Star Room News
Autumn Term 1 Newsletter
This is just a quick message to let you know that my name is Mrs Witts and I am the new Star Room lead here at Abbey Park, as well as the mainstream SENDco across the whole of the Federation – right from Nursery to Year 7.
I just wanted to let you know that the Star Room Bubble that we have created since September is working beautifully and all our new pupils have settled in amazingly well, despite the Covid lockdown and not being able to do the usual transition visits.
We are SO proud of the way our Star Room pupils are responding to the new ways of working in school such as SAS (Sanitise/Action/Sanitise).
Our highly skilled and motivated Star Room team have been delivering core subjects to our Star Room pupils, as well as interventions like life skills and Zones of Regulation.
We are looking forward to another successful half term in the build up to Christmas and we are excited to see where our new friendships and learning targets will take us all. Let’s all keep enjoying our learning together!
Star Room Cooking
We have been growing fruit and vegetables in the star room’s arts garden since the summer term. We had a big harvest of courgettes and tomatoes so we decided to make a soup. Firstly we prepared the meal by skinning the courgettes with a peeler and cutting the tomatoes. We didn’t have enough tomatoes so we used tomato paste to add additional tomato flavouring. The class had also used a spiralizer to cut the courgettes. They’re cooking the soup right while I’m writing this! I’m sure they’re enjoying cooking this wonderful meal!!!
By Kristian W.
Today we made a delicious apple and blackberry crumble. Everyone, including me, helped to make the sweet dessert. Ben, Kristian and I picked the apples and blackberries ourselves from the blackberry bushes and apple trees on the school grounds. Once we picked and washed our fruits of choice, we used the apples and blackberries the next day to make a delicious apple crumble. We used flour, sugar, apples and blackberries to make the crumble. We peeled the apples ourselves using peelers and Kristian and I stirred the apples and blackberries into a boiling pot of water. Because we didn’t have many blackberries (We picked them a bit late; A lot of the berries were overripe and shrivelled), Ruby collected some blackberries herself and there were A LOT of them. In the end, we made a lovely crumble and the best part was bringing the crumble home to eat with our families.
By Cole W.
Writing About The Reward System
This is going to be a short article because it is about the Star Room reward system. The Reward System, in my opinion, is perhaps the best thing to happen to schools since the invention of the electronic whiteboard. If you are not aware, the Reward System is a scheme in which you can collect “Tokens” for successful lessons and good behaviour. Collecting 10 Tokens earns you 15 minutes of reward time, 15 earns you 30 minutes, 20 earns you 45 minutes and 25 earns you THE WHOLE HOUR. Reward Time is held in the last lesson slot of Friday, and lasts for 1 hour. In case you haven’t earnt the whole hour, you spend the rest of the lesson doing miscellaneous tasks. Personally, I always get the whole hour. A great advance in teaching.
Below is the children’s reward jars. They designed the jars and their tokens by themselves.
Discovery Time in the Star Room
During the morning of each day, when we first arrive at school, we take part in Discovery Time.
“But what is Discovery Time?” You may ask. When we arrive at the Star Room, we hand in our Home-school Books and put our coats and backpacks in our lockers, we sit down at our desks and watch BBC Newsround’s. Then we have a cup of a hot chocolate or tea and listen to the teachers to find out our tasks for that morning. We often do drawing or colouring. We sometimes play “Multiplication Bingo” in which we solve a certain multiplication equation (I.E 6×2) and look at our card to cross out the answer. Of course not everyone has the same numbers and the first person to cross out all their numbers and shout “Bingo!” wins. It really helps me focus during the rest of the day.
My I have a dream……
I have a dream that everyone from black to white to male to female from Asian or immigrant will be treated equally to one another.
I have a dream that none shall be judged by the colour of their skin or their age or status but their personality and pride in who they are.
I have a dream no-one will discriminate another for any reason at all but the bad will be punished.
I have a dream that we can live in a utopia together, Dream together, fight together and most of all, be happy together…..
In Discovery this term we have been watching Newsround. October is Black history month and some of the star room children were really inspired, especially by Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech. They were so inspired that they wanted to write their own. Above is one of the children’s interpretation. It was so good that Miss Scully put it up in her office!
Evesham Adventure Playground
Some of the Star room Pupils access the Evesham Adventure Playground as part of their provision.
The playground is a registered charity that offers support to the local community from bike projects to food banks.
When our children go to the playground they enjoy lots of activities like bike rides and cooking and forest school.
Sometimes the children work with adults on projects. They have made bird houses, helped to repair bikes and below is a picture of a planter that Ethan helped made for our arts garden.
Our Star Room shared reading book this term has been Wonder. The children have enjoyed reading this book this term and as a reward we watched the film with pop and popcorn!
Halloween Themed day
On the 21st October we had Halloween themed day in the star room.
In the morning we all carved a pumpkin. We scooped all of the insides out and used our fine motor skills to separate the seeds from the flesh. We pureed the flesh and used it in our pumpkin themed cooking sessions. We are drying the seeds out to plant and toast for a snack. All the children designed their pumpkin and carved it themselves.
We used the pureed pumpkin to help us make pumpkin bread and pumpkin squares. We used lots of skills to help us bake. We used maths to help us measure the ingredients, English to interpret the recipe and teamwork to work together and make the finished products. We even learnt some life skills like washing up!
Before lunch we did a star room themed Halloween quiz. We all got separated into teams and had to work together using our general knowledge to answer 30 Halloween themed questions.
Conker Spider web
In the afternoon we did Halloween craft activities. We made a spider web from conkers, cocktail sticks and string. We had to use our fine motor skills to help us. Then we did some Halloween themed activities like colouring pages and code breakers.