For enrichment, Year 10s have been learning basic sewing skills; how to sew on a button, sew a hem and cut out a pattern. They have successfully mastered all skills and used their new found knowledge to create pictures.
As a nod to the forthcoming season, Year 10 have also been cutting out and sewing together a snowman ornament; as have some of the KS3 students. KS3 have also been learning to cross stitch.
The sessions have been fun and we would also like to thank Andrea Smith for her help.
Science and fun!!
A new team of budding scientists are developing their enquiry, problem-solving and communication skills by taking part in the prestigious CREST AWARD during their enrichment lesson.
Bronze Awards introduce students to project work, empowering them to work like real scientists, technologists, engineers or mathematicians. Students choose their own topic and methodologies, giving them complete freedom over their work.
Our Key Stage 4 students investigated to find the best recipe for home-made bath bombs. Students worked hard on this; researching a recipe for the best bath bombs, trialling the recipes, improving their methods and coming up with the best recipe for bath bombs that fizz longer.
During enrichment, the Art department have been working on various creations including; painting large scale canvas’ as a joint piece, creating poppies for the remembrance display and creating Christmas decorations in clay and felt. Oskar was very proud of his Christmas tree!
Food for Families – Gardening Project
Students have spent the term harvesting home grown produce including garlic, onions, leeks, pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers, rocket, salad, kale and squash; as well as preparing the beds and grounds ready for the winter and setting seedlings ready for next years produce.
They have learned how to make organic plant food, use garden tools, composting and good old fashioned grafting.
Students have worked cohesively and in harmony together in all-weather with great gusto to achieve all set tasks, including providing produce for the Forbury Garden’s Food Festival which was prepared and cooked by Reading College and served to the public al-fresco at the gardens in Reading during October.
The allotment is a great place to escape from the classroom learning environment in a physical, social and emotional capacity as we engage and learn about each other as well as immersing into the therapeutic calm surroundings of nature.
Many thanks go to the charity and the volunteers who support this great project which provides a fantastic opportunity to the community as well as providing home grown produce for students to take home to experiment with and cook up a treat for themselves and their families