Year 9 Sage are a very diverse class; we have a wide range of likes and dislikes. Some of us like to read to ourselves, some of us like to be read to and some of us do not like to read at all.
We have spent time reading individually from books we have chosen ourselves from the school library; these are based on each pupil’s unique reading ability. In our teacher led reading sessions we are reading a book called ‘Pax’ by Sara Pennypacker. It is about a boy and his pet fox who are caught up in the war and get separated from each other. The book tells the story of how they try to find each other, despite all the odds. We have also completed some art work based on this book.
We have followed a mindfulness program which has included some ‘adult colouring’ which has been proven to de-stress and has a calming effect.
9 Sage have started a retro computer game championship which we all take part in. We choose a retro game to play each week, record high scores and the tutee with the highest score gets to choose the next game! This has gone down very well and has provided us with a great deal of enjoyment. It has helped pupils to compete, accept disappointment and even start to encourage each other to do better.
During some of our sessions we have looked at what bullying is and the impact it can have on people. This has been invaluable in helping 9 Sage start to understand that actions have consequences.
9 Sage were involved in trialling the new pupil planner. This gives pupils a space to track their attendance and weekly points. Pupils also use it to set targets for each term, half term and weekly. There is also a space after each target setting area that allows pupils the space to reflect on these targets and to say how they are going to achieve them. This trial has been very successful and these planners have now been rolled out to the whole school.
Overall, a successful autumn term for 9 Sage.