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The SEEK Project

The Sele School's Enriching and Enhancing Knowledge Project

The SEEK Project is aimed at the high achieving pupils currently in Year 5 from our feeder primary schools and is designed to give these children opportunities to work alongside some of the more able students from The Sele School. All pupils are referred to as ‘Seekers’.

The primary pupils are part of a group of 20 Year 5 Primary School Pupils who work alongside our More Able Students from Years 7 to 9 in a variety of problem-solving workshops based around the theme of the day.

The Project has been developed to enhance learning and provide rich opportunities to further develop the core thinking skills of the more able pupils. All the activities are designed by our specialist teachers in English, Mathematics, Science and Modern Foreign Languages. 

The Project runs once or twice a term on a Saturday morning from 10am to 12noon at the school. This initiative started in the Summer Term with the first session completed on Saturday 20 May 2017 and the second on 15 July 2017.

The SEEK Project 20 May 2017

This first session was based around the theme ‘Harry Potter’ with the students exploring ‘Parseltongue’ ! They were each given a Parseltongue dictionary which they used to write sentences in the language. Then some of them were able to read out their sentences in the best Parseltongue accent they could with the other students then interpreting their statements. Great fun! 

This was then followed by ‘Postcards from Hogwarts’. Here the students had to imagine they had just arrived as first years at Hogwarts. They had to consider the atmosphere, the smells, the colours, the feelings and then write a postcard back to a family member or friend about their first week at Hogwarts. The conventions of postcard writing were discussed and prompts were given to use sophisticated language techniques in their postcards. This was made even more exciting when they were each given invisible pens to write them with!

During the short break, students had to convert the price of their snacks from Muggle Money to Wizarding Money. This was more challenging for the students than it first appeared as the conversion rates from Gringotts Bank involved some beautiful prime numbers:

£1.00 = 1 gold galleon and 2 silver sickles.

1 gold galleon is worth 17 silver sickles. 

1 silver sickle is worth 29 knuts. 

The activity that followed next was the introduction to ‘How can a Hippogriff fly?’. We discussed the anatomy of a hippogriff – half horse, half eagle – and stated the hypothesis

‘A hippogriff can fly due to the ratio of its wing span to body length’. In our next session on 15th July we will be exploring this hypothesis along with activities based around the new theme,’ Animal Kingdom’.

The Project Team:          

Mrs Jane Lee, Mathematics Teacher and More Able Co-ordinator

Miss Olivia Overington, English Teacher

Miss Eloise Johnson, Modern Foreign Languages Teacher

Mrs Amanda Rodriguez, Pastoral Leader

Guest speaker:                

Miss Nieves Guijarro, Zoologist.

The SEEK Project 15 July 2017

We have just completed our second session of The SEEK Project. It took place on Saturday 15th July 2017. This second session was based around the theme ‘Animal Kingdom’.

The session started with our link to the first session ‘How can a Hippogriff fly?’ We looked at the half eagle- half horse features of this mythical creature and stated the hypothesis: “A Hippogriff can fly due to the ratio of its wingspan to its body length”.
The Seekers then were encouraged to build a model of a Hippogriff using the scale 1:10. They were all very creative and would have liked more time to add all the finishing touches to their creations.

In the test flights, the Hippogriffs did not fly very well! We discussed whether this was sufficient proof to disprove our hypothesis and we agreed that we needed to refine and improve our models. It was suggested this could be done by distributing the body mass more evenly, making the models more aerodynamic and making wings that were flexible enough to flap.

This was then followed by ‘Animal Classification Relay’. Firstly we discussed how the Animal Kingdom is classified and the attributes each animal has to have to be placed into a ‘class’. Then the students were in teams and raced against each other to be the first team to create a dragon! They did this by identifying the class of different animals to win pieces of the dragon. Great fun!

During the short break, the Seekers had to match a selection of animal names with their Latin name. For example, they deduced that an ‘Equus caballus’ is a ‘horse’ and a ‘Panthera leo’ is a ‘lion’ These were challenging for the students but they used their knowledge of the languages they have studied to successfully complete the name match.

Our final activity was ‘Anthropomorphic Poetry’. Here the Seekers listened to Miss Overington recite ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ by Edward Lear. They discussed the anthropomorphic properties of the poem and then discussed how Lear’s use of poetic techniques such as rhyme, rhythm and repetition make this poem easy to learn off by heart. They then had to learn the poem and recite to the whole group. They were brilliant! Great fun was had by all.

The Project Team:

Mrs Jane Lee, Mathematics Teacher and More Able Coordinator
Miss Olivia Overington, English Teacher
Miss Eloise Johnson, Modern Foreign Languages Teacher
Mrs Amanda Rodriguez, Pastoral Leader