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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 started in 2017 and runs once or twice in the Summer Term on a Saturday morning from 9.45am to 12noon at the school. During 2018 there were  two sessions of The SEEK Project; the first on Saturday 12 May 2018 and the second on 30 June 2018.

The Seek Project 30 June 2018

The second session of The Seek Project for 2018 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.

While the hippogriffs were left to dry, the Seekers all took part in the ‘Animal Classification Relay’. The students were in teams and raced against each other to be the first team to create a dragon! They did this by identifying different animals from obscure clues derived from the its classifications and attributes. Once identified they won a piece 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 next activity was ‘Anthropomorphic Poetry’. Here the Seekers listened to Mrs Steaggles 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.

Finally, 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.

The Project Team: 

Mrs Jane Lee, Mathematics Teacher & More Able Co-ordinator;

Mrs Steaggles, Head of Year 7 and 8;

Mr Rolls, Music Teacher;

Ms Osman, RE and Sociology Teacher.

The SEEK Project 12 May 2018

Saturday 12th May 2018 saw our first session of this year’s The SEEK Project and the theme for the session was ‘Harry Potter’.

Students started by exploring ‘Parseltongue’; Ms Osman invited the students to write sentences in the language using their Parseltongue dictionaries and then encouraged them to read out their sentences in the best Parseltongue accent they could! The other students then tried to interpret their statements, which was great fun.

This was followed by ‘Hogwarts Music’. Each student had their own glockenspiel, they listened very carefully to the notes that Mr Rolls played in order to identify and repeat them. They were not given any written prompts for the notes; they had to discover them purely by sound, particularly around the pentatonic scale.

During the session Mr Rolls introduced them to identifying dissonance within the sound, along with tension and release, and chromatics through listening. These skills allowed the students to uncover how to play the melody on their own as well as play it accurately with expression. There were some students that completed this very challenging task really well.

 

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 30th June 2018 we will be exploring this hypothesis by creating our own model hippogriff along with activities based around the new theme, ‘Animal Kingdom’.

The Project Team:

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

Mrs A Steaggles, Head of Year 7 and Year 8;

Ms Carly Oseman, RE and Sociology Teacher;

Mr Jack Rolls, Music Teacher.