On Tuesday the group spent the day in and around Nemur. In the morning they went to the Citadel. Most went on a ‘train’ ride around the complex and saw some wonderful views. There was lots of enjoyment. After this, everyone went to the exhibition inside. It was a wonderfully thought out place and everyone had fun, especially standing on the glass floor above a well. Felix, in particular, was very brave and eventually stood on this. They had lunch in the grounds and saw some great views. They all had a relaxing time.
After being driven to the centre of Nemur itself, most of the group went on a tour around the town centre and saw some lovely sites. They worked with Romanian students and took pictures of various buildings. Finally, in Nemur, they had a traditional Belgian meal of waffles and crepes smothered in chocolate. It sounds like they are all having a fab time!!
On Sunday morning a small group of students and staff left St Albans station on the start of their residential trip to Belgium as part of our Erasmus project. On arrival at St Pancras the group had something to eat before boarding the Eurostar to Belgium. They arrived safely and settled into their accommodation after doing a little bit of food shopping at the supermarket on the way. We hear that Edith enjoyed being on the Eurostar and Alina enjoyed a Belgian waffle.
Today the group have visited our partner school and explored the town of Andenne. Sonny enjoyed working within a group to match pictures to places. Rosie enjoyed going to a cafe to order a hot chocolate and exploring landmarks in the town of Andenne. Felix enjoyed going to the partner school and working in a group to find pictures of landmarks we would see. They have all enjoyed getting to know new friends and answering questions about themselves. A great day has been had by all. Tomorrow the group are going to explore ‘Namur’ which should be a lovely day.
What a great second session visit from the ‘Story builders’ Tania and Jonathan. As part of our ‘Catching words project’ this week Class 4 listened to a lively poem and songs about a hamster, which really caught the children’s imagination. Children enjoyed meeting the hamster that interacted with them. In response to the poem all of the children explored ‘nice things’ and ‘disgusting things’. The children were responding to the objects and some were able to use adjectives to describe the objects. Pupils communicated words like ‘yuck’ or ‘smelly’ and ‘cute’. Class 4 then went on to choose a nice or disgusting hamster, some drew pictures and talked about their hamsters. We finished our session with songs bringing all our ideas and learning together. We are really looking forward to our next session on Thursday; we will continue to keep you posted about our project!
A busy day where students …..and staff had to do work !!!! ….but they are having a lovely time. The students cleaned out the bar area. Each one given a job and they were encouraged to problem solve as they completed the task. The staff were really pleased with all of them. After this they had a break and they cooked their own puddings – pancakes (gluten free and made with rice milk). Everyone had a go. Sunny whisked the batter really well and for a long period of time to get rid of the lumps. They had them with oranges – not quite what Ian was used to but he says it made a change from lemon. School staff thought long and hard about if there was a student who stood out above all…but everyone chipped in brilliantly. In truth it would simply be unfair to single anyone person out. Each had their own challenges. Each had their own successes. The staff are really proud of all the students both individually and as a group. It sounds like they are all having a good time and having lots of fun!!
A small group of Post 16 students left school this morning and headed off for 3 days at Foxes Academy in Minehead, a hotel run by students with learning difficulties. Ian, Chrissy, Sheena and Sarah have accompanied the group. After a long journey they arrived safely, unloaded the minibus and then everyone found their rooms. The hotel staff were really welcoming and gave everyone a drink as they organised themselves before finding rooms – everyone seemed happy with their accommodation. Unfortunately Alex wasn’t too impressed with his sea front view and closed the curtains by his bed immediately!! Of top priority was accessing Wi-Fi!! ….. and once this was accomplished all opted to unwind with various degrees of bedding! After dinner the group were going for a walk along the windswept sea front. Ian says ‘it looks absolutely amazing here’.
It’s been a particularly exciting time in Class 4 as we had our first visit from ‘Story builders’, Tania and Jonathan from the Discover Story Centre. Together with Tania and Jonathan, class 4 pupils are involved in a ‘Catching Words project’ where we will be having weekly workshops with the story builders. In the workshops we will be using all our senses to explore words using different themes and developing our ideas to create our own book.
Last Thursday class 4 had a very lively first session where we sang songs and developed words and ideas about animals. We moved like animals. We explored different textures, colours, toys and puppets to develop our ideas and communicate about them. We chose our favourite and enjoyed using stickers and mark makers to communicate our ideas. We finished our session with songs bringing all our ideas and learning together. Class 4 particularly liked it when Jonathan and Cara both played their Ukuleles to accompany our own version of Happy and Know It all about animals. We are really looking forward to our next session on Thursday next week and will keep you posted about our project!