Word of the Week 20th to 24th November 2017
Word of the week Lower - tired
Word of the week Higher - auspicious
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As part of our ongoing professional development we undertook a number of different training sessions which included our second E safety update from our CEOP trainer Ms Eastel, an update on our ‘in house’ therapy programme, new SLEUTH reporting and monitoring for Tutors, the General Data Protection Act and Literacy and the spoken word.
We also had an interactive session on Numeracy with PE where the Mathematics department teamed up with the P.E. department to deliver a session on ‘Numeracy across the Curriculum’. Training days often involve sessions that require sitting for long periods of time, we therefore thought it would be fun to involve all members of staff in a lesson that made them stand up and exert some energy. Staff were placed in teams, given a basketball and their own basket and then instructed to score as many baskets in 2 minutes as possible. Scores and attempts were recorded and then written on a central board. These scores were given as fractions. Questions were then asked such as which team is better, or which team scored more etc. This led on to working out the percentage success rate for each team. This shows how easily each team can be compared and thus the power of using percentages. This process was then repeated and once again the results analysed and discussed. As always the competitive members of staff were determined to outdo the others!
The idea was to show how maths can be taught outside of the classroom, producing real life maths that students can relate to and hopefully remember. This cross curricular work can also be extended with literacy, science and other subjects.
I would like to say that it was a privilege to welcome your school party to Elliott's this morning. Your students were extremely well behaved, engaging positively with our display as well as listening attentively to myself and my colleagues Mike and Tina [and your staff weren't bad either!]. There were some interesting questions [especially from John [I think]]. Not surprisingly the toy dog in our tableau provoked a lot of interest.
Last week, Mr. Walters and Miss Aherne travelled to London to attend the Young Enterprise Centres of Excellence National Annual Conference. The aim of the trip was to form the initial stages for Brook Green Centre for Learning to become a facility for excellence in financial education. They met with other teachers of Maths and PSHE from schools across the country and attended workshops with other SEN schools. This was an opportunity to network with similar SEN teachers, sharing best practice and discussing challenges faced in delivering financial education. Martin Lewis OBE, who is an award winning campaigner on TV and radio, gave an inspirational speech on the importance of financial education for young people.
Overall, this was a worthwhile trip and put Brook Green Centre for Learning firmly on the road to becoming a hub for excellence in financial education.
This term we went to Trinity Sailing in Brixham. We were on the Leader, it is an old fashioned wooden ship.
We put the Rib in the water, put up the sails and cleaned the heads (toilets). We were on watch for buoys. We also saw dolphins, which was very good because they were playing in the water. The week was amazing, as we got to learn how dangerous it can be on water and how to put up the sails.
I would tell other students to do it as it was amazing and teaches you about sailing if you wanted to be a sailor.
I enjoyed taking the Rib out as it goes really fast. I liked going to shore as we got to go to the shops.
If you get a chance do it!
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