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Week beginning 11/06/18


This week, Clumber class has been taking part in our annual Sports Week activities. On Monday, we went to Kirkby Festival Hall to try out roller skating - with very differing results! It was tricky at first for a lot of us, but we soon got our balance (although there may have been a few trips along the way!).

We have taken part in traditional sports such as football and athletics during Sports Day and tried new ones such as golf, yoga and ping pong.

One of our favourite activities was learning circus skills and we all made a balloon model to take home too. Mrs Jefferies also bought in special coin scarves to wear during Zumba - it was very noisy!

We were kindly invited to Portland College to take part in seated volleyball games and our pupils demonstrated their fantastic enthusiasm and behaviour. We also took part in a cricket coaching day at Mansfield Hosiery Mills, where our class and Bestwood met with other schools to learn the basics and play a match. It was a lovely hot day and added yet another sporting experience to our belt.

Everybody enjoyed trying these newer activities and taking part in the whole week - a great way to have fun, stay healthy and work as a team!

We all need a well earned rest now - have a lovely sunny weekend,


The Clumber Team




Week beginning 21.05.18


Hi there - this is my first class post as new Clumber Teacher! We have been so busy this half term, here are some of our highlights:

We have been learning about Coasts, Rivers and Mountains in Topic and our class has enjoyed creating water cycle experiments, learning about erosion and how our coasts, rivers and mountains are created.

In Citizenship, we have been exploring why people volunteer and were welcomed by the staff at The Samaritans Charity Shop in Kirkby - we had a great time looking for bargains to support the charity!

We did our class assembly in front of the whole school about the importance of exercise, which everyone enjoyed.


It has been so lovely getting to know each other and the pupils have been fantastic, helping me to settle in and working as a team.

Have a very well deserved break everyone!


Mrs Jefferies and The Clumber Team


Week beginning 5-02-18

Over the past two weeks we have been working hard in all our subjects. In Maths we have been working with money in lessons. We have been adding up items and saying if we could buy them with the money we were given. We then had to work out the change that we needed from different amounts of money. I was really impressed with all the class, they really worked hard adding and then subtracting the total from the amount of money they had been given. Three students were working out how much change they should receive from a £20 note which was really impressive.

Our topic this term has been France. We have been looking at the historic buildings in France. The students have also been looking at French artists and pictures of the French countryside. Miss Gladwin had introduced the art work known as ‘Pointillism’ in a staff meeting. Staff were really inspired by the style and so Clumber decided to combine the two! The class were shown different pictures using pointillism and after doing an outline of their favourite French building they painted them using the technique we had been researching. The children really enjoyed using the cotton wool buds to make the little dots and as you can see from the pictures they were really impressive.

The other pictures that you can see on the web site is the students doing their Friday phonics lessons. They were using their phonics cards to partition the sounds and then they were writing sentences into their book using the words they had partitioned. The other pictures are of the class working on ‘Scratch’ on the computer. They are all really good at scratch. They have been able to change their sprite, make it move, make it fly, make it spin around and much more.

I am very pleased to say that Kelcy was the Star of the Week last week and Hazel was the Star of the Week this week. Both girls got it for very different reasons and we are really proud of them both.

Have a lovely half term,


The Clumber Team

Week beginning 22-01-18

In Clumber this week the students have been working really hard. It was nice for me to look at the pictures of what the students have been doing in different subjects around school. In maths Andy’s group have been learning about the properties of 3D shapes. As you can see from the photographs they even managed to make their own 3D shapes out of paper. It has also been a very musical week. The pictures of our students in the music block demonstrate an enthusiasm for all instruments and the concentration on some of their faces says it all! At the end of the week our students were treated to a visit from ‘The Bands’, from West Notts College. Our class were dancing away loving every minute. The bands were really good as always.

This week’s Star of the was Lauren. The work she has been doing this week in English has been very impressive. She devised an information leaflet about Unicorns which was very informative and well presented.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend,

The Clumber Team

Week beginning 15-01-18

Happy New Year to all! Sorry for not doing an entry for Christmas but it was extremely busy and it slipped my mind. That is why at the end of the photos you can see the students performing at their Christmas concert. We were all really proud of their performance and as you can see from the photo they all really enjoyed it. You can also see some pictures of the students erecting tents with the adventure service which is what they did in the last lesson before Christmas.

I am pleased to say all the students have come back really focused and ready to work. In the photos you can see the students working on the stories they have been completing in English.


The Clumber Team

Week beginning 27th November

We have had two good weeks. In the first week we went to Creswell Crags to support the work we are doing in topic. If you ever have the chance to go, we can totally recommend it. The day started with an introduction to Creswell Crags by our guide. We then went to look around the museum which housed numerous artefacts from The Stone Age. Then went into a classroom and took on the role of an archaeologist sieving through sand to find bones and other objects and sorting them into categories.

After lunch and a look around the shop we went outside to search for animal footprints. We also had a go at spearing a Reindeer (not a real one), we were then shown an old fashion way to make fire. All three classes that went on the trip were a credit to the school. Their behaviour, manners and knowledge about the topic were excellent and the staff at Creswell Crags were really impressed with all the pupils.

Along with the pictures of Creswell Crags you will have seen some pictures of Clumber Class with the Adventure Service. They were learning how to put tents up. There are other pictures of our students planning out a story in their English books.

Have a great weekend,

The Clumber Team

Week Commencing 13-11-17

This week students have been doing lots of different activities. In topic we are still working through the Stone Age ready for our trip to Creswell Crags next week. We have been looking at the Art work that people in the Stone Age used to draw on the cave walls. The pictures that the students have done are now displayed on the classroom walls.

As you can see from the pictures our class has been working very well with the Adventure Service. This week they stayed on site and made fruit Kebabs which some of them tried. In another practical lesson this week the students have made some bread with Mrs Waterhouse. As you can see in the picture below the bread was very unique. There were lots of different shapes and sizes and I was told that it tasted lovely.

I am pleased to announce that Hazel was our ‘Star of the Week’. She was awarded it for being amazing in cooking and helping others to get equipment on. Well done Hazel you are becoming a very mature and helpful young lady.

I would just like to remind you that it is our trip to Creswell Crags next Tuesday.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Clumber team

Week commencing 30-10-17

It’s been a good week this week. At the start of the week we went to Portland Park which is somewhere I have never been before. We had four students missing on Monday so the students who went had a lot of research to do. As part of our ASDAN qualification we have been looking into facilities in the local community. Next week we are going to Kingsway park to look at the provision for teenagers in the local community.

In computing our students are currently working on animation. They have decided in their groups which story they wanted to do make into an animation. They have made a story board of the story they chose and now they are working on adding the sound and text onto the pictures they have chosen. You can see Hazel, T-Jay, Sky, Freya and Zac in the photographs below sourcing pictures from the internet.

In the pictures you can also see the students pointing at a ‘chain of talents’. The students had to write two things that they do really well and their friends had to write two things that they do really well. Each child then had four things that they do really well so they made a chain with four connecting hoops. We then attached them all together so that the students could see that when we work together we are stronger.

The Clumber team are pleased to announce that the Star of the week is Ethan. Ethan has been award this for being more focused in lessons and therefore making good progress, well done Ethan.

Have a great weekend.

Clumber Team

Clumber Class week beginning 25-09-17

Lots of things have been happening this week. On Monday as part of our PSHE lessons we did some relaxation. It was really interesting, as although all the children enjoyed it some of them found it very difficult to relax. Freya, Miss Shipley and myself on the other hand found it very relaxing and took a while come round!

In the photos you can see some of the students sat facing each other. This was in English when they were having to argue the case about the ant and the grasshopper. The students were very passionate about the cause especially T-Jay who would really got in to character. You can see pictures of some of the students Robots which is the topic we are covering at the moment. Students also supported Macmillan this week by attending the coffee morning and buying some lovely cakes.

Next week I need to remember to take the camera to the Festival Hall Gym. Every Friday some of our class go there as part of their PE module. They are doing really well at improving their fitness and acting in a mature way in the community.

I am pleased to say that this week Zac was our Star of the week. He is really trying hard in all lessons achieving things that he couldn’t do before. Well done Zac!


The Clumber Team

Clumber Class Week ending 15-9-17

Well what a great first full week! In Maths we have been working at improving our place value and our subtraction skills. In English we have been looking at three different topics. One of the things we have been doing in English is reading a story called ‘Storm’ by Kevin Crossley-Holland. In the pictures below you can see some of the children ‘hot seating’. This is when they take on the role of one of the characters in the story and give answers to questions asked by their peers.

Clumber have now worked with the ‘Adventure Service’ on two Thursday afternoons. Andy who comes in from the adventure service has guided the children in two practical activities. Last week they made some soap which was really impressive (ideas for Christmas). This week they made a chicken curry outside on the field. However, not many of the children could eat this as they made burgers in DT in the morning and ate those so they were pretty full!

Last week I was very pleased to say that Kelcy got Star of the Week for coming back to school in a very positive manner. This week Sky was our Star of the Week for being very mature in school and at home.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

The Clumber Team

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