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Applebee Wood Community Specialist School

Respect, Belonging, Trust, Resilience, Aspiration


Welcome to Adams Class Page!

We are named after the former British Professional Boxer Nicola Adams. 

She retired from the sport undefeatedAs an amateur, she became the first female boxer to become an Olympic champion after winning gold at London 2012.

About our Class



Form Tutor - Miss Hodgson


                                                                              Mrs Feeney

Mrs Akhtar




We are taught at our off site provision 2-3 days a week.  Here we compete our lessons using computers as well as completing worksheets. We are also completing our ASDAN lifeskills Challenge. We have a Main Classroom where we can all work together, a one to one room where we can work individually or in small groups and a Chill Zone where we have access to sensory equipment such as light and sound projector, fidget toys, a tent with bean bag and a chalk board.

We also access off site learning where we can learn skills in what we would like to do when we leave school.  We go to a variety of placements which include:-


Apple Cast - Here we can do

Animal Care



Fix It - Here we can do

Car maintenance


Jennings Gym - Here we can do



CWP - Here we can do

Hairdressing and Beauty






Welcome Back!!

Welcome back to the new school year. We hope you have had a wonderful summer.  

This Term we will be learning about the following:-



Whole numbers

Working with money

Using money

Calculating the cost

Shape and Space in 2 dimensions

Measurement - design a garden



Comparing and writing instructions

Create a newsletter

Find key themes in song lyrics

War Horse



Steam engines

Abandoned places



Social Networking

Cyber bullying

Cyber stalking



Twin Towns

Learning to map read

Reading a map of the British Isles


September 1st - October 19th 2022

This half term we have been busy in English completing our IDL. We have

also worked on comparing and writing instructions and created a newsletter. We have  been reading the novel War Horse. In Math's we have worked on whole numbers and worked with money values.  We have also planned a 3 course meal and added prices to it.

We have been learning about Steam Trains. Did you know that the first steam engine was called Rocket.  We have also been learning about abandoned places and have researched Auschwitz. 


   Welcome back after the half term
   Week beginning 31st October 2022

This week we have continued with our IDL Literacy online. We have read chapters 10-15 of War Horse and completed a worksheet on War Horse. We have also designed our own Newsletter. We have also been improving our skills by using IDL.


In math's this week we have been recapping our money skills. We have been adding and taking away different monetary values. We have also recapped whole numbers.


This weeks careers lesson we have looked at STAYING POSITIVE and what emotions are. We also looked at  helpful emotions.



During Enterprise week each class has a budget of £5.00.  They have to make something to sell. It could be something useful, something to eat, hair accessories or ornamental.  The class that makes the most money wins!

We have discussed what we are making for Enterprise week.  We have put our ideas into action and started to produce our product.  As we are in competition with the rest of the school we will not post anything about our product until the competition is finished.  Good luck everyone!


This half term we are going to be doing Yoga and Dance.



Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Week beginning -  7th November 2022



We hope you had a wonderful weekend and a safe Bonfire Night!




In English this week we have continued with our IDL lessons online.  We have also continued to read War Horse. The story is told through the eyes of a horse called Joey.

Towards the end of the week we have started to complete one of our English challenges on comparing and writing instruction.

As it is remembrance day on Sunday as a group we have done an acrostic poem.




This week we have continued to complete our IXL maths lessons online.  


This week we are looking at aiming high.  We have been learning what we can do as learners when we find something is too difficult for us to do.  We have worked as a group and came up with strategies that will help us overcome our difficulties. Then we learnt what to do when faced with different challenges.


This week we did not work in the memorial garden at school.  We sat together and worked with Mrs Feeney and Mrs Suffield and made some Father Christmas Key rings.  For this we had to use our fine motor skills, some of us fine this a little difficult but we persevered.  


Have a wonderful weekend!




Anti - bullying Week

Anti-Bullying Week is every year, usually  being the third week of November. This year being from November 14 to 18. It recognises that bullying has a long-term effect on the victim’s mental health and quality of life. Its aim is to combat bullying by encouraging a zero-tolerance policy.

Week Beginning 14th November 2022



This we we have been working on one of our ASDAN challenges. For this we had to compared and evaluate written instructions and there layout. Our Learning Aim was to identify the purpose in writing.

We read two different written sets of instructions such as recipes; "how to" articles or sport techniques. Then we summarised the similarities and differences in layout and language used in the texts.






This week we have continued to work on our addition skills. 

This has been done both on worksheets and online using IXL where we have completed lessons.


We have been learning about Steam locomotives which were first developed in Great Britain during the early 19th century. The first steam locomotives were a development of the stationary mine engines made by Richard Trevithick. The first passenger carrying steam trains appeared in 1825 on the Stockton & Darlington Railway with Locomotive No1.

The famous Rainhill trials to select locomotives for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway took place in 1829 and resulted in Rocket being the only one of five locomotives to complete the tasks. As a result Robert Stephenson was given the contract to produce locomotives for the line.


This week we have been looking at leadership skills. In this lesson we named different emotions that we have felt and reflected on when we have felt these feelings in the past. Our aim was to know how we are feeling about something. We discussed how we felt when feeling different emotions and why we felt that way. 


We are continuing with our Badminton skills this week, concentrating on our racket skills.


Have a wonderful weekend



Week beginning 21st November 2022

MONDAY - Pantomime day

Today we all arrived at school quite excited.  After form time we all went into the hall.  We were then told which bus we were on and exited the school to board the bus.  It was a double decker and we got to sit at the top!  It took about 35 minutes to arrive at the theatre.  The theatre staff then lead us all into the theatre and we sat down. We were all given a bag which contained a drink, crisps, chocolate biscuit and sweets.  These were supplied by FOAWS (Friends of Applebee Wood School).

The Pantomime was really good, we all had a wonderful time!  Thank you Mrs Nickeas for organising it for us.

Once back at school we chose where we wanted to eat our lunches.  Some of us stayed in the hall to watch the England game, some of us went to room 9 to watch the game in a quieter environment and some of us chose to do crafts in room 11.  It was a fantastic game !!!




We have been looking at creating Christmas menus this week.

It was harder than we thought as we had to list on the menu what was included.  We also had to make it sound really appertising. 


This week we have been working with shape and space in 2 dimensions.

We have been looking at different shapes and their correct names. Also we have completed our lessons on IXL on shapes.


In careers this week we have completed step 0, Teamwork.

In this lesson we have discussed how we can work positively with others and challenging behaviour.





We had a wonderful lesson of Badminton this week. We really enjoyed the game!


Have a wonderful, safe weekend!!!


Week beginning 28th November 2022


This week we have designed a Christmas menu. First of all we had to make a list of things we would need for our meal.  Then we designed a starter, main course and dessert from the ingredients we had chosen and wrote up our menu.  We then filled in an invitation to invite a friend to join us. 



We have been looking at shapes again this week and have completed our lessons online using IXL.


This week we have done Listening Step 1. In this lesson we have looked at how to repeat and remember short phrases. We completed tasks on impeccable instructions and fantastic focus.



We enjoyed playing badminton again this week. Our skills are really improving. It was great fun to play against each other.



Hope you have a wonderful safe weekend !


Week beginning 8th December 2022


This week we have been practicing our comprehension skills.  This helps us to develop our reading skills and our knowledge skills.


This week we have been designing our own garden.  We used graph paper to help us mark out our garden.  This helped us to scale our garden. If we use a scale  of 1:100 this means that for every 1 metre we measured. This then represents on our drawing as 1 centimetre.


We have been looking at towns in the United Kingdom that have the same name as towns around the world.   These towns in the United Kingdom having standing links to local communities in other countries.  This is usually approved by the local government and is known as "town twinning."   The towns that are twinned usually have a common interest or a link that binds them together.


Preston and Recklinghausen have been town twins since 1956. Recklinghausen is the northern most city in the Ruhr-area of Germany with a population of 114,000.   Recklinghausen also hosts an annual Light Show at the end of October. In 2015, their light shows theme was 'sister cities' and Preston's emblem was lit up on the front of one of their buildings.


This weeks lesson was Speaking step 1. In this lesson we spoke about our favourite music to two different groups. Small talk is a technique of initiating a conversation. Making small talk is a way to contact and connect with people and intends to offer you contacts with friends, business associates, colleagues and others that last for a longer time period. We then engaged in a group chat session.  We practiced speaking clearly by sharing with the group what our favourite food was. We learnt that group chat is the ability to chat with multiple people. Using a group chat allows you to share information and ideas.


Have a wonderful weekend!!


Week beginning 12th December 2022

Wow its the last week of term!!

This week we have lots of fun activities planned.  

We will be completing our IDL English and IXL Maths lessons online as normal.  We will be making sure that all work from this term is completed ready for the new term in January.

Below is a list of this weeks fun activities.


Monday - Enterprise in class - finish products 


Tuesday - Placements/ college


Wednesday -  Making Christmas treats, then Decorating Christmas cakes and Chocolate Logs

Placements/ College


Thursday -  Watching a Christmas movie


Friday - Placements/College



                                      We would like to wish you all                       a wonderful Christmas and a

Happy New Year! 


We look forward to updating you the New Year

with our weekly learning.

Best wishes from Adams Class









Week commencing 3rd January 2023 - 8th February 2023


This half term we have been learning the following:-



We have been been looking at persuasive writing and comprehension. For comprehension we have been looking at stories that have suspense and intrigue.  The stories were very good, we then had to answer questions that related to the text.  We also rewrote the end of the story using our own ideas.

Using our skills we produced a poster advertising food. The poster contained lots of persuasive language to promote the food we had chosen.




This half term we have be working with fractions, measure, decimals and percentages. 

We have learnt how to complete decimal sums by using times and division by 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, 100,000 also we have work on decimal place values. This has been a little tricky by we managed it!! We had to put the decimal in the correct place. For example

25365  convert to two hundred and fifty three pounds and sixty five pence putting the decimal in the correct place





In PSD we have been learning about medicines. 

We have learnt how to read a label on a medicine bottle and why it has personal information on it.  This is to make sure the right person take the medicine and that it doesn't get muddled up with someone else's as that can be dangerous. It also tells us the dose that we need to take.

We have looked at why we need medicine and what different medicines are for.



This term we have been looking at table tennis.

We have had lots of fun doing

this activity and have improved our

skills quite considerably.




We have continued to look at improving our skills.

We have looked at

Problem Solving - completing tasks by following instructions

Creativity - imagine different situations and can say what they imagine

Stay Positive - Learners can tell when others feel positive or negative

Aiming High - Learners know what doing well looks like for them

Careers is a really good lesson, it is mainly class discussion where we all get to say what we would do or that we think.



Have a wonderful

and safe Half Term!!!



We hope you had a

wonderful and safe half term.

Welcome back!!!!


Week beginning 20th February 2023

- 24th February 2023

Today we welcomed our new staff member

"Mrs Akhtar"



Mrs Akhtar will be with us on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.



This week we have been practicing our sentence structures.

Sometimes we forget to add capital letters and full stops so it's really good to revisit the skills that we need to remember.

We also listened to the 1st chapter  (The boy who lived) of

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.

We then completed a piece of written work recapping the chapter.



This week we have been working through our

Maths work books

completing different Mathematical sums in preparation

of the upcoming exams.




This weeks lesson was on the Dangers of Vaping.

We learnt that e-cigarettes can be very harmful to us.

Did you know that they contain 

2% nicotine, a stimulant drug that speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and the body   
propylene glycol, which is used to make antifreeze, paint and the artificial smoke in fog machines;
flavourings to produce the different scents that the vapour has.


Ecigs or E-cigarettes, although have not proven

to cause harm to people around someone

vaping, but it can cause a

condition called Popcorn Lung to the vaper.

There is no time frame from when this happens. 

This was a very good lesson and class discussion. 

All pupils said that they had found it interesting and would

think twice about using an e-cig.


In careers this week we have been looking at Teamwork.

We have been learning how learners work well with

others by behaving appropriately.


TEAMWORK - Learners work well with others by behaving appropriately

What is behaviour?

Changing how we behave



Happy Weekend everyone!!!!

have a lovely time

and stay safe


Week beginning 27th February 2023

- 3rd March 2023



This week we have started to read the novel Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J K Rowling.  


We listened to the 1st chapter  (The boy who lived)



The novel opens with a description of the Dursley family of number four, Privet Drive. Vernon Dursley, an overweight man with a bushy mustache, works as the director of a drill-making firm, while his wife, Petunia, is thin and blonde and has a particular penchant for spying on the neighbours. Their son, Dudley, is grotesquely fat, even as a toddler, and is spoiled rotten by both parents. The Dursley family is perfectly content to live normal and uninteresting lives. In fact, their greatest fear is that someone will find out that one of their relatives is not completely normal and uninteresting: Petunia’s sister, Lily Potter, is decidedly “unDursleyish,” and, as a result, Petunia has not spoken to her in several years.

As a result of Voldemolt killing both Lily and James (Harry's parents) Higrid delivers Harry to Dumbledore at Private Drive.  Dumbledore leaves Harry on the doorstep with a letter.



 This week we have been continuing to recap what we have learnt so far this academic year in preparation for our exams.  This then enables us to work on the areas we feel we need to improve on.



This week we have covered

Problem Solving Step 1

In this learners show how they can complete tasks by finding someone to help them if they need them.


This week we have been learning about puberty and adolescence. We have been learning about what changes happen to the male and female bodies during puberty. We have also looked at the importance of personal hygiene. 



Happy Weekend everyone!!

We hope you have a lovely time and stay safe!!!


Week commencing 6th March 2023

- 31 March 2023


During the last four weeks of term we have been very busy.  We have been doing past papers for English and Maths to help us prepare for our function skills exams.

We have also competed our work experience.  This was amazing and gave us a good insight as to what we can expect when we get a job.


Wishing everyone

a safe



Easter Holiday!!!!


Welcome Back

to the

Summer Term!!!

This is our final term of the academic year and our last term at Applebee Wood.


Week Commencing 17th April 23 - 21st April 2023

This week we have started our work for the Summer Term.




With the Kings Coronation coming up we have be learning about what will happen. The Coronation is centred around a solemn religious ceremony and has remained largely unchanged for over a thousand years. For the last 900 years, the ceremony has taken place at Westminster Abbey, London and is conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The Coronation of a new Sovereign takes place in the months after their accession, following a period of mourning. In a similar but simpler ceremony, the Queen Consort will also be crowned alongside His Majesty The King as part of the service on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey.

The Coronation in 2023

The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort is also a time for celebration across the nation and the Commonwealth, over a weekend of special events:

  • Saturday 6 May the Coronation Ceremony takes place at Westminster Abbey, London.
  • 6-8 May will see Coronation Big Lunches up and down the country and across the Commonwealth.
  • Sunday May 7 a spectacular Coronation Concert will be performed at Windsor Castle with iconic locations across the UK lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.
  • Monday 8 May a special Bank Holiday has been proclaimed by the Prime Minister in honour of the Coronation, giving everyone the opportunity to join in with their communities and good causes through Big Help Out activities.


Expressive Arts ASDAN

We have started our art topic and are learning about the Art of Graffiti.

Graffiti art has its origins in 1970s New York, when young people began to use spray paint and other materials to create images on buildings and on the sides of subway trains. Such graffiti can range from bright graphic images (wildstyle) to the stylised monogram (tag).

Graffiti as such is rarely seen in galleries and museums, yet its aesthetic has been incorporated into artists’ work. Early exponents of graffiti in art included the French artist Jean Dubuffet who incorporated tags and graphic motifs into his paintings, and the New York artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring who could be defined as street art pioneers.

More recently, graffiti artists such as Barry McGee and Banksy have had their work exhibited in commercial spaces.

We will be creating our own Graffiti Art based on Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J K Rowling and Shadow by Michael Morpurgo.

Maths and English Functional Skills

We have been working very hard towards our upcoming exams. We have completed past papers individually and have also worked as a group going through the questions together. Mrs Feeney and Mrs Akhtar are very proud of us.


Our history topics for this half term are The Roman legacy in Britain and An Introduction to World War II.  We have looked at time lines for both events and completed some worksheets.



Happy Weekend Everyone!!

Hope you have a safe and lovely weekend!


Week Commencing 24th April - 28th April 2023

What a week!!

This week we have been very busy practicing for our Function Skill English Exams which we are sitting this week Mrs Feeney has been quizzing us and helping us complete past papers.  Wish us luck!!


We are continuing to learn about The Romans Legacy in Britain and and Introduction to World War II.


Romans  - 

 We are studying the Roman Legacy in Britain. When the Romans arrived in AD43, they introduced new ideas and new ways of living to Britain. We are learning what those ideas and new ways of living. We have looked at settlements where the Romans set up their homes and what cities they took over.


World War II  -  

We have been learning about how food was rationed during the war. We have made a stew using potatoes, carrots and onions. We have used seasoning and Oxo cubes to add flavour. This is a meal that many people would have eaten during the war. It was ok but a bit bland. We added a tin of Corned Beef making the stew into a Corned beef Hash. This was delicious.



We are studding the novel Shadow by Michael Morpurgo. Shadow is a young adult novel by Michael Morpurgo in which Matt and his Grandpa seek to have Afghan asylum seekers Aman Khan and his mother, known as Mum, freed from the British detention facility at Yarl’s Wood. The plot relies on Aman’s account of escaping Afghanistan with a stray dog that he named Shadow. We listened to a chapter  of the story and then re-wrote the accounts of the chapter in our own words.


Hope you have a wonderful Bank Holiday Weekend!!

Hope you stay safe and have fun!!



Week Commencing 2nd May 2023 - 5th May 2023



This week we have been continuing to read Shadow by Michael Morpurgo.  Once we have read the chapter we then have to retell it in our own words. We are really enjoying this book.



This week we have been looking at probability.  We have estimated the number of objects and then counted them out to see how close we were to the correct amount. We have also been collecting data to produce charts.  We chose a variety of topics for this.



We are continuing with sex education and have been looking at different relationships. A relationship is how two or more people are connected.

You can have many different kinds of relationships. You might have a relationship with your friend this is called a friendship.

 We have looked at happy and loving relationships and abusive relationships.

It is healthy to have lots of different friendships and relationships with people, as humans we are social beings, so we need people around us, we need to have friends and socialise.



World War II


This week we have been learning Morse Code.  We learnt about its inventor Samuel Morse and we had a go at writing some Morse code.

We also looked at some pictures and wrote down what we thought was happening in them.



The Romans


This week we have been looking at how the Romans built their empire.  We looked at Roman influences as they gained control of the colonies set up by the ancient Greeks.  We learnt about the Ancient City of Rome and what life was like.  We looked at how Rome began and how it was ruled. We also looked at some of the Roman leaders.


Wishing everyone a wonderful safe and happy weekend.


Enjoy the Coronation Celebrations


God save the King


Week Commencing 9th May 2023  -  12th May 2023



This week we have been continuing to read Shadow. We really are enjoying the book.  Shadow is a book about friendship that spans the UK and Afghanistan. Matt visits his grandfather and tells him about his best friend Aman who along with his mother has been taken to Yarl’s Wood. Aman has lived in the UK for 6 years as an asylum seeker, but according to the Government their time has run out and he has to return to Afghanistan. As Matt is not allowed to visit Aman he persuades his Grandfather, a former journalist to go to Yarl’s Wood detention centre. Aman tells of his incredible journey to the UK.


This week we have been continuing with gathering data. Data collection or data gathering is the process of gathering and measuring information on targeted variables in an established system, which then enables us to answer relevant questions and evaluate outcomes.

We have also been looking at probability. Probability or chance is how likely something is to happen. If something has a low probability, it is unlikely to happen. If something has a high probability, it is likely to happen. Probabilities are most commonly shown as fractions. The probability of getting 'tails' when you toss a coin is a 1 in 2 chance, or 1/2. Probabilities can also be shown as decimals or percentages. A probability of 1/2 can also be shown as 0.5 or 50%.




Problem Solving  -  we looked at how we could explore problems by creating different possible solutions.  We considered a problem that we have at the moment and decided whether it was going to be simple or complicated to solve.  We then created a list of possible solutions.

Listening  -  We listened to each other and then was able to tell each other why we were communicating.  We attempted to memorise the reasons for communicating and why and how someone would communicate in different scenarios. 

Speaking  -  We were able to speak effectively with each other as we thought about what we already knew. We practised asking each other questions to check our understanding before doing some role play.  During the role play we used a baking scenario where the listener knew less than the speaker.



We have been learning about evacuees this week. The evacuation of children in Britain during the Second World War was designed to protect people, especially children, from the risks associated with aerial bombings of cities by moving them to areas thought to be less at risk, mainly the countryside.

Under the name "Operation Pied Piper", the effort began on 1 September 1939 and officially relocated 1.5 million people. There were further waves of official evacuation and re-evacuation from the south and east coasts in June 1940, when a seaborne invasion was expected, and from affected cities after the Blitz began in September 1940.


We have also continued to learn about the Romans in Britain.  We have recapped over when the Romans arrived in Britain and where they made their settlements.  Using a map of Britain we had to label the roman settlements and then label at least one are that the Romans did not settle in.


Happy Friday!!

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend






Week commencing 15th May 23 - 19th May 23




We have been continuing to read Shadow by Michael Morpurgo.

Aman, his mother and Grandmother are Hazara people, living in the hills of Afghanistan under the constant threat of the Taliban. Aman’s father has been killed some years previously. Aman’s grandmother is desperate that Aman and his mother should join her brother in England to guarantee their safety. In the midst of this terror and confusion a bedraggled dog arrives at their cave and befriends Aman – he is initially sceptical as dogs are not regarded as necessary in his culture. As they all feared, the Taliban attack them in their cave and Aman’s grandmother is killed. Aman’s mother finds the determination and fortitude needed to leave their country and as they set off, the dog whom they christen Shadow, comes along with them. Aman and his mother face a long and treacherous journey even before they leave their own country. As they cross the border they are robbed and lose everything, but yet again Shadow remains with them. In one of the villages they are hiding in Shadow starts sniffing the ground and Aman realises he has found a bomb – he sees some British soldiers coming towards the area and runs to them alerting them to the bomb. In an amazing coincidence, Shadow turns out to be Polly, an army sniffer dog who has been missing for months. The soldiers welcome Aman and his mother but their stay is tinged with sadness as they know they will have to leave and leave Polly with the soldiers. The pair then face a terrifying journey to the UK in the back of a lorry. Aman has thrived since being in the UK which he sees as his home, he has the same interests as other UK boys of his age, including Beckham and Manchester United. His mother is terrified of returning to an Afghanistan where she would likely face torture and death.  Matt’s grandfather observes first-hand the lack of civil liberties those in the detention centre have and after hearing this extraordinary story realises that morally he has to help Aman and his mother, despite his self-confidence being low after his wife’s death. His story is published in the newspaper with a call to protest outside Yarl’s Wood. Initially the protest consists of Matt and his Grandfather but gradually more people arrive including; school friends, family and finally Captain Brodie (who is now a war hero) arrives with Shadow to tell them he has used his influence to ensure that Aman and his mother are allowed to stay in the UK. Shadow and Aman’s story comes full circle and they are re-united outside the detention centre.


We have been learning who Bodecia is and what she did. Boudicca is famous for her fighting spirit and determination never to give in to the Romans. She is lauded for her bravery and endeavours and remains a significant historical figure to this day. Her courage is encapsulated in her final speech, recorded by the Roman historian, Dio Cassius:

'I was whipped by the Romans when they tried to take our lands and now I am fighting for my freedom. Think how many of us are fighting and why. We must win this battle or die. Let the men live as slaves if they want. I will not.'


We have continued to work with temperatures this week.  We have been lrearning how to read a thermometer accuritly.We have also been continuing to draw line graphs and bar charts.  Some of us have been continuing to work on probability and measurements using the four operations.



Creativity  -  step 4

We looked at how we could generate ideas to improve something. Then we developed a success criteria for a baking brief.  To finish off we considered how to improve a hot drinks mug using success criteria to help us.


Staying Positive  -  step 4

We talked about how we should keep trying when something goes wrong, and think about what happened, and how we could learn from our mistakes. We then explored three scenarios where we could learn from setbacks.  To finish we explored a scenario of our own choice and ask questions to learn from the setbacks.


Aiming High  -  Step 4

We have been looking at how we can approach new challenges with a positive outlook. We have reflected on an example of when we have learnt from a new challenge. We then challenged ourselves to learn new vocabulary.


Leadership  -  step 4

We have been learning how to manage time and share resources to support completing tasks. We considered how long different tasks should take and how to manage time well to be successful. We looked at which resources different team members would need to complete their jobs. We then reflected on how a good leader would support their team in different scenarios.


Hope you all have a fun and safe weekend!


Week beginning 22nd May 2023 - 26th May 2023



We have continued to read Shadow.  Matt’s grandfather observes first-hand the lack of civil liberties those in the detention centre have and after hearing this extraordinary story realises that morally he has to help Aman and his mother, despite his self-confidence being low after his wife’s death. His story is published in the newspaper with a call to protest outside Yarl’s Wood. Initially the protest consists of Matt and his Grandfather but gradually more people arrive including; school friends, family and finally Captain Brodie (who is now a war hero) arrives with Shadow to tell them he has used his influence to ensure that Aman and his mother are allowed to stay in the UK. Shadow and Aman’s story comes full circle and they are re-united outside the detention centre.



This week we have been continuing to look at temperatures.  We have also looked at averages of me an median and range. 


 The median is the middle value.

To find the median, order the numbers and see which one is in the middle of the list.

Eg 3, 3, 6, 13, 100 = 6

The median is 6.

If there are two middle values the median is halfway between them. This might not be a whole number.


The mode is the number that appears the most.

To find the mode, order the numbers lowest to highest and see which number appears the most often.

Eg 3, 3, 6, 13, 100 = 3

The mode is 3.


The mean is the total of the numbers divided by how many numbers there are.

To find the mean, add all the numbers together then divide by the number of numbers.

Eg 6 + 3 + 100 + 3 + 13 = 125 ÷ 5 = 25

The mean is 25.

The mean is not always a whole number.


The range is the difference between the biggest and the smallest number.

To find the range, subtract the lowest number from the biggest number.

Eg 100 - 3 = 97

The range is 97.



We have been learning about who Boudicca was.
Boudica or Boudicca from Brythonic, known in Latin chronicles as Boadicea or Boudicea, and in Welsh as Buddug , was a queen of the ancient British Iceni tribe, who led a failed uprising against the conquering forces of the Roman Empire in AD 60 or 61. She is considered a British national heroine and a symbol of the struggle for justice and independence.


Problem solving  -  step 5

As a class we explored some  problems by thinking about the pros and cons of possible solutions. We considered cycling as a solution to the problem of too much traffic and then we evaluated a list of pros and cons to help solve a complicated problem.

Listening  -  step 5

We learnt that it is important to listen to others so that we can record important information that is said to us.  We learnt how to come up with strategies to stay engaged in a meeting scenario.   We then listen and identify the key information from an extended speech. Finally we applied a few note-taking techniques to a sound clip that we listen to.

Speaking  -  step 5

We discussed by speaking effectively and using appropriate language we can be understood. We talked about a topic of our choice depending on the type of audience. To finish we spoke about a topic of our own choice using different language types.

Teamwork  -  Step  4

We worked well with our peers by supporting them if we could to achieve their goal.  We explored how we could be of help to each other in different scenarios.  We then considered how we could offer the appropriate support to our peers for two different scenarios.



Happy Half Term Everyone!!

We hope you all have a safe and fun Half Term Break


Welcome Back

to the last term of the

Academic year!!


Week Commencing 5th June 2023  -  9th June 2023

Welcome back to our last half term before the summer Break.

This week we have been busy 



We have continued to read Shadow by Michael Morpurgo.

Shadow is a book about friendship that spans the UK and Afghanistan. Matt visits his grandfather and tells him about his best friend Aman who along with his mother has been taken to Yarl’s Wood. Aman has lived in the UK for 6 years as an asylum seeker, but according to the Government their time has run out and he has to return to Afghanistan. As Matt is not allowed to visit Aman he persuades his Grandfather, a former journalist to go to Yarl’s Wood detention centre. Aman tells of his incredible journey to the UK.


This week we have been working adding and subtraction.  Addition and subtraction are the inverse operations of each other, which means they are the opposite. You can undo an addition through subtraction, and you can undo a subtraction through addition. Addition is done by summing up or putting things together, while subtraction is done by taking away or removing things. Addition and subtraction are also related by making fact families, which are groups of four equations that come from the same math mountain. Addition and subtraction are useful for many activities of everyday life.





We looked at how we can work well with others by understanding and respecting the diversity of others, cultures, beliefs and backgrounds.  We created a poster to celebrate the diversity within our group.   We then gave advice to each other as we welcomed a new group member.



We showed that we are listening by how we used eye contact and body language.   We used eye contact whilst talking on a topic of choice.     We then reflected on the effect of disengaged and engaged body language when listening.



By using an appropriate tone, expression and gesture we demonstrated how we can speak effectively.   We changed our voices tone based on the topic we choose to discuss.   We then explored how our facial expressions change as we speak on a topic of our choice.   We spoke briefly on a topic of our choice whilst using gestures before reflecting on how appropriate those were.


Problem solving

We explored complex problems by identifying when there are no simple technical solutionsWe considered  a range of problems and decided whether they were simple or complex.     Then we explored a complex problem of our choice and broke it down into smaller questions.


Have a Wonderful Weekend 

in the sun

Stay safe and have fun!!


Week Commencing 12th June 2023 - 23th June 2023

Well this is our last couple of weeks as students at Applebee Wood!

This year has gone so so fast.  For these two weeks we have spent our time finishing off any work that needs completing. Some of us have also baked for  staff to raise money.  With the money we raised we have been able to pay for the Limos for our school prom.  Mrs Drakefield and Mrs Suffield have been making last minute alterations to our suits for prom.  It really has been a busy few weeks!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Week Commencing 26th June 2023 - 30th June 2023

Wow what a fantastic week we have had.  School has really been amazing this week with the activities they have organised for us.

"Thank you so much, we all have some wonderful memories from this week."

Monday :-  Today we double checked that all our work has been completed.  We then had our class party.

Tuesday :-  Today we had a movie day.  We watched Harry Potter.

Wednesday :- This was our last morning for some of our leavers to attend college, so we stayed in school and helped to prepare the buffet for our prom.

In the afternoon we played on the consoles and finished off the buffet.



Everyone look amazing!! from the dresses to suits, hair and make up. We all felt really special.  Two limos arrived one pink and one white.  We even had a drink of lemonade and sang our hearts out.

It really was a wonderful evening which we will all remember for a long long time.

We would like to thank everyone that helped make our prom unforgettable especially Mrs Suffield and Mrs Drakefield. 

Thursday :-  Today we played board games against our teachers.

Friday :-  This morning we were treated to an all you could eat breakfast at the Poachers in Bamber Bridge.

Then we returned to school for our Graduation.

Mrs Nickeas spoke about each one of us and even displayed photographs of us when we were younger.

A few of us sang on stage, we were brilliant.

It was quite an emotional afternoon and quite a few tears were shed by all.


"Thankyou Applebee Wood Community Specialist School for helping us grow into the amazing young people that we are today."


Adams you have been a pleasure to teach this past academic year. All the teachers wish you all the best for your futures.

Reach for the stars and grab the opportunities that come your way with both hands.

May you all be blessed with health, wealth and happiness.


For the final time this academic year

have a wonderful weekend.

Hope you all have a wonderful Summer!

Take care and stay safe


Week Commencing 3rd July 2023 - 7th July 2023

For the students left in Adams class we have been doing the following this week:-



This week we have been looking at sentence structure.  We have been practicing our writing skills.

Life Skills


We have been looking at what we need to do to keep us safe and healthy.  We have been looking at how important it is to keep our classrooms clean by making sure we clean up after ourselves.  We have also been preparing our classroom for the next academic year.



We have continued to complete our IDL lessons every day.  

ASDAN  -  Mythical Creatures


The story of Medusa has instilled fear ever since it was heard for the first time. There have been different variations of the story but none has failed to terrify men than the ones that involved her turning the men that glanced upon her into stone. The following explains the origin story and the meaning of Medusa, the terrifying gorgon in Greek mythology:

Who Was Medusa?

Medusa was a Gorgon. She had two other sisters by name Sthenno and Euryale. All her sisters were immortal and dreadful monsters from birth except Medusa. Medusa was in fact the prettiest and most famous among her sisters.

Origin Story of Medusa

Medusa did not come into existence as a woman with a head of snakes. According to Greek myths, she was a very beautiful young woman who had many suitors. She was however raped by the sea god Poseiden in Athena’s temple.

Hearing of the incident, the goddess Athena got infuriated and turned Medusa’s hair into snakes. The snake-filled hair was so monstrous and grotesque that one look at Medusa made the viewer turn into a pile of stone.

The Minotaur


In Greek mythology, the Minotaur is a mythical creature portrayed during classical antiquity with the head and tail of a bull and the body of a man or, as described by Roman poet Ovid, a being "part man and part bull". He dwelt at the center of the Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze-like construction designed by the architect Daedalus and his son Icarus, on the command of King Minos of Crete. The Minotaur was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus.


we attended CWP (Creative Works Preston) for a taster session as we will be attending in September every Wednesday morning. We really enjoyed our visit and cant wait to go back next week for another taster session. 


Trainees work in purpose-designed settings, such as beauty salon, recording studio, and an art and design studio.


Initial conversations, coaching sessions and diagnostics lead to a trainee-agreed plan.


All progress is tracked by an online e-portfolio system supplied by our partner OneFile and accessible online.


The tasks have a work based focus and will embed every opportunity for personal and social development.


Art & Design

Our art and design qualifications allow students to investigate sources of ideas in art and design, explore and use various materials and techniques, build portfolio of your work, and explore 2D and 3D visual communication.


Our music qualifications provide an introduction to technical and performance attributes of music technology. You will develop understanding of the music technology processes and skills such as ICT, communication, project management, time management and team working.

Hair & Beauty

Our hair and beauty qualifications provide hands-on experience of working on real clients as our salons open to the public. It also teaches customer service, customer needs and learners are given experience using developed skills on paying customers.

Myerscough College


We went for a visit as we will be attending Myerscough in September. We were quite nervous but there was no need to be. We will be accessing the foundation learning course.  We will be doing animal care.

Foundation Learning

Myerscough provide a range of Foundation Learning courses for students with additional needs. Their aim is to help students develop a range of important skills - social, academic and vocational - whilst providing the support and encouragement for them to grow in confidence and express their personality. 

The Foundation Learning team has built up an excellent reputation over many years for successfully working with students who have a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities.

Apple Cast Wigan


Apple Cast offers a safe environment for young people to achieve through a wide range of alternative education options.

Many of the students they support face a number of complex barriers that prevent them from achieving in education or training and are in danger of becoming long term unemployed and socially and economically excluded.


They have expanded their provision and can now provide an assessment of the options available in terms of extending the current operations, diversification in education and alternative income generation. Indoor and outdoor angling is then combined with these outdoor activities to stimulate interest to learn.


The now developed horticulture, conservation, fish breeding, aquaponics, agriculture and bespoke woodwork shops complement the existing fishery management qualifications and angling tuition.


All the education stems from the angling aspect of the program and allows young people to make options on the desired learning direction. All literacy and numeracy is embedded into the portfolio work completed and compliments the practical side of the project.


This enables students to complete task to develop work base learning skills along with a good work ethic. In addition to the various qualifications and accredited certificates the young people have the opportunity to gain, they will also learn key life skills including confidence, respect, patience and perseverance.


Have a wonderful and

safe weekend!



Week Commencing 10th July 2023- 15th July 2023

This is our final week before we finish for the summer holidays.  We have done lots of fun activities this week.






Have an amazing Summer Break and stay safe!



Welcome Back to the New Academic year

2023 - 2024

Welcome back to our new academic year.  We hope you have had a wonderful and safe summer break.

Adams Class staffing this year is as follows:





Mrs Feeney

Mrs Akhtar




We are taught at our onsite classroom.  Here we compete our lessons using computers as well as completing worksheets. We will also be completing coursework for ASDAN awards. We have a Main Classroom where we can all work together. We do also have access to the Zen room and quiet room should we need some quiet time. We have access to our sensory room and have each got our own box containing fidget toys and therapy putty.

We also access off site learning where we can learn skills in what we would like to do when we leave school.  We go to a variety of placements which include:-


Apple Cast - Here we can do

Animal Care



Myerscough College - Here we will be doing

It will all be worked out on the first visit, we will have taster sessions

initially and then

Myerscough will set up the carousel. It will be roughly

6 sessions on each activity.



CWP - Here we can do

Hairdressing and Beauty






Fast Forward  -  Here we can do

Maintain the karts

Learn the skills needed for karting


Week Commencing 4th September 23 - 8th September 23

Its so lovely to welcome the children back after our summer break.  We have all enjoyed finding out what each of us have done over the holidays.


To start off we have completed our spelling and reading tests.  This is to assess what level reading books we will be reading.


Chapter 1  -  First catch your Dragon

Gobber the Belch, who leads the Dragon Initiation Program, briefs Hiccup and the nine other Hairy Hooligan boys about their initiation mission. Completion of initiation will let the Novices become Viking warriors and official members of the tribe. Gobber begins by placing Hiccup in charge, which the other children protest because they feel he’s “useless.” However, Gobber maintains that only Hiccup, as the son of Chief Stoick the Vast, can lead the task of dragon catching.

Their mission requires them to bring back a young dragon from the caves where the dragons are hibernating for just a few more weeks. Hiccup, a self-proclaimed dragon nerd, knows how dangerous this mission is but wonders why no one else around him appears to be scared. Gobber emphasizes the importance of the dragon selection process and advises the boys to carefully choose the “biggest,” most “impressive” dragon as their own.

Science - Environment, Evolution & Inheritance

Today we have started to learn about how photosynthesis works and that the sun is a source of energy.

We have learned that plants digest carbon dioxide and breath out oxygen.  We have also learnt about how a plant trap sunlight energy. 

Maths  -  Properties of number, place value

We have been recapping over place value.  We have started to use bigger number equations.  We have continued with place value equations all week.  

A number can be made of more than one digit.

We use place value headings, like onestenshundreds and thousands to help us understand the value of each digit.

Personal Learning Programme


We returned to CWP this morning.  One of us is learning to play the drums.  Once we have mastered this we will be able to play alongside our chosen music track.

Another class member is taking up rapping. This week he has added different sound elements to his track. Using Logic Music Project he has been able to experiment using and choosing different musical loops.  It sounds amazing!




Today we have been looking at mental health and the stigmas around mental health.  As a group we have discussed how important it is to talk to a trusted adult about how we are feeling to ensure we get the help we need.  Mental health is all about how people think, feel, and behave. Mental health specialists can help people with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, addiction, and other conditions that affect their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.


ASDAN - Communication

Carrying on from our PHSE lesson, for communication we have designed posters on Mental health. We used a slogan " A problem shared is a problem halved".  We talked about the importance of speaking out instead of bottling up your feelings.


English - IDL

The IDL Literacy intervention is a speaking-computer based multi-sensory system which supports pupils with dyslexia and other learning difficulties to increase their reading and spelling ages. The programme is used as an intervention but can also be used effectively as a school wide literacy solution.


Personalised Learning Programme  -  Apple Cast Farm


Education at Apple Cast


Apple Cast offers a safe environment for young people to achieve through a wide range of alternative education options. Many of the young people that attend face a number of complex barriers that prevent them from achieving in education or training and are in danger of becoming long term unemployed and socially and economically excluded. Apple Cast have now expanded their provision that can provide an assessment of the options available terms of extending the current operations, diversification in education and alternative income generation. Indoor and outdoor angling is then combined with these outdoor activities to stimulate interest to learn.


The now developed horticulture, conservation, fish breeding, aquaponics, agriculture and bespoke woodwork shops complement the existing fishery management qualifications and angling tuition. All the education stems from the angling aspect of the programme and allows young people to make options on the desired learning direction. All literacy and numeracy is embedded into the portfolio work completed and compliments the practical side of the project. This enables young people to complete task to develop work base learning skills along with a good work ethic. In addition to the various qualifications and accredited certificates the young people have the opportunity to gain, they will also learn key life skills including confidence, respect, patience and perseverance.

Maintaining our School Busses - 

Our PLP placement fast Forward only starts from next week. 

However this is what we will be going on our course...


Training Information

Fast Forward Vocational Training and Team Sport Indoor Karting and have teamed up nationally to offer an exciting, engaging and unique opportunity for young people wishing to acquire vocational skills and qualifications.

Fast Forward are specialist training provider with a determination to bridge the gap between disadvantaged youths and their peers to enable success and build positive futures across the UK.

Students will have the benefit of developing their skills in a “live” workshop where they will face real world mechanical problems allowing them to be fully immersed in the programme. Students will also be invited to make use of the karting track giving them a real carrot at the end of the session!

The programme will allow schools to offer an off- site vocational training provision to their students In addition, this qualification will assist schools in meeting the Gatsby benchmarks, it will help schools address the needs of each pupil (Gatsby 3) offer an encounter with an employer (Gatsby 5) and offer a meaningful work experience opportunity (Gatsby 6).

Some of the benefits are listed below-

  1. Students will gain valuable work experience within the motor vehicle industry
  2. Students will receive a nationally recognised qualification upon completion
  3. Your school will be meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks in Careers for these student


We are so excited to be part of this programme and cant wait to start next week!!


Today we will be helping Mr Carter with our school transport.  This will entail doing oil and water checks. Filling up the window screen wipers. Checking the tyre pressures and general maintenance.



Have a safe but fun weekend!


Week Commencing 11th September - 15th September 2023


This week we are continuing to read

”How to Train Your Dragon “

Hiccup and the boys have climbed the cliff and entered the cave where over 3,000 dragons are sleeping in the dragon nursery. Each boy has to chose a dragon and put it in his basket without waking any of the dragons up.  Unfortunately Fishlegs wakes up the dragons so the boys all have to make a run for it. 


Continuing with the life cycle of plants we have been looking into photosynthesis a little more.  Did you know that it is better and healthier for us to have plants in our houses and rooms.  However it is important not to have to many as this could have the opposite effect.



We are still working in place value. It’s quite tricky to remember thousands, hundreds, tens and ones and to put them in the correct place.

So we have underlined the number we want to recognise. Below is an example:-



there are 5 tens = 50

there are 7 ones = 7

50 + 7 = 57


We are going to continue to practice our place values.



This week we have continued with our rapping track. We have introduced some instrumental tunes made by ourselves. we are arranging different instruments to create an original backing track. 
Also we are continuing to improve our drumming skills. This is harder than it looks but we are sticking with it. We have also had a go at playing the guitar, this was brilliant.

Myerscough College

We have had our induction week at Myerscough College.  This is something that we are all really excited about.  More news on this course to follow...


We have started our careers lessons again this week.  We have looked at 

creativity in the context of work.

In this lesson, we have looked at creative roles. We have explored how aspects of creativity might be used in a variety of roles and settings.

We then looked at Creative jobs, where we considered how creativity is used in three different professions.

We then looked at staying positive.  We looked at how we can tell when we feel positive or negative.

We then looked at emotions.  We drew different emotions. 

To finish off todays lesson we looked at why is understanding emotions important. We imagined a conversation with someone who was trying to cheer them up. 


Have a wonderful and safe weekday weekend!!


Week commencing 18th - 22nd September 2023




ASDAN  -  Communication - Entertain a group of people 1A3

As part of our ASDAN qualification we have to complete tasks and have evidence to back up our completion of the task.  Today we have created an invitation to SLT and office staff inviting them to join us on Monday 18th September 2023 for a coffee morning. Below is a picture of our invitation that we created.  More to follow on Monday after our Coffee Morning.

English - How to Train Your Dragon 

We have continued this week with our terms novel.  We have continued to read the chapters but this week as well as writing the chapters events we have answered questions about the chapters. This again is an excellent way of exploring what has happened in the story so far.


We have continued to work on place value again this week. We are now really starting to get the hang of it and feel more confident finding out the place value of numbers.


This week we have continued to work on our rapping skills by changing the backing sounds.  We have also continued to improve our guitar playing skills.

PHSE - WOW Moments - British Values

As a class we discussed what British Values means to us.  We looked at the five areas:-


Individual liberty

The rule of law

Mutual respect


We created a mind map of what we think is important.  We also created an acrostic poem for British Values.  We then completed a quiz to establish our understanding.


Careers - staying positive and Aiming High 


We learnt how we can help each other by staying positive and Aiming High. We looked at different scenarios and what we could do to achieve the best possible outcome.

Staying Positive

We looked at how we can keep trying when something goes wrong and encourage others to keep trying too.

Motivation Matters

We explored what we could do to remain motivated in a couple of scenarios involving setbacks.


Motivating And Encouraging

We then used mind-map strategies that we could use to encourage and motivate a friend in different scenarios.


Aiming High

We discussed and set goals informed by an understanding of what is needed


If Needs Be

We talked and reflected on different groups that we are part of and what those are trying to achieve.


Play Our Part

Then we set a SMART goal that would benefit others in their group.

Myerscough Collge - PLP


This week we helped with the animal care.  We learnt how to clean and change Rosie the Tarantula’s vivarian tank. Did you know that she only eats one morio worm πŸͺ± a week! She is a Chilean Rose Tarantula. Rosie doesn’t spin webs, instead she catches her food by tapping the ground with her legs to bring the worm to the surface. A few of us held her. Rosie moves very slowly and feels very soft. It feels a bit like stroking a puppy when you stroke her.

We also helped to clean out the African Land Snails 🐌.  They really are large.  We bathed them in warm water and cleaned their shells. We removed all the old leaves and soil from their enclosure and replaced it with fresh soil.  We then sprayed the soil to make sure it was moist for the snails.  Carefully we then put them back.  Snails like to eat vegetables and fruit.  Did you know that snails are both male and female and can reproduce independently.

To finish off our lesson we groomed the Rabbits and Guinea Pigs whilst our college tutors cleaned out the hutches.

We can’t wait to go back next week.


PLP - Apple Cast and Fast Forward 

AppleCast 🎣 

This we as the weather was not great we stayed in the large greenhouse fishery.  The temperature has declined quite a bit since last week. Unfortunately the fish were not wishing to be caught today. We did manage to catch a few though.


Fast Forward sports 🏎️ 


We have continued this week learning about the maintenance of the cars.  Once we have completed our paper work then we are able to start maintaining the karts.

Then we have a race.  We complete 2 laps around the circuit.  It really is good fun and very interesting.


Have a wonderful and safe






Week commencing 25th - 29th September 2023


We have continued to read "How to Train Your Dragon".

In the story so far .....


 The novel opens with Hiccup talking about himself. He lives on an island called Berk. He is “a small Viking with a long name” . His full name is Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third. His father, Stoick the Vast, is the ruler of the Hairy Hooligans, making Hiccup the tribe's “Heir”. Gobber the Belch is in charge of ten boys who are about to capture their first dragons in preparation for an initiation that will literally decide if they are good enough to be a Viking.  The boys enter the Dragon Nursery to capture their dragons. Each boy has a basket to put their dragon in. But the dragons are woken up by Fishlegs. The boys flee to the sea as Gobber fights off the dragons that are chasing them. The boys leave the sea and rush overland away from the cave. When they are a safe distance away, Gobber stops and counts the boys again. While he could hear the boys scrambling around in the dragon cave, he had practiced what he would say to Stoick if a dragon killed Hiccup. He had come up with, “Hiccup copped it. Sorry”. He is relieved Hiccup is alive but furious that the boys made such a mess of their effort. Hiccup takes the blame for waking the dragons. Gobber then asks if they at least emerged with a dragon each, which is the first part of the Dragon Test. The boys have to train their dragons and then have to show their skills on the Thors’day Thursday celebration.   Hiccup greets his dragon, which is called Toothless, in Dragonese "Howdeedoodeethere" which in english means “Hello, Toothless”.   



This week we have been working on dividing by 10 and 100 and multiplying by 10 and 100.




  • When you divide by 10, move all the digits one place to the right. 210 ÷ 10 = 21
  • When you divide by 100, move all the digits two places to the right. 2100 ÷ 100 = 21




    • When you multiply by 10, move all the digits one place to the left, putting a zero in the empty space. 21 × 10 = 210
    • When you multiply by 100, move all the digits two places to the left, putting a zero in the empty spaces. 21 × 100 = 2100

    Square Numbers


    What is a square number?

    A square number is a number multiplied by itself. This can also be called 'a number squared'. The symbol for squared is ².

    2² = 2 x 2 = 4

    3² = 3 x 3 = 9

    4² = 4 x 4 = 16

    5² = 5 x 5 = 25

    The square numbers up to 100 are: 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81, 100


    We have been learning about Charles Darwin.

    Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist, geologist, and biologist, widely known for his contributions to evolutionary biology. His proposition that all species of life have descended from a common ancestor is now generally accepted and considered a fundamental concept in science. In a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding. Darwin has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history and was honoured by burial in Westminster Abbey.



    Kitchen Safety is really important. We are all responsible for making sure that we are taking the proper precautions to keep the kitchen safe. Keeping the kitchen safe involves practices such as using the correct cookware for the job, keeping your work area clean, and being aware of potential hazards like sharp knives, hot ovens, and slippery floors if not kept dry and free of trip hazards.

    We have completed some worksheets on what could be dangerous in a kitchen.

    Next week we will be making cake in a mug.



    ASDAN - Communication - 1A5

    How to use a piece of equipment




    We have been learning how to use a casting fishing rod with a real, as well as a rod. We put the bait holder into the pellet mould and then fill the mould with fish pellets and press them into the shape. On the end of the line is a small loop band that we put around a pellet.  The fish eat the pellet on the end of the line which then allows us to catch them.  No harm comes to the fish.  Once the loop is removed from the fishes mouth the fish are put into a keep net to be weighed in at the end of the day.


    Fast Forward

    We start off by completing our safety paperwork and discuss how to use the equipment and tools safely.  We then carry out maintenance checks on the karts.  Using the air compressor we add the correct amount of air to the tyres ensuring the correct PSI for each tyre.  We check the karts for any loose parts and then plug them in to charge as they are powered by electric. We wear overalls to protect our clothes and bodies.  Finally we put a balaclava over our heads before putting our helmet on. Then we are ready to complete two laps of the circuit and race against each other.  It really is fun.


    Have a wonderful and Safe 





    Week Beginning 2nd October - 6th October 2023


    This week we have continued with the novel How to train your Dragon.  We have continued with writing the chapters events in our own words and have also answered questions in relation to the chapters to ensure we have understood what we have read.  


    This week we have been working on square numbers.  This has been quite difficult as we have used larger numbers.  This is something we will revisit in the future. Next week we will be moving onto the four operations.  This will hopefully help us when we revisit square numbers and prime numbers.


    This week we have been investigating what inheritance is.  We looked at how we can be the same as our family members internally and externally.  We inherit genes from our parents that pass on genetic traits. This could be the colour of our hair, eyes and looks to ailments that are passed on.

    Myerscough College  -  PLP

    This week the Small Animal Centre has welcomed two new species of animals.  They have a small Connolly of hermit crabs and a Pac-Man from that has been named Aero as he is green with brown spots and look like the peppermint chocolate balls you can get.  Aero doesn’t move a lot but love eating.  Today whilst we were he he ate a morio worm, a cockroach and a pinky. A pinky is a small baby mouse that has been frozen.  They gas the pinkies at birth so that they don’t wake up. This is the most humane way of euthanasia as they just fall asleep and don’t wake up.  We also cleaned Spiro out and bathed him.  Rosie was cleaned out to as she has not been happy with the soil in her viv. So a fresh sand base has been put in her viv.   The chickens have landed eggs again. They are not large eggs so Carla put one in Alex’s (corn snake) viv. He seemed very curious about it.  We will update you next week on wether he ate it or not. Jayden even held one of the rats, he enjoyed stroking the rat and talking to it.

    ASDAN - Communication - Module 1 - 1B3

    For this task we have to make a storybook for a child that includes illustrations and simple text.  This is more difficult than you think to do as you have to make sure the content is suitable for the age range and not to difficult to understand.  This is something we are enjoying to do and will continue with them next week.

    PLP - Personal Learning Program 



    This week the weather was not great. It was cold and miserable and kept raining quite hard.  We decided to fish at the indoor pools.  Tony was helping us today.  He showed us the amount of pellets to throw over our rod float to attract the fish.

    Fast Forward


    Have a happy and safe weekend!!



    Week commencing 9th October - 4th December 2023

    Over the last month and a half we have been very busy with our class work and PLP learning.





    In English we have finished reading the novel “How to train your Dragon”.   We have enjoyed the book and wrote a review on what we thought of the story.  We are going to watch the film so that we can contrast and compare and note our findings.  We also continue to do our IDL lessons everyday.  This helps us with our punctuation and spelling.  


    We have continued to work with place number value.  This can be a little tricky but once we got our heads around what place value is we found it ok.  We have also been working on our times tables.  We are trying to learn these off by heart.

    P.L.P.    Creative Works Preston


    At CWP we have continued to work on our editing skills.  We have also produced a piece of work that we have made our own by removing the instrumentation and redoing it ourselves.  We also recorded ourselves singing the track.  The end result was very impressive.

    Myerscough College


    We have finished our placement at Small Animal Care and have moved onto Motorsport.   Our tutor Andy is very good, he explains everything to us and helps us to learn new skills.

    We have done our basic safety and health rules. Andy has taught us how to use ratchets, sockets then and spanner’s. We took the wheels of the go cart.  Then we had to put the wheels back on. Andy was very impressed at how well we worked together in pairs and completed the task with no issues.  Once we had all had a turn at removing and putting back on a wheel Andy showed us how to lower the jack platform and we all got to sit in the go kart.   Andy then told us about a competition that we will be taking part in.  It’s called the pit stop challenge.  This is where you work in pairs and remove and replace the wheels against the clock.  We are also going to build our own go kart and race in on the college grounds.  We will also be learning basic maintenance skills.

    P.L.P.     Apple Cast

    At Apple Cast we have continued to fish up until the middle of November.  Unfortunately as the weather gets colder the fish become more dormant and tend to stay at the bottom of the ponds, feeding less often.  So we have moved to carpentry for the colder months.  We have been working on making a Manger for the Christmas Fair as the old one was past repair.  We have learnt how to use nail guns and saws safely. The Manger is looking wonderful.

    P.L.P.      Fast Forward

    This is great fun.  We really enjoy carrying out the maintenance checks on the Go Karts.  It’s really important that we do this properly, otherwise we could be endangering others.  But the best part is when we get to race ourselves.  It’s really good fun being in competition with our peers and teachers.


    Week Commencing 4th December - 7th December 2023

    Magic Reindeer Food

    Wow this week has been a busy one.

    We have been busy with our little enterprise business.  We have been set the task to buy things we can make to sell at our schools Christmas fair.  We decided as a class or make Reindeer Magic Food.  So with our budget of £10 we went shopping.  We bought the following:


    Porridge Oats


    Small bags with tags to fasten 


    We tipped the oats into a large bowl and added all the different coloured glitter.  Then we scooped it into the bags.  We added a little poem to the bag explaining what to do on Christmas Eve with the reindeer food.   We also made some letters from Santa to go with the food.  We did a boys letter and a girls letter.  Lastly we made a nice certificate telling the child that they were on Santa’s good list.


    At the Christmas Fair our customers were very impressed with our product.

    Well done Adams Class!

    ASDAN. -  Independent Living Module 4



    We have been working on our ASDAN challenges this week.  We have planned a weekly shop for a family of three (2 adults and 1 child), thinking about meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  We also looked at what we could have for our mid morning and mid afternoon snacks and the super.  We discovered that quite a lot of thought has to go into preparing meals.  We then placed an order online at Tescos and calculated the cost.

    P.L.P.  -  Creative Works Preston


    This week was party week!

    We watched performances from other students.  There were hair and beauty designs, adverts, music and video acts just to name a few.  Afterwards we had some party food and got chance to speak with each other and congratulate everyone on their supurb performances.


    Have a wonderful and safe weekend!


    Week Commencing 11th December - 15th December 2023



    Wow, how quick this term has gone. 


     This week we have been finishing off any outstanding work.  We have been working on our ASDAN challenges, ensuring that we have completed what we need to do to ensure the challenges have the evidence to achieve the credits.

    The challenges are either linked to the topic or work we are currently doing or are simple life challenges that will aid us as we get older.

    P.L.P.  -  Creative Works Preston

    This week we have continued to work on our projects.  We have worked really hard on our projects and Mark is very pleased with us.

    Myerscough College  -  Motorsport

    This week we made our Go Karts again.  We changed the amount of water and the PSI pressure to try to make our karts go further and be harder to beat.

    Andy was very impressed with us all as we have worked really hard and concentrated on the task we were set.



    We have continued with our times tables this week.  We have also continued to work on the four operations.


    We have worked hard this week to ensure all of our work is up to date ready for our new topic in the new year.  We have also continued with our IDL lessons, reading books and spellings.


    Have a wonderful and safe weekend!



    Week Beginning 18th December 2023 - 21st December 2023


    The last week of 2023.....

    What a productive term we have had!

    The class has work very hard this term and completed all their set work so this week we are doing Christmas Activities.

    On Monday it was our Christmas jumper day and we had our Christmas dinner.

    We have still done our IDL lessons, reading and spellings as its important to keep up with these lessons.  For Math and English we have completed quizzes and number problems linked with Christmas.  It has been a nice week.  We also enjoyed watching the Primary children perform their Christmas Nativity " Strictly comes Bethlehem".


    Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas



    Welcome back and welcome to the New Year πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰

    Week Commencing 8th January - 12 January 2024



    This week we have started our new novel for the spring term. We are looking forward to reading this book and completing our work that will run alongside it.  Like previous novels we have studied we will retell each chapter in our own words.



    This week we have started a new topic on ratios and fractions. A ratio compares how much of one thing there is compared to another. It can also be written as a fraction.  This is something that we found quite tricky at first as we didn't fully understand.  However we are now feeling comfortable working out ratios.

    PLP  -  CWP


    This week we worked on something new.  Our usual tutor was not in today so We made up a rap about the weather. We even chose a backing track.

    We think its really good what do you think?

    The weather man rap

    L.O.  to produce a rap linked to the weather at CWP



    Welcome to our weather map

    It’s time to start our weather rap

    It’s Wednesday the tenth of Jan

    I am your weather man


    So join in if you can

    I’ll talk about the weather

     I’ll be a fan forever


    So today will be partly cloudy

    With a chance of rain

    Up near the lakes it will also be the same

    Tomorrow won’t be sunny

    So it’s time to wear a snuggie

    And if you haven’t got one

    You better ask your mummy


    So we got highs of 60’s and lows of 10’s

    You better wrap up warm your life may depend


    In the North of Scotland and Cornwall down below

    As well as everywhere in between

    The chart looks grim you know

    The weather will be freezing

    So look out for the snow

    Keep yourself wrapped up warm

    The cold can kill you know


    In Wales you have got gails

    So keep your windows shut

    Cos if you don’t your home

    Will become a massive rubbish dump


    Lancashire is quite boring

    As it’s protected by the hills

    So not much happens here

    We don’t have many weather thrills


    Thank you for listening to my weather rap

    Goodbye from your weather man

    And that’s a rap!!




    Backing music:-

    Freestyle/Rap Battle Instrumental Beat (Prod.  DJ Ray)

    You can listen to the backing track we have chosen below.

    PLP  -  PVC

    This week we have been building walls. We worked in pairs and used a spirit level to make sure our wall was straight. Using already mixed cement/mortar we built our wall.  We followed a line on the floor to as our guide.

    How neat is that!!


    Have a wonderful and

    safe weekend!




    Week Commencing 15th January  -  19th January 2024


    This week we have continued with our novel “The Creakers”.  The main character, Lucy is feeling lonely and is missing her parents. All the other children are looking to Lucy to help them. After each chapter we are writing our own account of what has happened. We are enjoying the story so far.

    Cooking / Food Technology 

    This week we had a practical week. We followed a recipe and made fish pie. We used pieces of salmon and cod which we had to cut up into chunks. We pealed and boiled potatoes for the topping. We added spring onion to add flavour and sprinkled grated cheese over the potatoes which we mashed and put over the fish in a foil tub. Once cooked and cooled we took our fish pie home. 🐟 

    ASDAN - Expressive Arts

    This week we have done a study on our favourite musical artist.

    We found out about how old they were and where they were born. We looked at their early life and then found out about their career and what they had achieved so far.

    Myerscough College - Motorsport

    This week we started to put back together the Go Kart that we dissembled last week.  We drilled holes into the chassis to add the nuts and bolts to hold it together. Then using a wire brush we brushed over the chassis to remove any loose bits of paint and rust.  We then added the steering column ready for next week.


    This week we have been learning about chemistry and how it is applied to everything we use in our everyday lives. We don’t realise just how much chemistry is around us. From the soap we use in a morning, cooking, cleaning, digestion, vehicles, clothing and medicine just to name a few.



    Have a safe and Happy Weekend!




    Week Commencing Monday 22nd January - Friday 26th January 2024


    This week in English we have continued with our novel "The Creakers".

    We have also worked on our IDL and completed our spellings for the week and done some reading.


    This week we completed another practical.  We made a Chicken Korma.  We were not to sure about making this as we thought it might be too spicy.

    Mrs Nickeas talked us through the recipe step by step. 

    Once finishes we cleaned our work area and washed up the pots and equipment we had used. Then we took our Kormas home with us.

    We really enjoyed our curries.

    Myerscough College  -  PLP

    This is our 2nd to last week on motorsport.  We have really enjoyed working on our topics with our tutor Andy.  This week we continued to rebuild our Go Kart.  Andy spoke to us about welding and what it does.  We stood behind a special screen whilst Andy did the welding. The welders correct name is a mig welder.  The wire at the end is electrically charged.  When it touches metal the circuit is complete and it becomes hot causing the metals to fuse together.  We then made some brackets and used the pillar drill to drill the holes.


    This week we have continued with ratios and fractions. A ratio compares how much of one thing there is compared to another. It can also be written as a fraction.  This is something that we found quite tricky at first as we didn't fully understand.  However we are now feeling comfortable working out ratios.


    Have a wonderful and safe weekend


    Week Commencing Monday 29th January - 2nd February 2024


    This week we have continued to read The Creakers. It’s starting to get exciting now as Lucy has disappeared under the bed. We have also continued to read our independent reading books, spellings and IDL.

    Science - Chemistry 

    This week we have been looking at what chemistry is. We have learned that chemistry is all around us and everything equates to a chemical reaction.  This is something that we had never thought about before so we found it very interesting to learn about.  


    We are working with ratio and fractions.  This week we have looked at halving numbers equally and finding the ratio. We are also continuing to work on our times tables as it’s important to try to know them.

    Myerscough College - PLP

    This is our last week at Motorsports. This week we continued to finish off making the chassis of our go kart. We added the wheels and welded the seat into place.  Then we fitted the engine. We then took our kart to the front of the garage and fired it up.  We are really pleased with our result and proud of what we have achieved.  Paul has been an excellent tutor and we are all very grateful for all that he has taught us.

    WOW -Chinese New Year and Cooking

    This week we are celebrating the Chinese New Year with our WOW Day. We have learnt that 2014 is the year of the Dragon. πŸ‰ 

    The colour red is believed to bring good luck so is used a lot during the celebrations. Money wallets are red to bring good luck to the recipient.  In cooking we made a chicken stir fry with noodles 🍜 we also tried a fortune cookie πŸ₯  




    Have a happy and safe weekend!



    Week commencing  Monday 5th - Friday 9th February 



    This week was pudding week. The boys have been looking forward to making a pudding for a few weeks now.  Mrs Nickeas told us that we would be making Rice Pudding. It’s really easy to make and is also delicious.  We looked at the nutritional value of the ingredients. This is something that we are learning to do.


    This week we didn’t attend Myerscough College so we joined in with our peers to have a game of basketball.  It was fantastic fun and we hope to play again soon.


    This week we have completed our unit 11. Expressive Arts. We have enjoyed this unit as we have interviewed a local creative professional, we created a short film that was watch by our peers, we wrote a poem, we produced a case study on our favourite musician and we wrote a critical film review. After half term we will be starting a new unit.



    This week we have looked at having to find the ratio. We have finished doing ratio this week and will be moving onto money after the half term.


    Happy half term week!

    Enjoy and relax, but stay safe!


    Welcome back!

    week commencing 19th February - 23rd February 2024

    Welcome back after the half term break, we hope you are well rested 




    We are still reading our novel The Creakers.  It is starting to get interesting now as Lucy, Norman and Ella are trying to trap the Creakers in an attempt to get their parents back.  We have done an acrostic poem about the Creakers too.

    Food Technology 

    This week we made sticky toffee pudding.  We were very surprised as no toffee was used in our recipe.  For the cake we used 






    Vanilla essence

    and for the toffee sauce we used 




    Vanilla essence


    What a delicious treat to take home for after our tea.   


    This week we are looking at monetary values.   We have been buying items and working out change from £1 and £5.  This has been a little tricky but we are getting the hang of it.

    ASDAN ~ The Wider World ~ unit 10

    We are starting our new unit on The Wider World.   As part of this unit we have to make a phrase book and hold a conversation in another language.  We have chosen French πŸ‡«πŸ‡· as the language to study as we have a French member of staff at school.  Miss Geoffroy is happy to help us and has started to talk French to us in the morning to greet us.   Watch this space for updates …




    ………………Have a safe and happy Weekend!





    Week beginning 26th February- 1st March 2024



    We are still reading the novel The Creakers. It is a really good book and we are really enjoying reading it.  The author has missed out chapter 13 for a bit of fun as the number 13 is unlucky for some. Lucy and her pals are still trying to rescue their parents from The Woleb, where the Creakers live.

    Myerscough College - Horticulture 

    This week our Tutor Julie taught us how to sow seeds correctly. We all collected the equipment needed to fulfil our task. We put the potting tray in the potting tub. Then using the scoop we put some compost in the sieve and held it over the potting tray as we shook it gently from side to side. We repeated this until the potting tray was full.  We then used a piece of wood with a straight edge called a straight edge level to level off the excess compost. Using a wooden press we gentle compressed the compost making sure it was firm enough to stop the seeds from falling to the bottom of the tray.  We then used the wooden multi dibber to make the holes for the seeds. A seed (runner bean) was placed in each hole and the potting tray shaken vigorously from side to side to allow the loose compost to gently cover over the seeds. A little more compost was sieved over the tray.  We added a label to the side with the name of what we had planted and the date 🫘 lastly we placed the seed tray in a soak tray adding water to the soak tray. This helps to avoid over watering the seeds. 
    Next week we are going to plant some chili seeds.

    Food Technology 

    This week was a free week for us to make a dish of our choice. Some of us chose to make the rice pudding again as this was one of our favourite dishes.  We have also been speaking with Mrs Nickeas about our exam practical as we will be making a dish for our school staff to buy.


    Have a wonderful safe weekend 


    Week commencing Monday 4th March  -  Friday 8th March 2024


    ASDAN~ The Wider World ~ Unit 10


    This week we have been looking at foreign penpals and holidays.   We have completed a French Vocabulary Book to help us.  We have written a letter to Miss Geoffroy and are waiting a reply.   We have also looked at holidays abroad as we have to plan a holiday.  Our destinations chosen are Canada and Brazil. 


    Nous esperons que vows passerez un Bon week-end tee que vows apprecierez le passer Alec les personnel qui vows Sony cheres 


    Can you figure out what we have asked you?



    This week we have started to work with time. Time can be quite tricky but we are trying our best.  We are going to learn both digital and analog.  We have understood that 12-6 is past and 6-12 is to.  We will be continuing with this topic next week.


    World Book Day ~ Nelson Mandela

    World Book Day 2024 was on Thursday 7th March.  Our topic for the day was Nelson Mandela.

    He was born on 18th July 1918 in South Africa and was named Rolihlahla Mandela by his father.   His elementary school teacher couldn’t pronounce his name so she called him Nelson.  This name stuck for the rest of his life.   Did you know that Rolihlahla translated means “pulling the branch of a tree or troublemaker”.  He was arrested in 1962 and served a total of 28 years in prison.  He earned a bachelors degree whilst in prison.  Mandela remainder on the United States terrorist watch list until 2008.   During his life time Nelson Mandela married three times and had in total six children, four girls and two boys.  He died at the age of 95 on 5th December 2013.




    Careers Afternoon 

    Peake and Adam’s £20 challenge 

    As a school we are holding and Easter Bingo Evening on Monday 18th March 2024.  We will be making a number of items to sell during the Bingo, with any left over being sold during the school day.

    We have committed ourselves to making the following:-


    Easter Wire Baskets

    Easter Cookies

    Cheesecake Eggs

    Crochet Easter Gifts

    Easter Cards

    Easter Egg Coconut Shy


    Both staff and students will be making the above items.  We will be raising money for the Isle of Man Trip and also the Prom.  All donations and purchases will be greatly appreciated.

    Watch this space for an update and photographs of our products.




    Have a safe and wonderful weekend!



    Week commencing Monday 11th March - Friday 15th March 2024



    This week we have continued with the novel The Creakers by Tom Fletcher.  We have read up to the end of chapter 14 but still have ten chapters to read.  It’s getting really exciting now.  Lucy is very upset after she hears the Creakers talking to each other saying she may never get her mum back.  The reason the Creakers took all the adults and left all the children is because children make a mess.  The Creakers then collect the rubbish and use it to build their houses.  The Creakers can only come out at night time as daylight turns them into golden dust. This is the crumbs we find in the corner of our eyes in a morning.  The sad thing is, when we have the golden dust, it means a Creaker has died.


    This week we have been looking at time in both digital and analogue.  We have looked at on the hour and half past the hour.  
    We then started to look at quarter past and quarter to.  This is where it starts to get a little tricky and we start to get confused.  We will be working on time for the next couple of weeks before halt term.  

    Food Technology - Practical Lesson

    This week is our practical exam week.  This simply means that we will be cooking for staff.  We made Rice Pudding for our exam.  We followed the recipe instructions from when we originally made it.  Everything went to plan and we did extremely well.  Mrs Nickeas was very proud of us because we made it in half the time as we had just sat another exam first.

    Exam Season

    It’s that time of year again!  We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our peers the very best in their upcoming exams.  Remember, stay calm, read your papers carefully and take your time.  You have got this,  Good Luck!!!

    Physical Education

    We have started practicing for the cheerleading competitions.  We practice every Thursday morning and have already got some fantastic moves and ideas.  Our chant is coming along very nicely too.


    Wishing you a wonderful and safe weekend.



    Last week of the spring term!

    This is our last week before the Easter Holidays.  Most of us have gone on the school residential trip to The Isle of Man.  Here we have participated in many activities and had lots of fun.  Thank you to Mrs Nickeas for organising the trip.



    We For those of us left in school we finished off any outstanding work.   We also had a trip to MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) in Manchester. This was really good.  We learnt about the textile industry in Manchester and how it changed things for the better.  There was also a section on Professor Stephen Hawking, this was really interesting.  The museum is free entry an definitely worth a visit.





    Wishing everyone a peaceful and prosperous Easter Break



    Welcome back

    to the last term of this academic year

    Summer Term!!

    Week commencing Monday 15th April - Friday 19th April 2024


    We have started our final novel of the year,  The Spooks Apprentice.

    The seventh son of a seventh son, Thomas is chosen for his supernatural gifts, and must succeed in a dangerous job where many have failed before – with bloody consequences. For years, the local Spook has kept the County safe from evil. Now that his time is coming to an end, it is Thomas's turn.  
    We have only read 3 chapters so far but already we are really getting into the story.


    We are looking and measuring and measurements.  We are using cm and mm this week.  We will be looking at measuring in m next week.  We have also be converting measurements between cm and mm. We have also been looking at measuring in weights using g and kg.


    This week we have been doing a biology AQA paper.  This is related to Environmental, evolution and inheritance.  We have already covered these topics so hopefully we will do well.  


    The week we have started to work on our new ASDAN module, My Community.

    We have adapted a leaflet we made of emergency number for module 4 - Independent Living.  Adding information about the services, opening times and reviews.


    Food Technology

    This week was a theory lesson.  We completed some questions on food technology and then started to work on our food safety level 1 qualification. This is a highly recognised qualification which will should gain this term.


    Have a wonderful and

    safe weekend




    Week beginning  Monday 22n April  -  Friday 26th April 2024



    This week we have sat our Functional Skills English Exams.

    We were a little nervous but we did our best.  We also did some reading and comprehension work on Saint George as on Tuesday it was St. Georges Day.

    To finish off the weeks English lessons we read chapter 4 The Letter of The Spooks Apprentice.  It is really good, and also a little bit creepy.


    This week we have sat our Functional Skills Maths exams.

    We were quite nervous but think we have done ok, fingers crossed.


    We have also been doing some work with measuring, using mm,cm,m for length and height and ml,Kg,g, L and oz, for weight and capacity.

    D of E Bronze Award


    So after school on Thursday 25th April, we stayed behind as we had to do a sleepover as part of our D of E.  The weather was really nice so we played some ball games on the field.  It really was lots of fun.  

    We then came inside and entered the cooking room where we made our dinner.  We all helped and made meatballs in a tomato sauce with pasta.  After we had eaten we washed up and put away the pots. Then we went back outside and played more games.  When it was time to come in we make some drinking chocolate.  Then it was time to settle down.  In the morning we got dressed and had a wash and cleaned our teeth.  We then went into the cooking room to make our breakfast.  We had a choice of cereal, toast, pain au chocolate, and to drink tea, coffee, drinking chocolate, apple or orange juice.

    We then gathered in the hall and listened to Mrs Barker give us our instructions.  Once on our way we had to do some independent map reading, locating on the map where we were.  When we arrived at Avenham Park we sat and had our lunch before having some free time to play.  Mrs Nickeas then bought us all ice cream from the cafe, they were really nice.  Then we had a rest room break before setting off back to school.  On the way back once again we did some map reading.  We all arrived back at school tired but very proud of our achievement.


    Have a wonderful weekend

    and stay safe


    Week Beginning Monday 29th April  -  Friday 3rd May 2024



    We have continued with our novel "The Spook's Apprentice".   The Story is really beginning to take shape now.  It is getting quite exciting.  This week we have read chapters 5,6, and 7.



    Tom and the Spook head toward the Spook's house on the outskirts of Chipenden.

    When they arrive, the front gate opens all by itself, and there's a huge spread of hot, delicious food waiting for them in the kitchen.

    The Spook sends Tom to bed after they eat. Since this is the Spook we're talking about, of course he has a warning: "You'll hear a bell ring when breakfast's ready. […] Don't come down too early either" (5.39).

    Tom thinks his bedroom is pretty nice, although he's not sure what to make of the big Wall o' Names on one side of the room. The last name on the wall is Billy Bradley. Before drifting off to sleep, Tom wonders what could have happened to Billy Bradley...

    The next day, the Spook tells Tom that a boggart cooks their meals. Then he gives Tom a crash course in boggarts and witches. Shouldn't this have happened in the last chapter, which was titled boggarts and witches?

    Oh well. The Spook gives Tom a little journal to take notes in, telling him to write down anything that has to do with boggarts, witches, or village girls with pointy shoes. 

    After these lessons, Spooky sends Tom to town to pick up groceries.

    Tom encounters some trouble from a group of boys on the way back. They want his apples, but Tom refuses to give them any.

    A girl appears and threatens the boys, telling them that Bony Lizzie is back. The gang runs away so fast they practically kick up dust.

    It's time for some hands-on experience with binding boggarts.

    The Spook has Tom dig a hole six feet long, six feet deep, and three feet wide. Tom, if you need help calculating volume, we've got you covered.

    Then Tom has to make a mixture of salt, iron filings, and glue made from bones. 

    These items are needed because, the Spook told Tom, "used together, salt and iron form a barrier that a boggart can't cross".

    Tom has to do a thorough job coating the entire pit because as the Spook told him a boggart can escape through a hole no bigger than a pinhead.


    This week we have been looking at measurement.  

    The system for measuring weight (not mass) in the customary system is based on ounce, pound, and ton. The basic unit of weight is a pound(lb).

    Length is the measure of how long an object is from one end to the other, while width is the measure of how wide an object is from side to side. Height is the measure of how tall an object is from top to bottom.

    We have also been working on numbers to 100 in numerals and written words.

    Food Technology

    We continued with our theory lesson today for our Food Safety Level 1 Course.  We looked at Module 4 pests, Module 5 Cleaning and some of Module 6 Safe handling and storage of food.  Once we have completed our theory lessons we will be doing an exam for our Food Safety Level 1 certificate. 

    Myerscough College

    This week there has been no Myerscough College.  Instead we played some ball games on the senior yard and did some chalking.  We also talked about how to keep ourselves safe when out and about.


    This week we have been looking at " Raising funds for a cause".  Luckily we have had experience of this so we were able to use this as our work.  Before the Easter Break we did the £20 challenge.  This involved us making lots of different things to raise money.  One we paid the £20 back anything extra was money we raised which went towards the Isle of Man residential and the school prom.

    Fast Forward

    This week we did our theory lesson in the morning. It is important to do this so that we understand what everything does and also how to recognise pieces of the karts that may not be working as efficiently as they could.

    We then had our lunch break and a chat.

    After lunch we raced against each other, this is the best part of the day and we thoroughly enjoy it.


    Have a wonderful and safe Weekend


    It's Bank Holiday Monday


    Inset Day on Tuesday


    we will see you on Wednesday


    Week commencing 6th May - 10th May 2024

    Welcome back after the long weekend. We hope you have a nice relaxing time and had lots of fun.



    We have continued with our novel "The Spook's Apprentice".   The Story is really beginning to take shape now.  It is getting quite exciting.  This week we have read chapter 8.  Old Mother Malkin.

    Even though Tom thinks this whole cake thing is a bad idea, he goes through with it anyway. On the first night, nothing happens. But after dropping the second cake down the hole, Tom notices something: the bars that criss-cross the top of the hole have been bent. Fearing that the cakes are making Mother Malkin stronger, Tom decides to give the last cake back to Alice. Tom asks the lads in town where Alice lives, and they point him to Bony Lizzie's cabin. Oh, they also mention that a ton of babies have gone missing recently. Hm. Could it be that all these missing babies have something to do with Mother Malkin? Alice meets Tom outside Bony Lizzie's cabin, and Tom gets mad at her for tricking him.

    She tells him that Bony Lizzie made her do it. Not only that, but she tricked Old Gregory too. That witch business the Spook mentioned is a trap. "By now he's probably already dead", Alice says.

    Tom stomps away and chucks the basket of cakes into the river.

    Knowing he has to stop Mother Malkin somehow, he asks the kitchen boggart to unlock the library. He says he'll give him every Sunday off. It works.

    In the books, Tom finds an entry on Mother Malkin, who eats babies and has a giant scary son with tusks who they call Tusk.

    Tom wonders if the cakes Alice gave him, which were all gooey and meaty, could have been made from the missing children. That's right: he could have been carrying around baby cakes.

    Tom realizes that Mother Malkin was buried alive because the Spook "believe it was too dangerous to kill her: once slain, she had the power to return and would be even stronger and more dangerous than before". Who knew a few baby cakes would cause so much trouble?

    Food Technology

    We continued with our theory lesson today for our Food Safety Level 1 Course.  We finished off the power point and answered some questions. We then recapped over all the modules .  Will be doing our exam for our Food Safety Level 1 certificate next week. 

    P.H.S.E  -  Sex Education

    This week we have been learning about the different types of contraception.


    Contraception and birth control help you control if and when you become pregnant.

    Different methods work in different ways. Contraception is available for free on the NHS. 

    There are 14 methods of contraception available.  We also learnt that the only contraception helps to prevent STI's (sexual transmitted infections) are condoms.  There are 10 different types of STI's.  

    We also talked about how to keep ourselves safe and what we should do if touched inappropriately by someone.


    Have a safe and fun filled weekend!

    It's going to be a hot one...


    Week commencing 13th May - 17th May 2024





    We have continued with our novel "The Spook's Apprentice".   The Story is really beginning to take shape now.  It is getting quite exciting.  This week we have read chapters 9 - On the river bank, and 10 - Poor Billy.

    On the Riverbank

    Borrowing the Spook's staff and cloak, Tom heads out to the garden.

    It's a good thing he doesn't have a plan, because it wouldn't have worked anyway. It turns out that Mother Malkin has already escaped.

    Lucky for Tom, she's left a little slimy trail, just like a slug. He follows her to the riverbank, where she's slithering around and "snorting and snuffling" (9.18) like the pigs back on the farm. What's with all the noise? She's eating a raw rat. Maybe she's just trying to get on Survivor.

    With her scary red eyes, Mother Malkin lunges toward Tom. He clocks her on the head with the Spook's staff, and down she goes.

    She tumbles into the water, but starts to drag herself out pretty quickly. Tom jabs her over and over with the staff until she gets swept away downstream.

    Tom doesn't want her to get away, so he wanders the riverbank looking for her. He doesn't have to look too long. Soon, she finds him.

    Her super-strong hand grabs his ankle and he falls, the staff tumbling out of his grip.

    Luckily, Tom manages to get the staff back. He thrusts it at Mother Malkin.

    She grabs the end of the staff in defense. Big mistake, Ms. Malkin. The witch screams and dies.

    Poor Billy

    With Mother Malkin dead, what's Tom going to do now?  He still has to save the missing child, whom he suspects is at Bony Lizzie's house. Alice answers the door, and Tom demands to see the child, who is crying inside. Tom pushes his way in and grabs the child, Tommy. He leaves. Alice taunts him as he goes. "You're a fool.  They'll come after you. You'll never get away". Unfortunately, she's right. Bony Lizzie and Tusk chase Tom and Tommy. Tom picks up Tommy and hauls butt for the Spook's property line. They make it, and the ground vibrates. An angry cry "filled with death" pieces the air.


    It's the boggart, standing up for Tom, and scaring Bony Lizzie and Tusk away.

    The next day, Tom carries Tommy down to the village. The village people are going to  burn Bony Lizzie's house.

    Even better, the Spook is back, and safe. He took care of whatever witch problem was going down, even though he's a little worse for wear.

    Tom tells him everything. The Spook tells him he was brave, and saved a child, but he should never have killed the witch.

    Now that she's dead, Mother Malkin can possess another person. In that way, she can come back to life and run amuck.

    There are only two ways to really kill a witch, burn her or eat her heart, raw. 

    Now that Tom has squared off against a witch and lived to tell the tale, the Spook decides to tell Tom what happened to Billy, his last apprentice.

    Billy cut corners when binding a boggart. So the boggart chewed all his fingers off and sucked out his blood. Not a nice way to go.

    Then the Spook tells Tom, "We need courage and patience, but above all, we never rush".



    Food Technology

    This week we sat out food safety award level1.  We had 15 multiple choice questions to answer. At first we were a little worried as we didn't know what to expect.  But it was fine and we found that by crossing through some of the choices narrowed down the answers.  

    We then decided what we would like to make next week as we are back doing our practical lessons!!

    Apple Cast

    The weather was amazing today so we fished outside.  We went to a different lake today.  We set up our nets and rods, then sat down and waited.  We caught quite a few fish today 26lb to be exact!  Whilst we did our theory work Mrs Feeney had a go a fishing.  She caught a whopper!!!  she even put maggots on the hook.


    Fast Forward

    Today we learnt about why it is important to have a tidy work bench.  We also learnt the importance of planning jobs in the most productive order.  Then we had a race on the karts.


    Have a wonderful weekend!!

    Stay safe and enjoy the

    sunny weather


    Week Commencing 20th - 24th

    May 2024


    This is the last week before half term.

    When we come back we will only have seven weeks left

    of this academic year!



    This week we have continued with our novel "The Spook's Apprentice", it really is a good book.  We listened to the chapters and then rewrote them in our own words.

    Chapter 11  -  The Pit

    Tom runs into Alice, and while he's talking to her, someone sneaks up behind him and puts him in a sack.

    It turns out to be Bony Lizzie and Tusk who have dragged Tom away, and it's time for him to be buried alive. For real this time.

    Bony Lizzie pours a concoction down Tom's throat saying, "That'll keep your eyes wide open, boy". Then they shove him to the bottom of a seven-foot pit.

    Before they leave, they toss a couple of human thumb bones into the pit and tell Tom that Dead Billy will be around to claim them soon.

    A long, plump maggot crawls into the pit through the sides of the grave, and Tom identifies it as a coffin worm, "something white that had never seen the light of day".

    Following the coffin worm come two bony hands digging a hole. Through the hole, a fleshless human skull emerges. Here's Dead Billy, who has either been dead a long time or decomposes super fast.

    Suddenly, Tom feels another presence in the pit. 

    It's the ghost of Billy Bradley, and Tom thinks he seems pretty darn peaceful.

    So Tom realizes that Bony Lizzie slipped him some sort of hallucinogen, and the skeleton isn't actually there at all.

    It gets cold and rains for a few hours before Alice shows up. Tom convinces her to help him out of the pit, so they can run away from Bony Lizzie together.

    After some debate, she agrees, and they run. Once again, Tom finds himself pursued by Bony Lizzie and Tusk. But this time, the Spook is waiting for them.

    The Spook zaps Tusk with his staff, killing him, and cracks a silver chain around Bony Lizzie.

    With them taken care of, now the Spook has to figure out what to do with Alice. He wants to see her teeth.

    He decides that her breath smells good enough to trust her. Apparently, people who practice evil witchery eat blood and raw meat and stuff, so their breath smells really bad.

    The Spook decides that Tom should take Alice home and let his Mam decide what to do with her.

    Blackpool Zoo

    As we have finished at Myerscough College for this academic year this half term we will be working towards completing an AQA award for conservation.  With that in mind this week we visited Blackpool Zoo.

    In 2022, Blackpool Zoo celebrated 50 years. It was officially opened on the 6 July 1972 by Johnny Morris - the star of TV’s Animal Magic – riding on an elephant! He was accompanied by the Mayor who arrived in a more traditional Rolls Royce.

    ​​​​​The zoo originally housed two Asian elephants, three white rhinos, two giraffes, sea lions, gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, lions, and many other species.

    Asian elephant Kate and giant tortoise Darwin still reside at the zoo today!

    With more than 1,000 mesmerising animals in over 37 acres of stunning, spacious parkland you will find a haven of peace and tranquillity and a fun day out for the entire family! As well as coming face-to-face with some of the most endangered animals on the planet, you can find out about how the zoo’s conservation and research projects are helping species across the globe. From aardvarks to anteaters, bongos to Bornean orangutans, penguins to pelicans, elephants to emus and marmosets to meerkats (to name just a few), the residents come in all shapes and sizes. 
    We had a fantastic day learning about all the different animals.



    Have a wonderful and safe half term break!


    Welcome back to the last

    academic half term

    of this year!


    Week commencing Monday 3rd June - 7th June 2024



    This week we have been continuing to look at numbers written and numerals to 100.  We have also continued to learn about weight of items and measurements.


    CWP - Creative Works Preston

    This week we have introduced our new pupil to the music department.  This caused great excitement between us as we like the same music.  
    We chose a track that we like and have started to change the tempos, and instruments.  This then will be our own production of the track.

    Food Technology 

    This week we have been back to our practical lessons after completing our theory sessions to obtain our qualification in Food Safety level 1.

    As it’s the last half term, Mrs Nickeas has given us each a choice of what we would like to make.

    This week we made Chicken Fried Rice and Lasagne.  




    Have a safe and happy weekend


    Week commencing Monday 10th June - Friday 14th June 2024



    This week we have started a new reading programme.  It’s really good.  The first few times we have read the book and answered the questions with our teacher just to make sure we know what we are doing.  As some of us don’t like reading aloud, we can read the book and answer the questions we are asked in our own time. This is really good as there is no pressure on reading now.  The questions we are asked are linked to the story and are aimed at us to ensure that we have understood the story.


    This week we have been working on measurements.  We have been finding out the size of objects using blocks to measure them. Each block measures 1cm so we are able to convert between cm’s and mm’s.

    We have also been working on number place value, writing numbers in numerals and words.


    This week we have researched about a famous individual.  We have research Florence Nightingale and Martin Luther King.


    Florence Nightingale (born May 12, 1820, Florence [Italy]—died August 13, 1910, London, England) was a British nurse, statistician, and social reformer who was the foundational philosopher of modern nursing. Nightingale was put in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers in Turkey during the Crimean War. She spent many hours in the wards, and her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded established her image as the “Lady with the Lamp.” Her efforts to formalise nursing education led her to establish the first scientifically based nursing school—the Nightingale School of Nursing, at St. Thomas’Hospital in London. She also was instrumental in setting up training for midwives and nurses in workhouse infirmaries. She was the first woman awarded the Order of Merit (1907). International Nurses Day observed annually on May 12, commemorates her birth and celebrates the important role of nurses in health care.






    Martin Luther King, Jr. (born January 15, 1929, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.—died April 4, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee) was a Baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. His leadership was fundamental to that movement’s success in ending the legal segregation of African Americans in the South and other parts of the United States. King rose to national prominence as head of the Southern Leader Conference leadership which promoted nonviolent tactics such as the massive March on Washington (1963), to achieve civil rights.He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

    Myerscough College Group

    This week we went on a trip to Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston.



    Brockholes is owned and managed by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside and has hosted over one million visitors since we opened in April 2011.

    Based on the site of an old quarry, the Trust has used their expertise to create habitats for lots of different wildlife. You can explore our 250-acre reserve with our network of trails and hides, not to mention the fantastic views offered overlooking the River Ribble. You can also explore our woods or enjoy the lakes on site, which have all been specially designed to attract all kinds of wildlife for you to see. The reserve changes throughout the seasons, so make sure you keep coming back to explore.

    Our spectacular floating Visitor Village is the first of its kind in the UK, bringing you as close to nature as possible. The Visitor Village hosts our Welcome Centre, an activity room, our lakeside Kestrel Kitchen, Peckish and gift shop.

    Brockholes is also an award-winning and eco-friendly conference venue with the stunning Meadow Lake in the background we offer a breathtaking back-drop for photographs, while the floor-to-ceiling windows provide panoramic views across the lake.

    Brockholes does not receive any direct government funding and each time you visit you’re helping to support our vital conservation work on the reserve. Thank you for supporting your local wildlife.


    It was amazing. We saw a variety of wildlife:




    Spiders nests







    We even saw evidence that there are foxes here.


    Applecast North West


    The weather this week is atrocious so we are once again fishing indoors on the Mallard lake.  Neal the owner of Apple Cast has set a challenge for us all this week. We are in a competition match against each other.  The one who catches the most weight today will win a brand new fishing rod to take home and keep.  This has made quite a competitive environment today as we all try to win the rod.



    Have a safe and happy weekend!







    Week Commencing Monday 17th June - Friday 21st June 2024