The secondary department has 8 classes and pupils follow the principles of Curriculum for Excellence: a broad general education in S1-S3 and the Senior Phase in S4- S6. The curriculum is varied, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and adapted to meet our pupil’s individual needs. Pupils also visit a range of specialists, have access to relevant therapeutic inputs and participate in wider community events.
Last year, Room 19 entered the ‘My Place Photography Competition’. Pupils were encouraged through the competition to explore their surroundings and share photographs. Room 19’s photos are being displaying in a public exhibition, you can see their photos here:
Over the last few weeks classes have been exploring water in Outdoor Education lessons. We have poured, splashed, sprayed, puddled about and giggled. Everyone found a way to play with water that they enjoyed. Throwing large bucket of water around the playground and watching it fall and then make a loud splat noise was the grand finale for most classes. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed playing with water.
Room 16 have been working hard learning to use the toaster in class. We are enjoying the smells, tastes and sounds of the crunchy toast. Some of our class have been using their toasting skills to work towards an SQA award Using General Household Electrical Appliances.
Room 15 have been incredibly busy these last few weeks! Alongside building relationships and establishing routines, we’ve also been hard at work.
We’ve launched ourselves into our ASDAN projects – exploring friendship for PSE as we get to know our classmates, and planning a social event for our Transition Challenge work (ASDAN work is a legitimate reason for an end of term party, no?). We’ve used technology to vote for our social activity and prepare a music playlist, and we’ve made decorations. We’ll be continuing to build on this over the coming weeks.
We’ve had bucket time sessions where we build our focused attention skills. It has been brilliant to see the progress our class are already making with focusing on the bucket. Check out the rainbows we painted for our first stage four activity (independent work task)!
We’ve also introduced a life skills session to our timetable, where we’ve been sharing responsibility for our classroom and increasing independence with skills relating to cleaning and tidying up.
Last week we made the most of the fabulous weather and took our snack outside – a lovely opportunity to enjoy those friendships we’ve been building since we came back.
We have had a very busy start to the term. Some of our favourite activities have included rounders outside, floating and sinking, Boccia and lots of dancing! We have been watching some of the different sports in the Paralympics and made figures out of tinfoil to make a Paralympic display.
Room 17 have enjoyed settling back into a new school year after the summer holidays. We have really enjoyed seeing all our friends again and welcoming some new faces into the classroom too. Over the last few weeks, we have been familiarising ourselves with school and class routines. In the mornings, we have focused on our communication skills and getting to know one another. We especially like it when we hear stories from home about what everyone has been doing so we can share them with each other! We have all settled in really well and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the term brings.
Last Friday, we held our whole school Big Pasta Creativity Challenge Day. Lots of activity ideas for both home and school were posted on the Whole School Events google classroom, but here are some pictures of just a few things that staff and pupils got up to on the day!