Baraza Blog Notes update
Students really enjoy using Kahoot as it tests their memory and is a fun way to revise. They would like to use this kind of interactive technology more.
Students would like to have more interesting topics for homework, for example to do more presentations or translations
Response: Teachers will look at homework tasks as they develop schemes of learning and ensure that they have different levels of challenge.
The use of Duolingo helps students feel like they are able to use their language in more social situations.
Students would sometimes like clearer feedback on how they could improve.
Response: Teachers have already discussed this and will be using new feedback sheets that have specific tasks that students should do to help them improve.
IT and Computing
Students really enjoy working on the computers during the lesson. A majority of students feel that they get set regular homework.
Response: Students are set weekly homework from a menu with a wide variety of tasks that they can complete. There is a wide element of choice.
Some students don’t like MOOC as they find it hard to understand and some feel they don’t have a good enough computer at home.
Response: Teachers will consider this as they plan tasks. There is now access to computers during homework club and also access in the library.
Students identified that not all the computers work all the time.
Response: We have increased the amount of time the IT technicians are in school and if problems are reported they are fixed quickly.
Trips, visits and OOSHL
Students really enjoyed trips to the Houses of Parliament and Plas Dol y Moch and would like the opportunity to go again.
Response: Dol y Moch is already booked and Mr Ludgate will be looking at booking the Houses of Parliament in the new term.
A number of students thought that a visit to a theme park like Drayton Manor would be a good idea.
Response: We are looking at how this could be tied into subject areas such as Engineering and Science
Students suggested that they would like to visit a wide variety of different countries to learn more about different countries. Japan was a particularly of interest.
Response: They should attend the Japanese OOSHL so they could learn more about the culture and the language. With a high level of interest we could investigate a visit further.
Art students suggested a visit to New York to visit the galleries.
Disneyland was a popular suggestion.
Response: We are already offering a MFL trip to Paris and Disneyland this term. We shall look to book this again for next year.
Cricket club and swimming were requested for OOSHL.
Response: Cricket club begins in after the Summer Half term holiday. Mr Hudson will speak to the new PE teachers to see what they would be able to offer.