Hot Seating in Year 6

Mrs Dart's Year 6 class have been writing news reports based on Roald Dahl's “The Magic Finger”. Everyone has loved reading the book and the class have really got their teeth into discussing the issues of hunting and animal cruelty. To help bring the characters alive we did some hot-seating; this is where one of the students acts as a character from the story and the others ask them questions. This can be quite an...

Sports Stars in the Making!

Learning with Net School provides many of our students with the opportunity to really focus on their passions.  Jannah and Zayd in Year 10 have been practising Taekwondo for over 7 years and train for 2 hours every day.  Jannah tells us about their goals: “Studying with Net School means that we have the flexibility to pursue our hobbies to a serious level, which we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise if we were at...

World Space Week!

Ms Buchanan's Year 5 class have made posters to celebrate this year's theme 'Space Unites the World'. This is an especially exciting theme for the students of Year 5 as, although we may not live in the same country (or even continent!), we all live on the same planet in the same universe, and there are many aspects of space that are true regardless of where we live. Our Science unit this half-term has been...

Biology: Plants and Seeds

In Year 9 science Mrs Humby's group have been studying all about plants this half term... Today we were looking particularly at seed dispersal and then the class worked in pairs to design a flower and its seed, explaining how the plant is pollinated and how the seed is dispersed. I was particularly impressed with this design by two of my students and their amazing skills of drawing on a computer! Mrs Humby...

Looking Back - Online Schooling Then and Now

Many people think that internet schooling is a new branch of education, but it has been around for some time. Our Year 5 teacher Hannah Buchannan attended an internet school for some of her school life and has written up some of her experiences for us: When my younger brother asked if he could home school for Year 7, instead of traditional secondary school, and my parents agreed, our whole aspect on schooling changed as a family....

Out and About: Dovedale IGCSE Geography Field Trip

At the end of August, five students, their parents and Bridgette Barrett - their Net School Geography teacher - met up in Dovedale, the Peak District for a day of geography fieldwork. The students either have already or will be studying river environments as part of their IGCSE course. During the day they had the opportunity to wade in the River Dove, taking a range of measurements – width, depth, velocity – so that back...

How do our clubs support learning?

This year our Spanish teacher Chloe Bullock has been really impressed with her students' progress made by taking part in Spanish Speaking Club. “I launched the club in January with the idea that IGCSE students could get some extra speaking practice ahead of their exams this summer, but the enthusiasm from students across all levels was really positive from day one.  They are now really starting to master the skill of speaking spontaneous Spanish and have enjoyed learning plenty...

Making Maths Fun in Year 5

In the final term of this year our Year 5 classes designed their own board games. Here is their teacher Hannah Buchannan telling us about their last few lessons: Have you ever designed your own board game? We finished off the term of Maths this year with our work on problem solving and thinking laterally. We especially enjoyed the matchstick challenge and solving a sudoku puzzle together! Most of us had no idea how to solve...