Shackleton class is made up of Year 11 and Year 10 students and we are looking forward to completing our Qualifications and gaining recognition for all the hard work we have put in over the past few years. We are much more independent and treated in a more grown up way. We know that we are the role models to the younger students in the school and we enjoy this. We are having lots of discussions with our teachers about our next steps, 6th Form and even future jobs and careers. We know there are big decisions ahead but we feel mature enough to make these decisions with the support of our teachers and parents. In our lessons we are preparing for our Qualifications and Certificates. In Maths we are working on using numbers, measures, shape and handling data in a way that relates to real life in order to gain our Edexcel Functional Skills Mathematics qualification. In English we are preparing for our Edexcel Functional Skills English qualification where we will be assessed on our reading, writing,spelling and speaking and listening skills. Our English lessons help us with all of these skills through studying texts with more grown up themes. We have lots of discussions about the wide ranging themes that these books introduce and we work on our literacy skills based on tasks around these books. In ICT we are enjoying the challenge of using our new Google system and learning how to create and edit documents, slides and sheets as well as building our confidence with using the internet and emails safely. Our lessons allow us to prepare for our Edexcel ICT Functional Skills Assessment. We enjoy our weekly horticulture lessons on a Wednesday, being practical and working around the school site.Horticulture, Science, PE, Art, Food Technology and Wood Technology are all practical lessons that are linked to the AQA Unit Award Scheme which means we can gain certificate recognition of every unit we complete in these subjects. Our PSHE and Life Skills lessons allow us to talk openly and honestly about our thoughts, feelings and opinions on a range of topics. We are learning skills and having discussions about topics that will help us be healthy, happy and safe now and in the future. These lessons are also linked to the AQA Unit Award Scheme and we will be awarded Certificates for our work in these lessons. We are looking forward to work experience at the end of the year and really hope that it goes ahead.