07 Feb

I’d like to start my blog this week by showcasing the Secondary Music Club that takes place every Wednesday, in the conference room with Mr Challinor. Music Club has got off to a great start with students popping in to have a go on Guitar, Ukulele and Keyboards. Mr Challinor is on hand to help students learn the songs they like and help them develop their skills.

This week in the music lunchtime club, Katie and Mariam have been busy writing their own songs using their guitar skills. They’ve been playing G and C chords, writing lyrics all by themselves and having fun singing along..

Delta has been learning Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter on the keyboard – she’s enjoying developing her keyboard skills and is becoming more and more independent in learning songs..

Diego has been working on developing his drumming technique using a practice pad, and also working on his guitar playing..

Tommy is learning Beatles songs at the minute – this week it’s “Here Comes The Sun”..

Music Club is open to all secondary students and next term we will be looking to hold this for the primary students.

Let’s see what some of our other classes have been doing this week, starting with Miss Collinge’s class…

We have been very busy. Our topic this half term is ‘Tale as Old as Time’ and we have been learning all about traditional tales. This week we have been reading ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’  We have made our own version of the tale and turned it into a talking story. The children have worked very hard to write their own sentences and create pictures of Goldilocks and the bears. We have made so much progress with our communication that our colourful semantics has moved on to creating sentence for writing. Everybody is working very hard and we are exceptionally proud of their progress.

We worked in groups to make our own porridge then decided whether it was too hot, too cold or just right!

In Maths we have continued to explore ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ whilst looking at sequences, measurement and size. We have had lots of fun!

Miss Meadows’ class have had a busy half-term…

We have been focusing on rhyming couplets, different types of poetry and writing skills. We used talk for writing to start our unit with some performance poetry.

Delta has started to attend Music Club and she has accessed this for a few weeks. She is passionate about her keyboard time and it is lovely to see her accessing this so well with Mr Challinor!

We have been on a trip in Outdoor Education to the Portland Basin museum, we had a lot of fun learning about what the cobbled streets looked like..

We have also worked very hard in Maths, we are learning about Fractions and working on different amounts of fractions. Well done everyone.

Mr Rawson’s class this week had some extracurricular Science and designed their own water-powered bottle rockets..

..which they tested in the park!

Mrs Nuttall’s form have been working incredibly hard towards their up and coming GCSEs..

This term in core subjects, English, Maths and Science, we have primarily been focusing on exam practice, revisiting past papers and recapping content, as well as enjoying some practical work to help strengthen our skills as we move closer to June.

Two students in our class will shortly be taking part in the Spanish speaking and listening exam and this week they have been working on extending their vocabulary to help support them in their exam. Buena suerte! (GOOD LUCK!).

In Art the students are working on individual projects of their choice. They have been exploring the ideas of other artists they are drawn to, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials and techniques. The work that the students have produced is AMAZING, however, unfortunately we cannot share any pictures of their pieces until the work has been assessed.

In DofE the students have been out and about this week, practising their rock-climbing skills. Mixed ability groups have been teaming together, climbing at Manchester climbing centre, building confidence and resilience as part of their Bronze and Silver Awards.

This term the students have all taken part in the food technology practical exam, creating food independently from scratch. The students had to plan a menu that consisted of a starter, main and dessert. Some students experimented using a mincer to mince their own meat before making fluffy cottage pie, fresh tagliatelle pasta for a creamy carbonara, homemade dough for pizzas and sugar and strawberries heated up and cooled to create a homemade, fresh and yummy strawberry jam. All the dishes looked and tasted amazing (again, we cannot share images as the dishes are part of their GCSE award).

Media Studies has been interesting. Together the class have been looking at the sitcoms IT crowd and FRIENDS. We have been watching the pilot episodes – looking at Propp’s Character Theory. Propp’s theory found that all narratives share the same structure with the same characters and that it is these characters and actions that shape the narrative. Propp divided the characters into 8 roles, such as; Villain, Hero, Donor, Princess, Princess’s father, False Hero, Helper, Dispatcher. Since learning about this theory, the students are noticing more, that it does apply and occur in many TV programmes and films.

A few of our Year 11 students have been visiting local colleges this week, attending open days to meet college tutors and explore what course options are on offer and gather information regarding the support services that are available at colleges to help support learners’ needs.

Mrs Woodhead’s class have had a brilliant first week reading ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and being ‘wild things!’

Miss McDonald’s class would like to share with you their learning too…

This week in class we have had a great week. In English this week we have been writing our very own myths and designing and making mythical creatures to feature in our story. We are going to record our stories on stop motion next week in ICT.

In Maths some children in Miss McDonald’s class have been working with money and have set up a class shop to buy and sell items. They had to add up their item cost and give the correct amount of change..

The children who haven’t been working with money this week have been comparing fractions, percentages and decimals. They have been learning how to find a percentage of an amount; we discussed how this links to the community when out shopping.

We have taken part in lots of teamwork this week. In SEAL the children created a leprechaun trap using household items, they had to work together and problem solve to ensure their trap remained standing.

In Science we are creating our very own circuit powered games, the children have been experimenting with simple circuits and have designed an ‘operation’ style game where when the circuit is complete the bulb will glow or buzzer will sound.

Lastly, as it is mental health week this week, we have been working on our growth mindset in Miss McDonald’s class and discussing and sharing all the things that make us happy and trying to swap our negative fixed thoughts for optimistic thoughts and positive ways of viewing different situations..

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs..

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Marley for finding his voice by communicating his feelings to people who can help..

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar this week is Joshua for excellent listening this week and being a great example to others at morning registration..

Mr Corrigan’s LEXIA Superstars are Edward and Marley..

Miss Parkinson’s STAR of the week is Madison for not giving up with her writing and also working really hard in Maths this week..

Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Thomas for having a super week and being able to talk about his emotions and Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Carlo for settling in well and having a fantastic week..

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Ivy for thinking about different ways to stay calm when she is feeling upset..

Miss Tootill’s SEAL Superstar is Ibraaheem for working hard in SEAL and achieving the objective..

Miss Simms’ and Miss Tootill’s Dojo winners this week are Nathan and Thomas. Well done!

Mrs Lomax’s STAR of the week is Damien for not giving up and trying very hard. Well done Damien you have completed all the learning this week, even the hard work!

Mrs Lomax’s SEAL Superstar is Lucas for helping his friends to use Showbie.

Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Harry for making a fantastic contribution to our topic “Where the wild things are” and her SEAL Superstars are Harry, Jacob, Farrukh, Rahmeem, Yousef, Caelan, for coping brilliantly with change this week..

Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Luca for communicating his feelings really well and her SEAL Superstar is Mathew for great problem solving skills and supporting other people.

Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is Alex for a fantastic optimistic mindset and always leading by example and her SEAL Superstars are the whole class for working as a team to solve problems. Miss McDonald’s Dojo winner is Alex! Well done.

Can I just remind parents that we finish for February half term on Friday 14th February and school reopens to the students on Tuesday 25th February as we have a very intense and busy INSET day on Monday 24th February. I will be sharing in my blog after half term what our staff learnt during our INSET after half term. I can’t wait for the training day – as adults we never stop learning because life never stops teaching!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I have a busy weekend running my girls to dance practice and parties.


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