The students are comparing weather data from around the school to see the different microclimates. They are investigating rainfall, temperature and other factors to help them learn the skills to collect and record data and will then present and analyse the data at a later stage. This is the second enquiry Year 10 will be completing this term, giving them the chance to hone their fieldwork and writing skills. Let’s hope it rains soon to give the students a chance to record some data!
Year 10 Geographers got their first taste of enquiry based fieldwork at GCSE level recently in December. They investigated local people’s perceptions about earthquakes by asking them a series of questions around near the school. They are now in the process of writing up their findings collaboratively. These enquiry-based skills will be invaluable when they progress in their later years of education. Plus they will be ready to tackle the more challenging fieldwork based questions at the end of the Geography course.
After some prior learning about Alexandrian history, students were able to venture down into the Catacombs. They found out about the old burial practices of their ancestors. We then visited Pompey’s Pillar to discover that this was a very significant area in ancient Alexandria, even prior to when Christianity became the main religion in the area. Not many of the monuments remain today but it was great opportunity for the students to see firsthand the heritage and regional power Alexandria had in the world.
The students were happily enjoying the Chinese cuisine after school next to San Stefano after finishing a whole unit of work on the rise of China. Certainly China is going to have more influence on world affairs throughout the 21st century. Our students are ahead of the game in this aspect of Geography and International Relations.
After a quick tour round Euclid site the year 7 pupils made their own opinion about how suitable the environment was for them and learning. Senior scored just higher than Prep on average with 66% of the bipolar scale options scoring highly. This have given both myself and students a good chance to assess the schools learning environment and how to further improve our school.
Mr Stevie Abbott
They decided to design posters to encourage and educate the local public about how to use the park sensibly with their pets. Let’s hope they take it on board.
Mr Stevie Abbott
This week the new Year 7 students have been given a real taste of what Geography is all about. They used their senses to help describe how they felt about the newly regenerated park next to the school. Our Environmental Eco Warriors Club originally came up with the idea last academic year and liaised with Friends of the School to plan to improve the park starting with new benches. This gave the impetus to the local community to then take matters into their own hands.
Yesterday, Year 8 had an excellent tour around the well-furnished Alexandrian National Museum on Shera Fouad. The students had an overview of the whole Egyptian history from the Old Kingdom to the 20th Century. This broad study has given them a real taste of their own heritage. We rounded off the afternoon with a visit to Chatby ceremony to understand the sacrifice on Egyptian soil of foreign soldiers over the last two centuries. Another great taste of Alexandrian history has given the students a real flavour of the past!
On the 7th May the Year 9 class ventured out to the edge of the Nile where it meets the Mediterranean at Rosetta. They were able to appreciate the vastness and significance of both for the livelihoods for many of their fellow countrymen. They observed basket making, brick making amongst the many other craft and agricultural industries. They visit the Historical sites of Citadel of Qait Bay, with a replica of the Rosetta Stone, museum of the Ottomans to understand the importance their rule had and finished off with a boat ride on the Nile.
What an action packed day the Year 8’s had. They started bright and early investigating coastal sea defences next to the Fort, complementing our Coastal work in Geography. This included asking questionnaires to locals about their thoughts about climate change. They then did a litter survey, swiftly moving onto a guided tour by the main expert in Alexandria on Fort Quay Bay organised by the French Antiquity centre. We discovered that the land around here is prone to flooding, damaging the foundations of the Fort.