We have a visitor in our classroom at the moment! Frodo the rabbit from 6th form is helping us with one of our ASDAN challenges. We are all helping to look after him by giving him fresh food and water each day, and cleaning out his hutch. Most of us love brushing his fur, and even the pupils that were unsure are becoming much braver around him. We will really miss him when he goes back to 6th Form!
8W are learning about the religion of Hinduism in Religious Education, this term.
Today, we were learning about worship in the Mandir (temple).
We also learned that many Hindus have a shrine in their home. We decided to make a Hindu shrine in our classroom. We all placed images of Hindu gods on a table we had covered in a nice cloth. We then put some water, fruit and flowers on the table, as Hindu’s would do this to make offerings to their gods.
We lit some candles and incense sticks. The room smelt lovely. We put some Hindu puja (worship) music on, and thought about how it might feel to be part of a Hindu family with a shrine at home.
We had another busy afternoon in the Up-Cycling group today.
Our rocking chair is finally complete and ready for delivery. We had to try three different types of paint on it before we were finally happy with the colour and quality of the finish. We think it looks great though – and is nicely finished off by the cushion a member of staff kindly made for us to fit the chair. The fabric of the cushion was chosen by the new owner of the chair.
We started to paper our ‘Space Drawers’. It has taken several mixes of paint to colour match the paint for the edges of the drawers to the wallpaper. We are happy with the match now though – so hopefully, the drawers should be complete and ready for sale by half term.
We also started to decoupage one of the kitchen stools we have been asked to give a horse theme, by a member of staff. There was a lot of careful cutting to do, to get the edges of the stool the way we wanted it to look. We think it will look great once its dried and varnished though!
The rocking chair, before we started work on it.
The rocking chair today – with its new ‘made to fit’ cushion.
Preparing the side of the drawers for the first piece of ‘Space’ wallpaper.
‘Space’ wallpaper on. We think these drawers will look ‘out of this world’, when they are finished!!
Decoupaging the edge of the kitchen stool top is a very fiddly process!
The first horse picture on the stool top.
Nearly complete. A final coat of PVA glue to bind all the pictures together.
As the glue starts to dry – the horse images begin to stand out. They will look very vibrant by the time they are varnished next week!
The Year 10 Vocational Studies class started their visits to look after the garden at the Locomotion museum in Shildon today.
Each year, the option class visit the museum during the summer term, to complete some voluntary work as part of their course.
The garden has seven raised flower beds – each with a different theme. The flower beds were looking very tired, after the harsh winter months. Spring is clearly on its way though, as there were lots of weeds in each of the flower beds.
We tackled three of the beds today – which are now looking much smarter, and ready for a few extra plants.
Lavender bed – done!!
Rockery – done!!
Hosta bed (once the spring bulbs have gone!) – done!!
Lovely to see Laurie, Xanthe and Leanna today and Harvey, our latest “grandchild”! Lovely also to see Andrew who disappeared before I could take his photo!
10L have been making dog biscuits for our AQA Pre Entry Level in Animal Management.
We carefully measured the ingredients.
We stirred the ingredients as they went into the bowl.
Our pre cooked product! We are very proud of them.