About: Mrs Swales

Communications and social skills

Today we went out to practise communication in a cafe environment.  Everyone did very well.

Go Read update

as you can see,  refurbishment of the bus is in full swing.  The decals are almost complete, the wheels have been refurbished and the plans for the interior are completed.  Our aim is to have the bus open around half term.  

Asda green token scheme

The reading bus has been accepted as a charity in ASDA Spennymoor for the green token scheme.  Hopefully we will win and be able to fill the shelves with new books.  Please support our cause!

Help and support from businesses

A parent has informed us that Newcastle Airport offers a system whereby you can be allocated a lanyard if you have special needs.  This is a visual for staff and fellow passengers to aid a more comfortable travel experience.  Also, shoe retailer Clinkards offers a prebookable appointment system which can allow a quiet slot for a shoe fitting.  Several cinemas offer quiet viewings of movies too.  More details will follow in the next Oaks Oracle.

Stop the bus!

Today we acquired a very special addition to the school.  Donated by ‘Go North East’ the bus will be converted into a reading zone.  Watch this space for updates as the bus goes through its transformation. 

9M English

Year 9 have been focussing on non-fiction texts and have used their knowledge to create an eye catching and informative display.

Inspired by Van Gogh

Today the printing group took inspiration from the painting ‘Sunflowers’ and used cardboard tubes to print flowers on canvas.  I am sure you will agree how talented the group are!  Next week we are off to Bowes Museum to a printing workshop. 

Dry point printing at Bowes

today we had a printing class at the amazing Bowes museum.  Thank you to Julia.


Today the group took inspiration from nature to print cards for Mothering Sunday.  They collected  foliage from the school grounds and printed their design. They also tried marbling to decorate the inside of the cards.

Printing, further explorations

Today the group enhanced fabric with printed patterns using a range of vegetable shapes.  First we chopped the vegetables to see what shapes they made.  Next, we designed a pattern which was then copied onto fabric.