Welcome to our class, we are a class in the 14-19 department, there is 8 pupils in our class with 3 staff members. In Cairngorm we follow an accredited 14-19 curriculum developed by “Equals”, offering a broad scope of educational experiences based upon National Curriculum subject areas, as well as ensuring that learning is relevant and prepares us for life after Rowan Park School. We are working towards completing ASDAN accreditation programmes in Towards Independence, Personal Progress and Personal Social Development, which can be submitted for certification over the course of the academic year to recognise our achievements and hard work. We hope you enjoy looking at all the fantastic activities we have taken part in, we have had lots of fun!
This term we have been working hard during our Leisure and Recreation lesson by visiting our local gym and using the equipment. We have been challenging ourselves each week and keeping a fitness diary of what we have been doing each week for us to look back on to see our improvements!
We have focused on recycling as our Science topic this term, we have sorted materials that can be recycled and will be visiting a recycling centre in Merseyside at the end of the month.
The pupils have carried on with their horticulture world of work project. We have visited a garden centre to buy vegetable seeds to plant within our outside area at Rowan Park. We have worked hard to keep this tidy and will continue this by visiting a community garden once a week to help grow vegetables and take part in maintenance work in the community garden.
We have taken part in an Environmental Walk in the local community by looking out for any environmental issues. We used our clipboards and tally charts and made sure we looked out for any issues we could see. We then discussed our results back in class, well done!
This term was really busy, we looked at different world cultures such as Chinese New year. We celebrated by making a banquet for our class friends and staff, tasting different Chinese cuisines and looking at Chinese symbols and letters to create our name and phrases. We took a trip around the world in class tasting and creating different dishes from India, America, France and Italy. In science we focused on plants and growth, naming different parts of the flower and dissecting flower parts to look closely at them using a magnifying glass. We really enjoyed Science week taking part in different experiments to test materials changing from a solid to a liquid. Cainrgorm have been working on their daily living skills, also work skills.
Pupils enjoying Chinese New year celebrations within class!
Pupils working hard on their daily living skills by taking part in their classroom jobs; cleaning up, answering the phone and making snack for their peers.
We have been working very hard within our subject areas, in Numeracy ("Work it out, domestic Maths") we have been looking at measurement and time. We have taken part in practical activities to measure height, time, length and investigated the use of equipment around school with a number function. In Literacy we have looked at the country Africa, taking part in a large group project within class to investigate and research the country, it's animals, food and culture. We enjoyed tasting food from Africa! In Science we have studied complex and simple machinery and made our own levers within class using everyday materials. We enjoy using the computer during computing sessions in Cairngorm, E-safety is very important to us within class and we have been learning how to use the internet safely using search engines.
We have been increasing our independence skills by washing up, completing classroom jobs and making our own snack and cold and hot drinks! We chose to make either a cup of tea, coffee or a hot chocolate and we were very careful when pouring the boiling hot water into our mugs, we would love to show off our new skills by making our families a drink!
We ask parents and carers to return the home/school diary each day, as this will enable the class teacher to provide comments and information about your child's day in school. If there are particular things you wish to be informed about, please speak with me.
Individual Education Plan (IEPs)
This plan sets out educational targets that your child is working on for the term. There is a section in the plan which provides parents and carers with activities or tasks you can do at home to support your child's learning. Plans are updated each term and sent home.
All children and young people are encouraged to engage in reading and develop a love of stories. We have a wide range of reading books, sensory books and big books to support the learning styles and levels for each child. Every Friday, your child will receive a new reading book. Please encourage your child to engage with the characters and stories.
Some pupils will receive homework in English and Maths to support their learning. If your child is finding homework a challenge please come into school so we can discuss it together.
P.E. sessions take place on alternate Wednesdays when your child will attend Litherland Sports Park to participate in activities in the Gym. Please ensure suitable clothing and footwear is brought to school and that items are clearly labelled to avoid confusion.
Swimming sessions take place on alternate Fridays at The Meadows Pool in Maghull. We really enjoy our P.E. sessions and have the opportunity to complete our own fitness/gym diary after sessions using the treadmill, exercise bike, exercise ball and rowing machine in the Gym. During our P.E. sessions we discuss the importance of keeping fit and the affect it has on our bodies. We look at ways we can keep healthy through a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Cookery/Daily Living Skills
We practise our daily living skills in cookery every Monday afternoon. Please let us know if your child has any allergies.
We are working towards completing the ASDAN module "Baking: Introduction" and "Meal Preperation" and Cooking. We are learning many practical skills as well as the importance of hygiene and safety in the kitchen.
Autumn Term 1
We have been increasing our independence skills by making cold and hot drinks.
We have made choices between orange or blackcurrant juice and strawberry or chocolate milkshake. We chose to make either a cup of tea, coffee or a hot chocolate drink. We were very careful when boiling the kettle and pouring the hot water into cups. We would love to show off our new skills by making our families a drink. We have made lots of lovely desserts including apple crumble!
Autumn Term 2
The class have been focusing on savoury cooking, we have made sausage rolls. This involved learning and practicing a lot of important skills such as using a rolling pin, mixing and presentation of our cooking. We always have to remember how to be safe during cookery. We are very proud of how much we have learned and would love to keep practicing at home if you can help us!
Work Related Learning/ Enterprise
As part of supporting young people to develop their skills, your child will take part in work related learning experiences and enterprise activities on Thursdays. Enterprise helps support the students to use their numeracy and literacy skills in a different context. On Thursday's we visit Bridge Inn Farm or take part in a class car wash. We additionally make bread to sell to other staff and pupils within school! At Bridge Inn farm we take part in horticulture work and have lots of practise in using the equipment such as the wheel barrow, rake, spade and shovel. We always remember to dress appropriately for work, wearing our overalls, boots, viz vest and gloves. This half term we have worked in the wood shop making pens for the pigs and bird boxes, this involved hammering, using an electric drill with support and painting. As well as all our hard work, we care for the animals at the farm, feeding and cleaning is always a great favourite! Other students participate in a car washing business within school, designing posters to advertise the business, discussing pricing and also the equipment needed. Wearing suitable clothing, pupils work as a team to clean staff cars in all kinds of weather! In the afternoons pupils took part in a class bakery, making bread.
We are so excited to keep learning and take part in exciting activities this term!