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SCS Newsletter 21.11.2019

We have had another exciting week at school.

In lower school this week, Pansy class have been learning about which is left and which is right. Lotus class have been exploring winter through sensory play using blue jelly, puffy flour paint and glitter patterns. Bluebell class have been using a visual step by step recipe strip to make guacamole, the learners had fun cutting and blending the ingredients. The music team have started practising winter themed songs for the winter celebration concerts which sound beautiful.

In upper school this week there has been lots of learning happening both in school and in our local community. Roald Dahl, Attenborough and Jonas Salk Classes all went out on shopping trips in the local community and showed their increasing independence. Mary Seacole class explored call and response through music. Post 16 kept on working out with the ever vigorous Step Class. Also a group of Arts Awards students put on a stunning perfomance of Shakespeare in a real theatre! More of which below. Well done everyone.

Please be reminded that the school is closed to pupils on Friday 22nd November 2019 for a staff professional development day. Students return to school on Monday 25th November.

Reminder about the Winter Concerts: From Monday 9th December to Friday 13th December, students will be presenting some creative work in a series of Winter Concerts. There are six concerts grouped together by age and stage within the school. Parent, carers and families are all welcome to attend and you have received an invite and details of which concert to attend through your class teams.

Christmas cards now on sale: Christmas cards, designed by our very own Swiss Cottage learners will be available for purchase from school reception from the start of next week. Check out the card designs below to see what our creative pupils have been up to and pick up a pack of cards at £3 for 5 designs. Thank you!

Parent Council: The first parent council meeting of this year will be taking place on Friday 6th December 2019, 10.00 to 11.30am. We look forward to seeing you at the first session.

Autumn Term Dates Reminder: 

- Friday 22nd November 2019: Staff training day – no school for pupils

- Thursday 19th December 2019: Last day for pupils

- Winter break: Friday 20th December 2019 to Friday 3rd January 2020

EYFS

This week Orchid class enjoyed some outdoor learning and used different types of vehicles to make marks in the sand. Learners enjoyed pushing the wheels through the sand and feeling it on their hands.

Lotus class explored different textures and got very messy finding their favourite items in some cold spaghetti! They worked on their vocal responses when presented with the different textures.

Informal Pathway

Mysha had her first go on the adapted trikes this week. She did brilliantly and even pedalled by herself for a while!

On Thursday, Buttercup class went out for a trip to the local community cafe and used switches to interact with others while they were there. Well done.

Mary Seacole class have started with their Christmas sensory story of Santa's Hand. Exploring different sensory inputs to finally find Santa!

Semi-Formal Pathway

This week learners in lower school went to the supermarket to develop their learning in the community!

The learners enjoyed finding the ingredients, before scanning them and paying for them.

When back at school, the learners had fun using their ingredients to make pizzas!

Formal Pathway

This week the Arts Award students performed Shakespeare's 12th Night at The Arts Depot in North Finchley. They rehearsed on stage with professional actors prior to the big performance! They were first on stage and were followed by 3 other Camden schools, all performing various Shakespeare plays.

Many of the learners families and friends came to watch the performance. They put on an amazing show and received a standing-ovation from the audience!

Sixth Form

Camden hosted a successful 'Preparing for Adulthood' Event at the Greenwood Centre where Swiss Cottage's Post-16 department had a stall. The event promoted the updated Pathway to Adulthood Document and the opportunity for parents, carers and young people to meet with services who offer support to young people with disabilities from 16 years and over.

It was lovely to see many Swiss Cottage parents in attendance and a group of Year 14 learners too. For more info- https://www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk/

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