Welcome to Ben Nevis
We are a class in the 14-19 Department. We are working to complete ASDAN modules in Towards Independence, Personal Progress and Personal Social Development. Success in these modules will result in us gaining accreditations and certificates recognising our achievements and experiences.
In Literacy and Maths we follow courses set by AQA or ASDAN modules. We study number, shape, measurement, money, time and focus on using them along with reading, writing and communication skills in as many real life situations as possible, for example in shops and cafes. As we look to our futures it is important for us to develop our independent living skills in every way and we try to take every opportunity to experience and practice these.
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 or outside on adapted bicycles. 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.
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.
We do cookery every Monday afternoon. Please let us know if your child has any allergies.
We are working towards completing the ASDAN module Meal Preparation and Cooking and are learning many practical skills as well as about the importance of hygiene and safety in the kitchen.
Autumn Term 2
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. Those of us who chose milkshake operated the blender which made some of us jump when it started whizzing around!
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.
Autumn Term 2
The class have been making beans on toast. This has involved learning and practicing a lot of important skills such as opening tins, using a toaster and buttering toast. We have had to remember how to be safe when using a pan on the hob. 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.
Autumn Half Term 2
Bridge Inn Farm
We are continuing to work at the farm although some of the activities will take place indoors if the weather becomes too cold. We still have to care for all the animals however and feeding them is always a great favourite, especially Pebbles the pig!
Other students will participate in the class Bakery. We learn about recipes, measuring ingredients, shopping and money management. All of us are practicing the practical skills of mixing, kneading and shaping rolls and loaves. We take orders from staff and run a delivery service to the classrooms.
Autumn Half Term 1
During this half term some students took part in a Car Washing business. They designed posters to advertise the business, discussed pricing and also the equipment that would need to be purchased. Wearing suitable clothing they worked as a team to clean staff cars in all kinds of weather! Other students were responsible for collecting the payments.
Bridge Inn Farm
Some students visited Bridge Inn Farm where they worked in the wood workshop making bird boxes. This involved hammering and painting. For others, gardening skills such as hoeing and weeding were taught as the students learned how to care for vegetables in the allotment.
As part of our ASDAN modules we will be visiting shops, cafes, leisure centres, sporting venues and many other places in the community. Some of us will be attending a Travel Training course when we will learn about how to travel on public transport safely and independently.
Other subjects we will be learning about this term are:
Machinery, Levers and Pulleys
Dyes, Decorations and Weaving
African Culture and Languages
Religions, Worship and Festivals
Literacy and Numeracy
It has been a big term for a number of students in Ben Nevis, They have been studying hard for AQA accredited exams. These take the form of examination papers and specific teacher assessments that involve an number of practical test set in real world situations.
On the day of the exams students were a little nervous as were the staff, although none had anything to be worried about, all students did really well on the day and managed to complete all the tests that they were asked to do. Some even said that they enjoyed the tests!
This term marks the reopening of the Rowan Park Bakery, Horticulture experiences and a new experience involving a trip to Tesco around the behind the scenes look.
We will also begin to complete Work experience visits. so far we have two experiences lined up at Dobbies and Tescos.
The bakery as usual was an instant hit. From the beginning bread was sold using a tried and tested favourite recipe and full loaves were sold for a bargin price of £1.00 to £1.50 depending on the size and additional flavours to the loaf. Class loved the loaf and Thursday was a day when the whole school would use this bread for snack time. I have to say that the bread was lovely.
As teh term progressed students began to develop their own recipes as well as request came flooding in for new bread to buy. The bakery staff completed a number of trail recipes and it was decide that Garlic bread would be the winning recipe. This went down amazingly with the whole school and often visitors would purchase the goods. It was liked so much these flat breads where sold at a school enterprise event.
Coupled with Bridge End Farm students taking part in careers experience flight path have been growing food with the aim to sell the grown food, at school and perhaps to other classes who may use these home grown organic vegetables to make Thursday soup. Vegetable grown included onions, carrots, pumpkins, courgettes and potatoes. At the moment the veg is growing and we look forward to a harvest this coming Autumn.
Our first student to go out on work experience , was sent to Tesco's in Litherland. The store was fantastic in allocating him a role in store as well as a uniform, badge and dinner card. The job was hard and he was only given a single break in the morning! Jame's role was to stack selves and be responsible for the crisp isle making sure that it is was well stocked and all the bags where displayed so that they looked good to buy. Afternoons entailed working on the tills, checking out the items that customers bought. This was a challenging rewarding job, but it seems that James was loved by the customers and often would select his line above others! At the end of the placement, James was invited to apply for a part time job if he required! Well done James.
Next was a placement at Dobbies, in Southport. The job here was two fold, 1. working in the aquatics store 2. the planting area. Both jobs were challenging, Thomas found the aquatic area the most rewarding and enjoyed looking after the animals which included turtles, fish and other reptiles. The planting area Thomas said was fun but he tells me it was difficult to ensure all the plants were watered correctly and that they looked good for sale. Again at the end of the two week placement Thomas was invited to apply for a Saturday job by Dobbies!