Christmas spirit. We then made our way to the Notre Dame cathedral. It was very busy but we managed to have a look around inside. It was a very special place of worship and it was excellent to experience such a beautiful cathedral. We even saw people actively worshiping as well as many people attending confession. After this, we got back on the coaches and had a coach tour of Paris en route to the Chateau. We finished the evening with a bin bag fashion show.

Sunday 21th November; WE VISITED DISNEYLAND!!!! Is there really much more to say? The pupils were free to roam around, up until a certain time, we then all met back up to watch the fireworks together.

On Monday 22nd November; we travelled home and were entertained by Dave, telling jokes and playing music.  

On Tuesday we started back at school with a bang, it was great to meet with friends and discuss the Paris adventures that we experienced. During lessons this week there seemed to be a focus on Active Listen collaborative learning technique. This is where we listen to the teacher present new information. After this the teacher would say record it. We would then work individually to try and remember and record all of the key information we had just been presented with.  We then had time to work with other students on our table to check the answers. Finally, the teacher would then ask a random pair to feedback the answers. I found this activity quite hard at the beginning of the week, but as we encountered this throughout all subject areas across the week, it got easier! The activity become more natural.   I cannot wait to find out which collaborative technique we will be focusing on next week.

Finally, on Friday some of the De Lacy students were invited to attend the student conference. This event allowed students to discuss key issues in our academy. It was a fantastic experience as we got to meet up with other students who study in other DELTA schools. 

Courtney Daw Y9

This week has been great! In all subjects we have been using turned discussion as a collaborative learning strategy. I really enjoyed working with my shoulder partner and face partner to discuss the question before discussing the question as a table. This strategy worked really well when tackling adjective agreements in Spanish.  In most lessons we have also been revising topics in preparation for assessment week next week.  In form time we have a dedicated revision lesson. This is really helpful as we are now building up a variety of techniques to use in preparation for up and coming assessments.

Connor Tunningley Y11

Last week was mock week. This was a daunting week as we sat exams in the hall like we will do at the end of this academic year. Throughout the week we focused on exam techniques and actually experienced exams. The teachers really supported all of the students especially when we all started to panic and worry about getting the answers wrong.  Moving forward we look forward to receiving the results on the last day of term. We will have a mini results day to show the significance of our mocks and to celebrate the excellent results we'll obtain.  It hopefully will be a great end to the term!
 
Libby Rayner-Maughan Y7
 
What a great end to a very busy and exciting term. It doesn't seem like two minutes ago since I started at De Lacy Academy in September. This week has been extremely busy. I have been participating in the Winter Warmer event. We had time off timetable to prepare for the event over two days. The event on Wednesday was amazing, I enjoyed every second of it. I hope to continue developing my confidence and hopefully participate in the next performing arts event.  During this week's lessons, we focused on DIRT work to review performance in mock exams. This was really useful as I then got to understand where I went wrong and how to approach the question in a different way to perform better.  We break up tomorrow for Christmas! I cannot wait to see what the spring term here at De Lacy Academy will bring. 
 
Cambridge University trip - Krysti Sidaway
 
On 17th January some year 11 and year 10 students visited Cambridge University.  Firstly we learnt about the history of the university and in particular the college that we visited which was Selwyn College.  Then we discussed student life and how students organised and managed their time to ensure that they could incorporate independent learning around lectures. We also got a tour of the university classics museum which focused on Ancient Greeks and Romans. This was very interesting because they had all the replicas of very famous sculptures and we looked at how the sculptures changed techniques over time.  

After lunch we had a campus tour which included seeing how and where the students lived and we even got to see YoYo the Master's dog!  We ended the day exploring what subjects students needed to be able to enter certain degrees and why a degree is seen as important.  This visit has made me consider my university options. I will be considering an Ox-bridge application as I really benefited from the experience.

Annie Betchetti yr10:

Last week we introduced the Tree of Gratitude. It was great to see the school all participating in giving thanks to everyone who has contributed positively to the school community.  The tree keeps getting updated day by day. It was nice to see both teachers and students getting dedicated leaves of thanks.

Throughout the week we had a variety of lessons. Many of my lessons included mock exams. French Speaking mocks had a nice twist as we got to work in groups and we preformed role-plays in front of the rest of the class. It was great to combine French and preforming arts. I can safely say I enjoyed this particular speaking test.

Gemma Watson yr8:

Last week we had OFSTED visit the school. It was great to show off what a fantastic school we have. Throughout the OFSTED visit I got invited to talk to the chief inspector as part of student voice. During the meeting we discussed progress, homework and general feedback about the school.   We had several visitors come and talk to us in lessons. This was great as we got to talk to them and explain what we are doing in our lessons.

Ellis Budrys yr8:

We had a very busy week last week. Throughout the majority of lessons we trialled several new collaborative learning strategies.  In Religious studies we used ‘Outfox the teacher’ and in English we used ‘Turned discussion’ as well as ‘Active listen’. In French we used ‘Buzz and Go’ and ‘Four times better’ as well as ‘Mentor through me’. In my opinion using these collaborative learning strategies is fantastic, as we never stopped. We continue to use these strategies in lessons and I truly believe I am becoming more independent and confident working with my table to work out very difficult problems before resorting to asking the teacher. 

This week I also applied to become a language leader. Language leaders is a new enrichment opportunity where we get to work with the feeder primary schools to teach them French alongside working towards the language leader award. I am really looking forward to visiting the primary schools after half term.