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Spring Brook Lower Latest…

A lot has happened since our last blog and the biggest development is that our new classroom is finally open – hurrah!! We have welcomed 7 new children and I’m pleased to say that they have settled in brilliantly during this past week. Lots of learning has been going on both in and out of our classrooms. This hasn’t just been by the children either!

Mr Cruz and myself are studying for a diploma in Trauma Informed Approaches with Trauma Informed Schools UK, Mrs Fisher and Mrs Sanderson have both enrolled on National Professional Qualifications (Mrs Hill completed hers at Christmas) and all staff have continued with working to become recognised as a Trauma Informed setting and earning our ADHD Friendly accreditation. The children find it quite amusing hearing us talk about our homework!

Onto the children though…

Friction experiments have continued in classes 1 and 2, with Liam fixing everything he can to the walls! He managed a remote control this week!

Class 2 have been learning to sing sea shanties during their topic of Pirates! They dressed up and ventured to the Springboard Project, to use the professional green screen equipment up there. The video is great! You will be able to see it in school on the TV in reception next time you visit 🙂

Their PE lesson saw Mr Lawrence introduce them to a very lively and fun game of Hungry Hippos. As you can imagine, lots of fun was had by all and I think the adults might have even had a go at being the Hippo!

A trip to Ogden Reservoir brought with it a stroll through the woods and along the reservoir.

Class 3 celebrated Chinese New Year with a wonderful banquet. They prepared all the food from scratch, laid the table, learned to use chopsticks and ate a lovely meal together. They strung their wishes up in the Forest School area to create a Chinese Wishing Tree.

The boys had a trip out to the Visitor centre and viewing point at Manchester Airport. One of the boys is on the brink of receiving his first passport and was so excited.

Class 4 have been learning in science about what makes a complete/incomplete circuit. To do this, they have had to build the circuit they can see in the diagram and then see if the bulb lights up. In English, they have been learning to write a newspaper report and have done this by researching the sinking of the Titanic.

Tyler has been using the dienes to count in multiples of 10.

Four of the boys have continued to attend Equine Therapy sessions. I’ve got to say, they have been so respectful and sensitive with these beautiful animals. They have used a stethoscope to listen to the horses/ponies heartbeats

Role play has been a popular choice at playtimes – spiderman (well three of them!) made an appearance, as well as the cast of Encanto! Tyler and Sebastian acted this out beautifully- they were word perfect.

In PSHE, they have been learning about what makes a good friend. They then made each other some lovely friendship bracelets and key rings. They also thought of others by making Valentine’s Day cards.

PE has seen them being challenged to an assault course, including a rowing machine task of travelling 200 metres.

Class 5 have used excellent communication skills to create a sculpture of a person using cardboard boxes. This was inspired by the work of Barbara Hepworth, an artist they have been learning about. They used different construction materials to produce a number of models of people – didn’t they do well?

In English, they have been learning about following and writing instructions. The children followed instructions to make their own play dough using flour, salt, oil and water. They then used their fine motor skills to mould the dough into some fabulous dinosaurs!

Cullen has been demonstrating his engineering skills by building a train track that he was very proud of!

Some very lucky people received lovely Valentine’s Day gifts. There has been an abundance of craft activities, encouraging teamwork and play skills.

Well that’s it for now – I must say that the past 4 days have felt a little like 4 weeks, so I hope that you all have a well-earned rest this weekend and we will see you all soon.

Take care,

Miss Thomason

Location

Spring Brook Lower School, Heron St, Oldham OL8 4JD

School Hours

M-F: 8:50am – 3:10pm
Weekends: Closed

Phone & Email

0161 883 2431

info@springbrookacademy.org