Lilac Class have been out and about a lot this term and have challenged ourselves to be brave and try new things. One of our favourite visits was to The QE2 Activity Centre near Southampton, where we took part in adventurous activities including Archery, Climbing and the Zipwire! We had a great time, worked together, encouraged each other, and managed to overcome some of our fears.
During the Spring Term Lilac Class worked hard on improving their money skills through activities in the classroom. As lockdown restrictions prevented us from getting out into the community to practice our skills, we created activities in school where we could role play different scenarios. We set the classroom up as various places we would like to visit, such as the cinema, café, bowling alley, and even had a small class tuck shop. Using actual coins, we were able to work out payments for our chosen items, paying for our cinema tickets, café bill, and crisps and snacks in our tuck shop. We look forward to transferring these skills to the real world once it is safe to get back out in the community.
Students have completed some excellent learning in the kitchen this term, producing some absolutely delicious food which has been appreciated by students and their families each and every week. We started the term with a variety of savoury snacks, from sausage rolls to crustless quiches… moving on to some sweet treats like cupcakes, fruit pies, and edible fireworks and then into some seasonal recipes during the run up to Christmas. Each week students have been given a choice for their recipe, enabling them to personalise their ingredients and make something individual to their own preferences. Everyone has practiced their skills and shown that they can use various items of kitchen equipment safely and effectively with varying levels of support. One of our favourite activities was the use of the electric whisks for creating our meringue snowmen, some of us had never used one before and it was exciting to see the egg whites change and feel the power of the whisk in our hands. We are looking forward to even more great cooking experiences next term.