Movie time!

6th Form Movies
Film Project run in conjunction with First Light and Film Oxford, Isis Academy 6th Form & Yr.11
We made two films over a period of two months, The Red Sofa, and Mr. Robinzom. We worked alongside professionals from the film industry using professional equipment. We learned many skills such as; teamwork, editing, camera skills, working safely, making music/soundtracks/special effects.
We were surprised by how many tricks we could use with the camera, and how different effects could be created using the green screen. The amount of different sound affects available impressed us as well. It did surprise us how much cost is involved, and the time it takes to create the music. We had to create our own, copyright-free music to use in both films.
Liam Fennell enjoyed working with industry standard professional cameras. Matthew Thomas-Pain liked making the music. Daniyal enjoyed using the cameras also, but particularly enjoyed writing the script.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers and professionals who helped us, and worked with us on this project. We are extremely grateful and appreciate your help very much.











BBC School News Report


Catering supplier says ‘Neigh’ to horsemeat





By now everyone knows that there has been horse meat found in beef products across the country and in Ireland. Local people gave us their opinions on the scandal.

A young mother told us that she would not eat horsemeat herself because she likes horses and would find it difficult to eat the meat because of this. She would not give her child any horse meat even if it was labelled as such.

Two other people who worked in local business also described having strong feelings about not eating horsemeat as they have kept horses themselves and see them more as pets rather than a source of meat.

All the members of the general public we spoke to felt that it was important to make the testing of meat products better and stricter so that it is clear what is in any meat product.

Even though no horsemeat has been found in the county, the Oxfordshire catering company who supply the school with food products decided to take beef off the menu for school dinners as a precaution. They swapped beef meat for lamb and replaced beef burgers with chicken burgers.

Our Catering Assistant Nikki told us that this hadn’t given her any problems with the menu and Parents and Governors hadn’t made any comments due to the prompt response of the catering company.

Due to the comments from the public, we felt it would be interesting to see the responses from our students so we took a cross section of Key stage 3 and 4 students and asked them to tell us how they felt.

Owen in KS3 said that although he had not really noticed a change to the dinner menu he thought it was a good idea to be cautious and take beef off the menu for a while.

Jemima, also in KS3, said that as horses are her favourite animal then no way would she ever eat horsemeat, even if it was labelled as that.

It was a slightly different story in KS4 as Louise told us she would try horsemeat if she knew what it was, and as a teenager with a healthy appetite, Mark said that ‘Food is food and I wouldn’t be bothered if I ate horse’.

So it seems that people feel that we should be cautious about what we eat but that testing is important and that we should always know what we are about to eat so we can make an informed decision.

It remains to be seen whether this story will continue to gallop along or whether it will slow down to a trot and eventually pull up but it seems we are all agreed that we should not gamble where our food is concerned.

Report compiled by BBC School News Reporters: Chris, Christopher, Daniyal, Matt, Michael and Tom.



Students Recipes

Here’s a fantastic recipe from Daisy! Check out all the other recipes by clicking Chef School recipes

Pasta with a creamy sauce (Serves 1)


– 30g unsalted butter

– ½ red pepper, diced

– 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

– 2 spring onions, chopped

– 100ml double cream

– 1 tbsp sage, chopped

– 1 tbsp parsley, chopped

– 140g cooked spaghetti

– salt

– Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation Method

  1. Melt the butter in a pan and sauté the pepper, garlic and spring onion for 4-5 minutes, to soften. Pour in the cream and add the fresh herbs. Allow to simmer gently for a few minutes.
  2. Stir in the cooked pasta and season to taste. Stir in the sauce and heat through.
  3. Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl and serve at once.


Garage Band

Fantastic work on Garageband this term from all KS3 classes!!  So good I think Miss McFall is going to show it in assembly!! So what have you learnt about Garageband?

This is Tom’s work where he even managed to record his own voice.


Atlantic College July 2012

Earlier this month a group of students went on a residential trip to Wales. What a fantastic week! Lots of fun, rain and mud!! Activities included sand-sledging, canoeing, climbing, beach walks and a nightly disco. Can some of you adventurers let us know what your favourite part of the week was?




Time Capsule


Hello Iffley Mead Blog!

Kahn class have been thinking long and hard about the task Mrs. Smith set us in Monday’s assembly.

So we would like to open this space up to you guys and girls to share your ideas on what the future will look like in 60 years time.

Kahn class have been thinking about what transport would look like (we thought there might be a transportation machine or flying cars), what food and drink we will have, what hobbies we will play, what fashion will look like.

We also thought about if we might have robots and what kind of jobs they might do.

So Iffley Mead and friends let’s get ourselves thinking. What do you think the future will be like in 60 years………….?


KS4 Options Evening

Well it was a long day at Iffley Mead today but well worth while as we met with students and their families to discuss options for KS4. Mr Jones had loads of takers for Duke of Edinburgh and all the options stands looked amazing!! It’s so exciting to be thinking about next year already.


Kahn Class and the Imaginarium!

Kahn Class have been doing a really exciting project with the students at the blog Imaginarium. The Imaginarium students are based all the way over the other side of the world in Australia!

A pupil at the Imaginarium contacted Kahn to ask if we wanted to do a project with their class. Miss Macfall then emailed their class teacher and together we have been taking photographs of the things that we love about our schools and writing about them. Have a look at what Kahn Class have to say about Iffley Mead!

Don’t forget to check out the brilliant work that the Imaginarium students posted up on their school blog as well :


Retro Cakes Rock once again.

Students from Ms. Wallace’s Tuesday afternoon Chef School group have been rocking out the Retro pineapple upside down cakes that were recommended by Mrs. Willett’s chef school group!


Manga on the iPads

Today in Lambie class we had loads of fun researching Manga and independently using the iPads to make Manga drawings!


American crocodiles!

Critically endangered, the prehistoric-looking American crocodile struggles to survive in pockets of shrinking habitat. The American crocodile is considered an endangered species in nearly all parts of America.

The American crocodile grows faster than the American alligator and does not mind salt water. The American crocodile lives in southern Florida. The word crocodile comes from the Greek name krokodilos.



iPads in the classroom…

Today Miro class were using the new iPads to watch the Kidrobot film on how to make their clay sculptures. Great results!!


Retro Food Rocks in Chef School this week

20120418-080334.jpg Amber’s Choccie Cherry Upsidedown cake

20120418-080427.jpgChris’s Pineapple Upsidedown Cake

20120418-080439.jpgMrs Willett’s Pineapple Upsidedown Cake

20120418-080454.jpgTaz’s Pineapple Upsidedown Cake

20120418-080508.jpgRich’s Choc Cherry Upsidedown Cake

Yesterday in our Year 11 Chef School we baked some Retro cakes that were really popular in the 1970s and 1980s. Retro rocks! This classic pineapple upside-down cake makes a fun centre piece for afternoon tea and brings back many childhood memories for Mr Willett who said it was his favourite cake when he was a boy! Mr Procter-Legg and Mr Gaskin both polished off at least half of Mrs Willett’s demonstration cake that she made so I think this would be a really popular cake to make at home.

Our Chef School group wil tell you how to make the cakes ……..


Welcome back!

Hi everybody and welcome back.  Over the holidays we had visitors to our blog from so many new countries.  Have a look at the map to see them all.  There were visitors from the USA, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, New Zealand and of course the UK.

Did you go away over the holidays and what was the most exciting thing you did?  I didn’t go away anywhere but I did loads of exciting things!