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Activity Week for Year 8 Girls

Friday, 30 September 2016

Pupils in Year 8 enjoyed a week off their normal timetable to take part in an array of exciting activities. Half of the year group travelled to Patterdale Hall, the School’s Outdoor Pursuits centre on the shores of Lake Ullswater in the Lake District. The other half of the year group remained in School for a day of ICT and Music activities and a trip to Jodrell Bank before switching places with their counterparts mid-week.

The ICT session in School saw the girls receive their own micro:bit, a tiny computer with a motion detector, built-in compass and Bluetooth technology which the girl were then able to plug in and code. Using the BBC’s micro:bit website they learned how to create a ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ game, coded it for the micro:bit, and some even managed to upload it to their device and play against their friends!

This was followed by an afternoon of music-making. The girls learned how to play ‘In the Jungle’ on kettle drums and glockenspiels and achieved a wonderful sound. They also re-worked ‘What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?’ using whatever musical instruments they chose to create their own unique rendition of this traditional song. Finally, they tried their hand at a Bolton School Samba, led by Mrs Price in the Great Hall, and really enjoyed putting together the different percussion rhythms to create an excellent piece of music by the end of the afternoon.

The trip to Jodrell Bank helped to support the Year 8s’ science syllabus and in particular their Space topic. Pupils took part in a workshop which was called ‘Destination Space’ which involved looking at the work that Tim Peake did during his time on the ISS. This included his blast off into space, and the girls watched an experiment version of the reaction in a ‘whoosh bottle’. They then used a robotic arm to move shapes around, to give them an idea of what Tim Peake’s activities during his space walk would have been like. Pupils also built a circuit to simulate repairing wiring on the ISS.

At Patterdale Hall, the girls enjoyed a range of Outdoor Pursuits activities. They went sailing and canoeing on the lake where some groups even saw rainbows, experienced gorge walking, tried their hand at circus skills and the low ropes course in the grounds, and many more exciting activities.

The girls had a wonderful week off timetable, enhancing their skills and confidence outside of the classroom and also expanding their learning in specific subject areas.

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Some of the Year 8s with the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank

Some of the Year 8s with the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank

Playing Rock, Paper, Scissors - human vs micro:bit

Playing Rock, Paper, Scissors - human vs micro:bit

The girls enjoyed trying out different instruments

The girls enjoyed trying out different instruments