11 Members of Bancroft class tested themselves and enjoyed experiencing new activities during the residential stay in Derbyshire. Some who were afraid of heights bravely tackled the abseil from a disused railway bridge over a river, others who had never seen a canal negotiated a lock in canoes, yet more ventured onto zip wires, team building and assault courses, whilst other intrepid souls faced small spaces weaseling between boulders or stepping stone river crossings, not to mention the few who took on the highest peak in the area. Our pre-visit bed-making sessions came in handy when we arrived at the barn and had to make our own beds and other life skills such as table laying and looking after our own laundry were practised to the full. Every member of the class who took part returned with a rich store of happy memories and a bloom of confidence.
This term the class will be working on the poem "The HIghwayman". We have planned sensory room activities to support our drama, music making, model construction and retelling activities to accompany our writing about the poem as part of our Exploring Poetry unit for WJEC Entry Pathways Additional English qualification. After half term we shall be looking at "Romeo and Juliet", where our practical work will be animated by a workshop visit from a theatre company.
In Maths Bancroft will be working with numbers, involving weighing, measuring and basic number operations around cooking, money and stock control as we prepare our jams and chutneys for sale at the Christmas Bazaar. We are looking forward to farm shop visits for ingredients as well as to our Wellies-On Care Farm near Colchester, which takes place at the end of September.
Read about Bancroft's preparations for the Christmas Bazaar here.