Happy New Year

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in General News | Posted on 12-01-2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone.

The children have come back ready to learn after their holidays.  We have heard what wonderful things they got up to over the break.

This weeks blog will fill you in on what we will be learning about this half term.  The creative curriculum theme has changed to “Circle of Life”.  We will be trying to link this, where possible, into the work that we do in different subjects.  We will be learning:

  • Literacy – we will be using the story “Seeds of Change” to develop our reading skills
  • Numeracy – we are learning about money
  • Science – Our focus is on materials and we will be learning about different materials and how to describe them
  • Geography – We will be learning about mountains
  • Computing – We will be looking at hardware and processing.  For this we will learn about using different devices for different purposes
  • RE – We are still looking at life as a journey but this half term we will be learning about Islam
  • Art – Our artist of focus is Alexander Calder.  We will be learning how to create sculptures using metal.

On top of all this learning we will continue to have weekly PE, Swimming and music sessions where we will continue to learn in these areas.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Crossroads Team

Merry Christmas

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in General News | Posted on 20-12-2017

We have finished our second half term and have broken up ready for Christmas.  The learning took on a different form with lots of DT and RE happening.  We also continued our PSD work on choices by deciding what we were going to make and watch.

On Tuesday we had a party day.  In the morning we went to our sensory room to see a special man in red. As we had all been so good this year we got a gift from him.  This was followed by a buffet party lunch.  In the afternoon we split into different groups based on our needs.  The majority of us went into the hall for a disco and games with the rest of the school.  Some went to sixth form and took part in a special Christmas sensory story.   The others had their own party in the swimming pool.

Wednesday afternoon we went to a special assembly to say goodbye to Lesley.  We had our usual carols and other Christmas fun but did have a couple of surprises for Lesley.

We hope you all have a great Christmas and a happy new year.

We will look forward to hearing all about all the pupils holiday adventures when we return

Crossroads team

 

A Special Visitor

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in General News | Posted on 15-12-2017

In Crossroads this week we have had a special visitor.  Elf arrived in our class on Monday morning and since then has been found in various places around the classroom.  He is not always doing what he is meant to do!

   

On Tuesday, as a special treat, we made gingerbread houses to form a gingerbread village.  This tied in well with the work we have been doing in DT on houses.  The pupils were all really good at not eating the houses as we made them.  For our afternoon snack, as we had all been so good, we did taste them and enjoyed destroying our creations.

Have a wonderful weekend and  we hope that the weather does not prevent you from enjoying it.

Crossroads team

A Busy Week

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in General News | Posted on 08-12-2017

It has been a very busy week in Crossroads this week with lots of special activities that we do not normally have.

Our busiest day was Tuesday.  In the morning we went on a class trip to Barton Grange.  We saw lots of different decorations that were the whole range of colours.  There were also lots of lights to see.  We really enjoyed the moving bears, penguins and big advent calendar.  It was a delight to see all that there was in a real winter wonderland.  We even managed to spot a special man in red.

In the afternoon it was the annual tinsel trolley dash.  As a school we brought in 606 items that will be given to families in our community that have a need for this at this time of year.  As well as helping others we also had a lot of fun taking part in different games.  We had come to school in Christmas themed jumpers.  The teachers had to be turned into trees as well as the children having lots of fun!

Also within the week we have had Christmas lunch on Wednesday and watched the upper school music sharing on Thursday.

Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing all the children on Monday.

Crossroads Team

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in General News | Posted on 01-12-2017

This week, on the Crossroads blog, we will be letting you know about our learning in our PSD sessions.  This half term we have been learning about making good choices.  We started this by thinking about choices we make at school and home about our behaviour and which would be the right one to make.  This has prompted some good conversations within class and the children have worked hard learning the right choice to make.  Over the past couple of weeks we have been thinking about making healthy choices within choosing food.  We have REALLY enjoyed tasting different foods and deciding, not only if we like them, if they are a good choice to make or not.  We have used this knowledge this week to choose what we would like to eat on a class trip to Subway.  The children worked hard choosing which filling they would like and the healthy salad they wanted.  We then took strips with our choices on down to Subway, ordered our lunch and ate it.  This was a good treat for all.

We hope you have a good weekend and look forward to seeing the children on Monday

Crossroads Team

I Declare You Married!

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in General News | Posted on 25-11-2017

It has been a funny week with the weather this week but the learning in Crossroads has continued.  This week, on the blog, we will be letting you know what we have been up to in our RE lessons.  The theme for the term has been life as a journey with the focus being on Christianity.  We have already looked at baptisms as the start of the Christian journey and also used the good Samaritan story to show us how we should live on life’s journey.  This week we have been looking at weddings as another step on the Christian journey.  We start by looking at all the things that need to be planned for a wedding including venue, food and dress.  We always have fun trying to act out the different ceremonies that we learn about so this week we held a wedding.  We had a bride and groom along with a vicar.  They wore relevant outfits and exchanged rings before being declared married.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing all the children on Monday.

Crossroads Team

 

Building Houses and Homes

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in General News | Posted on 16-11-2017

We have had yet another great week this week.  On the blog we will be letting you know how we have been getting on with our DT work.  The theme this half term is houses and homes with a construction element.   We start in the circle by looking at lots of different types of houses, trying hard to identify different features.  We also have had fun trying to find peoples houses on the internet which has been rather funny when the teachers can’t work our which house is theirs!  We then have gone on to different activities.  Some of us have been exploring a book which turns into a house and have enjoyed opening doors and cupboards.  Others have used lots of different types of bricks to try and build their own houses.  We have even been able to wear builder hats to get into the spirit of building.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and look forward to hearing everyone’s news.

Crossroads team

2nd Half Term

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in General News | Posted on 10-11-2017

We have come back from our short half term break ready to learn and find out all of the new topics we will be learning about this half term.  It was really great to hear all of the wonderful things that the children had been getting up to over the holidays and they all seem to have had a good time.

This week on the blog we will be letting you know what we will be learning about this half term.  The overall topic is still witches and we will try to incorporate this into as many lessons as possible.  We will still be having weekly swimming, PE and music lessons as well as phonics sessions where we will continue to develop our skills in these areas.  This half term in crossroads we will be learning:

  • During Literacy we will be using the story of The Worst Witch to practice our reading skills
  • In Numeracy for the first half of the term we will be learning about capacity and making potions to help this.
  • In the second part of this half term, during Numeracy, we will be learning about addition and subtraction focusing on our number skills
  • During Science we will be continuing our learning about light but extending this to look at shadows, colours and using different lights
  • For History we will learn about the Romans
  • In DT we will be learning about houses and construction.  We will be making different houses out of different materials
  • In French we will continue our learning of numbers extending this to 10
  • During computing we will be learning about algorithms, which is instructions, so will be following instructions to make lots of different things.]
  • For PSD we will be learning about choices and practice making choices in lots of different situations
  • During RE we are continuing with our focus on life as a journey with a look at different ceremonies in the Christian faith.  We will of course be looking at the nativity and Christmas at the end of this term.

What a busy half term we will have in Crossroads

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to let us know what the pupils have been up to

Crossroads 🙂

It’s Half Term!

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in General News | Posted on 27-10-2017

Well it is has been the last week before our half term holidays.  We have survived the first 8 weeks and managed to fit in lots of learning.  The children (and staff) have become used to the routines and expectations of being in crossroads and have made friends with each other.

In our learning we have:

  • Practiced reading skills using the story of Hansel and Gretel
  • Written our own potion recipes and made them (YUM!)
  • Counted and explored objects to 5, 10 and beyond
  • Looked at light and dark and the different sources that make light
  • Experienced different weathers and found out what we need for each one
  • Found out about christenings and had a go at acting out our own ceremony including a visit to a church
  • Looked at art by Andy Warhol and had a go at making our own pop art
  • Used different items of technology and found out what each one is used for

On top of all of this we have had weekly music and PE sessions, Diwali day, speak out stay safe week and a spooky Literacy day.

What a busy first half term we have had!

Have a great half term and we look forward to hearing all of the news from the children when we return.

Crossroads Team

Whiffy Wilson

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in General News | Posted on 20-10-2017

We have had another busy week in Crossroads. On Tuesday, we looked at Diwali in PE which was lots of fun. After listening to the story, we got to dress up in some lovely outfits and explored lots of different sensory lights.
This week in PSD we have been learning about our personal hygiene. We read Whiffy Wilson which is about a wolf who wouldn’t take a bath. We enjoyed looking at the story and smelling some of the disgusting smells. After finishing the story some of us learnt how to properly wash our hands whilst others went to have a shower and wash our hair.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend
See you all on Monday morning, looking forward to hearing your weekend news
Crossroads