The Year 8 and 9 students participated in a number of Masterclasses.
Languages, Alphabets and Codes
Students in this masterclass looked at early Indo-European alphabets, and how alphabets essentially started out as codes, conveying either secret, mystical or general information. They used these codes to decipher and encode information. Students learnt the Koine (New Testament) Greek alphabet and used that to translate some words from the Bible (from Greek into English) that enriched their English vocabulary.
Tantalising Book Trailers
This class introduced students to the world of book trailers. After watching some examples from publishers and amateurs, they were able to create their own, using a variety of resources.
Outwit, Outlast, Outplay
Enter the realm of games… Students enjoyed challenging themselves and others with a range of strategy games. They delved into and investigated the mechanics of population genetics in a simulation game and became the chief minion among their peers. Recall was tested with some memory games and their versatility and spontaniety was demonstrated in a series of improvisation games. Students had fun participating in a range of activities that tested their skills in many areas – outwitting, outlasting and outplaying!
Wonders of the Weather
In Wonders of the Weather students learnt about how the weather works through a range of experiments and hands-on activities. They learnt how to draw and read a weather map and tried their hand at predicting the weather.
Around the World in a Day
In this course students learnt all about the culture of a country of their choice and enjoyed the fascinating aspects of this culture. They became ambassadors for their country and created a kiosk to promote it.
3D Model Yourself
Students learnt to use the powerful modelling software Blender to create a 3D model of themselves. Starting with a simple front and side photo, they moulded a cube into a complete low-polygon 3D mesh designed for use in a video game, then texture-painted it.
Yr7-12 Maths Coordinator