Welcome to the Upper Resource Class page!
Friday 28th April 2017
The pupils are working very hard to develop their reading and writing skills. Some pupils have been learning how to make different words using the phoneme ow. They used Lego bricks to differentiate between the different sounds.
In art the pupils have been learning about primary, secondary and tertiary colours. Harrison really enjoyed using the various media and was able to talk about what process he used to make each colour.
Friday 21st April 2017
Once again the pupils have flourished in maths. Harrison and William have been learning how to describe 3D shapes, and are now able to identify 2D shaped faces on 3D shapes. Salem on the other hand was able to use tally marks to record the total number of objects. The pupils have been very proud of their achievements, as were the staff.
Friday 31st March 2017
The pupils have really enjoyed learning about the Easter Story in R.E. They were able to sequence visuals that depicted the story and were able to identify key events and people. In reflection of what they had learnt, the pupils went on to make crucifixes and Easter wreaths.
Friday 24th March 2017
Harrison has been very proud of his achievements in maths this week! He is now able to sort 3D shapes in a variety of ways using venn diagrams. This week he is hoping to move onto sorting 3D shapes using carroll diagrams.
Friday 17th March 2017
The pupils really enjoyed their visit to Portland Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne. They were given the opportunity to learn about how daily life was at that time, from what jobs they could have had to what they might have ate. Harrison decided that he wouldn't have enjoyed being a chimney sweep, and Olivia found that she really liked wearing the clothes (especially the bonnet).
Friday 3rd March 2017
The pupils really enjoy our Social Skills lessons. This week their task was to think about how they might feel in different situations e.g. if they had to say goodbye to a family member. The pupils then drew facial expressions on Lego pieces to show how they'd feel, before discussing the reasons behind their choices. Some of the pupils were also able to think about and discuss how others might feel when finding themselves in similar situations.
Friday 24th March 2017
This week some of the children have been learning how to categorise 3D shapes. Early on in the topic, we decided that using Blu Tack to identify flat sides, vertices (corners) and edges would help us in this task.
Friday 10th February 2017
The pupils really enjoy their art lessons, and this week was no exception! on. They used mixed media to make pictures of volcanoes in preparation for making exploding volcanoes using mixing bowls and papier mache on Friday afternoon. As you can imagine, the pupils really enjoyed using the variety of materials and watching the lava pour down the sides of the volcanoes.
Friday 3rd February 2017
The pupils have been working hard to develop their handwriting skills. Most of the class are now able to write on the line and are able to form all letters of the alphabet correctly.
In maths some of the pupils have been learning to use their ability to make number bonds to 10 to solve other problems. It is very important that the children are able to apply more basic maths skills to other areas of the curriculum.
Friday 27th January 2017
In maths some of the pupils can now name a range of 3D shapes. Salem was very proud when he was able to identify a hexogonal prism, and is now learning how to identify the properties of 3D shapes alongside his classmates.
Friday 20th January 2017
The pupils have really enjoyed making natural dyes during their art lesson this week. As you can see they experimented with lots of natural produce. The children are looking forward to finding out how well their dyes turn out next week.
Friday 13th January 2017
Some of our pupils have been learning how to join the different elements of a sentence together using Colourful Semantics. This visual approach has enabled the children to move on from making requests to making comments.
Friday 6th January 2017
We are pleased to report that the pupils had a fantastic time during the Christmas holidays. On their return to school they were very excited to meet our new head teacher Mrs Henderson. The pupils were very keen when they were given the opportunity to go to her office and show her examples of good learning.
Friday 16th December 2016
The staff and pupils in the Upper Resource Class want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Friday 9th December 2016
The pupils have really enjoyed learning about Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem this week. Next week they will learn about the nativity and the first days of Jesus' life.
In art the pupils have made the puppets below. They are very proud of them and are looking forward to taking them home.
Friday 2nd December 2016
What a busy week we have had! The pupils have been working hard to develop their handwriting skills during lessons. Targets have included ensuring that ascenders and descenders are written correctly in order to increase the recognisability of words and to make capital letters and lower case letters the correct size.
In art the pupils have begun to make some beautiful Christmas cards. The children are looking forward to showcasing their work on this page next week.
Friday 25th November 2016
The pupils have really enjoyed learning about the story of Adam and Eve during R.E. this week. Role play is a very effective way of helping to develop the expressive and comprehension skills of our children and the pupils were very excited to take on the different roles of the characters in the story.
In P.E. the pupils have been learning how to play hockey. First they had to think carefully about how to position their bodies before learning how to hold the hockey stick itself. After two lessons the pupils are now able to pass the ball around obstacles effectively as well as pass and receive a ball from a partner. Well done!
Friday 18th November 2016
The pupils have worked really hard during their maths lessons this week. Life skills are a very important part of our curriculum and some of the pupils have been learning how to make values of money using different groups of coins. We also discussed what various items in a shop would cost. Other pupils have been working hard to develop their ability to add and subtract. The staff are very proud of everybody's very positive attitude towards learning.
Friday 11th November 2016
P.E. has been a particular area of success this week! Last week the pupils began learning how to pass and stop a football correctly and a couple of our pupils found this quite a challenge. However this week all pupils felt a lot more confident to engage in all the activities and were very proud of their achievements.
The pupils made dream catchers this week in their art lesson after learning about their origin and the legends and beliefs surrounding them. The children showed a great deal of patience throughout the activity and they were very creative when thinking about what they'd like to add to them in order to give them a more personal touch. I'm sure you'd agree that Salem's looks fantastic!
Friday 4th November 2016
The pupils have tried particularly hard during English this week. They wrote some fantastic sentences to describe The Highway Rat and were able to spell some tricky words during their spelling lessons. Well done!
Friday 21st October 2016
Wow! What a busy half term we have had! From tackling tricky circuit moves in the Freddie Fit session to tackling tricky word problems in maths, the pupils have really given it their all. Well done!
Below are a couple of the dream jars the the pupils made during their art lesson this week. Aren't they beautiful? We're sure that the BFG would be very impressed!
Friday 14th October 2016
The pupils have really enjoyed reading the BFG during their afternoon English skills lessons. They were given the task of designing their own dream jars which they will make next week in art. Here are some photographs of Salem and Zahra thinking carefully about what they'd like to include in their dreams.
Friday 7th October 2016
The pupils really enjoyed art this week as they were given the opportunity to experiment with a range of media. Using leaves, branches and other fascinating things from the Welly Walk last week the pupils made plaster casts and rubbings. All the pupils were very sensible whilst using these tricky materials and many said they'd like to use them again in the future.
Friday 30th September 2016
In Science the pupils have worked very hard to develop their understanding about different light sources. All pupils took part in a discussion about what their favourite light sources were and some were able to give reasons for their choices.
We had a very busy day on Thursday! In the morning the class improved their fitness levels with the guidance of Freddie Fit. They were taught how to complete a number of circuits effectively and safely and really enjoyed working alongside peers from other classes. In the afternoon the pupils went on a Welly Walk to collect natural resources for their art lessons. The pupils were enthralled with the natural beauty of the local area and were challenged to thinking of different adjectives to describe their surroundings.
Friday 23rd September 2016
The students have worked very hard in their maths lessons this week. Staff have been very impressed with how keenly the students have approached each task and how they have acted on advice on how to improve their work.
In English the students have been trying hard to improve their handwriting. They have also been reading a book called A Squash and A Squeeze by Julia Donaldson which they have all found very amusing. The story inspired a conversation about what farm animals we'd be willing to share our houses with!
Friday 15th January 2016
This week the students have been learning about the water cycle. They worked hard to develop their understanding of keywords such as condensation, evaporation, precipitation and were keen to learn about the major stores of water.
In English the students have been supported to develop their ability to self assess and peer assess written work constructively. The children are supportive of one another and understand that reflection is an important aspect of learning.
Friday 8th January 2016
We hope that everyone had a pleasant Christmas and send you best wishes for the year ahead.
The URC students returned to school full of enthusiasm and settled down well. Highlights from the week include Lily being awarded Star of the Week for using her Paws.B skills without prompts from staff and a successful first lesson about the water cycle and how it impacts daily life.
Friday 11th December 2015
The students really like R.E. and really enjoyed learning about the nativity during their lesson this week. Part of their lesson involved thinking about how Mary and Joseph felt when confronted by the news that Mary was to bear the child of God. Lily thought that Mary would have felt scared when given the news, as she had been given a very important job to do.
Friday 4th December 2015
In P.E. the students worked hard to develop their core strength and balance. A particularly popular activity involved walking along a bench whilst balancing an increasing number of bean bags on their heads.
Zenadin Bux, a student in the URC has begun to lead the warm up and cool down routine at the beginning and end of each P.E. session. He has worked hard towards developing his leadership skills, and has been very keen to be a good role model for his classmates.
Friday 27th November 2015
The students have really enjoyed learning about electricity this week. They were able to predict which materials would let electricity pass through them, before testing to see if their theories were correct. Lily made the following observation during the lesson:
If the object in the circuit isn't a conductor e.g. a pencil, the light bulb will not light up. However the paperclip and fork are conductors, therefore the light bulb will light up.
Friday 20th November 2015
As many of you may know, construction activities help children to develop their skills in the following areas:
- motor skills and hand-eye coordination
- creative and divergent thinking
- social skills
- language skills
Lego is very popular amongst our young people, and it continues to be a great tool in helping them develop vital social and communication skills.
Friday 13th November 2015
Here are our hard working students painting their Viking shields! We'll post photographs of the resulting works of art when they're finished.
Friday 6th November 2015
In maths the class have worked hard to develop their their functional maths skills. The students are very keen to develop their independence skills and they have been enthusiastic.
In PSHE the class took part in a thought provoking group discussion about what changes they'd like to see in school, their local community and in the world. The staff were very impressed with their mature responses.
Friday 23rd October 2015
As you can see by the photograph below, the students have made some fantastic Viking ships! The children really enjoyed this task, and were keen to tell visitors to the class about them.
Friday 16th October 2015
The class team have been extremely proud of the English group this week. They were set a number of challenging comprehension questions, which they approached with enthusiasm and determination. Some students were able to not only predict what might happen in the current book, but were also able to justify their predictions.
The students have also continued to develop their emotional regulation skills. For some students this has meant identifying appropriate calming strategies that can used when they face difficult situations. The staff are proud of the mature responses towards these sessions.
Friday 9th October 2015
The students were pleased to attend the Harvest mass on Thursday. They enjoyed looking at the different imagery within the church, and felt proud when they brought their offerings of food to the altar.
In English the students have worked hard to develop their ability to retell important events in a story effectively. They also worked hard to improve their writing skills by using interesting adjectives and figurative language i.e. similes and metaphors.
Friday 2nd October 2015
The class have worked hard to develop their core maths skills this week. They have been learning how to solve word problems in five steps, as well as how to identify the missing number or operation in a sum.
In topic the students have been learning about the Vikings, and have begun to make a Viking shield and ship! The children have fantastic artistic skills, so we're looking forward to see how they turn out.
Friday 25th September 2015
The students have continued to enjoy reading George’s Marvelous Medicine. On Wednesday they wrote recipes for their own marvelous potions, with ingredients ranging from tea leaves to rabbit fur! Thankfully we didn't move on to make the potions as they would have certainly resulted in terrible side effects for the consumers!
The students have worked hard to improve their fitness levels in P.E., having been inspired by Freddy Fit last week. They were able to complete a challenging stretching routine and some students were able to advise others on how to improve their technique.
Friday 18th September 2015
The Upper Resource class have had a very enjoyable week.
On Thursday the students took part in a fitness session with Freddy Fit. They worked alongside their Year 5 and Year 6 peers and were able to perform some quite challenging moves. The group really enjoy physical activities and understand that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
The URC staff have been very proud of how many minutes the group have earned for their Golden Time this week. In Golden Time the students can choose to take part in a range of activities including reading, board games and crafts alongside their peers.
Friday 11th September 2015
The Upper Resource Class have settled in very well after the holidays.
This week the class have been learning about the artist Henry Matisse and about his famous pointillism paintings. The class really enjoyed making their own paintings by blowing rainbow bubbles and letting them pop onto a white background ! The pupils have also been working hard to develop their reading and writing skills. They have begun reading George’s Marvelous Medicine and are keen to find out how George’s concoction will affect his cruel grandma next week.
The class enjoyed their weekly trip to the local library. Through this activity they worked hard towards developing their social and communication skills. The library staff were very pleased to see the pupils after the 6 week break.