29 Jan

This week’s blog is once again full of photos of what our amazing students have been up to both at home and at the Learning Centre. I’m truly inspired by their constant resilience, energy and ability to adapt to an ever-changing world. They’re definitely what I come to work for!!

On Monday Anthony, Melissa and Daniel definitely made the most of the wintry conditions. Thanks to Mr Taylor they got very creative with our very own outdoor art installation. Mr Taylor explains:

We hung a photo frame up in the trees and tried to do some animation shots using the views around as our backdrop. We then we made a little camp fire and had toasted marshmallows.

Please can I put a special request to be invited to the next marshmallow toasting guys!?

Last week I shared some pictures of our students creating their very own bird tables. Here Joseph and Jacob put the finishing touches to the ‘mark 1’ bird tables in their DIY lesson..

Please can I purchase one Mr Blackman for the area outside of my office?

On Wednesday Mrs Keane’s Year 12 and 13 group made some very tasty shortbread biscuits.

Unfortunately, I’m no longer allowed to taste anything due to current restrictions however from the pictures I’m sure they were lovely. I guess it help with the old diet!

We’re trying to give students lots of time outside and our adapted ‘Recovery Curriculum’ includes gardening slots for all students. These are also opportunities for students to develop a wide range of life, personal and work-based skills. I’m also extremely grateful for all their efforts in making the Learning Centre outside spaces the best they can be. I can’t wait for the spring flowers guys.

Thanks to Mr Blackman for ensuring lots of our students are able to take part, it does look like he’s working them hard! Here’s a report from Mr Blackman himself..

The tip at the rear of the Learning Centre had started to spread over the car park so it was definitely the time to take action. As a group we identified the tools we would need to do the task set garden forks brush shovel spade and a wheelbarrow and off we went. As you can see from the photos the students certainly worked hard and soon made a difference.

Well done Joe, Jason, Adeel and Jacob, ably supported by Mr Blackman, Mr Foster and Miss Worrad who also got stuck in!

Continuing the horticulture theme, Jason’s also been working extremely hard on his work experience placements with Mr Blackman who is extremely pleased with his work..

This week we set about the trimming and shaping up the Lonicera (Baggensons Gold) shrubs that were rather overgrown. Before we started the task, we discussed what would be the correct PPE needed as we would be using a powered hedge trimmer. I did an identical lesson last year with a group that Jason was part of and was hoping he would remember, great news he remembered the lot. well done Jason.

We’re definitely keeping up with the active theme. Here’s a quick round up of the week from Mrs Peacock..

Our students have certainly had an energetic week this week! They have been doing regular exercises to 70s and 80s music. It has certainly brought back memories of both mine and Mr Blackman’s younger days!

We have also been competing in a curling competition. It has really shown the students’ competitive side and also their gamesmanship. 

The students finished the week by toasting marshmallows and bread over an open fire. They have certainly earned it this week.

Mr Blackman also organised a Boccia match for the students this week. “We tried playing boccia this week which was very enjoyable even though the team I was on (blue) lost 10 -7 well done to the reds great!”

Mrs Keane would like to share what some of our students at home have been up to..

This week, students at home and at the Learning Centre have all been getting creative. Using the instructions on Draw So Cute on YouTube our young people have been learning how to draw cartoon cacti..






The artwork looks lovely displayed on the wall.

Students have also been getting into their Science lessons as Miss Smith explains..

This week we completed a Science experiment entitled ‘Sink or float?’ The students felt the objects and had to decide whether they thought they would sink or float, then we carried out the experiment..

In Our Interactive Base Class, the students and staff have been equally busy. Mrs Taylor would like to share what they’ve been up to..

Part of Angelica’s daily routine is to water IB’s mustard seeds and it’s a task she enjoys doing. What a excellent job Angelica, look forward to watching them grow.

IB students have also been looking at different birds in preparation for the RSPB Great Garden Birdwatch which takes place this weekend. Here are just some examples of their artwork. Well done Angelica, Sam, Aniqa and Hajjrah..

To finish this week’s blog, I’d like to share what will be on offer for next weeks ‘Children’s Mental Health week’ 2021.

From 1-7 February 2021 schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK will take part in Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is Express Yourself. Miss Wright, the Learning Centre Wellbeing lead has organised lots of events as she explains..

Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.

For Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 we will be encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.

There are lots of resources on the Children’s Mental Health Week website that you can use with your child at home; including activity ideas, tips for parents and carers, and an online assembly which will be available at 9am Monday 1 February.

On Wednesday 3rd February we are holding a ‘Dress to Express’ day and encouraging all our students to express themselves through their clothes, style and hair etc. Students can wear their favourite colour or choose a range of colours that express how they’re feeling. Colour can be very personal and mean different things to different people, so this is a great opportunity to encourage self-expression and celebrate a diverse range of emotions.

We would really like those learning from home to join in these events. There will also be additional activities next week which we will let you know about.

I’ll definitely be ‘dressing to impress’ to express myself on Wednesday, unsure what as yet so watch this space!

Just to confirm the Learning Centre will be closed as normal over the half term break, however we WILL be sending out a £15 Tesco voucher to all students on FSMs for half term.

Take care and stay safe all,


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