SCS Newsletter 24.01.2020

Dear Parents, Carers, and Families,

Lower School Updates: We have seen some lovely lessons right across lower school this week. In Pansy class pupils have been learning about the life cycle of a seed, the children were able to name the different parts of a plant and will be planting some seeds in the garden. In Lotus class pupils have been reading the wonderful story, 'The very hungry caterpillar' and have been exploring elements of the book through their senses. On Wednesday Lily class made some delicious pizzas and the children were doing some brilliant chopping of vegetables. There have been a number of trips this week including Violet class going to Sainsburys on the tube!

Upper School Updates: It's been another busy week in Upper School. Lots of exciting learning activities of all different types and styles. In Bill Gates class learners were exploring the sights, sounds and smells of a shopping trip. JK Rowling class have been showing off their cycling skills...and breaking land speed records! Roald Dahl class have been carrying out surveys about favourite ice creams and coming up with their own conclusions about the results. While in the EmployMEnt pathway, new designs were created for the next set of greetings cards. We also saw the grand reopening of the Venture Cafe with some delicious burritos being prepared by learners for hungry staff members!

Other News

The Speech and Language Therapists are going to offer 'InterACT NOW' family workshops in March 2020 to share ideas about communication (look out for the posters coming soon!). The team would like to know what would be useful for you. Please click on the link below by the 27th January 2020 to share your thoughts. Thank you for your time!


The Parent Council Meeting: This is a reminder to all parents representatives that the next Parent Council meeting will be taking place on 7th February 2020 from 10.00am to 11.30am. It is important that all classes are represented at the meeting. If you are unable to attend, please remember to let reception know which parent/carer from your class will be joining the meeting to replace you.

Anna Kennedy Online (AKO) Autism Expo event at Brunel University London on Saturday 28th March: AKO is a charity dedicated to raising awareness of autism to help support and inform families and carers. The tickets are £10 per adult and all children under 16 are free. For more information please use this link: https://akoautismexpo.co.uk/

Term Dates Reminder:

Spring Term 2020: Monday 6th January to Friday 3rd April 2020

Half Term: Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February 2020

Spring Holiday: Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April 2020


This week we celebrated Chinese New Year through a sensory story. We enjoyed the music and joined in using drums.

Orchid class were working on their functional hand skills in a play dough session.

Informal Pathway

Students across the school are using the eye-gaze computer in regular sessions throughout the week. With this technology, students can control the mouse pointer by looking at the screen.

Students can potentially learn to use this technology to communicate using pictures, symbols or words.

Semi-Formal Pathway

This week on the Semi-Formal pathway pupils have been exploring different materials and colour in their 'My Creativity' class. 

Lots of fun was had in Violet Class, they enjoyed feeling the different textures and getting artistic with their ideas!

Formal Pathway

This week learners from Sunflower class explored the properties of water and how it can change shape. They looked at water as ice and as a liquid in different containers.

Sunflower class also thought about the different animals that live in the sea. The learner chose to make a jellyfish!

Sixth Form

Students in Post-16 have been working together to make art on a sewing machine. One student pushed the switch button/pedal to start the machine, and the other student guided the material through to sew pieces of material together. When he stopped pressing the machine stopped.

The art work will be used to form the background for the Card & Design greeting cards.

Useful Information

Other Important Dates:

- Week of 10th February 2020, Family Learning Week

- 5th March 2020, World Book Day