Welcome to Transition Post 3
This week Mrs Stephen answers questions about:
- Timings of the school day
This weeks video explains how to work out room numbers. Most rooms are labelled something like A3, B17, C4, etc. The letter refers to the floor, i.e. A floor, B floor, C floor. The number relates to where in the building the room is. Room 1 is at one end and room 26 is at the other end of the building. However, some rooms don’t follow this pattern and this video helps to explain that.
At KEVI, the majority of Y9 students study either French or Spanish and have 6 lessons per fortnight in mixed ability groups. A small cohort of students study both languages – they are allocated 3 hours per language per fortnight, but work at twice the pace. We begin the GCSE course in Y9 and all students follow the same schemes of work, which include topics such as: Self and Family, Free Time Activities, House and Home, Life at School and Customs and Festivals. In all topics, we focus on extending grammatical knowledge and understanding so that students become increasingly confident in using their language skills in real life situations.
MFL students regularly practise the 4 key skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing through a wide range of pair and group activities, as well as individual tasks. Weekly homework takes the form of learning key vocabulary, and students are formally assessed at 3 points in the academic year.
Students at KEVI will start their GCSE Maths in Year 9. Students have 7 lessons a fortnight, and are taught in ability-based sets. The initial setting is based on middle school data and assessments, but for the first two months all classes study the same content, focusing on number skills, basic algebra, Pythagoras and trigonometry. After an assessment on these topics, students will then be reset to ensure they are in an appropriate set. There will be a further two assessments throughout the year, and after each assessment students will be given a predicted GCSE grade, and sets may be reconsidered. Sets 1 and 2 will study higher content (ranging from grades 3 to 9), set 3 will study a mixture of higher and foundation content (ranging from grades 2 to 7) and set 4 will study foundation content (ranging from grades 1 to 5). Further information about topics covered in each assessment period can be found on the website, alongside independent revision activities and assessment analysers.
Music in Year 9 is taught in mixed ability tutor groups through these six exciting performance centred projects:
- Learning to play Djembes in African Drumming styles
- Performing Four Chord Songs and then producing creative Mashups
- Learning to play Blues Guitar Riffs on Acoustic Guitars
- Recreating a famous Music Track using Keyboards, Guitars, Drums and Voices
- Choosing an instrument or your voice to produce a Solo Performance
- Learning to play chords and tunes on the Ukulele
What will listening and written work include?
- Learning how to read music notation more fluently
- Listening to and analysing pop music, film music, classical music and blues styles.
How will work be completed?
Projects will be introduced and demonstrated to the whole class but then assessed in small groups or individually using our ten practice rooms. Each tutor group will have two single Music lessons each fortnight.
Mrs S Moore – SENCO
I am the SENDCo at Kevi and look after any student who needs some support at any time in their school career. I have worked at KEVI for sixteen years and I, like Mrs Stephen, am starting my seventeenth year! I really enjoy my work and feel it is a privilege to be able to work alongside people helping them.
My office is in the Access Department.
I enjoy travelling, reading and spending time with my family.
Mrs Robinson – Assistant SENCO
Hi Everyone, my name is Mrs Robinson. I have worked at KEVI for 10 years now. I am the Assistant Senco in Access, but also a PE teacher too. I love being in two departments, and the variety that my roles bring; no two days are the same!
I have two sons who are 13 and 15 yrs old, you won’t bump into them at KEVI though as they go to a different school. I love netball and coach one of the school teams. I’m really into exercising – I particularly enjoy hiking, Bodypump and Bodycombat classes.
I love working at KEVI and look forward to welcoming you to this special place.
Mrs Sarah Watson – Head of Counselling
Hello, please call me Sarah. I am a BACP Senior Accredited Children and Young People’s Psychotherapist. I am the Head of Counselling for the Three Rivers Learning Trust and run the Counselling service here at KEVI.
I set up the service in 2011 and it has grown every year. We now have three Counselling rooms at KEVI, one at Newminster, one at Chantry and an amazing team of 12 therapists. The KEVI Counselling Service is open Monday – Thursday, you can drop into my room opposite B23 anytime before school, break, lunchtime and afterschool. You can email email@example.com and we will reply ASAP.
Counselling is very private and our work is confidential. We have male and female therapists who use a range of techniques to help students feel happier and achieve their goals. I love being part of KEVI Pride group and it is my favourite lunchtime of the week.
Before I worked at KEVI I was a lecturer in Psychology and I also lectured and trained adults in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Outside of KEVI I am welfare officer at Morpeth Amaetur Swim Club (MASC) and a busy mum. I enjoy walking our dog at the beach and exploring Northumberland. I am a vegan and love going to the gym. I enjoy reading, baking, embroidery, yoga and music.
I am looking forward to seeing you all in September.
Sample Y8 History Lesson
This week Mrs Johnstone and Ms O’Neill have produced a video of a sample History lesson. They also introduce the History teachers you may have at KEVI.