W/C 15/3/21: The Butterfly Lion
The novel we have been reading this half term is called 'The Butterfly Lion'. The class has really enjoyed the story and have been able to empathise with the character's experiences of World War One trenches. We are now intending to develop our letter writing skills by pretending we are 'Bertie' writing home to his family about his experiences.
So today is SUN Day in Nottinghamshire, Stand Up Notts. It is the council's initiative to encourage students to improve their fitness again after lock down.
Sherwood had an active maths lesson where they had to hunt for toys which met certain cost criteria and add their value. We then counted how many star jumps we could do each minute for 5 minutes and plotted the data on a line graph.
To encourage listening to our book, 'Billionarie Boy', we added actions when certain words were read out. If Joe's name (the main character) was mentioned, students stood up but if the Bullies from the story were mentioned, then students spun around on the spot.
On Wednesday 22nd of January Key stage 4 and 5 students took part in the St. John’s Ambulance Young Life Savers’ Award. Some of our students have been studying for this as part of their vocational option in First Aid and the Duke of Edingbough Award Scheme. All the students learned about how to assess for danger, how to make an emergency call, how to put someone in a recovery position, how to bandage and how to do basic CPR. All students worked really hard and achieved their Young Life Savers’ Certificate.
Sherwood class go to County Hall to talk about their Independent Travel Training Lessons
Bracken Hill Students were invited to talk to teachers, councillors and Independent Travel Training Professionals from all over the country as an example of good practice. The students showed a beautiful PowerPoint on their experiences during independent travel lessons. They did a fantastic job at explaining what they actually do during Independent travel lessons and their own progress and learning journey. For our students this was a fantastic achievement because they had to speak to an audience of at least 100 professionals! They all did really well and we are immensely proud of them!
Independent Travel, Maths and Financial Literacy
In Key stage 4 the aim of our curriculum is to improve independence living skills, particularly our understanding of money. So we are going out into the community, checking on prices in certain shops. We have to visit large super markets such as Asda in Sutton and find and buy items on a shopping list. We catch the bus as a group, but once we are in the shop, we have to find and buy the items on our own. At first this was pretty scary, but now we are getting used to it. We are getting better at realising how much things cost because we have to check the prices of things. In maths, we have been learning about ratio and this is very useful to work out which items are cheaper in multi packs.
Sherwood class learn about Homelessness
Our class have been reading the story Stone Cold by Robert Swindells. This story is a realistic story about a young boy who finds himself homeless. The students have found the story fascinating and moving and it has helped them to open their minds and imagine what it is like to be homeless. It has inspired them to create some wonderful pieces of writing, as you can see.
The topic of homelessness has also spread into our ASDAN work. One of the Challenges in our ASDAN Personal Development Program is to find out how a local charity supports people. So on Wednesday we went to visit Beacon House, which is a day centre, for homeless people in Mansfield, We learnt about the help that homeless people are given at the shelter such as having a warm meal, receiving warm clothes, having their clothes washed, having a shower and receiving medical help. The shelter aims to get homeless people off the streets by giving them help and advice. We also learnt what we should do if ever we became homeless, which we think is very valuable information!
We were so moved by the work of Beacon House shelter, that, as a class, we want to support them. We asked them about collecting shoe boxes for Christmas, but the support workers said that the best type of help that we could do for them is help raise funds for them so that they can continue to run the centre all year round and pay fuel bills and other facilities such as new washing machines. We are going to plan how to fund raise for this charity in our future ASDAN lessons.. We hope you will help us with ideas and support.