Spring Term 2015
Work is now well underway to our new extension. We can’t wait to move in, hopefully sometime after February half term, and get it sorted. Ive added some photographs to the ASD pencil and will try to keep updating this area as the building work progresses.
Later in the term we will be celebrating World Autism Day. More details will follow later.
Summer Term 2014
We will be having a stall at our summer fayre on Wednesday 25th June. We have had some lovely toys bought and donated by one of our parents which we will be using to raise money. We will also have a ‘Handbag Tombola’, so if any parents are having a sort out and can donate any handbags we will be very grateful.
As part of our ongoing fundraising, we are having ‘Ice Cream Friday’ for the whole school every Friday at 3pm until the end of term. Ice cream cones, lollies and choc ices are on sale in the playground at 50p each. So far it has been very popular and we’ve had lots of staff helping us to make this a success.
We enjoyed our trip to Blue Reef Aquarium at Tynemouth on Tuesday 20th May.
At our last parents group meeting we were thinking about fund raising for our new extension, this was the main topic of our discussion. One of our children came up with the idea of doing a sponsored walk up Mount…………. Roseberry Topping! This will take place, weather permitting, on Saturday 5th July. The plan is for all the ASD children to meet with their parents/families in the car park at Newton Under Roseberry at 10.30am. Bring a picnic and your sponsor form which will be stamped when you’ve climbed to the top and walked back down. After our climb, we’ll have a picnic! We are holding a parents group meeting at 2.15 on 1st July in the base where any further queries can be discussed.
This year we held our annual Autism Bubble Day on Thursday 8th May. Bubble Day aims to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder and help children, parents and staff see the world through the eyes of children with an ASD.This year we chose ‘Feet’ as our theme and used the analogy of ‘walking in someone else’s shoes’ to think about and understand the feelings and behavior of children with autism who can often feel like they live within their own bubble and struggle to communicate with the wider world.
We had cakes for sale at breaktime and asked the children to wear either silly socks or odd socks and make a donation of £1.00. (50p for wearing odd socks and 50p for a cake.) We raised a fantastic total of £525.34p!
A big THANK YOU to all parents and staff who made and donated cakes for us.
We held an awareness assembly and Scott James, former XFactor contestent joined us for this. He came into the base for a while then, in assembly, he talked a bit about his experiences at school and sang a couple of songs for us. He was overwhelmed by the response from the children, especially when they all joined in to sing with him. We would like to say THANK YOU SCOTT! for giving up your time.
We also introduced some basic information in our PSHE lessons and followed this by some fun activities in the afternoon. Then the whole school went outside on the playground to blow bubbles.
It was an amazing day! (See photos in our ASD base pencil.)
All money raised will go towards buying resources for the forthcoming extension to our ASD base.
We would like to say a very big THANK YOU to The Butchers Bakers Shop in Ragworth and The Corner Shop in Dovecot Street Stockton for holding an Easter egg raffle and raising £185 for our base. Thank you to everyone who supported us by buying raffle tickets.
Spring Term 2014
We held our parents group meeting on Monday 24th March. Anna Smith, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist came in to speak about her role and to answer questions. We also discussed fund raising and ideas for future meetings.
On Monday 17th March we held our seventh meeting for professionals from other schools. Staff from many schools in the borough came to see our base and find out about how we use visuals to support the children. They were very complimentary and many took a pack of resources back to use in their own schools.
We made our last visit to Roseworth Library on the 13th March, the day it closed. We have been going the library for many years and as we are a small group, we can continue to visit when they re-open after the Easter holidays at Redhill. The library bus will be coming to our school on a monthly basis for KS1 and KS2.
In January Mrs Cowan and Mrs Small attended the three day TEACCH course led by Dr Gary Mesibov – Professor Emeritus from the University of North Carolina, USA. http://teacch.com/
In February the children had the opportunity to ‘Build a Bear’. They chose the bear, stuffed it, added a heart and made a wish. It was then zipped, given a cuddle test and a name chosen and birth certificate issued. See the photos on our pencil.
The following week was local history week and the children in the base looked at the Stockton to Darlington Railway. We ended our week by getting a bus to the Brick Train in Darlington, then it took us to Head of Steam Railway Museum in Darlington. We had a fantastic time there! We then got the train from North Road Station to Thornaby, then the bus back to school. An excellent day was had by all.
Autumn Term 2013
Welcome to our new parents and children who have joined us this term.
We held our parents group meeting in the ASD Base on Monday 21st October. This ‘get together’ gave us the opportunity to discuss the content of future group meetings and generate ideas for our area on the school website. Our parents discussed fund raising within the base and expressed an interest in an ASD specific after school club.
Also this term we had a visit from a therapy dog. The children enjoyed having Archie in our class and were keen to give him commands and play with him. We had a lovely afternoon and we gave him some treats to take home! Some more photos can be seen in our ASD Pencil.
We are still collecting old mobile phones. We have registered with The Hearts and Minds Challenge who will collect and recycle old mobile phones in return for an iPad. http://www.heartsandmindsphones.co.uk/
Our first 165 phones have been posted off and we have taken delivery of our first iPad! The children really enjoy using it to learn and play. We have about 80 phones towards our next one so please keep collecting them for us.
Summer Term 2013
During the week commncing the 4th June we celebrated International Week. Our base found out lots of information about Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. You can see more photographs in the ASD base pencil.
April 2nd was World Autism Day. As this fell during the Easter holidays, we celebrated the day by holding an Autism Bubble Day on Tuesday 30th April. We asked the children to wear something small and blue in addition to their school uniform and we asked them to bring 50p as we had cakes for sale at breaktime, very kindly made by parents and staff. We had an awareness assembly for both KS1 and KS2 and introduced some basic autism awareness information in our PSHE lessons. On the afternoon, the children enjoyed making autism awareness posters, badges, wristbands etc and at 2.30 the whole school went onto the playground and blew bubbles. We finished the day by selling the cakes left from breaktime. As part of our continuing celebration, we invited Beverley school choir to come and sing for us at assembly on Thursday of that week. They gave an amazing performance. A fantastic week was enjoyed by all.
See more photos in our ASD base Page