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By Stuart Snowdon, Head of Geography at New College Worcester

Blog published 9th March 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students

Carbon Credit Game

At the end of some topics I ask the students to come up with ideas for a board game that will show their understanding of the topic. This is a different way for them to show their understanding rather than doing a test. The lesson before, the students come up with some ideas for the game and these ideas are pooled before agreeing on a final design.

The idea of this particular game was to move around the island by throwing a dice, moving squares and gaining and losing carbon credits. Everyone started with 100 carbon credits and then depending upon the square they land on they lose or gain credits.

Some of the squares have letters on them: T for transport, B for buildings, E for energy... read more »

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By Nicola Currie, Head of Art

Blog published 2nd March 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students

One of the challenges for partially sighted students studying art at GCSE, AS and A level, is the high priority examination boards give to drawing.

In the Art Department at NCW we work to find ways for students to access drawing. One of the methods which works well for some students is to focus on what is known as negative space - the space around the main object – minding the gaps - rather than the object itself.

Picture of deer white out of black

Some students can see the black area around the deer above more easily as the student copy drawing shows. Luke in Year 12, who studies both AS Art and AS computing, is also experimenting with using a virtual grid to create a vector drawing by keying in a Pyx digital draw... read more »

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By Nathalie Bufton, Head of Independent Living Skills at NCW

Blog published 25th January 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students

I am a self-confessed “foodie” and I really enjoy my food, eating out and trying new products. Many of our learners at NCW do not know how to make their favourite food and rely on a convenience form. Where I believe there is always a time and place for a takeaway or a shop bought item - sometimes it does not hit the spot or meet requirements of taste, satisfaction or nutrition. During enhancement sessions with the sixth form, we are giving the learners the opportunity to plan, buy and make their favourite foods. This has been quite an experience for us all.

This Christmas I chanced across a Delia Smith recipe for Colonial Curry and it transformed my leftover turkey, taking me nostalgically back to my childhood where the limited ... read more »

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By Will Stark, Head of Science

Blog published 9th January 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students

A common practical when studying plant biology is investigating factors affecting the rate of photosynthesis. Plants produce oxygen which is invisible and odourless, so the practical is usually carried out with water plants; the bubbles of oxygen produced are observed. The practical is usually carried out with a common pond weed, and sighted students are instructed to count tiny bubbles - the faster the rate of bubble production, the faster the rate of photosynthesis.

This presents a problem for students with VI since the bubbles are often too small to see and therefore counting them and gathering valid results is not possible. A typical arrangement is shown below:

Photosynthesis practical set up

An alternative method... read more »

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By Steve Share, Senior Transcription Officer

Blog published 26th September 2016 | Category: New College Worcester

So, how was it for you?

School summer holidays for the NCW transcription department is not how some might think, not for us lying on the beach topping up the sun tan! My word no.

In fact with the school resembling the Marie Celeste it's a great time to produce work for the coming academic year. Without any of the usual interruptions of the hectic school day, the tranquillity of the school with footsteps echoing along the corridor becomes a first class working environment. The main worry is that you might run out of milk for one of your six cups of tea and then you must go and buy another pint yourself!

With the recent curriculum changes, school wide, there is plenty of need for an atmosphere conducive to work. We know only too well... read more »

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