The Year 7 and 8’s were out on the track at Palmer Park for the start of the U14’s Athletics League. We had a few experienced Year 8 girls who competed last year and a group of year 7’s who were competing for the first time. The girls all worked really hard in their events. They will compete in the league for two further weeks before the finals at the end of June.
PWC Dragons' Den
PricewaterhouseCoopers recently visited the Year 10 Business Studies class to run a Dragons' Den activity.
Students worked in teams to participate in a business challenge to help them to better understand factors affecting their daily lives and also gain basic skills. The students worked together to come up with a business idea which they then presented to the class and the panel and a winning team was then selected by the Dragons.
The staff running the event were both on an apprenticeship programme, having decided that this was a better route for them personally, and they talked about the various options available to students considering a career in accountancy and how to become qualified.
They were extremely good role models and presenters and facilitated the activity excellently. We are very grateful to PricewaterhouseCoopers for enabling our students to have this opportunity.
Technology and Houses of the Future
On their STEM day this week, the Year 8 students started the day looking back at how technology has progressed. They could choose various topics to investigate how they have developed. Printing, cameras, cars, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, cameras, watches and phones have all changed considerably over the last few years.
They were then asked to consider how housing might develop over the next 50 years. Will we have circular houses, or underwater ones? How will building materials, sound proofing and temperature control change? They designed houses of the future and considered what they would be like. Many of the students considered the effects of global warming and and ecological issues. Will we be using solar power more and watering our gardens with waste water?
They finally considered the items in people's homes and how they might have changed. There were some very imaginative ideas including mirrors that were big touch screens, self-clearing tables, and self-heating butter knives!
The day finished with the teams presenting their ideas and a winning team was selected.
Year 9 Art students were introduced to a range of techniques, materials and processes this year.
The theme students are currently working on is 'Festivals' and they have created their own ticket designs, banners and costumes to support their planning. Students are currently working on their final preparation for the end of year Art examination.
Teaching and Learning
Has your lesson been REAL (Relevant, Engaging, Active Leaning)?
This academic year has been an exciting time for staff and students at Reading Girls’ School, with the launch of REAL. At the end of lessons students get the opportunity to feedback to teachers about the lesson. Students are presented with the question ‘Has your lesson been REAL?’ Students inform the teacher by taking a token and placing it in the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ box in their classroom. The tokens are then collected in at the end of the week and counted.
Results for week Monday 3 to Friday 7 June 2019
YES - 422 tokens
No - 10 tokens