Highlight of the week. Watching two of our pupils walk through the building independently, guiding each other to their room #magic
Today we welcome colleagues from Holland to look at IT in a special school. Our chance to shine #naace
Friendship. The theme of our Easter Assembly. Thank you to all the pupils, parents and staff for making it magic! http://t.co/kve0WOZI6O
Double excitement here. Eclipse watching and a great big fire engine in school for the students #peoplewhohelpus
Friends from Wilkinsons came in to school and donated bird-feeders for our gardens. We had great fun in putting the seed in to the containers and hanging out the 'fat balls'. I'm sure the birds of Stanton Vale are enjoying the treats.
Thursday 26th March saw pupils, parents, staff and our extended community come together for our Easter assembly. Following the theme of friendship each of the classes produced a letter to spell out the word Friendly which hung across the hall. Through songs and stories we explored how the Easter story encourages us to be friendly. At the heart of the assembly students came out to place a spring flower around a cross. We had moments of reflection as well as joy but most importantly some lovely signing as a school community. Happy Easter to all!
We are currently selling tickets for our Fashion Show which will be hosted by Risley Fashion House at the school on Friday 24th April. There will be a great show of ladies fashion, high street cut labels at a bargain price with a range of sizes to suit all. Cash and Card payments will be accepted. Tickets are £4 per adult and this will include a complimentary drink. Children FREE (Tickets available from the school office). Doors will open at 7pm with the show commencing at 7.30pm. All money raised will be used to buy mobile ovens so that all of the pupils at Stanton Vale can enjoy sensory cooking experiences! The school are also selling Raffle Tickets to support this fundraising event. Tickets are available for £1 per strip with the following prizes: 1st Prize - ASDA Pamper Hamper 2nd Prize - £50 Partylite Voucher 3rd Prize - £10 George's Tradition Gift Card We would like to thank ASDA Long Eaton and George's Tradition for supporting us and donating the above prizes.
We have raised a massive £108.96 for Comic Relief by coming to school dressed funny for money!!. The day was packed full of fun activities such as creating funny faces. Finishing the day with an assembly which reminded us how this money changes lives.
Primary Department Autumn Term 2014 The Primary Department would like to welcome seven new pupils who started at Stanton Vale School this term Early Years We have welcomed new pupils and their families to Early Years. Our themes this term were ‘Myself and my family’ ‘Autumn’ and ‘Christmas’. The pupils enjoyed the sensory stories ‘What Am I?’ and the ‘Nativity Story’. The pupils explored textured materials, auditory elements and 3D props that support the story. They created bright colourful and textured art work and displays in the classroom. The pupils enjoyed music sessions exploring sounds and movement. In parachute activities we had lots of fun playing games with our friends in the Primary 1 class. Key Stage 1 In the Key stage 1 classes theirthemes this term were ‘Myself and my Family’, ‘Colours’ and ‘Autumn’. During the term the pupils had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities exploring textures, materials and objects related to the topic. The pupils enjoyed Atmospheric sessions, listening to music and playing percussion instruments. Our Sensory stories were ‘Room on the Broom’ and Brown Bear, Brown Bear’. The pupils enjoyed the repetition of the story and anticipation of the actions. They explored outside and collected natural materials for printing and collage activities creating art work for their classroom displays. Key Stage 2 Our themes this term were’ Celebrations’, ‘Long and short’, ‘Light and dark’ and ‘Fireworks’. Pupils participated in arrange of practical activities exploring objects, comparing their size, finding out about different celebrations and enjoying sensory based activities. In the sensory room the focus was on ‘Light and dark’ using torches, fibre objects and projected images. The pupils tracked coloured lights and images, listened to music, created sounds and movement. Creative activities included painting, printing and collaging bright colourful and textured bonfires, fireworks and characters from our story which we displayed in our classroom. Each class participated in creative activities and dressed as an ‘Animal’ to raise money for children in need. The children were very excited when Pudsey visited our school. Our Christmas celebrations were very special and all the pupils and staff enjoyed Carols around the Christmas tree with the Long Eaton school choir. We wore our Christmas Jumpers to raise money for Children in Need. Friends and Governors joined us to share our Christmas lunch. Primary classes had a Christmas party. We had lots of fun, enjoying creative and messy activities. We made ‘Reindeer’ party hats to wear at our Christmas lunch, decorated biscuits, printed wrapping paper and decorated gift tags with lots of glitter. This year we held the Primary Nativity on two mornings. It was magical, wonderful and a very special time. A sensory atmosphere was created using music, smells and lights. The pupils took an active part in telling the Christmas story through songs and actions. All of the pupils looked wonderful in their costumes. They gave a gift to baby Jesus and these were given to a local children’s charity. We were very well supported by a large number of family and friends who joined in the songs and shared a coffee and mince pie.
. Middle school At the start of a new school year we saw Middle school grow from two classes to 3. Middle school also welcomed five new pupils, all from other schools and all joining M1. They have settled well into the routine and are finding their way around school with help from their peers and support staff. As well as new staff and pupils we have also welcomed year 10 students from Long Eaton School for regular hourly visits on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This is a new joint learning experience to allow Long Eaton students to improve their communication skills as part of a Health and social care course. The sessions are working really well not only for the L.E. students but for Stanton Vale students as well. They look forward to spending time with their peers socialising and interacting appropriately. This will continue throughout the year. The topic this term was ‘Light and Sound’. We introduced the topic to the pupils with a carousel of learning activities including, exploring florescent materials under UV lights; sound board drumming and songs and music on a variety of percussion instrument. The morning was very busy with pupils moving between the activities but was thoroughly enjoyed by all the pupils and staff. The book this term was The First Musician. A very simple story of a musician playing different musical instruments as the sun rises in the morning bringing the light, visiting a forest and a stream experiencing a thunderstorm before the sun setting in the evening. Each instrument is accompanied by a colour of the rainbow and an appropriate piece of music. The pupils were able to explore coloured fabrics, play in leaves and water and play a variety of percussion instruments before concluding under a rainbow parachute. Lots of learning opportunities were explored and the pupils had loads of fun. The classrooms were decorated with different lights and Christmas decorations for the pupils to operate with switches and percussion instruments and Christmas sound toys were used to great effect. All the pupils were given the opportunity to experience a live pantomime at Loughborough College in December, produced and performed by the students. We filled two mini buses with excited pupils and had a wonderful time. Long Eaton students invited all of middle school for a morning of Christmas activities and a hand massage just before we broke up. The students had decorated the new 6th form block and planned some wonderful sensory activities which all the pupils enjoyed, making biscuits, tasting and smelling, exploring snow and lots of paint and glitter. Santa visited and gave each pupil a present to take home. This is our third visit and each year there are more and more activities and the interaction between the students is wonderful to see. The year concluded with Middle School’s First Christingle Service. Parents joined us to celebrate a sensory Christian experience, tasting, smelling, joining hands before collecting sweets from the 4 seasons and lighting our candles. The music brought the whole celebration together and created a warm atmosphere of love and sharing.
Upper School This year Upper school consists of 26 students, placed in 2 Tutor groups. In September five students from Tutor group 1 participated in a four night extended residential visit at Lea Green. Two additional students visited and joined in activities for one day. They undertook in a range of sporting events, led by school staff and staff from the Adventurous activities team. The students enjoyed and performed well in team building games, throw golf, archery, cycling, low ropes course and orienteering. The students made progress in working together and in celebrating each other’s achievements. 6th form students continue to look forward to meal prep each week and greatly enjoy shopping for their ingredients, using their literacy and numeracy skills in everyday meaningful activities. Tutor group 1 students are working towards their Transition Challenge Award, and have participated in a range of visits and activities. A highlight has been the class story which was based on the Shakespeare play ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’. Tutor group 1 created a sensory experience which they shared with every class in school. A sensory space was created in the hall, music and lighting was used to add to the effects, along with sensory cloths, water spray and a variety of props. It was received well, and tutor group 1 got lots of positive feedback from across the school. All our students participate in a weekly swim or hydro session. West Park swimming remains a popular activity for our more active students, and all are making progress. This year the Advent Spiral was celebrated by Upper school alone. Students, staff, parents and visitors shared in this occasion at the start of the Christmas season in school.. The majority of students enjoyed Christmas shopping trips, and one group of 6th form students also managed a pub lunch in Long Eaton. A small group of students also enjoyed attending a pantomime at Loughborough, presented by the college’s performing art students. During the final week upper school students enjoyed planning and preparing for ‘Stanton Vale’s got talent’. Tutor group 1 performing a group song with percussion, and tutor group 2 offering ‘I’m a student get me out of here’. Upper school finished the Autumn term, with a party in the hall, where students and staff enjoyed games and music.
Derbyshire Parent Forums has recently changed names and with the new name is a refreshed way of getting parents together. We are now holding coffee/tea and cake mornings and evenings; these are informal opportunities to talk about issues across Derbyshire. We won’t be able to help with individuals problems but will help you find support for them. It is likely that your issues reflect much wider concerns across Derbyshire, which will help us all be more informed when talking to the local authority and Derbyshire Services. There will be opportunities for your local coffee morning to suggest topics to discuss, and if appropriate invite professionals along. This will be led by your local coffee morning needs. Unfortunately there will be no childcare facilities at these events. Later in the year there will be a countywide event, where we will invite speakers similar to the ‘old’ forum style. Your support is needed to make this successful; we can arrange transport to the coffee mornings/evenings please contact Fiona Ross to arrange this. Times, dates, venues and booking details are below. Venue Date Time Cromford Mills, Tuesday 20th January 10:30-12.30 Riber Room, Mill Road, Cromford, DE4 3RG Sharpes Pottery Museum, Wednesday 21st January 10:00-12:00 West Street, Swadlincote, DE11 9DG Dronfield Sports Centre, Monday 26th January 19:00-20:30 Civic Way, Dronfield, S18 1PD The Hub, Thursday 29th January 10:30-12:30 Shiners Way, South Normanton DE55 2AA Strutts Centre, Thursday 29th January 19:00-20:30 Derby Road, Belper, DE56 1UU Erewash Volunteer Centre, Friday 30th January 10:00-12:00 Granville Avenue, Long Eaton, NG10 4HD Buxton Library, Wednesday 4th February 10:30-12:30 Kents Bank Road, Buxton, SK17 9HW To book a place contact Fiona Ross on 01629 533666 and leave a message, alternatively email Fiona.firstname.lastname@example.org or post your details to: Derbyshire Parent Forums c/o Chesterfield Register Office, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, S40 1QJ. Please ensure we have the following information: Your Name and Telephone Number Number of places required Any special requirements (i.e. Hearing impairment, mobility etc.) If you would like to request transport please leave your address so we can arrange a suitable pick-up point.
As you may already be aware the school are trying to raise the funds to buy a Defibrillator which will be available for local community use also. The raffle which has taken place over the Christmas term raised a total of £434.00. Alongside the school holding a collection which raised a total of £253.34. This means so far we have raised a whopping £687.34 to go towards purchasing the Defibrillator. We would like to thank all who have contributed to what we believe to be a worthy cause.
The school are now selling raffle tickets to help raise money towards a community Defibrillator. 1st Prize - Large Food Hamper (Lots of Chocolate included) 2nd Prize - Large Bottle Hamper (Lots of wine included) 3rd Prize - Small Bottle Hamper 4th Prize - Snowman Plush Toy 5th & 6th Prize - Knitted Doll or Santa 7th Prize - 4 1day Guest Passes to Fit4Less Gym in Long Eaton 8th Prize - Decorated Gluten Free Christmas Fruit Cake £1 per strip. Available from the school office to be drawn Thursday 18th December.
This has been a new adventure for us but has been something that allowed family and friends of the Middle School Department to come into school and share a sensory experience. All the pupils made a traditional 'Christingle' which we hope will be a centre piece for the table at home.
Our Upper School Department kicked started our festivities with Stanton Vale's traditional Advent Spiral. Advent means 'preparation' and for us it marks the beginning of our Christmas activities. Our student's walk around the spiral, light a candle and in the middle they exchange the candle for an apple leaving their candle to light the path for a friend.
The school has raised £85.27 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal this year. With a district total of a massive £4419.03. We like to thank all who helped us raised this fantastic amount.
Trent Lock Golf Club held their annual Presentation Evening on Saturday 15th November. They presented the school a cheque for a whopping £2874.15 for being their nominated Captain's Charity for the year. So the school would like to say a massive thank you to Ian Broadhurst (Captain) and all the club’s members who contributed time, thought and energy to raising this amazing amount. The money will be used towards redeveloping the Primary Department’s playground.
It’s only just turned November but we once again begin to look toward the Christmas activities in school which we love to share with you. Calendars ready! Group Activity Date & Time Upper School (TG1 & 2) Advent Spiral Fri 5th Dec - 9:45 a.m. Primary (EY, P1,2 & 3) Nativity Thurs 11th Dec - 9:45 a.m. Primary (EY, P1,2 & 3) Nativity Tues 16th Dec - 9:45 a.m. Whole School Christmas Jumper Day Friday 12th Dec Middle School (M1, 2 & 3) Christingle Friday 12th Dec - 9:45 a.m. Whole school – family & friends Christmas Family Disco Friday 12th Dec - 7.00 -8:30 p.m. Whole School Christmas dinner 17th Dec Whole school Carol Concert Thurs 18th 9:45 Last Day of Term Fri 19th Dec You will notice this year we have added two new events - Christingle Service for M1, 2, 3 – we invite parents of those pupils to join us for a sensory experience and the sharing of music and song. Family Christmas Disco – we want to bring as many families together for a bit of festive fun, meeting and chatting, while pupils and siblings get up for a bit of a dance. £1 per ticket with drinks and crisps served on the night. Christmas jumpers optional! We will send letters out for numbers and tickets closer to the time.
So far our animal antics have raised a total of £210!!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
Also a massive thank you to Pudsey for saying hello and thank you to ASDA Long Eaton for all their support!
Autism Support Group For Parents/Carers With input from Ashbrook SSSEN and EMMA LANE, SPEECH THERAPIST WHAT TO EXPECT.... Emma Lane, Speech Therapist will give a brief description of her work with children who have autism. There will be an opportunity to chat to her and look at materials over tea/coffee and cake. VENUE:Sawley Infant School NG10 3DQ DATE: Wednesday 8th Oct 2014 TIME: 12:45-2:45pm VENUE: longmoor primary School NG10 4JG DATE: Wednesday 8th Oct 2014 TIME: 3:45-5:00pm To book please call SSSEN on 01332 679 163.
Every month Reel Cinema in Ilkeston try and show an Autism Show. This month they will be showing 'The Box Trolls' on Sunday 28th September at 10.30am. This means that the volume is not so loud, the lights stay on and everyone knows that if people wish to get up and move about through the movie they are very welcome to. Advanced bookings are now available. Telephone Booking line - 01509 221155 Website bookings - Reel Cinema For directions click here.
June of this year saw Stanton Vale School being awarded the ICT Mark by Naace. The ICT Mark is a rigorous set of standards which the school must demonstrate it reaches in order to be awarded this nationally recognised award.
For those of you that shop in the ASDA superstore in Long Eaton the school has been chosen as one of its monthly charities. Shoppers are given a token and then asked to choose out of three options which they would like ASDA to donate money towards. We hope its us!
Today, Wednesday 23rd July, is our last day in school for this academic year. It has been an emotional few days in school as we celebrate the work of our school leavers, many of whom are in the featured photo singing on stage at the Duchess Theatre as part of the choir. So we bid a fond farewell to Nathan, Kaylea, Sam, Alice, Shane, Georgina, Melissa, Ashley, Josh, Shelby, Jack, Fiona and Lauren, who are all going of to college or community provision. The school will miss you all but we wish you every success in the next phases of your life and learning and go safe in the knowledge that we will see you all again.
We celebrate the achievements of our students throughout the year but at the end of the summer term we focus on six special awards. This year in Primary we presented... Preston with an Achievement certificate celebrated Harvey's Friendship Callum's work in PE and sports Kieron's art work Jessica's good progress Rimsha's independence Well done to all.
As well as many of the students being presented with their ASDAN certificates we also celebrated the special achievements of 6 students. Nathan for his approach to learning Oliver for his amazing walking Alick for his independence Bradley for being a great friend Bethany for her art Joel for his swimming Well done to all.
As well as many of the students being presented with their ASDAN certificates we also celebrated the special achievements of 6 students. Mellissa for her hard work in art James for his swimming Megan for being a good friend Sam for his sports Naomi for her communication Alice for her growing confidence Well done to all.
Monday 14th of July sees the start of our last full week in school so I thought a quick message to update you on events in school. Tuesday 15 July - Prom 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (tickets from the office) Thursday 17th July - Charlotte's Web (theatre group in school) Friday 18th July - Celebration assembly (parents arrive 9.45 for a 10 a.m. start) School closes Wednesday 23rd July.
Congratulations are in order for our catering team. They were presented with the Gold Award from Derbyshire's Catering Services Quality Assurance at a special ceremony. The award is given in recognition of meeting standards across all areas of our kitchen's work including Food Service, Production, Customer Care and Satisfaction. The award confirms what we all ready knew. The food served in school is of the highest standards for our students. Well done Debbie and the team!
The theme for Long Eaton's Carnival this year was 'nations of the world.' We had a float kindly provided by West Transport which was decorated with stamps to portray the carnival's theme but also had an added Stanton Vale twist as part of our school's campaign to show the local community who we are and what we do. So we'd like to say a massive thank you to Andy, Keri, Harrison, Keris, Penny, Richard, Colin, Helen, Dave & Carol for taking the time and getting up extra early to help build the float. We would also like to thank all who joined our walking party and those who invested time into helping with the stall which raised £55!
Thursday 19th June is our official MOVE day. The principles of MOVE happen for our students all day, everyday but once a year we hold a special MOVE Day. Today we celebrate the achievements of our pupils around their motor skills but also add to the experience in a creative and unusual way. Last year we had MOVE at the Movies where pupils went down the red carpet, this year we are going 'underwater'. Around school we have created sensory areas which will allow the students to walk under the sea or practice their individual skills in a themed room. You can find out more about the MOVE system at http://www.themovepartnership.org.uk/ Enough from me, I'm going to get my feet wet!
Below is a list of events and activities that will be happening in and around school during this term. We have tried to include many of the cross school events and key dates, but individual classes and departments will be holding separate activities that they will contact you directly with. 23rd May - School closes for half term 3rd June - School opens to pupils 6th June - Coffee Morning 9th and 16th June - Sensory Weeks 19th June - MOVE Day 23rd June - Fundraising Week 26th June - Stanton Vale Rocks - Evening Event 10th July - Parents Evening - 3.30pm onwards 15th July - KS4 & 5 Prom - Evening Event 17th July - M&M Productions in school (Charlotte's Web) 18th July - Certificate and Leavers assembly - 10am 23rd July - School closes
The topics this term are Earth and Beyond and Weather and we introduced the topic with both classes joining together to enjoy sensory activities, wrapping boxes, building towers and digging for metal objects. Both classes really enjoyed the story the ‘Iron Man’ particularly building up and knocking down the foil wrapped boxes with a metal waste paper basket head with torch light eyes. Loads of fun and learning opportunities were to be had with the space blankets, torches UV lights and florescent gloves and socks, metal chains and spoons. Middle 1 had a visit from a ‘Turkling’ who crash landed in the playground. Luckily they had built a shelter and made some food so the ‘Turkling’ was comfortable! Our Weather topic gave us the opportunities to explore all types of weather, dress up and work outside to experience the wind, rain and thankfully the sunshine. The Story the ‘Tiny Seed’ has given use the opportunity to explore the seasons, plant and begin to grow sunflower seeds and explore ice, water, sand and soil; feel the wind, ice and warmth and watch flowers grow. Middle 1 were invited to Trent College for an activity day. Our pupils shared the experience with pupils from Trent College and everyone had a fantastic time. Middle 1 also participated in a dance work shop one lunch time a week. All the pupils took part and could be seen and heard having a great time. Middle 2 have started to visit the local community as part of ASDAN. We are now shopping at the local Tesco’s to purchase food for snack time. We hope to make this a regular weekly learning opportunity.
This term we have celebrated the Chinese New Year. Pupils participated in fun activities and enjoyed a Chinese lunch. In the whole school assembly, the primary pupils celebrated by demonstrating a traditional ribbon dance. We enjoyed the performance of the pantomime ‘Dick Whittington and his Cat’. There was lots of singing and dancing. Pupils and staff took part in the Pro Kick challenge. Medals and certificates were awarded for their achievements. To help raise money for Sports Relief we all dressed up in sports clothes and donated money. Everyone enjoyed Parachute games outside, a golf challenge and ball games. To celebrate ‘World Book Day’ we dressed up as a character from our favourite book and enjoyed listening to stories. A story teller from the company ‘Bag Books’ came into school and shared sensory stories with the Primary classes. In February we had a themed week ‘As light as a feather’ and ‘As heavy as a Polar bear’. The pupils had wonderful auditory, visual and kinaesthetic experiences in which they were able to explore cold and textured materials. There were songs, music and adults dressed up as Polar bears and the Ice Queen. The pupils had a fantastic time in these sessions. It was a great experience and enhanced the pupils learning opportunities. In March Early Years and Primary 1 classes held an ‘Open Play Afternoon’. This was an excellent afternoon parents came into school and joined in play activities with their child. P.G.C.E. student; Chelsie joined the Primary1 class on her teaching practise placement. She had the opportunity to work with the pupils and staff planning and delivering learning activities relating to our termly topics. We all wish Chelsie Good Luck for the future and hope she is successful in her career as a teacher. Early Years Our topics this term have been ‘Food’ and ‘Winter weather’. The pupils have had the opportunity to participate in multi – sensory activities. Exploring music, songs and malleable materials related to the topics. The Sensory stories were supported by tactile, visual and auditory props. The classroom environment has been enhanced with pupils creative work, photographs and 3D structures. Key Stage 1 Our topic this term has been ‘Myself and Family’. The pupils have been learning about themselves. Looking in mirrors, wearing hats, wigs and sun glasses. In our sensory room the pupils have enjoyed a range of activities, tracking visual images, listening to sounds and exploring textures. The pupils have participated in activities to explore a variety of tastes, 3D props and crafts relating to our sensory stories; ‘This is the Bear’ and ‘This is the Bear and a picnic lunch’. Key Stage 2 Our topics this term have been ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Farms’. The pupils created a castle environment in the classroom and engaged positively in sensory activities which included Design and Technology projects, music, songs, role play and exploring objects, words, symbols and Makaton signs related to the text. This term the sensory story has been ‘Pig in the Pond’. The pupils have been learning about different animals using puppets, pictures and sound CD’s.
Thank you to all those who helped us celebrate Easter with our traditional end of term assembly. The school hall was full as students were joined by their parents and Governors. The school community came together to sing songs and reflect on the Easter story. Many students had bought flowers in to school to decorate our Easter cross which looked lovely. A time to reflect and be thankful.
We would like to invite you to join us for our Easter assembly on Thursday 10th April starting at 10am. As per Stanton Vale tradition we are asking pupils to bring a flower or small bunch of Daffodils! We hope to see you there!
As you may be aware the school held a concert at The Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton, on 28th February, featuring the Stanton Vale Choir. The house was packed with 103 people! and a impressive £420 profit was made which is to be split between the school and a charity of our choice. A MASSIVE thank you for all your support from Simon, Jonathan and The Stanton Vale Choir!!!! See photos from the night below
We are celebrating World Book Day on March 6th by bringing our favourite books to school and dressing up as characters from books. Our pupils will also enjoy sensory sessions and be given a £1 Book Token.
As many of you will be aware the school was recently inspected by a team from OFSTED, 25th & 26th February. We will be able to share the outcomes of the inspection with parents by the end of this week with the full report posted on OFSTED's website on the 18th March.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated across the globe on 11 February. Schools, companies, governments and wider are all getting involved to help encourage the safe, responsible and positive use of technology. For parents, Safer Internet Day is a great time to have a conversation with their child about staying safe online. Please visit www.saferinternet.org.uk for more tips on keeping your child safe online.
You may be aware from the local media that Derbyshire County Council is consulting with parents and service users around its provision for SEN Transport in the future. Derbyshire is not unique in this and a number of neighbouring Local Authorities have already gone through this process. Although it primarily affects the parents of our very youngest and oldest students I believe it is something all parents should be aware of and have their say in. You can find out more about the consultation on the Derbyshire LA website – Your Council – Have Your Say – All Consultations. I have copied the direct link below http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/have_your_say/consultation_search/allconsultations/default.asp
Early Years Our themes this term were ‘Autumn and Winter’. The pupils enjoyed the sensory stories ‘Percy after the Storm’ and ‘Farmer Duck’. The pupils explored textured materials, sensory elements of the weather and animals. They created bright colourful and textured art work and displays in the classroom. In the Primary assembly the Early Years class told the story of ‘Farmer Duck’. They had great fun dressing up has as the characters and participating in the actions. Key Stage 1 Our theme this term was ‘Clothes’. During the term the pupils had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities exploring textures, materials and objects related to the topic. The pupils enjoyed Atmospheric sessions, listening to music and playing percussion instruments. Our Sensory stories were ‘Please be Quiet and ‘Mrs Honey’s Hat’. They used natural materials for printing and collage creating art work for our classroom display. Key Stage 2 Our themes this term were ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Pupils enjoyed Dance in P.E sessions making cookies and exploring textured artefacts on loan from the school Library service. The pupils practised tracking the stars and moon using torches in the sensory room. Each class participated in creative activities and dressed in pyjamas to raise money for children in need. The children were very excited when Pudsey visited our school. The pupils enjoyed a Halloween Party. They dressed up as witches and ghosts, participated in a range of sensory based activities, explored the witches cave and danced to ‘spooky’ music. Our Christmas celebrations were very special and all the pupils and staff enjoyed Carols around the Christmas tree with the Long Eaton school choir. On Friday 13th December we wore our Christmas Jumpers to raise money for Children in Need. Friends joined us for Christmas lunch and Santa visited us in the afternoon. Party Time Productions came into school to perform the pantomime ‘Mother Goose’. The pupils enjoyed the music and the story telling by the actors. This year we held the Primary Nativity on two mornings. It was magical, wonderful and a very special time. A sensory atmosphere was created using music, smells and lights. The pupils took an active part in telling the Christmas story through songs and actions. All of the pupils looked wonderful in their costumes. They gave a gift to baby Jesus and these were given to a local children’s charity. We were very well supported by a large number of family and friends who joined in the songs and shared a coffee and mince pie. All pupils and staff had a fabulous time at the ‘Stanton Vale got Talent Competition’ on the last day of term. Everyone worked hard on their act and gave a fantastic performance to the whole school
The terms topic were machines and electricity and the book for the first half term was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The pupils in both classes had a great time experiencing chocolate and sweets; smelling, tasting, sorting, packing, mark making and constructing dams to stop the chocolate river and copious amounts of hot chocolate were consumed. Golden curtains and tickets were used and M1 now enjoy Golden time, a time to enjoy an activity of their choice. During the first half term M1 were invited to join the pupils at Trent College for a morning of sports and activities. This is a much enjoyed annual event and all the pupils had a wonderful time and their behaviour was a credit to the school. The refurbishment was completed at the end of November and the staff and pupils were extremely excited to move into the beautiful new rooms. Where did all the room come from? What a difference a few walls knocked down, new ceiling tiles, carpets and paint can make. The unit now has two good sized classrooms with carpets, kitchen facilities and ceiling tracking for hoisting. There are two fully equipment bathrooms with changing tables, toilets and over head tracking. A small room with a sink, a wet floor and built in cupboard is now the art room. We have a large carpeted room which we are presently using for physiotherapy and sensory work as we have blackout blinds; we hope to develop this into a fully equipped sensory room. The pupils from M1 proudly hosted an opening afternoon inviting the architect, builder and governors. The second half term started in the new classrooms with the teaching and learning based around the book, The Polar Express. The sensory room was turned into a winter scene with lots of silver and white fabrics, hanging tinsel, bells and fairy lights. The pupils were encouraged to interact using switches to operate the fans, lights and music and pupils enthusiastically used train-sets. During the term the pupils were visited by pupils from Long Eaton Secondary school Social skills group who spent time in the classrooms making friends and learning some Makaton and symbols. They later invited the pupils to a Christmas activity morning at Long Eaton School. The pupils made us very welcome and the hall looked amazing with so many Christmas sensory activities to experience. The pupils were also indulged with a hand massage from the Health and Beauty students. The Christmas activities concluded with a morning of Stanton Vale’s Got Talent contest. Middle presented the 12 days of Christmas, re-written to thank the Governors for the new department; we had loads of fun thinking up the words and practicing as a whole department.
Favourite session last term amongst upper school students were: Meal prep, sports studies, yogacise, art, photography, horticulture and performing arts. A number of 6th form students are attending Central College, Arthur Mee site, on a school’s link programme. 9 students attend a life skills course on a Friday morning, 3 students attend a sensory skills course on a Wednesday morning, both groups are supported by school TAs. The majority of upper school students are also accessing the local and wider community as part of the community skills programme. Swimming at West Park leisure remains a favourite with some students, who are working well with the leisure centre instructors to achieve awards. The year 14 students follow their swim session, with lunch at the cafeteria at Long Eaton School. Two 6th form students continue to visit the Spring’s resource centre, for a morning each week. They enjoy a number of activities using the art room, kitchen, sensory and soft play rooms. The group now stay for lunch and return to school for their afternoon sessions. Groups of upper school students have again participated in a range of sporting events, provided by Derbyshire’s Adventurous activities team. Our students have enjoyed and performed well in team building games, activities on the climbing wall, archery, caving, canoeing, bikes, trikes and scooters, orienteering and abseiling. The students have made progress in working together and in celebrating each other’s achievements. The student’s achievements have increased with growing confidence, with their participation in the programme over a number of years. Looking towards Christmas Upper school, along with Middle school were able to celebrate the Advent Spiral. It was good to share this event with parents and visitors. Students from Tutor Group 3 served seasonal refreshments following the service. The majority of 6th form students enjoyed Christmas shopping trips, Tutor Groups 2 and 3 opting to shop at the retail park at Mansfield, eating lunch in the food court. The high light for some of the students was attending the pantomime Jack and the Bean stalk at Derby. Andrew Haynes, one of our teaching staff, was acting in the pantomime. All of the students greatly enjoyed the show, and meeting the cast afterwards, which Andrew had kindly arranged for the group attending. The students responding well to the cast members, seeking out their individual favourites to have their photo taken. The Autumn terms seemed to fly by, packed with lots of hard work, learning achievement and enjoyment by both students and staff.
We will be celebrating the Chinese New Year in school beginning on January 31st with a celebratory school dinner. Learning will continue through the term when we hold a special celebratory assembly on Friday 14th February.
Ian Broadhurst, Captain of Trent Lock Golf Club 2014-15, has chosen Stanton Vale as the Captain's Charity for this year. Through the year Ian and the club will be raising money to redevelop areas of the school's playground areas. We wish Ian and the club all the best with their fundraising efforts and we look forward to working in partnership with everyone involved from our local community. We will keep you up to date with their progress.
Friday 6th December the school will hold it's traditional start to the festive period, The Advent Spiral. Have a look at the photos of pupils, parents and staff taking part in this wonderful event. ..