Purple Class News
Purple Group made a positive start in September 2013, warmly welcoming the students and teacher who were new to Stepping Stones this year.
With the continued support of the school multi-disciplinary team, parents and friends of the school, we look forward to developing the group as our new classroom nears completion.
In addition to the core curricular subjects the students are consistently engaged in a range of interesting and challenging activities which stimulate their academic, physical, emotional and social development.
The group participates in and enjoys swimming lessons at a local school pool where they are all working towards attaining badges at appropriate skills levels.
The Harvest Festival Presentation in October was an excellent example of Purple Group’s ability to work collaboratively to attain a positive outcome. Parents, friends and visitors enjoyed listening to a range of familiar and topical songs, alongside sharing an informative presentation about ‘Send a Cow’, the charity the group has chosen to support this academic year.
The ‘Send a Cow’ charity supports families across Africa through every step of their journey out of poverty by providing practical assistance that will last for generations to come. Purple Group has chosen to focus on the work currently being undertaken in Uganda.
Planning, making, baking, icing and selling ‘Cow Biscuits’ was our first fund-raising activity this year, we raised over £80!
We are planning a range of challenging activities and further fund-raising activities which will be addressed throughout this academic year. These include the ‘Read to Feed’ activity, growing ‘Bag Gardens’ and building ‘Tip-taps’ in the woods at ‘Sundials’. We look forward to learning even more about life in Africa and continuing to support the great work done by the ‘Send a Cow’ charity.
We also used the Harvest Festival Presentation as a platform to promote the topic of ‘Homelessness’ which links both to our charity work and the work we are addressing through our set books and writing tasks in English.
Weekly placements at the ‘Cookie Bar’ offer wonderful opportunities for all Purple Group students to experience the workplace. Working as part of a team, listening to and following instructions, taking responsibility for specific tasks, engaging with the general public, developing money skills etc. are all beneficial to increasing understanding and applying the functional skills presented in both the classroom and the community.
We appreciate our parental support, for example as provided in our weekly ‘Craft Club’.This runs enjoyably and most successfully. Shelley willingly demonstrates both her artistic flair and her wonderful rapport with the students each week, encouraging everyone to get involved, promoting imagination and fun in a relaxed after-school session.
Regular visits to ‘Sundial House’ offer a wonderfully diverse range of activities to all students in Purple Group.
We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to use the recording studio to record some the African music we have studied. This recording was used within our Harvest Festival presentation supporting the ‘Send a Cow’ project promoting the work we have completed as part of this topic.
Purple Group embrace every opportunity to integrate technology into their learning and have produced many excellent examples of work using both computers and iPads.
Many of the students demonstrate their dramatic and musical abilities through a range of L.A.M.D.A (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) lessons and individual peripatetic music sessions learning guitar, drums or keyboard.
Purple Group had an enjoyable trip to Bird World in Farnham earlier this term where we recorded the songs of some African birds which we used in Music.
The Autumn term has provided many opportunities to challenge the group, to develop skills in all areas and most importantly for everyone to have fun! We are now all looking forward to the activities and challenges that will be presented by the Stepping Stones team throughout the Spring and Summer terms 2014.