Autumn term 2019
We have been looking at how things work in Saturn class this term. The students have been trying to operate different items, such as foot spas, hair dryers and toys, by putting in batteries or plugging them in. We have been following and writing instructions which is helping to give us a good understanding of how a variety of things work.
We have also been thinking about how to keep safe. We did lots of work around the emergency services and learnt about how we can contact them and why we might need to. We looked at their equipment and uniform so we can recognise them. We also had a visit from Summer the dog and found out how to keep her safe and healthy.
Saturn have been visiting lots of shops and cafes as part of our leisure option. The students have been working on asking unfamiliar staff for drinks they want in these different environments.
We are looking forward to our class Christmas trip to Mrs Pott’s Place where we will be decorating a Christmas plate and then going to lunch at Zizzi’s after.
Our final topic in Saturn class was oceans. We started off by visiting aquariums to have a look at different fish and underwater creatures. We looked at globes and in atlases to identify land and sea. We also sorted animals which live on land and in the ocean. We decided that an important part of going to the beach was having an ice cream-so we made some! The students worked in pairs and chose what they wanted to put in their ice cream from a range of different options. We explored different instruments which made noises we might find at the seaside. One of our favourites was the ocean drum which the students moved slowly so it sounded like waves at the beach.
In Athletics, we tried javelin, discus, relay races and obstacle courses. Our favourite obstacle course involved running with a cup of water to a bucket! We crawled through tunnels, balanced on beams and climbed A-frames.
In food technology, we used chocolate in different recipes. We began by tasting different types of chocolate and different flavoured chocolate. We then made chocolate cakes, icing, brownies, milkshake and dipped fruit into chocolate. During options this term, we did some gardening in preparation for Rushmoor in Bloom. We planted some beautiful flowers in pots and some tomatoes, sweet pea and courgettes in the vegetable patch. The courgettes have started to flower and the tomato plants have tiny green tomatoes on them so we are hoping they are ready to eat by the end of the term!
This term in Saturn, our topic has been Space! We have learnt a lot about the planets in our solar system and all about the moon. We had great fun making the planets using a balloon and papier mache. We painted them and they are now on display in the corridor outside of our room. We created what we thought the moon surface would look and feel like as well as trying different types of cheese-the moon is made out of cheese after all! We also found out about some famous historical moments to do with space. We learnt about the first British woman to travel into space as well as the moon landing. In science, we made different types of rockets and launched them to see how far they would go-that was great fun!
In Options this term we chose Games and Beauty. In Games, we played board games, computer games, table football and bowling and then chose what ones we liked the best. In Beauty, Saturn class was turned into the ‘Saturn Salon’ where we styled hair, painted nails, offered foot spas and massages-all for a reasonable price! The students really enjoyed this option and it reinforced our PSHE lessons this term which included personal hygiene.
The students really enjoyed PE as we focused on ball skills. We did played styles of dodgeball which everybody really enjoyed playing. All of the students (and even the staff) showed good sportsmanship at the end of each lesson by shaking hands with each other, regardless of the score. In food tech, we have carried on the theme-one ingredient in many different ways. Our ingredient this term is bread so we have made sandwiches, bread and butter pudding, eggy bread, toasties, garlic bread and pizza bread!
To end the term and our topic work on Space, we will be visiting the Winchester Science Centre. We are looking forward to a workshop where we make alien slime and watching a space show in the planetarium.
Welcome to Saturn Class!
Our first few weeks have been very busy, settling in to class, getting to know new staff and peers and finding out about what we are going to be learning.
This term in Saturn, our topic is Pirates! We looked at the flags of different famous pirates and created our own ones. We have also been studying pirate ships and made boats using lollipop sticks. We tested them to see if they floated (which they did) and tested out lots of different objects to see if they would float or sink. We have also made our own pirate hats out of newspaper.
Each week, students go out to the supermarket to buy food for food technology. We have been cooking eggs each week but in different ways. We have tried scrambled, fried, dippy, poached- you name it, we've tried it! We have been showing off our dance skills in PE, moving to many classics such as the YMCA and the Hokey Cokey. We have also been using parachute games to get to know each other.
In Enterprise, we have been 'upcycling' and turning 'rubbish' into things we can sell at the Christmas Fair-watch out for our amazing Christmas gifts in December!