Twenty eight very tired but very excited year 12 history students met outside school at 3am on Monday 2nd July ready to make the journey to Berlin.  As part of their A2 studies these students will be focussing on the Holocaust and International Relations 1945-2004.  Berlin is the perfect city to visit some of the sites that shaped these two dramatic periods in history.

Although it was only a three day trip we managed to pack plenty in, with visits to the Topography of Terror, the House of the Wannsee Conference, the Reichstag building, Checkpoint Charlie, the East Side Gallery and even a Cold War nuclear bunker.  One of the most poignant visits was to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp; here students were able to see one of the sites that bore witness to the sheer brutality and prejudices of the Nazi regime.  As history students, but also as young adults, the students were deeply moved by this experience and found it incredibly valuable.

There was also time for students to soak up and experience some German culture as well, although only a few were tempted to try a Curry Wurst!  By the end of the trip the students were buzzing with enthusiasm for their history studies, and for this small taster of German life and culture.
Nicola Reynolds, who attended the trip, writes..

The year 12 trip to Berlin was the best school trip I have ever attended. For three days we travelled around Berlin on public transport visiting museums and historical sites that all played a role in either the Cold War or the Holocaust. From the House of the Wannsee Conference, where the Final Solution was planned, to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp where these policies were carried out, we were able to see many aspects of the Holocaust.
We also visited the East Side Gallery; this is the largest remaining part of the Berlin Wall and is now decorated with murals by artists from around the world. Other places visited include Checkpoint Charlie, the Topography of Terror and the Reichstag. The trip was highly educational but in the evening on the last night we walked to a local bowling alley, while most people bowled those who didn’t amused themselves with pool, arcade games and laughing at those who couldn’t bowl! I would recommend any year 12 who is offered this trip to attend as not only does it put the course into context but it also is just interesting to visit Berlin and see where these events actually took place.


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Teenage Kicks 


For KS4 students to be able to access elements of the SRE curriculum

For students to understand the issues relating to sexual teenage relationships


To provide students with clear and trustworthy SRE information

To provide students with opportunities to ask relevant questions

To provide advice and guidance to students on SRE related topics

To support students in relationship related decision making

Teenage Kicks Outcomes

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· Promote all types of reading as a cross-curricular literacy priority
· Promote reading for pleasure
· Promote reading as a shared experience
Last year Big Read journals were produced. This year students have been encouraged to continue with their reading in tutor time. We have had many Big Read activities taking place including the Readathon and Picnics. 

Big Read Outcomes


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For KS4 students to be able to access and develop enterprise skills 


  • To provide students with opportunties to work in a team and be creative
  • To provide students with opportunities to develop their financial planning and understanding
  • Students will develop their understanding of business and enterprise concepts
  • Students to pitch their business concept


The aim of the day is to create a unique concept for a new theme park to be located in France. Students have to consider their target market, marketing budgets and plans, design and create a logo, brand and slogan.


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How much do we know about each other


To develop knowledge about each other through positive student relationships and dynamics

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to listen effectively to each other
  • Students will be able to confidently present a speech about an item that is important to them
  • Students will have knowledge about the likes and interests of their peers


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To produce a tutor group interpretation of the 7 Olympic and Paralympic Values.
(The values are: Friendship, Respect, Equality, Determination, Inspiration, Courage & Excellence)

All students will have:

  • Engaged in learning about the history and importance of the Olympic & Paralympic games
  • Contributed to the production of a whole tutor group project that best demonstrates one of the 7 values of the Olympic & Paralympic games and how these relate to their everyday life
  • Worked independently and also developed group work skills

Some students will have:

  • Take a lead in facilitating other students within the tutor group with their knowledge and understanding of key issues related to the Olympic & Paralympic games
  • Be able to predict what might happen to the future of the Olympic & Paralympic games
  • Take a lead in the creation of the whole tutor group project.

Final Unit Outcome:

  • The tutor group ‘interpretation of values’ will be displayed in TUTOR BASES/with the best displayed around the school from September 2012
  • Once completed – the ’interpretation of values’ will be handed to LEAD TUTORS – where a winner (s) will be decided for each house.
  • The best ‘interpretation of values’ will be included in the Walton High Blog on the Get Set Network – an official site of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.


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