Extracurricular - SCOPE

The SCOPE Project

The SCOPE project is an educational enrichment activity that permeates all years from 7 to 10. The nature of the project changes and develops as the students progress from Year 7 through to Year 10. The SCOPE project is designed to encourage students to think deeply about their learning and to develop skills in planning and reflective learning. It is designed to help the students to develop confidence and take responsibility for their learning.

Students in Year 7 undertake PeriSCOPE, an educational enrichment activity that links school with wider learning experiences by allowing the student to present aspects of knowledge and interests that otherwise might not be addressed in the school environment. It is an exercise in the relevance of learning and the building of confidence, self-esteem, planning, process and communication skills that culminate in a 5 minute presentation based on an activity of the students choice. PeriSCOPE interviews take place towards the end of term 1.

Students in Year 8 undertake the TeleSCOPE project. TeleSCOPE links classroom work with wider learning and reflection. It is an exercise in the building of confidence, self-esteem, planning, process and communication skills. As the year progresses students will need to organise a display folder that contains all of the completed tasks. One specific task has been issued by each subject. It is important that students keep all completed tasks, no matter what the assessment outcome is. At the end of term 2, students will give a 5 minute oral presentation where they will discuss two or three of the tasks completed to that point. They will also be asked to reflect upon what has been learned and achieved during semester one and will be questioned about their goals for the remainder of the year. Students will receive assistance on how to prepare the oral presentation mid-way through term 2.

Students in Year 9 undertake MicroSCOPE. MicroSCOPE links classroom work with wider learning and reflection. It is an exercise in the building of confidence, self-esteem, planning, process and communication skills that culminates in a 10 minute oral presentation to their peers based on the students learning achievements throughout the year. 2013 is the tenth year that this project has run at Cardiff High School.

One specific task has been issued by each subject. Students should make up a calendar of tasks in order to organise themselves effectively. As the year progresses students will need to organise a display folder that contains all of the completed tasks. It is important to keep all completed tasks, no matter what the assessment outcome is. At the beginning of term 4 the students will give a 10 minute presentation to their peers where they will review and discuss two or three of the tasks they found most interesting as well as generally talking about what they have learned and achieved this year. The students will receive assistance on how to prepare their presentation during term 3.

Year 10 students at Cardiff high school undertake an oral presentation as part of their assessment schedule. During the year, students are required to collect evidence of planning, process and product in their learning. Students are required to present this evidence at a presentation/ interview towards the end of Term 4.

The SCOPE project is an important component of the Year 10 curriculum at Cardiff High School as it develops and assesses social skills, communication skills, decision-making skills, problem solving skills, goal setting abilities, self-discipline and the ability to work independently. It is important to note that the SCOPE tasks issued by each department are a normal part of course work; they are not additional to course requirements.

The presentations will take place in front of an interview panel comprising three members: a teacher, a community representative and a Year 9 student. The panel participants will be trained in the process prior to the interview and will award a grade based on a student’s ability to discuss their learning. A written report on each student’s performance will be issued following the interview and a certificate of achievement will be included in the Year 10 reports.

In order to gain the highest outcome, a student is required to present evidence of the learning process in all subjects, as well as being able to clearly discuss aspects of planning, problem solving and reflection. It is vital that students complete and retain all work for discussion.

Progress will be monitored throughout the year and, in Term 3, students will prepare a covering letter and undergo practise relating to the interview.

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