15 Jan

I seem to be starting off every blog with the words, “I just don’t know where this week has gone!”. The week has absolutely flown by. Those students who have joined other students to form new groups have coped remarkably well and some are already making new friends and helping each other out, it’s really wonderful to see how mature and adaptable they can be!

We are very much aware that a large proportion of our students are following government guidance and staying at home and engaging with work and activities remotely, via their iPads. Our team have been working hard over the last couple of weeks to develop a remote offer which all our students can engage with. Resource packs have also been sent home to students where required.

Mrs Peacock has been leading alongside our amazing staff team to co-ordinate the new curriculum for Learning Centre students. Here’s her report:

14TBN and the Employability Group, along with Adeel, have had a very varied week. As we were face to face learning in class it was great to get their views on how the new Remote Learning offer would be shared and utilised. The work was set by Wednesday and became available to the students in college and the students at home. In order to achieve this, staff worked very closely to suggest activities that were related to the medium term plan that week.

All of this was new to staff and students alike but everyone embraced the work and we were able to produce a cross curricular scheme of work related to ‘Passport to the World’ which was accessible to all our students’ needs and abilities. Mr. Thompson produced plans for music around the world in order to fit it into the theme. We will be incorporating lessons for gardening and food next week and also some activities that Mr. Taylor will be doing regularly with students.

Staff have worked very hard to get this all right for the students, and although there have been a few hiccups along the way, we are all enjoying the different aspects related to ‘Passport to the World’. I’ve no doubt we will need to adapt and update the scheme over time but with the whole team being involved it’ll become a wonderful bespoke piece of work.

Mrs. Thornhill has been really impressed with Louis, who only a day after work had been provided, got stuck in with his home learning. Thanks to his Mum for sending through some lovely photos..

Quote from Mrs. Thornhill “How lovely, makes it all worthwhile when you get this sort of response.”

Mr Thompson has been very busy getting musical both on site and virtually! Here is a short report:

This week we set up Showbie classes to do virtual learning via the video chat. Our topic in Music is World Music and exploring a range of styles such as Hip Hop, Dance, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Blues etc. This week we focused on Hip Hop and began to write our own rap songs. We started by exploring words we could rhyme with our names and put some sentences together. We had fun with this, especially coming up with some silly words. It was a great start to our Remote Learning platform and we had a good number of students access it. Hopefully we will see more and more as the weeks go by.


We have also started using two new apps called Launchpad and Blocs Wave where the students can make their own tracks and record their compositions to share with the other students at home and in the Learning Centre. These are on the Self-Service app on the student iPads. Check them out and have a go!
It was great to see the students’ enthusiasm to join the lesson and engage in the activities. Thanks guys, Mr T

Music lessons have provided the opportunity for students to link up with each both from home and in school. Tasleema absolutely loved catching up with her IB friends as you can clearly see..

Back at the Learning Centre students have been equally busy. Here are the photos of Melissa really getting into her Science experiment. Melissa rubbed the balloon on her jumper and then used the static energy to make the empty can roll on the table.

In the IB classroom there were strange goings on! The group held their own Mad Hatters Tea Party, they had a go at making their own ‘outside in’ sandwiches. They had lettuce and soft cheese, apple and jam and cucumber and bread. Jelly loved them all but her favourite was the lettuce and soft cheese.

Angelica’s ‘Outside in’ sandwiches for their Alice in Wonderland theme tea party..

The IB group have also been ensuring they keep active and have been enjoying their Friday Yoga sessions.

This week some students from Year 12 and Year 13 did an outdoor lesson with Mr Taylor. The students had to balance a ball in a pipe and then some of them had to balance on a wobble board whilst balancing the ball!

Our older students were also outside with Mr. Taylor developing their teamwork and problem-solving skills whilst still adhering to social distancing guidelines, not easy guys! Their balancing skills were also tested. As you can see from the photos below they did brilliantly!

Last week our Year 13 students got all creative making Chinese lanterns and masks for Chinese New Year last but I didn’t get chance to share within last week’s blog. Sorry guys!

Students from Mr Blackman’s class have been working on Health and Safety this week, recognising and naming items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that are needed to be worn whilst out working in the Learning Centre grounds, and why it is important to wash hands after each session (bacteria in the soil, for example). They have also been part of the live link to students on remote learning and had a nice catch up with friends.

Mr Thompson would also like to mention the Nurture Group students who he said “Have been amazing!” This is Malcolm engaging in our music lesson today on launch pad..

Malcolm’s favorite lesson as evidenced from his freestyling video!


I’d also like to share an amazing rap from Aimee..


Daniel is another of our budding rappers as we can see from his lyrics..


Over in E-Base 2, Thahmim has enjoyed being back in college this week, he has engaged really well during his activities. Our theme this term is Jack and the Beanstalk and both Thahmim and Tyler have engaged in painting paper plates to make beanstalks, using green tissue paper to create leaves for the beanstalks. Thahmim has been practising his cutting skills by cutting out various characters from the story. Tyler engaged in creating cloud dough, he enjoyed manipulating the dough with his hands and fingers

I’m aware that there have been a number of reports and continued discussions at central government level around Lateral Flow testing in schools. At present we are still exploring it and will keep families updated accordingly.

Our staff teams are currently completing wellbeing calls twice a week to all families of those students at home, our staff teams are also in contact with families around remote learning. Please do not hesitate in getting in contact if you have any questions / queries or concerns. I appreciate that this is a very challenging time for everyone, particularly our young people who are at home and their families. We will endeavor to provide all the support and help we can. Additional guidance and support for families can be found in the documents below:

Hope you have a nice weekend,


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