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So, we are entering week 6 of lockdown and so much has been happening in this time. It’s been brilliant to see the work the students have been completing, some of it academic (more about this later from Mr Ward and Mrs Burrows), the staff completing lots of training (more about this later) and our students spending time at home gardening, doing DIY, cooking and helping out at home. These are all life-long learning skills and we are encouraging everyone that the practical side of these tasks are important for independent living and are also fun. I’m hoping when we return, we will have a work force of painters, decorators and chefs!!

I’ve also been reading about students taking part in lots of exercise which has ranged from Joe Wicks to garden runs. With my hour a day I’ve been running. My friends and I had entered the Manchester 10k for 2 charities, Dr Kershaw’s and Prostate Cancer, and both charities are really important to me. However, this won’t be now until September, so it’s time to train ………

Over to Mr Ward and Miss Taylor who have seen some brilliant work in the last couple of weeks..

In Maths this week, the learners have been continuing to develop their four rules of number skills and problem-solving skills. They have also started to tackle some problems around ratio and sharing. On the whole, they have reacted extremely well to this new way of learning. They are taking part in the online activities and using the support materials that we are providing. A great week for all involved!

Next week we might even see if we can use these new skills around the house, sharing the housework load or getting involved in some cooking 😁

Certificates going out this week, once again made by the very talented Karla 😁


And now to Mrs Burrows ……

This is the best piece of work that has been submitted up to date. Marcel has taken it upon himself to research a topic that interests him and create a blanket of information regarding its depth. Marcel has recognised we are currently living in such a difficult situation and despite this he is finding refuge in creating excellent pieces of research work for English. Marcell has derived this individually with no help from teaching staff. I definitely think this is worth a mention in this week’s blog..

Brilliant work Marcel and thanks for sharing.

As for our staff, they also deserve some recognition – well done Miss Taylor..

And also, to Miss Cooney who came to the help and support of a family in need last week.

Mr Daly has been sent some photos by students who are enjoying their hour outside but observing social distancing..

Thanks to Mr Daly for the photos. I’ve also heard from Miss Caines, Mrs Roberts, Mr Gabutt and Miss Ainsworth about how they have working with families to ensure they are happy and safe.

So finally, to the DIYers , gardeners and chefs. Here’s Connor D. thanking the NHS in his own unique way …….

My final mention has to go to Kien who at the start of the lockdown managed to break his ankle … get well soon and put that phone down and pick up your iPad K.!!! No really, take care and stay safe.

I also have news of a competition that you are all invited to take part in, a DT challenge which opens next week across the Trust but I have the details of here. Staff will be sharing the new Showbie group code for the competition with the students next week.

So that’s my blog for this week. Please stay safe, stay at home and support the NHS.

Take care,

Mrs Tootill
Head of Springboard Project

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