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Applebee Wood Community Specialist School

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Welcome to Attenborough Class!



Attenborough Autumn 2023

This term our literacy work will be based on Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful – a story about two brothers set in WW1.

In numeracy we will be looking at Place value: partitioning, place value [incl. negative numbers & decimals, written addition and subtraction [incl. word problems and measures [length, capacity & weight].

In science with Miss Hodgeson, they will be doing a unit called CSI files all about forensics. In our Topic work we will be doing Geography and looking at natural disasters such a earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and the ice age.

In computing with Mr Mahmood, they will be using desktop publishing programs. For PSD with Mr Mahmood, they will be thinking about alcohol and drug misuse and peer pressure relating to their use.

For PE, with Mr Banks, they will be doing curling and fitness. PE will be on Tuesday afternoons. The children can come to school in their PE kits on Tuesdays.

For Art we will be working towards the Discover Arts Award which will probably take us most of the year to complete. In RE we will be looking at some of the teachings of Jesus. For music, with Mr Dunbavin, they will be developing melodic phrases.

Finally, in cooking we will be doing ‘The Great Applebee Wood Bake off!’, which will count towards our AQA qualification.

Our Visual Timetable

Autumn 1 Literacy Snaps

Attenborough have got off to a great start in September. You can see that we have been doing lots of work. The children have worked from their morning packs, which includes IEP work,  as-well-as reading the first three chapters of 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo during our literacy sessions. We have also answered comprehension questions and completed character studies during our literacy time. Well done team!

Autumn 1 Maths Snaps

Attenborough have been mainly working on place value and counting but some of our boys have also been solving problems related to them. We have been counting, partitioning, comparing, ordering and, adding & taking away from different place values to improve our number knowledge. 

Remembrance Day

Some of our boys wore their scouts and cadets uniforms as a mark of respect for Remembrance Day. 

Attenborough Bake Off

Art Gallery

This is a gallery of some of the art we have produced in Attenborough so far this year. In addition, we have been producing drawings in our art book which are going to use towards the Art award we hope to acheive this year. 

Private Peaceful

We have enjoyed reading Private Peaceful this term. Some of out work has been made into a display. We have examined the some of the characters; written about some of the themes in the book; answered comprehension questions about the chapters and produced pieces of longer writing inspired by the characters or settings. 

A Factor

From our class, these students took part in the A factor. Alan, Riley and Paul sang song they love. Josh performed for the pupils in both KS3 And KS4, he showed some Thai Boxing moves. Riley won the best solo feature in KS3!! We are extremely proud of all of them.

Pottery Tiles

As part of out art award, the pupils in Attenborough designed and created pottery tiles. They included texture and sculpted elements. when they were dry we painted them. Don't they look fantastic?

Spring Literacy Snaps

Spring Maths Snaps

Our Healthy FakeAways

During our cooking lessons, we have been learning the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods. We have tasted lots of different foods and made some lovely chicken curry. 

Hothersall Lodge

Hothersall Lodge 2024 - Here is a few snapshots from our residential. The children took part in various activities such as rock climbing, zip lining, conoeing, team challenges and so much more. We all enjoyed our trip away! Who will be coming again next year?

Manchester Museum Trip

The pupils in Attenborough went on a trip to Manchester Museum. We saw artifacts from ancient Egypt, India, the war and extinct animals. The pupils really enjoyed themselves and were amazing ambassadors of the school.

Josh's Big Win

Congratulations to Josh from our class. Josh has been doing Thai Boxing for 7 years. He went down to Liverpool and won his first big fight of the year. We are all very proud of him. He brought in his medal and pictures to show the class.

Mini-Beast Rounders Afternoon

For P.E this term we have been doing rounders, we incorporated mini-beasts afternoon into our P.E lesson. The pupils had to move about the field as a mini-beast to score points. The staff and Tom's mum also took part. They were all amazing. Who will join us next time?