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Welcome to Ben Nevis, we hope you and your family are all well.

We are so happy to back in school, supporting your child on their learning journey.

If you have any worries or concerns please speak to us.

 

Ben Nevis is a class in the 14-19 Department. 

 

We are working on a curriculum that encourages independence across all areas of the student’s lives, students will gain accreditation and certificates recognising their achievements and experiences.

 

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 (this will be more difficult at the present time, but we intend to be creative!) 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.

 

General Information

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 give me a call.

Class Funds

We kindly ask that you send in £2 each week. This contributes to snack and cookery ingredients that we use each week.

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.

Reading Books

All children and young people are encouraged to engage in reading and develop a love of books. 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 texts 

Homework

Some pupils will receive homework in English and Maths to support their learning. If your child is finding homework a challenge, please contact me and we can discuss any issues and find solutions together.

 

P.E.

P.E sessions, including: yoga, dance and outdoor activities will take place at least once a week. Please ensure suitable clothing and footwear is brought to school and that items are clearly labelled to avoid confusion.

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 are hoping that swimming sessions take place on alternate Fridays at The Meadows Pool in Maghull.

(This may change under the current pandemic)

Cookery

We will cook at least once a week. Please let us know if your child has any allergies.

Cookery focus on independence skills and learning to cook for ourselves, we will be cooking a range of food from spaghetti bolognaise, beans on toast, pizza and even curry. The students themselves choose and discuss what they would like to learn to cook.

Horticulture

We are planning on setting up our own Horticulture area this year. Students will take responsibility, with support, for all aspects of gardening from deciding what to plant to harvesting any crops.

Community Visits

Under normal circumstances, as part of our curriculum, we would be visiting shops, cafes, leisure centres, sporting venues and many other places in the community. Some of us would be attending a Travel Training course where we would learn about how to travel on public transport safely and independently, however, all of this is not possible at the moment.

We are being as creative as possible in providing students with as many opportunities and activities to enable them to 'experience' the world of work.

Curriculum Subjects

Our emphasis in Ben Nevis is to provide skills for life after Rowan Park school, we do this through the teaching of a number of curriculum subjects as well as skills for life and employment, this year’s topics are:

 

Science

The Human Body, Plants.

Technology

Fashion and Food for sale and Packaging,

Foreign Cultures

Spain and Mexico,

Creativity

Composing music, Abstract Art Techniques Puppets and Drama

Humanities

Maps and Getting Around, Family History

PHSE

Personal Safety, Travel Training

Citizenship

World Organisations and Fundraising

 

Home Learning / Blended Learning

 

The following websites are fun and interactive and support the students learning in class:

 

https://www.ictgames.com/                     Maths and Literacy games 

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/                   Maths and Literacy games

 

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/                A great interactive phonics site with free games and activities

 

https://www.sheppardsoftware.com/           A good selection of interactive learning activities.

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