On the 6th and 7th February, Year 8 students got the chance to visit Cambridge Botanical Gardens and the Scott Polar Institute. In the Botanical Gardens the students got the chance to explore biomes including the desert and tropical wetlands. In the tropical rainforest biome, we looked at adaptations that we had studied in Geography including epiphytes, red pigments and drip tips. The students then enjoyed a walk around the gardens, seeing some historical trees including the tallest tree in the park called General Sherman! The students then got to explore some artefacts from Scott's journey to Antarctica and took part in a decision making exercise. There was even a real polar bear skin! The students worked excellently in teams to see how they could have changed Scott's journey and the outcome of his journey.
On the 27th February the Year 12 Geography students headed to Norfolk. The sun was out as we pulled up at Sheringham Park, where we learnt about environmental management and fieldwork techniques including soil sampling. The students also got to enjoy a walk round the park taking in the views of the coastline. That evening the students learnt how to write a methodology and carry out Spearman's rank. The following day was spent on the coastline, visiting Sheringham, Cley and West Runton to enable us to measure a shingle, sandy, managed and unmanaged beach. The students learnt fieldwork skills such as beach profiles, power's roundness scale and field sketches. In the evening, students learnt how to present data and worked out the correlation between sediment size and distance inland at Cley. On Friday, the students visited Norwich looking at regeneration and social inequality. Again the students learnt fieldwork skills including questionnaires and transects. The students also got the chance to use both primary and secondary data. The students are now applying what they have learnt in Norfolk back in class and getting ready to write an independent investigation.
Staff and students at The Priory Academy LSST took part in Comic Relief from 12th-15th March with ‘Teachers doing Something Funny for Money’. Throughout the week students donated what they could afford and in return their teachers completed a series of tasks. The more students raised the more challenging and amusing the tasks became. We had ‘lip sync’ battles, ‘Fortnite’ dances, rap battles and one teacher dressed as Taylor Swift singing ‘Shake if Off’! They got to witness two sets of ‘Bush Tucker’ trials with teachers eating locusts, scorpions and drinking vomit fruit smoothies. Some teachers had to eat pancakes in a variety of awkward positions with some awful toppings. Other teachers dressed up in a variety of outfits such as scuba diving gear, a llama outfit and sumo suits having a sumo match. Finally some students got to throw wet sponges at teachers, pour buckets of gunge over their heads and even wax the Assistant Head’s legs! This resulted in a fantastic total of £2,300 raised for Comic Relief. A superb achievement and many thanks to everyone who donated and supported these events.