Class 2 Update - October 2019

We have been continuing work on ‘Our Senses’ topic and we have focused on smell and sight. We’ve enjoyed using scented dough and paint and even made our own ‘sensory soup’ with cloves. We read ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’, and loved linking this to our teddy hospital role play area. We have touched on Autumn through our art work and rhymes and look forward to exploring natural materials linked to autumn next month.

We enjoyed activities linked to Harvest and explored a variety of foods and sang Harvest songs. Our favourite song was ‘one potato, two potato…’ We’ve been working hard on waiting our turn so we can get to play skittles.

All the staff wish the children a happy and safe half-term !

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Department of Education - Special Education Needs (SEN) Learner Journey Survey

The Department of Education (DE) is working to transform the communication and engagement for children who have, or may have SEN (Special Education Need), their parents/carers and relevant stakeholders to create a learner system and improve service delivery, experience and outcomes for pupils.

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Eco Team Sponsored Walk

The Eco Team organized a ‘Senior School Sponsored Walk’ at Scarva Towpath. They raised funds to support the ‘Toilet Twinning’ Project that helps people to have access to safe sanitation, clean water and hygiene education. The Senior pupils managed to raise £900 which enabled the project to build 15 toilets in a range of places around the world, including Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central America. The Eco Team would like to thank people again for their donations and support. We are delighted that the toilets will a big difference to many communities.

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Siblings Group – Final meeting for this year!

The Siblings went canoeing at Craigavon Watersports Centre for their end of year trip. We all had an amazing time. We worked together as a team to race each other and the blue team just won by a small margin. Lots of the Siblings were very brave and jumped into the water! We also enjoyed having tea together at McDonalds.

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The Eco Team

The Eco Team have been planning to include a bird feeding area within a new sensory garden in the school grounds. To develop the pupil’s knowledge about local birds and their habitat we visited Lough Neagh Discovery Centre. The Eco Team learned about local birds, their nesting habits and food they eat. They also had an opportunity to use binoculars to do a spot of bird watching. The Eco Team went on a nature trail through the woodland area and found many bugs that make up a large part of the bird’s diet.

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For Your Information

Pleae find attached below this article, a resource for parents and staff in relation to summer activities for children and young people with a disability and/or additional needs.

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BIG FUN WEEK - Thursday Update

I’m not sure how anyone could fit more fun into 4 days!?

Bear Necessities visited school today and some pupils got to choose a bear to make. We even got to make a wish and put its heart in ourselves! We welcomed our music therapist Neal back for the day and some pupils even got to try this activity out for the first time. He sang some Disney songs for us to play along to. Our older pupils went bowling this morning – the competition was fierce. This afternoon we rested (with a Disney Movie, pizza and pick n mix!) A great finale to a fabulous week!

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Donard to Disney 2019 - Day 3

Another busy day in the parks. Today we had the opportunity to visit the Disney studios and enjoyed park rides as well as some shows... we had some time in the shops and we finished the day off by watching the spectacular illuminations... jam packed day but filled with fun and laughter!

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BIG FUN WEEK - Wednesday Update

FUN FUN FUN at The Funhouse softplay this morning! After break we welcomed our old friend Joe and his African Drums for a jam session. Ceramic painting and slime kept us busy throughout the day for our older pupils, while face painting, balloon modelling and tattoos got a big thumbs up from our younger pupils. If only every Wednesday could be like this!

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