Inspiring and accessible learning!
Imagine my surprise as I’m walking down the corridor, first thing in the morning to find a team of our staff turning it in to a farm scene!
Absolutely brilliant!! I love seeing the creativity of our staff and their commitment to making learning accessible and engaging for all our pupils!
Our key text this term is ‘Animal Farm’, meaning that our Discoverers, Explorers and Adventurers are all studying the text. The scene, complete with hay to walk on, touch and smell also came complete with other farmyard scents! The farmyard had been specially created to immerse pupils in their reading. And wow – it worked a treat!
There is a real sense of excitement for learning throughout school, which is great to feel. Whether it’s seeing pupils asking questions, reaching out their hand to participate or using eye-gaze technology to communicate their choices, it really is exceptional.
This week we have welcomed 3 students to school, who have asked if they can join St Giles on placement, to support their studies. It’s exciting to know that the great practice within our school, is being rightly recognised by colleges and universities. Knowing that our practice will shape the practice of the next generation of educationalists, carers and teaching assistants is really good!!
As community champions and ambassadors for children and young people with special educational needs, we are extremely proud to have been selected by LNER to create a lasting legacy at the new Retford Railway Station.
This week, Peter Massey, a professional artist from Zantium Studios, was in school to teach pupils how to create their own mosaics. Once they created their own masterpiece, each pupil added a tile to the giant railway mosaic.
We are very much look forwarding to every pupil going to visit our mosaic over the course of this academic year!
Congratulations to Sean, Troy and Owen, who received Head of School awards this week, for their exceptional achievements!
Our first parent training and support session of the year was well attended. It focused on ‘ensuring good tissue viability’ and was led by David Carter, an expert from the NHS. Feedback has been really positive, with one parent saying “This training has made such a difference to my child. I am grateful to have received such high quality support”.
Have a great weekend!