Continuing with our lantern building, 11W and 8L have created willow lanterns.
We gathered willow withies from the sensory garden. We made a Christmas tree and a star shape, then carefully covered them with tissue paper and glue. When dried, we placed lights inside them.
Many world cultures and religions celebrate light, in the Philippines they carry star shaped lanterns called Parols during Christmas celebrations.
The December solstice marks the ‘turning of the Sun’ as the days slowly get longer. Celebrations of the lighter days to come have been common throughout history with feasts, festivals and holidays around the December solstice celebrated by cultures across the globe. Lights , fire and lanterns are common in these celebrations.
It is coming to that time of year for our year 11 pupils to consider their next steps in education. During pupils’ annual reviews we are joined by SEND Caseworker and Durham Works to ensure you receive the guidance and support you may need. For our year 10 pupils it is never too early to begin thinking about their next steps. Please find a table with information regarding local college virtual open evenings. If you require any further information please contact L.Wilkinson / M.Broom using the school contact tab.
Durham County Council have received funding from the government through the COVID-19 Winter Grant Scheme to help as many families as we can this winter. It has been agreed that the family of every pupil who receives free school meals will be provided with vouchers that they can spend at Asda, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s or Tesco.
There is one voucher for £20 allocated per eligible child, per week (£40 maximum).
Vouchers will be sent out by the school via post or email from Wednesday 9th December 2020.
Instructions for parents/carers guiding you through the process of nominating a supermarket and downloading your e-code voucher will be sent as soon as we receive it.
For our topic Light and Celebrations, 11W made stained glass biscuits. We measured out our ingredients and rolled our dough. We had great fun smashing up our lollies, we carefully placed the broken sweets on our biscuits and then baked them. They looked beautiful and tasted great too !
We’ve been making different lanterns too, our winter silhouette jars look very pretty.
For Religious Education, 8P have been learning all about the different celebrations that take place in Judaism, including the Passover and Rosh Hashanah. This week we have been learning about Hanukkah – the Festival of Lights, and have created a piece of art that reflects and respects this tradition.
Over the last few weeks we have been studying rivers. We have looked at the parts of the river and the journey it takes. We also looked at the role of rivers in the water cycle. This week we finished our models showing the journey it takes from the river source to the mouth. We were pretty pleased with our work.
This week we made some ‘gingered bread’ using an old Tudor recipe. We all had a turn at measuring the ingredients and mixing it together. Then we left it to cool and got to have a taste. Some of us had never had regular gingerbread before so this was a completely new taste. Others were able to make comparisons between gingerbread and ‘gingered’ bread. We were surprised to see the recipe included peppercorns! How odd!
Some of us thought the bread tasted delicious, others were not so keen and would like to make the traditional gingerbread we know and love next week instead!
In our life skills session this week, we have made oat biscuits as a healthy alternative snack. The pupils have been encouraged to work as independently as possible and have used their numeracy skills to weigh the ingredients. Some pupils have experienced a range of different tastes and textures. The results were delicious!