About: Mrs Swales


The group visited Thinford Services as there is a variety of cafes and shops within the complex where they could practise

  their communication skills.

8L Careers

Firefighters from Spennymoor station came to visit and talk about what they do,  they even brought the fire engine.


Communications group

Students decided to test some new skills in school on 12th.  They used their organising, financial and selling powers when they wheeled the tuck-shop trolley to their excited customers.








8L French cafe

In careers, to celebrate ‘mardi gras’, 8L opened their very own French cafe.  Students prepared the food, took orders, acted as waiters then tidied up to learn about working in a cafe.  Students also learned the traditions of Mardi Gras, Pancake Tuesday and had the opportunity to try new foods such as Brie cheese and crepes.  No escargot, though! 


7M French food tasting experience

7M had the opportunity to try some typical French food during their French lesson.  They tried Brie, crepes, brioche and baguette all washed down with ‘red wine’ … red grape juice – strictly non-alcoholic! 


 7S animations

Students have drawn a storyboard and are now building the sets from Lego or dough in preparation for filming their animations all about ‘road safety’.


Friday communications group

After lunch every Friday a group of 8 students from across the year groups go to visit local shops and cafes.  The students look at the menus,  order and use money skills to pay.  This week we went to KFC at Thinford.


Oaks students on Army rations!

After Sgt. Major Metcalfe’s informative visit last week, he left an intriguing box of Supplies which soldiers are given when out on manoeuvres.  It was left to 8L to test this strange ‘box of tricks’.  Some flavours went down well, such as the tuna pasta, others not so well as you will see by the students’ reactions! 









7M further thaumatropes

Robbie and Cole tried different methods to spin their animation devices 


7S, 7M and 7W learning about animation

Year 7 have been making thaumatropes, an early animation device, in computing.  They have been researching the history of animation as they will soon be making their own all about road safety.