The Badgers have had a creative final week as we approach Easter; They’ve made some great Easter Egg baskets, as well as some Easter chocolate biscuits. The Badgers have been practicing making biscuits over the last few weeks, and the difference between these biscuits and the first ones they made is massive!
We had an egg-tasting session (not chocolate eggs!) during our cookery session on Tuesday, and the Badgers tried scrambled eggs, poached eggs, and eggy bread. After the holidays the Badgers will be learning how to cook their favourite type of egg independently, in order to diversify their cookery skills and further build their confidence in the kitchen.
Using the days of the week, the Badgers have been practicing giving instructions to their peers by taking it in turns to order the days. This has allowed everyone to practice their communication and listening skills.
Finally, the Badgers have practiced putting each other into the recovery position so that they would be able to help someone in need. They’ve all done really well with remembering the order in which to do it, and it’s great to think that they’ve learnt something that is potentially life-saving!
This week Badgers have continued to work on their baking and cooking skills in order to become more confident and independent when in a kitchen. We’ve worked a lot with shapes, using them to create monsters for a wall display, as well as figuring out ways to accurately count corners/edges/faces of 3D shapes.
We’ve continued to look at real-life superheroes and thought about the special skills these key workers need in order to do their jobs.
Some students had an opportunity to work with people from DRAX again, this time building a rain gauge out of recycled bottles. The other students had an introductory lesson from DARTS to start thinking about creating their very own superhero theme tune!
The Badgers have been extremely busy this week! We’ve spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen, as one of our focuses this term is ‘following instructions’. Well, what better instructions to follow than a recipe for chocolate cookies? The Badgers have also been working on their Independence Skills by cooking beans on toast, but now with very limited input from staff… We’re hoping that by the end of the half term some students will be doing this COMPLETELY independently.
For English, we’ve been reading ‘Real Superheroes – a Celebration of Key Workers’ and looking at the people in our community that help us, keep us safe, and do all of the jobs in the background that keep the world turning.
We also spent time in the Forest School area practicing our Djembe drumming! As the weather is still a little on the cold side this is a great way to keep warm, make lots of noise, and have some fun – but we can still practice listening skills, counting, following a beat and keeping a rhythm.
Badger’s star of the week is Ellie, for using a structured method to accurately figure out subtraction questions, and our WOW moment has been Cody, having settled into his first week back after such a long-time off school.
The Badgers have come back after half term and got straight back into their routine; they’re still working on cooking a healthy snack independently on Tuesday mornings, and they’ve all started work on understanding ‘more’ or ‘less’, as well as understanding the concept of subtraction and simple methods to work it out accurately and independently.
We’ve also had an online science lesson provided by the people at DRAX, and all the Badgers made simple models to help explain evaporation and precipitation.
Badgers have enjoyed their first week back as a small group, as it’s given us an opportunity to really focus on some new skills. Even though Tuesday was a snow day, we’ve still had a busy week. We’ve looked at finding different shapes in our environment, as well as matching and making patterns using different colours. Ellie Penfold has tried really hard to find different ways to check her patterns are accurate, and this has earnt her the coveted reward of Star of the Week.
Macy has joined in with online bingo on a daily basis, and her mum needs a special shout-out for making extra bingo cards because they ran out!
The class have really started to embrace the phonics sessions in the morning, working on letter and sound recognition, as well as practicing making each individual sound. Harrison had a WOW moment when he joined in with a video and pronounced nearly all 44 sounds correctly.
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This week, the students have done some fantastic work in their English and maths. We have been focusing on Jack and the Beanstalk in English as part of our wider topic on ‘New Beginnings.’ In maths, the class has been focusing on number with some students working on their rounding skills and others on working out which numbers come ‘before and after.’
While we miss the students who are not in school, it has been great to see them take part in our online lessons via Teams. This has enabled everyone to see their friends and will have no doubt helped the students’ mental health and wellbeing.
Last week, Kaiden was our winner for a huge improvement in his maturity and behaviour.
This week the in school star of the week is Simran for outstanding work in English and Maths.
It was a truly difficult choice as there were many others who impressed throughout the week.
Not forgetting those at home, we have our first Virtual Star of the Week winners.
It has been impossible to just pick one so congratulations to Emily and Macy for logging onto teams every day and continuing to do your school work from home.