23 Apr

What a week to welcome everyone back into school.  The glorious sunshine certainly matched the mood around school as we all made our return and set off for the summer term.  There’s definitely a different feeling in the air and a real sense of optimism as we look ahead to gradually removing restrictions in school in line with the national roadmap out of lockdown.  It is our intention to share with families the details of how we will relax restrictions over the course of this term, so please keep an eye on your ParentApp accounts for further information.  In the meantime, on Friday, I was welcomed into our Autism Base for their weekly assembly and given the honour of presenting a handful of certificates for some very special achievements.

First up was for Rehan who returned this week after some time out of school.  It’s been a big transition returning to school life, one he’s managed admirably so we celebrated the fact that he’s settled very well back into class. Brilliant Rehan!

With the easing of restrictions, we’ve been able to get out into the community once again.  Many of our pupils have been accessing Wheels for All at Alexandra Park and the Autism Base are no different.  It was a particularly special moment for Hussain and Ridwan however, as this week they had a ride of a bike for the first time.  Well done!

Nahid has also been on a bike this week, and he’s becoming much more independent on it.  He’s also making good progress in becoming more flexible around changes to his routines.  Superb Nahid!

Finally, Leon has been practising the skills to keep himself calm and focused so he is ready for learning.  He’s had a great week doing this, amazing effort Leon!

So, this week’s featured class is one of Year 8 groups shared by Mrs Foster and Mrs Fitzsimons.  They’ve got plenty to share with you all about the learning and achievement of the wonderful pupils in their group.

It has certainly been a different kind of school year in so many ways for so many pupils, but in 8AFR/LFS it has also meant the arrival of three new members of class!! Nikita joined us in September, right at the beginning of term and then in March, following the last lockdown, Lucas and Isabel also became part of our 8AFR/LFS class. All three have settled in really well and very quickly, due to the very warm and friendly welcome of the rest of the class.

Throughout the year, we have all worked together on different projects, including the Festival of Diwali. As you can see from the photos, a fantastic display was put together by all.

Then at Christmas the class took part in putting together a short video to the story of The Night Before Christmas. Everyone had great fun, from the pupils who dressed up and acted out the parts to those like Andrew who helped to direct it. A big well done to all!!! A Christmas display was made for the corridor, to which everyone contributed.

We have also introduced the Epic app this year, and the students absolutely love it! Every morning we spend 20 minutes reading on our iPads. As you can see from the photos, everyone is engrossed and loving reading. What more can we ask for?

Throughout all the time that we spend together as a class, all the pupils enjoy playing board and card games together. This has played a really big part in developing so many of their social interaction skills. We are all so proud of the way that they now organise their own game of Monopoly, take turns, help each other and genuinely enjoy playing as a group.

All the times that they invite each other to sit and play a game of cards with them, do a jigsaw together or play Connect 4, is lovely to see. Miss Foster, Mrs Fitzsimons, Mrs Urey and Miss Parker are so proud of how far each and every one of them has come on in what has been a very difficult year.

Until next week, take care and stay safe.

Gavin

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