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Over the last two weeks at the Learning Centre. Mr Barker and myself have been conducting Learning walks with a focus on how we promote ‘Total Communications’ across the Learning Centre.

It’s been a real delight to witness our students fully engaged in their learning, even on the run up to Christmas. We have observed staff and students utilising so many different ways of communicating their ideas, feelings and choices. What has become apparent is the desire from both staff and students to promote Signing across the LC and we will be looking at training options moving forward. This forms only a part of the work we will be doing alongside speech and language partners and ACE technology this year and I look forward to sharing more in the months ahead.

As part of our Learning walk it was great to observe Mrs Keane’s class, all engaging fully with a topic, which it has to be said is a little dark at times!

“This term in English, students in the main body have been following the topic ‘Crime and Punishment’.

The employability group have been studying Victorian children and crime. We looked at documents from the National Archives about two young boys Joseph and John who committed crimes in the 1870’s. The students thought that the writing looked ‘posh’ and ‘old fashioned’ and that the boys in the pictures looked sad and poor.

Using typed transcripts of the documents, the group answered some questions about the texts.

The group then discussed the punishments that the boys received for their crimes and thought about what consequences children might get today for the same crimes.”

Next week is of course filled with Christmas activities, we have our Christmas show on Tuesday, Christmas dinner on Wednesday and groups are off timetable the rest of the week for different activities and competitions. I’m looking forward to sharing photos within next week’s blog.

On Monday afternoon, we once again look forward to welcoming families to the LC Parents & Carers groups.

Have a lovely weekend

Take care



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