What a busy January! Class 11 have had lots on and we are all very busy indeed. We have started our Grass Roots programme and we have enjoyed looking at our school grounds to make plans for a mini beast hotel. We also made bat boxes and bird feeders to try and attract some flying friends! Class 11 have enjoyed the drumming workshop on a Wednesday and everyone is great at making rhythms. We are starting our healthy eating programme this term and class 11 have already decided on the healthy options we will be making in cookery! This is great and we will be increasing our exercise in P.E by participating in dance. We have also enjoyed making winter pictures in art.
What a busy month!
Class11 practised lots to put on a great show. We hope you enjoyed it. Well done to the kids for their hard work throughout. We also enjoyed performing at Bannside Church and we also had a visit from Santa! We looked at safety this month and the Fire Brigade came to talk to us about how to keep safe at home! We really enjoyed our day out at the cinema and Belmont! A well deserved treat!
All the Staff in class 11 would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
We enjoyed a visit to the café in Tescos to welcome our friend back to school. Each pupil was able to choose and order their own break in the café. They enjoyed it so much they even scraped the tasty foam topping out of the cups!!!!
Class 11 have been busy this month working on our maths topic ‘India’. We have been focusing on money this term and are enjoying using our skills to complete functional shopping tasks.
Well done to all those who attended the Banbridge Speech and Drama Festival with great success! As we now head towards our Christmas show practising is in full swing.
Ice Hockey was really enjoyable and everyone had a great time! A big Happy Birthday to T.J and Michael. We would like to welcome our new pupil into class 11, his friends have been very kind and helpful.
Class 11 have had a busy, busy month! We have enjoyed our Maths topic ‘Discovering India’ suggesting ways of recording information and discussing our findings. We have been investigating ‘Our Community’ and have enjoyed looking up google maps to discover how far we live form Donard school as well as who lives close to the school and far away. In art we have started to make a 3D design of Banbridge town using the junk materials sent in to school! This term we are enjoying games during P.E. For the next few weeks we have been playing rugby with classroom assistant James. The children have really enjoyed this! Fishing has finished for class 11. Our club this term is drama!
Pupils from Class 11 and Leavers have been attending SRC since September, working towards accreditation in a number of areas, including horticulture, car valeting, painting and decorating, woodwork and washing and conditioning hair. Now you will know where to come if you want your car valeted while getting your hair washed!
Here we are at the end of the school year already—it is hard to believe!
Our pupils have come such a long way over the school year, they have made progress across the board, but I am especially proud of how they have improved their communication skills. They are able to initiate conversations, encourage each other and have fun with their peers—it is lovely to see, and hear!
We continued our work learning about China—looking at their culture, famous places and food. Of course the most fun we had was cooking and tasting a variety of Chinese dishes—homemade pot noodles, chicken curry, sweet and sour chicken and egg fried rice—it was great fun trying to use the chop sticks.
We are delighted to have 2 prize winners in our class—well done Zara for winning the Masterchef Cup and Amy for being recognised as Senior Sports Person.
Thank you so much for your continued support over the last year—we have had a lot of fun and learned a lot along the way.
Have a happy and safe summer—see you next year!
It has been a busy month in Class 11. We have enjoyed the SRC end of year presentations, where Tyler won ‘Best in Class’ for his work in the Digital Photography course and Amy won ‘Best in School’ for her over all achievements this year, well done to both of them!
We had a great day out at the Ulster Museum, seeing a mummy in the ‘flesh’.
We have continued with our work in Home Economics on ‘functional’ cookery, making snacks that, with practice, we could carry out independently.
We have also been busy making instruction books to support our snack making. We’ve been thinking of ‘bossy ‘ words to help us.
We’ve been enjoying the sunshine, even sitting outside to paint our clay volcanoes, we hope it lasts until our trip to the Antrim Coast.
We have been busy in class working on our independent skills—we have carried out our Big Work Challenge again, enjoying the opportunity to try a range of jobs in the home and taking responsibility for our belongings.
We finished our mosaic tiles, and enjoyed taking part in the pottery workshops—can’t wait to see the finished product.
We enjoyed a cookery demonstration by Margaret form the LMC—it was great to see and taste the different dishes.
We had a green day for St Patrick’s Day and enjoyed a shared break with the pupils of Classes 9 and 10.
And of course we took part in the BBC School Report—the boys and girls of Class 11 were superstars, taking their roles so seriously and doing a great job!!!
It has been a busy start to the New Year—we have been studying our new topic of the Egyptians, discovering more about life in ancient times.
We enjoyed taking part in the STEM day—it was so much fun making our own battery operated cars!
We also took part in the celebrations for Burns Day—dressing up in the kilts too!
We continue our work in the SRC and will be developing greater independence skills over the coming weeks in both SRC and class cookery. We made Egyptian lentil soup which was delicious and we are looking forward to making ‘authentic Egyptian koftas’ next week.