Monthly Archives: February 2013

100 WCGU – Week 79

A photo prompt this week.

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‘I dropped it,’ she thought, as she fumbled for her key. ‘Where on earth is it?’
Putting down the heavy shopping bags she checked every pocket, looked again in her purse and couldn’t find it anywhere.
‘Maybe I left it at the shops’, she said out loud to no one in particular, and picked up the shopping again to find somewhere safe to leave it. Having tucked it out of sight behind the garden wall she set out along the path once again, retracing her steps.
‘Ah ha’, there it was, lying on the grass verge by the post box.

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100 wcgu #78

This week’s 100 word challenge for grown ups was ‘…what does it taste like…’

I’m sorry if you are easily offended…

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I can’t believe I’m writing this. It’s one of those things that happens to new-ish teachers, and then once you’ve laughed in class you move on, without sharing.
Picture the scene. Year 7 sex ed lesson. We’re talking about how women get pregnant.
‘Miss, is it true that you can get pregnant if you swallow sperm?’ asks one girl.
‘No, of course not’, I say, and as I turn back to the board to show her again what happens I add under my breath ‘but it doesn’t taste very nice.’

The cheeky lad at the front heard, didn’t he. ‘So, what does it taste like?’

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Another place, Crosby beach

Back in December I set myself 12 challenges http://wp.me/p2yJ3p-24 Today, I have been in Liverpool completing one of them. It’s been a freezing day, with a bitter, unrelenting wind, even when the sun did come out! I have been on the beach at Crosby, walking amongst 100 full sized statues, in different positions along said beach.

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These photos were taken on my tablet, I will upload some from my camera when I can. I never switch off as a teacher, and was wishing I lived closer as I walked, so many teaching opportunities for science, art, inspiration for english…

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151481899945469.541239.604420468&type=1 more photos here

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100 Word Challenge – week #76

This week’s 100 word challenge set the phrase ‘beneath the surface’

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The sand was white, the sea was a beautiful azure blue and the sun was shining. Sitting beneath a palm tree for a bit of shade, she finished her book and looked around for something more active to do.

Over by the shore, there was a man with a creaky old boat. He made eye contact and smiled, so she went for a look. The price was reasonable, and she climbed aboard. As they pulled away from the beach she looked down. Through the glass bottom, beneath the surface of the calm sea she could see the coral reef. What a lovely surprise!

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Cadbury World – learning opportunities

for SEN (SLD) pupils

  • Science – heating/melting/making chocolate
  • History – of chocolate and of Cadbury with a bit of Victorians and Aztecs thrown in
  • PHSE – staying in a group, being around strangers, being in a strange place
  • Maths – paying in the shop with support from the VERY helpful staff
  • English – reading the signs and information boards at whatever level
  • PE/motor skills – there’s a lovely adventure playground… and a few stairs

For PMLD pupils

  • smell – the chocolate smell is everywhere!
  • touch – the warm pipes carrying the chocolate, molten chocolate. There’s a part of the Cadabara ride that gets very cold and windy. The ‘how to make chocolate’ section has lots of things going on, including a vibrating bench
  • taste – chocolate – with bits in
  • sight – lots of bright adverts to look at, lots to see all the way around
  • hearing – again, lots going on. Tropical thunderstorm noise in the Aztec section

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Cadbury World

Today we took the pupils who attend ‘Explorers Club’ to Cadbury World.

Explorers Club is our lunchtime Science/PHSE Club. We follow Crest Stars Award – although it is aimed at Primary age pupils, there’s just the right level of challenge for our SLD pupils. We decided as part of our Science and PHSE action plans that we wanted to do an unusual trip for these pupils this year, and it was even written into the budget! With a bit of creative thinking, we’ve written a unit of similar challenge to the others in the Crest series and linked the trip in.

Before the trip
We have been looking at how much air is in a Wispa. Well, an ASDA own brand, but you get the idea. With a little bit of support, but surprisingly not much, we deduced that we needed to measure the volume of the bar using water. Problem solving when trying to squeeze chocolate into a measuring cylinder was fun, but we did it! The next lesson we figured out that we needed to make the chocolate hot to take the bubbles out, and the one after we measured the volumes again.

On the day
Of course we weren’t the only school there, but we had a whole time slot to ourselves, so no worries about getting the pupils muddled up with others as we went through the exhibition. We had four adults, one a nurse to help a specific pupil access the day, and eleven students from KS3, 4 and 5. Quite a lot of the early exhibits were lost on them, those that involved reading or listening to long words, but the fun started outside the first Cadbury Tea Shop. Some staff in ‘authentic’ costume spoke to us about living in the Victorian era and the pupils were quite interested.

The ‘how we make chocolate’ theatre went down really well, with one young man making the link between the rollers to squash the chocolate and the rolling pin he uses at school. They all liked it when the seats shook!

The factory tour was great – although someone said the chocolate smelt like roast beef. Of course, being the responsible grown up that I am, I took charge of the many bars of chocolate you get as you go round. It’s quite heavy! There was a part that was inaccessible for the wheelchair, but since it was empty (just in case) we managed to get it up and down the stairs. The pupils all said that the ‘Cadabara’ ride was their favourite – I was worried that it would be too ‘young’ for them, but apparently not.

Onto the handmade chocolate section, and we all had a chance to write our names in chocolate, with varying degrees of success. Very messy, and something perhaps to think about for motor skills practice. The advert section went a bit over their heads, although staff reminisced and we all laughed at the drumming gorilla. There was a bit of fun stuff to play with, before exiting into, of course, the shop!

And then it was lunchtime. There is lots of space at Cadbury World to eat lunch, but it’s a ‘first come, first served’ basis. We headed down towards the marquee and then the pupils spotted the outside picnic benches. In the SLD/ASD world, sunny = warm. So, the pupils chose and we sat outside.

Next stop, ‘Essence’. Again, a little bit over most of their heads in places, but more than made up for by the warm, melted chocolate we got on the way out. I’d go in there again please. And again… A half hour letting off steam on the playground (note to Secondary teachers – just because you think your kids will be ‘ok’ doesn’t mean they don’t need supervising. Some of them were FOUL to my kids, and I couldn’t find a member of staff to deal with it!) and it was time to go home.

They are already asking when we can go again!

After the trip
The plan is to continue with ‘how much air is in a Wispa’ and to talk about what we have seen and done, using photos to help us remember. We might try writing our names in liquid chocolate again, and take home the results.

Note for PMLD teachers
Cadbury World has a beautiful new Changing Places toilet, so there’s no excuse not to take your pupils for a multi sensory experience!

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