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Cello Class

Welcome to Cello Class!

Cello class is a KS4 class and the students have settled into their new classrom amazingly as well a coping with the the change of moving to a new building.  The day starts with a form of physical exercise (Paul Eugene and the Golden Mile around the FE Centre are particular favourites!) to get their bodies moving and wake up their brains ready for the day.


The students work very hard on numeracy and literacy skills.  In numeracy, they learn about time, money, shapes, measuring and addition/subtraction. Numicon, multilink and number lines are used to support work with little adult support. The numeracy and money skills are applied by going shopping for our snack weekly.


In literacy, they work on phonics, combining literacy, ICT and topic to create PowerPoint fact files relating to termly topics and developing reading comprehension skills.


Cello class use these literacy and numeracy skills and apply them functionally to develop their independence in the kitchen whilst receiving any support from adults!!


The students in Cello class thrive in physical activity so enjoy taking a couple of balls to a local field to kick about and work on football skills.  They also enjoy weekly badminton or swimming lessons.


What's been happening this Autumn Term

The first topic for the term was ‘Let’s Celebrate Festivals’ so they learnt about different festivals from around the world that occur before Christmas. The students have loved learning about the different festivals including when they are, where they are celebrated, what they do to celebrate and, most importantly of course, what they may eat. The students have then had the opportunity to go off and investigate further questions they have, which include why it some festivals are celebrated and how to make some of the dishes eaten.


The students enjoyed making bread rolls in cooking as it is perfect for going with soups this time of year and have made some amazing fireworks paintings using different techniques, including using a paintbrush in different ways, making use of different resources and materials around the room and their bodies.