APS News

Beyond the Curriculum Day 2017

On Tuesday 18th July saw the return of our annual 'Beyond the Currculum Day', during whic students partake in many activities extending their learning and experiences beyond the curriculum.

This year saw activities such as a trip to the largest Gurdawara outside of India and a trip to a fascinating exhibition on blue whales at the Natural History Museum.

Images from the eventful day can be viewed below.

Previous  Set 1/2  Next
Read more...

Beyond the Curriculum Day 2017

Beyond the Curriculum Day 2017 is fast approaching.

Students will be taking part in a number of activities outside of their regular curriculum, ranging from a trip to the Gurdwara outside of India to a fascinating exhibition on blue whales at the Natural History Museum.

Please find below a full list of the activities that will be available on Tuesday 18th July 2017.

Loading data...
Activity Year Groups Description
Spoken Word Writing Walk 9, 10 From the bustle of Camden Lock to the quiet of the canal, we will explore lesser known patches of North London for inspiration on our Spoken Word walk. Lunch by the fountains in Granary Square and chilling out on bean bags in the Welcome Collection's magical Reading Room, the day will be dotted with short writing exercises, discussion and performances by those who want to share. We will aim to record any performances from the day (with your permission) to upload to the APS Spoken Word YouTube channel.
Mud Larking on the Thames 9, 10 For 2000 years Londoners have lived around this mighty river. We will go down to the shoreline at low tide and conduct a detailed archaeological search. Expect to find pottery, bones, clay tobacco pipes, old coins, oyster shells, and who knows what! We will bring our findings back to APS and create an amazing display.
Bank of England 10 Want to hold a gold bar worth nearly £400,000? Tour the City where billions of pounds are traded every day? Then come with Mr Cummisky and Ms Stone to the Bank of England. We will stroll through some of the most iconic buildings in The City. We'll visit the museum at the Bank of England. Finally, students will have some free time to get lunch at the many food venues in and around Liverpool Street Station. Open to all in year 10, but might particularly interest those currently doing Business.
Gardening 9, 10 Spend a rewarding and life-affirming day pottering around in the sixth form garden. In a year or two you will be relishing its bowery shade. Build paths, plant plants, enjoy the fruits of your labour relaxing on newly laid turf. Celebrate our green and pleasant land at the culmination of a rewarding day's work with strawberries and cream. Our treat.
Wellness Day 9, 10 We will spend the day looking at ways that you can enhance your mental wellbeing. Our day will start at APS where we will have breakfast and explore how our nutrition can help to focus us and move to Holland Park where will try some different ways of taking care of our mental well being through the Japanese gardens and leafy parkland. Expect to come back to school feeling ready for anything!
BP Portrait Awards 9, 10 Come and visit the National Portrait Gallery and view the final portraits selected for the BP Portrait awards 2016; you will be able to see a broad range of painting styles and will also be able to have a look around the gallery. We will have a picnic lunch in trafalgar square, where you will also be able to enjoy the sights of London.
Play-in-a-Day 9, 10 The magic of live performance at it's best - using raw talent and creative genious, the morning will start with a few resurces and by the end of the day, you will create a unique piece of theatre with set/lighting/sound/props. Last year's political farce featured none other than 'Ronald Hump' in the lead role!
TV News Report 9, 10 Learn about the construction of TV News with a morning session in which we will shoot a range of cutaways and interviews. This will be followed by the editing of the material to help tell the story onscreen. Open to all, but particularly those with basic camer and editing skills from their own projects.
Bread Making Masterclass 9, 10 Fancy yourself as a bt of a Paul Holywood/ Nadiya Hussain? In this bread making masterclass will be making a variety of different breads (both sweet and savory) This is a great oppertunity beacuse bread takes time to prove, and this is something that we are unable to do in normal lessons!
Cable Car and the Crystal 9, 10 The Crystal is home to the world's largest exhibition on the future of cities, the world's most sustainable events venue, and office space for global engineering powerhouse Siemens.
Natural History Museum 9, 10 Join us for a day out at one of our favourite museums to attend a brand new exhibition entitled "whales: beneath the surface". Dive through one of the world's most compelling evolutionary journeys. More than 100 specimens from the Museum's collection will be on display together for the first time, from parts of a colossal blue whale to a small harbour porpoise. Explore whales, dolphins and porpoises' extraordinary adaptations to their underwater environments, and learn how they are similar to us.Travel back 50 million years to the beginning of the evolution of the whale. See how whales became sociable, aquatic mammals, some of which can communicate over vast distances.
PE Carousel 9, 10 Throughout the day you will get the oppertunity to take part in four different activity sessions. You will have the chance to choose what activity you want to do in each session and throughout the day will try sports that you don't usually get offered at school, as well as your old favourites.
Museum of London 8E only 8E Form trip. We will tour the Museum and gain a chronological overview of London's History. After lunch in a nearby park we will then go for a walk to see some of the places mentioned in the Museum firsthand.
Forensic Science 9 Ever thought of becoming a forensics scientist? Join us for a forensics and crime-solving workshop! Forensics is used to gather important evidence that can be used by the police to identify criminal and the justice system to present in court to the public with the aim to convict guilt criminals. In this workshop you will learn how to gather evidence from a crime scene, preform some common forensic experiment and then analyse evidence to identify a potential criminal. Take the first step to becoming a forensic scientist.
Southall Gurdwara 9, 10 Southall Gurdwara is the biggest Sikh place of worship outside of India. You will have the oppotunity to take part in a guided tour and have lunch in the famous Langar. We will also walk through Southall Broadway, to sample some of the culture and diversity the Sikh and Indian community have brought to London.
Kenwood House 9, 10 Students get a chance to investige the abolition movement through Kenwood House and run around Hampsted Heath
Science Museum 9, 10 A fantastic opportunity to visit the World Famous Science Museum with 3 of the best science teachers around. Visit the diverse array of exhibits and see for yourself the rockets used to send man into space and push the boundaries of space flight to the fascinating world medical history to the interactive exhibits and deal with the ever increasing global demands for resources and engineer your own future Earth!
Mini Expedition 9, 10 Practice navigating yourself around the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside using a map and a compass. Walking, talking and laughing in the sunshine plus a lovely picnic. This is a great 'taster' day for the Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions or an opportunity to relive your experiences.
Afro-Asian Masterchef 9, 10 We are taking you on a culinary journey around the world, and yes, it is led by some Maths teachers, Come and join us for a tasty cooking experience. We will teach you how to make Sushi, some Mauritian street food, some traditional food from Cameroon and some Bangladeshi delights. We will even go and source our own ingredients!
Coding in Python: 9, 10 Coding in Python: You will make fun and intriguing programs using Python, solving a range of problems (not all maths!). Problems may include: finding the biggest prime number below a million; writing a list of the first hundred thousand primes; solving Sudoku; writing an interactive quiz. This activity will be interesting and enjoyable for any student who likes solving problems, is interested in coding, and who is not already a high-level Python programmer
Belmont Farm Visit 9, 10 Students will be invited on this trip.
Barbican Centre 9, 10 Students will get the chance to visit the Barbican center and the surrounding landmarks of central London. Exploring the main sites by means of a treasure hunt were they must solve problems and clues in order to discover the different sites and sounds.
International cooking and cinema 9, 10 It will be a two part activity. First part: cooking until 11:30am: Learning to cook international dishes from Turkey, Spain, Mexico and possibly China or France. Second part: afternoon watching a film in target language from Spain, France, China or Turkey with activities related to the movie, music andcultural activities related to the countries and languages we study in APS.
Making Robots 9 Robots are integrating into our lives. You might want to know how they become robots and have an understanding of how they work. Robotics will allow you to build on this as well as improve your logic and programming skills. In the first part of the session you will be following instructions to build a Clawbot and have it remotely working using a wireless controller. The second part of the task is to program the robot. You will be given a scenario in order to explore what a robot can do.
Great British Sewing Bee 9, 10 The sewing challenge will be to make a pair of Pyjama trousers and matching draw string bag. Judging will take place at the end of the day. You can get your own fabric, or give a £4 donation, funds or fabric will need to be handed in 2 weeks prior to BCD. Please see Miss McGill for further fabric details.
Robotics Exhibition 9, 10 From the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab, Robots exhibition reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human. Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, our blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our ambitions, desires and position in a rapidly changing world. You are welcome on this trip to explore and get a good understanding of robots.
Gamelan Music Workshop 9, 10 Visit City University in London and participate in a 2 hour Gamelan Workshop, playing Gamelan Music on authentic instruments. Gamelan is the traditional music of Indonesia - we study it in Year 7 at a basic level. The instruments are all percussive and similar to western xylophones and gongs but much more beautiful and exciting. Be prepared to take you shoes off and sit on the floor to play!!

Read more...

Beyond the Curriculum Day 2016

Beyond the curriculum day 2016 is fast approaching.

Students will be taking part in a number of activities outside of their regular curriculum, ranging from a trip to the Imperial War Museum through to cryptography and code breaking.

Please find below a full list of the activities that will be available on 18th July 2016.

Loading data...
Activity Y9 Y10 Description
Modern Architecture Tour N Y10 Think science and art can never mix? Think again! Architecture is the perfect blend of physics, engineering and design. On our walking tour of the Square Mile we will get down and personal with some of London's most iconic modern buildings from The Shard to The Gurkin. Trip will involve astroll through the City of London and a stop-off at London's premier food market at London Bridge forlunch. Open to year 10 from any subject
Imperial War Museum Y9 N Conflict and War are key influences on many of the GCSE texts, most notably the poetry cluster (Power and Conflict) and Lord of the Flies. Visiting the imperial War museum will be informative and will develop your contextual knowledge in preparation for studying the texts next year. Join the English Department and visit one of the most fascinating museums in London!
Lee Valley Cycling Trip Y9 Y10 Come and enjoy a day at the Lee Valley Mountain Bike Course. We will spend two hours mountain biking and learning new skills. Then we will tour the world famous velodrome and Olympic Park. Helmets and Bikes will be provided at the park.
Huntarian Museum and the Museum of London N Y10 We will be travelling back in time to investigate Robert Louis Stevenson's inspiration for "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". The day will start with a trip to the Museum of London where we will walk the streets of Victorian London and see the type of City that inspired the tale. After lunch we will visit the Huntarian Museum and see the extensive collection of anatomical specimens collected by Dr Hunter, the man many claim to be the inspiration behind Stevenson's enigmatic protagonist.
Olympic Park Walking tour Y9 Y10 Take a walk around the Olympic Park and see where all the magic of 2012 happened! We will be taking part in challenges along the way and finding different activities for you to test your own athletic ability. We will end the day with a picnic and some time for you to do some exploring of your own.
PE Carousel Y9 Y10 You will have the opportunity to take part in all your usual favourite PE activities as well as some new sports that you may not have had the opportunity to try before. Over 3 sessions you will choose between activities like trampolining, tennis, rounders, football, dance, tag rugby, netball and many more.
BP Portrait Awards; National Portrait Gallery Y9 Y10 Comeand visit the National Portrait Gallery and view the final portraits selected for the BP Portrait awards 2016; you will be able to see a broad range of painting styles and will also be able to have a look around the gallery. We will have a picnic lunch in trafalgar square, where you will alsobe able to enjoy the sights of London.
Kenwood House Y9 Y10 Come to Kenwood, the beautiful 18th century stately home on Hampstead Heath. You will look at the life of Kenwoods most famous resident, Dido Bell, Britains first black aristocrat. Didos life has inspired amajor film called Belle which has just been released in cinemas. You will also use your orienteering skills to explore the key landmarks in the grounds surrounding the famous house.
Emirates Airline and The Crystal Y9 Y10 After some time in and around the O2 arena, take in some of Londons most iconic buildings and attractions as we cross the River Thames on the Emirates Airline to Royal Victoria Docks. Here we will visit The Crystal, home to the worlds largest exhibition on the future of cities. Informative, interactive and creative The Crystal is designed to get us talking about a shared sustainable future: how we live in cities, how we struggle with ideas about how to improve them, how we can make our urban habitats more efficient, cleaner and better to live in - not only for ourselves, but for future generations and the earths diverse ecosystems.
Forensics Y9 Y10 Ever thought of becoming a forensics scientist? Join us for a forensics and crime solving workshop! Forensics is used to gather important evidence that can be used by the police to identify criminal and the justice system to present in court to the public with the aim to convict guilt criminals. In this workshop you will learn how to gather evidence from a crime scene, preform some common forensic experiment and then analyse evidence to identify a potential criminal. Take the first step to becoming a forensic scientist.
Writing & Recording Rap Y9 N Think youve got what it takes to write a successful, catchy rap and record it all in one day? Then come to the music department where you will be researching rap lyric structure, touring and learning about the studio, writing and producing a rap in two team. Which team will produce the better track?
East London Mosque Y9 Y10 A guided visit of East London Mosque.
Bank of England visit Y9 N How did the sign originate? Why is the Bank of England called The Old Lady? How can you fit millions of pounds into a small tube? Do you want to hold a gold bar worth nearly half a million pounds? How much gold is stored under the Bank? If you want to find out the answers to the above and more, join Mr Cummisky and Ms Stone on activity day. Students will be visiting the Bank of England Museum in the morning followed by packed lunch in the City.
Food Skills Workshop Y9 Y10 Do you love cooking, do you want to expand your skills range and be challenged to create exciting dishes? During the day you will be taught different food skills and then be given the task of creating a dish using those skills and some mystery ingredients!
Grant Museum and Faraday Museum Y9 Y10 Interested in Science?Visit two of London's lesser known museums that will intrigue and fascinate you. The Grant museum contains over 67,000 specimens and is a treasure trove of things you won't see anywhere else from a quagga to a jar of moles.Whereas, the Faraday museum celebrates many of the important scientificdiscoveries that have changed our world. We will have lunch in a London park so join Mr Nicholls and Mr Rae for a top day out.
Visist to Turkish Cultural Centre in Central London & Neareast Section of British Museum N Y10 To see another language learning environment and understand culture in historical and archeogical concept
Visit to the Coca Cola factory Y9 Y10 Take a tour around the Coca Cola factory and see how this iconic beverage is bottled- its on a massive scale and really fast- I promise you will be impressed! A fun filled day with activities and interesting sights.
Wacky Science Y9 N Fizz, bang and pop the day away in series of exciting hands-on science activities. Feeling peckish around lunchtime, no worries, how about making your own desert as you learn about and make your own ice cream!
Lido swimming and rounders in the park Y9 Y10 We will be going to the Park road Lido, for a Swimming Gala. You will be swimming lots of different strokes and lengths. You will also swim in a relay race. You need to be a strong confident swimmer.We will then play rounders in the park.
Making Fiction Films N Y10 This session will offer students who did not pickthe GCSE Mediaoption to learn how to use a videocamera to create meaningful narrative fiction. We will cover fundamentals such as storyboarding sequences,camera framing, continuity and editing techniques.
Play ina day Y9 Y10 Rehearse and perform a play.all in one day! Practise your spoken English, projecting your voice and develop your stage presence while directing and performing in your own play.
Cryptography N Y10 Learn about breaking codes and encrypting text and images! You will learn about the Caesar cipher which has been used for thousands of years, and use python/javascript to decode and encrypt Caesar ciphers. You will also learn about modern encryption, and use python/javascript to encrypt text. Suitable for Y10 students who have an interest in maths and coding, and who have not studied encryption.
Natural History Museum Y9 Y10 Encounter the Museum's largest, smallest and possibly most beautiful specimens in this show about species adaptations and how and why scientists classify life. Students find out about species adaptations and how humans fit into the classification system. They also get the chance to do the job of our enquiries service scientists, if they survive a close encounter with a giant squid.
Enterprise Challenge Y9 Y10 For students taking part in the School Enterprise projects:
Belmont Farm Visit Y9 Y10 Students will be invited on this trip:

Read more...