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Blog 16.12.2021

WOW! What an amazing and fun filled week to finish the first term off with and what a year we have all had. I would like to start my blog this week by sharing with you the students who received a Head Teacher’s Award for this half term. Well done to you all and keep up the hard work…

On Wednesday morning, the primary Christmas production link was sent to families so you can watch and share this experience together. The comments and feedback that we have had has been fabulous and all the children (and staff) have done us proud. Families, please note that the link sent is for your personal use only and should not be placed on any social media platforms. The video is for families to enjoy at home and the footage must not be shared online.

Let’s see what some of the classes have been doing starting with Mrs Lerigo’s class…

What an amazing first term we have had with our reception class children. They have all grown so much and have adapted to school life like real troopers. I am so proud of each and every one of them.

This half term in Literacy we started by looking at fiction texts. We covered the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’ in depth, acted out parts of the story, built houses out of different materials and pretended to be big bad wolves and blow all the houses down. The children’s imaginations have really developed and we will be continuing this in the coming term.

We then moved on to looking at the Christmas story. We have learnt the basics of the story of Jesus, placing the key characters into a stable, which we made as a class. This turned out to be a lot of fun and some children really got involved by climbing in the stable and hiding with the characters.

In numeracy we have focused on number recognition, counting and 2D shapes and looking at the similarities and differences between some of the shapes. This has been fun and we even made circle pigs and triangular wolves.

We have been trying hard with our turn taking skills and this has improved significantly over the term, we still have to keep trying with this, especially with things we particularly like, this is when sharing can prove to be a challenge.

In science (Learning about the World) we have been looking at sources of light and how the presence of light can make things look differently. We have used torches to light up dark corners and shone torches through coloured lenses and observed how the light can change this way. We have learnt some new vocabulary associated with light and dark and explored lots of light sources and investigated different switches.

One huge achievement has been with our communication. All students now have their own PECS book and have adapted brilliantly to asking for breakfast items, snacks and other requests using their books. Some of the students can now create their own sentences with up to 4/5 pictures/words. I am very proud of them. Hopefully in the not-so-distant future we can move on from these PECS books to the use of picture communication on their iPads.

The past few weeks we have been practising for our Christmas Show. Our class decided to be elves and we sang the song ‘1 Little, 2 Little, Three Little Elves’. We sang, acted out the various events like sawing, sewing, hammering etc. They did brilliantly. Just wait until you see the them!

And finally, I just want to say I am excited about next year and I know my class are becoming stronger and more independent each day. I am really looking forward to seeing what we can achieve, with the support of parents, the staff and most importantly the children! Have a lovely Christmas!

Now to Mrs Lomax’s form…

The end of the term and year and we are so impressed with the students. The autumn term can present many challenges to year 7 students, new routines, new timetables and new teachers just to name a few, but the students in our form should feel really proud of how they have managed their first term in secondary.

We have combined lots of academic learning with lots of work on targets related to our ECHPs. We have been learning how to play traditional board games and we have used this to learn about rules, working together, accepting losing and building resilience. The games have also been helping the students to develop their attention and concentration skills as well as revisiting earlier number learning in maths. Our learning in emotional literacy has included thinking about others and as part of this we have been learning sign language and can now sign our own names.

In history we have been learning about the Chinese dynasties and have created traditional Chinese vases, Chinese writing and banners. In geography we have been exploring the world and the students have created a large world map with a key for the continents and then we have been focusing on the polar regions and comparing them with our own country. As part of this we have created art on the Northern Lights using different mediums which required the students to carefully listen to instructions and then follow them in the correct order. We also used careful listening to instructions in science and our sound and light investigations in which we created panpipes and didgeridoos to explore sound waves.

We hope you enjoy our photographs and we wish you all a Merry Christmas from our form.

Mrs Bennett’s classes…

At the beginning of term, before restrictions were put in place to keep our children, staff and families safe due to increasing cases of COVID, Mrs Bennett began to explore busier environments with her KS2 classes. They visited local Tesco and Sainsbury’s Superstores to find items on their shopping list. Each child enjoyed this experience and used their maths and English skills to find the correct items on their list. They looked at packages to find out where different foods were grown, produced, packaged and tried to find items that were locally produced to reduce the impact on our environment, however, they found it very difficult to find items locally sourced. Sainsbury’s were so impressed with the children who visited their superstore in Oldham and have invited them to revisit the store in the New Year, when it is safe to do so, to have a guided tour, use the tills and see what happens with their deliveries. A small group of children have also taken part in the Sainsbury’s ‘A Smile for Christmas Campaign’ and a video of them singing ‘Jingle Bells’, along with other schools within the Oldham area, will be projected in store until the 23rd December. The children’s singing and dancing is award winning and hopefully, if you visit the store, you may be lucky enough to see their performance.

Mrs Bennett visited a variety of parks within the local area including Heaton Park, Chadderton Hall Park, Daisy Nook Country Park, Tandle Hills, Failsworth Higher Memorial Park and Stamford Park with reception, KS1 and KS2. The children have enjoyed nature scavenger hunts trying to find twigs bigger than their foot, small, medium and large stones, a stone smaller than their thumb nail, wild flowers, different colour leaves etc. The children were fascinated watching birds and squirrels being fed by hand by staff. Squirrels at Heaton Park were very sociable and were certainly not camera shy. The children also enjoyed seeing some of the Lightopia Festival before visiting the animals. We sang ‘Old Macdonald had a Farm’ whilst walking to different species of birds and animals and on cue the geese sang back which the children found very amusing. On one of our visits, we were lucky enough to watch the equestrian dentist undertaking dentistry electronic filing one of the donkey’s teeth which was fascinating to watch. We have also practised road safety skills and children are very good at remembering to use their eyes and ears before they use their feet.

Mrs Bennett and all staff who support the children during outdoor education are extremely proud of how every child’s confidence and fitness levels have increased whilst exploring their local community. Some children have overcome their fears and tried new things such as the ‘Zip Wire’ and walking up and down steep hills over different terrains. However, in the very wet, rainy conditions we have had during this term, Mrs Bennet thinks that both children and staff would have agree that jumping and splashing in muddy puddles has been the most fun of all.

Each child has also enjoyed making a hot chocolate and marshmallow reindeer cone or a reindeer dust pouch for them to sprinkle on the ground where they live so the reindeer know where to park their sleigh on the eve of Christmas.

Mrs Bennet and her support staff would like to wish you all a lovely festive break and they are looking forward to welcoming the children back in the New Year.

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is George for brilliant listening in lessons this week.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Jacob for coping really well with change this week.

Mr Corrigan’s WOW moments go to Shane and Xander. Well done!

Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is the whole class for working hard as a team!

Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Zack for using kind words, kind hands and kind feet in class.

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is the whole class as stars of the week for having a fantastic term.


Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

Commitment to Learning Stars


Can I remind our families that we finish for the Christmas holidays on Thursday 16th December and we return in the new year on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

All that is left for me to say is Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mrs Millard


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