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Category: Senior phase
Senior Phase is for pupils in S4-S6 and this is when we see the introduction of SQA qualifications, work experience and have a greater focus on life skills to support our pupils for leaving school and into positive destinations. We offer further opportunities such as Duke of Edinburgh and residential trips which allow all pupils to access activities that may be difficult for them and their families to access otherwise.
As part of our ASDAN and SQA work, Room 17 have been exploring a variety of musical instruments. We have been deciding which instruments we like best and which ones we aren’t so keen on! We have enjoyed playing the different instruments to some of our favourite songs. We have now chosen our favourite instrument and will be practising it for something special coming up later in the term!
For our SQA National 1 in Food Hygiene we chose to make Christmas mincemeat. We had to wear appropriate clothing (gloves, aprons and hairnets), keep our work areas clean and clean any equipment we used. We are looking forward to using the mincemeat in a few weeks – yum!
This week we have been settling back into school and getting ready for Halloween this weekend. Some of us have dressed up in Halloween outifts and we have carved a pumpkin ready for the school pumpkin patch. This year, L chose to carve a scary face into the pumpkin, it was a bit tricky but with a little help he managed. G did a great job separating out the seeds from the pulp. A put the pulp into the bug hotel we are making in the playground. In cooking we will be roasting the seeds to eat them. Once we are finished with the pumpkin we will fill it with bird food and put it out in the garden to feed the animals and birds.
In our life skills lessons we have been working on Personal Care Routines: personal grooming, looking smart, appointments at local services and finally a project. We chose to tie dye T-Shirts. We practiced with scrap material and blackberries first. Then we tie dyed T-shirts. It was so much fun we decided to dye bags too with the leftover inks. We then had to wash them all and hang them up to dry. We were so proud of our efforts we had an impromptu fashion show and paraded around the school showing off our creations. It was messy, but a lot of fun.
Liz and Grace have had a busy start to the session, working with many pupils across the school. In our primary classes pupils focus on experiencing foods with opportunities to handle, taste and talk about a variety of foods. Hygiene is also a very important part of the routine at all times.
In Secondary, pupils continue working on routine and hygiene, experiencing different foods. As they progress, skills and independence are developed. Pupils at Senior Phase make a range of snacks and meals, some showing great aptitude and skill. We use our skills in literacy and numeracy to follow recipes and practise measurement. We are very adept at cutting and chopping. We’ve enjoyed fruit pancakes and have made apple crumble, enjoying the seasonal produce available.
We have been collecting raspberries and brambles in the lane near school and making jam. Then a colleague, kindly, brought in plums and apples from her farm. So we all practised using a butter knife to chop up plums and apples to make more jam. Our favourite recipe is for plum and cinnamon jam.
We also used a traditional apple press to make our own apple juice. We all took turns to mulch and squash the apples it was hard work. “Don’t break it!” we were warned by one student. After that we all enjoyed the apple juice. Some quotes from the students:
At the start of term, Room 18 planted some seeds. We planted carrots, lovely red radishes, cress and some lettuce.
We have already enjoyed eating the cress with egg in sandwiches.
We have watered the plants using our watering can and kept an eye on them as they grow. This week we re-planted the seedlings into the sensory garden vegetable trough which one of our young men had painted. The radishes will be ready for snack very soon. Watch out for more carrot updates!
Room 17 have had a busy few weeks settling back into a routine. We have enjoyed getting to know each other through our welcome routine in the mornings. We have been busy making displays for our classroom walls and making the most of the good weather by going out for local walks and enjoying our new sensory garden. Pupils have also had fun with some sensory play and music.