18 Jun

As those of you who keep a close eye on our Facebook page will know, our pupils recently won an exclusive recording of an interview with Marcus Rashford and a free copy of his new book ‘Be a Champion’.  Inspired by Marcus’ campaigning to end food poverty, our pupils have decided to campaign themselves by supporting a local charity, ‘Breaking the Waves Foundation’ with food bank donations.  First step was designing a poster to raise awareness and gather support.  You can check out one of amazing designs here which also explains what kind of items you can donate.

Our pupils will be accepting food bank donations every Monday until Monday 12th July so please have a look in your kitchen cupboards and send in any items you can spare for this fantastic cause.  In the meantime, our pupils are exploring how they can widen their support to other charities over the coming weeks.  More details to follow.

For now, it’s time to focus in on our Nurture Group to find out more about their learning and achievements this term.

This term within the Nurture Base, we have been focusing on change. Many of our students are moving on to their next educational destination, so we have been working on an individual transition package to help reduce anxieties and enable our pupils to feel comfortable and settled for September. These transitions will also help our pupils to get to know some of the staff and students that they will be working with next year.

Sadie and Junior are getting to know the Learning Centre staff and students.

Some of the Nurture Base pupils have been working in main body classes over the past few weeks, which has been very exciting for all concerned.

Kia has been spending time with Mrs Newport in the Living Skills Pathway, where she has been getting to know the other pupils and staff.

Nicole has been spending time on Zoom sessions with Mrs Preston from the New Bridge College and also time with the Lumenus Pathway here in school.

Daygon and James have spent lots of time in Activ8 learning about all aspects of sport.

Wayne and Deklan have been spending a few sessions at ACE training in Rochdale exploring various activities such as woodwork, car mechanics, painting and decorating and bricklaying. 

The Nurture Base have also been learning all about natural disasters. We have learnt about tornados, volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and floods.

Within this topic, we have had some cross-curriculum activities. For example, we have followed the news with the recent Icelandic volcano erupting. We did our own science experiments to see what happens inside a tornado, as well as how a volcano erupts. This was enjoyed by everyone and incorporated some geography by researching famous volcanic eruptions around the world.


The group have been following the Euro 2020 tournament, which has enabled us to learn about the various countries taking part. We have also done a ‘sweep’ stake competition for all pupils, as well as score predictions with a prize for the winner.

We have also been able to take advantage of the beautiful weather, visiting local parks and playing team games outside.

Finally, Nicole, James, Deklan, Sadie and Wayne have undertaken exams in numeracy and literacy. We wish them all the very best with their results.

Until next week, take care stay safe.


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