Welcome to Ben Nevis.
In Literacy and Maths we follow courses set by Open Award 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.
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.
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 focus on independence skills and learning to cook for ourselves, we will be cooking a range of food from spaghetti bolognaise, bean son toast, pizza and even curry.
During this half term, some students took part in a Car Washing business. They designed posters to advertise the business, discussed pricing and 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.
World of Work at Netherton Community Garden
Each Thursday morning we have been attending Netherton Community Garden where the supervisor Richard allocates us jobs to do. These include digging vegetable beds, moving compost in wheelbarrows, planting seeds, weeding and many other tasks. Wearing our overalls, boots and gloves we carry out our work in every kind of weather!
Making Bird Feeders For Enterprise
Ben Nevis Class decided to make Bird Feeders to sell for our Enterprise. This also linked in with our work on Environmental Awareness, a unit in our ASDAN files in which we had to think of ways that we could improve our surrounding environment.
To make the Bird Feeders we mixed lard, bird seed, peanuts, sultanas and porridge oats. As you can see not everyone was keen on the smell of the lard! When it was stirred together we moulded the mixture into balls around a loop of string. They were wrapped in clingfilm and put into the fridge to become firm. We sold them to other classes for only £1 each. Why don't you try to make them at home and help your local wildlife?
Making Stir Fry
We are continually practicing our independent living skills in Cookery and try to make healthy and nutritional meals. Today we prepared, cooked and enjoyed eating Chicken Stir Fry using a variety of fresh vegetables. Maybe we could make this at home for our families?
Fun in the Snow
As well as learning and working hard in our lessons we also have lots of fun at Rowan Park and we thoroughly enjoyed the snow today even though there were a few snowballs whizzing around!
Visit to the Discovery Recycling Centre
As part of our Environmental Awareness module we visited the Discovery Recycling Centre and had an amazing day out where we learned about how our household waste is sorted and recycled. We watched lots of enormous machines sort out plastics, cardboard, metal, glass and paper. It was quite noisy and a little bit smelly when we opened the windows! We were also able to try on some of the safety clothing and equipment that the workers have to wear.
Summer Term 2018 Curriculum Subjects
Science: Habitats on Land and Sea
This term we will be looking at where animals live and the adaptations that they have to make to survive in their environments.
Technology: Making Gifts for Sale
We will be making simple gifts to sell to other classes, our families and at events such as the Musical Performance. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Prom for our students who are leaving school this summer. The gifts will be a surprise but hopefully so desirable that they will sell out!
Foreign Cultures: UK Wider Culture
We will be exploring celebrations and events in the UK that have relevance to the students in the larger community such as St. George's Day, May Day and Halloween.
Creativity: Theatre and Film Making
We will be watching short films and then we will compile a short play/story of our own, based on a class storyboard. Students will undertake the roles of director, producer, actors, costume design, set designer and camera operator.
Humanities: Famous Buildings
Looking at UK famous buildings, where they are, when they were built and who built them. We will take the opportunity to visit some of Liverpool's architectural delights as part of our field trips.
PSHE: Drug Awareness
Students will study which drugs are available to buy in shops, their uses and how to store them safely. We will explore the misuse of drugs and what to do if we are offered drugs.
Citizenship: Campaigning for a Cause
Next year's Leavers will begin to write their manifestos as well as plan to start their campaigns for the positions of Head Boy, Head Girl and School Ambassador, ready to start in the new term.
Leisure and Recreation: Health Action Plan
Students will commit to create a Health Action Plan to improve their health and well-being. We will be planning and making a variety of healthy meals, ensuring that we are aware of the nutritional values of the different food groups. Students will also undertake an exercise programme including swimming, sessions in the gym and physical activities in school.
Daily Living Skills: Clothing Care and Maintenance
Students will learn how to read and understand care labels, launder clothes, fold, iron and put them away.
This terms World of Work will include Car Wash, bike maintenance, gardening and ground maintenance.
A Visitor Gives Us A Buzz!
We had a visitor, Andrea, from Ford Lane Community Garden who told us about all the different fruit and vegetables that are grown there. Andrea brought some examples for us to look at, feel and smell. Andrea also told us that she has 6 hives at Ford Lane, each containing 10,000 bees! We were all very interested in hearing about how she looks after them and all the different jobs that the bees do. Andrea brought some of her bee-keeping clothing and equipment in to show us and we had a great time trying some of it on. Thank you very much Andrea, we learnt a lot about how important bees are to our environment.
Derek the Bearded Dragon
We have been very excited in Ben Nevis Class as we have had a very special guest who came to stay with us for a couple of weeks! We have been lucky enough to care for Derek the Bearded Dragon in our classroom. Derek is 18 months old and is beautiful shades of orange in colour. One student described him as looking like a sunset! We have been making sure his tank is clean and that he has plenty of food and water to drink. Some of us have been less keen on the live crickets that Derek enjoys for breakfast! We have enjoyed handling Derek and stroking him. Derek is extremely tame and particularly enjoys being tickled under his chin. Lots of the pupils from school have come to our class to visit him but this weekend he will be moving to his forever home with Angela and her family. Goodbye Derek, keep in touch.
Today we participated in Sports Day and tried our very best in lots of exciting activities despite the sweltering heat. We took part in relay, hurdles, throwing, target and ball skills activities. All our scores will be added and calculated and we are keeping our fingers crossed for the results on Friday's Award Assembly.