This week within our Independent Living group we continued our work on hobbies. After having Catherine Batty in school to talk to us about Scouting, we decided as a group we would like to try outdoor survival techniques. We chose to focus on outdoor shelters. We worked in two teams and were provided with only rope and tarpaulin. Pupils had to solve the issue of how to keep the tarpaulin off the ground but low enough to provide shelter. Both teams were successful by the end of the session!
This morning 9H made the trip to the Farooq E Azam Mosque in Stockton.
We started off with the prep work before hand, making sure we all knew what we would be doing.
Next, we headed for the minibus and made our way to Stockton. Upon arrival, we listened to our hosts as they explained everyone is to remove their shoes before entering the Mosque. We were then shown through to the adjoining room with seats and taps, where we heard how Muslims believe they should be purified before entering the Mosque, by washing their hands, feet, arms, mouth and head.
Next we went into one of their two prayer rooms. We watched a video explaining the 5 pillars of Islam, before moving to the next room to learn about how Muslims pray.
We were all fascinated by their carpet with individual prayer mats printed in.
We all enjoyed listening about the different physical movements involved in prayer – and some of us had a go at these movements ourselves.
A huge thank-you to the Farooq E Azam Mosque for hosting us!
This morning 10s visited Spennymoor Community Fire Station as part of their careers exploration learning. The Red Watch team at the station were kind enough to show us around, let us see the equipment they used and answered all career related questions we wanted to ask. Pupils learnt about the skills they would need to become firefighters and the types of qualities that would be beneficial. We got to ask about the most exciting jobs the crew had attended, as well as the most dangerous and most rewarding. We also learnt about the other roles the crew take on and were surprised it wasn’t just about firefighting but educating, rescuing, training, learning and using skills from many academic subjects in real life situations, It was lovely to see a team so passionate about their roles and inspiring our young people. A great day was had by all! Take a look at the exciting things we got up to!
On Wednesday, 8W and 9C went to Hall Hill Farm to see some local habitats.
We were able to visit all of the animals on a tractor ride. We fed the sheep, lambs and goats. It is still unclear who was more excited – the pupils or Miss Windsor. Following this we got to hold the chicks and the guinea pigs, which some of 8W thought were the scariest animals out of all.
The pupils (and staff) were taught many facts about the animals throughout the day.