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Rowan Tree is a specialist primary school for pupils age 2-11 with severe and complex needs in Atherton, Manchester, UK
Please click here to see all the wonderful things we did last year in our previous blogs.
- This term in our computing lessons we have been building and programming Lego WeDo 2.0 models. The models have a special brick called a SmartHub and this connects to the Lego app on our iPad. We’ve been learning how to add motors to our models, using programming blocks to control motors, lights and sounds.
Take a look at all the hard work 2R have been doing. We have been working on reading and writing skills, forces, capacity, personal care and swimming.
- Watch out Steven Speilberg, there’s a new boy in town! In our iMovie trailers lesson Dwayne asked if he could go out into the corridor and make a trailer independently. 20 mins later, Dwayne returned and showed us his independent work and we were all amazed, and also a bit scared too!
Please leave Dwayne a comment, I know he’d love to know what you think.
- Its been all go in the 2JW production studios this week again. This time we're learning how to make our own stop motion animation movies. We're making sure we keep the camera really still, only to make small changes each time and hide our hands from the camera.
We also needed to use a strategically placed bit of blue tack for the bridge part - can you work out why?
We added our animation clips to iMovie to add some titles and sound effects as well. William thought it was hilarious when he watched the train magically move around the track as if by magic!
- Both children and staff have been having lots of fun exploring sensory cause and effect activities with a MakeyMakey invention kit.
2R visited Smithills Farm this week. We really enjoyed exploring the farm, feeding the animals and being able to handle different animals. We learnt which animals might live on a farm, what the animals babies are called and what they eat. We also discussed where different foods come from and where milk comes from. We had the opportunity to stroke/handle lambs, rabbits, chicks, donkeys and owls. We fed the pigs, goats, sheep and cows.
As you can see on the photos all children enjoyed the sensory, hands on experience and learning outside the classroom.
- 2JW have been learning how to use the magic of green screen to travel to far away places. They have been learning all about the rainforest and wanted to share an important message with everyone about what they found out.
- It has been a great start to the year. Well done 2M on settling in and getting to work so quickly!
- 1W had a lovely day trip to Fleetwood. We took with us a list of things to try and spot while we were at the seaside.
Firstly, we spent some time on the beach. The children made sandcastles, collected shells and had fun on the sand.
Next was lunch - yummy fish and chips which the children (and the teachers!) enjoyed lots.
Another little ride to the seafront and we all enjoyed an ice-cream.
Lots of tired eyes on the way home - must be the sea air!
We had a lovely morning on our World Cup challenge day. We had picked France to concentrate on and found lots of activities to try.
We tried brioche, baguette, brie, croissant and pain au chocolat - yummy!
Then it was outside to play the traditional French game of boules - some of the children were (perhaps unintentionally!) brilliant at this!
Lastly, we had a building activity where the children had to try and build a mini Eiffel Tower with building blocks or Lego.
It was a great morning and enjoyed by all involved. If you could make it, thank you for coming. If you couldn't make it this time, see if your child can answer any questions about France and what we have been learning. 🙂
- 2R have learnt lots on our trip to Sealife centre and Legoland. We used lots of communication and social skills to ask and answer questions. We talked about where the fish, sharks and turtles lived. We hunted for letters to complete the Sealife challenge. We had some new experiences on rides and built our own lego models. Next term we are going to make our own models and see if we can make any that move. How do you think we could do that?
Check out our smilebox to see how much fun we had as well as challenging our learning out of the classroom.