20 Dec

As we break up for the Christmas holidays, here is an update from Dean Street for you to enjoy..

SBA2 have had a good last few weeks of term, they’ve consolidated their knowledge in a range of subjects. They’ve completed their Science topic: States of Matter by making their own plastic (Michael was very unimpressed that it did not bounce though!).

They’ve secured their knowledge of Statistics and Data Handling including line graphs, tables, timetables, bar charts and pie charts/ percentages. They even put this knowledge into action to create an their own apple pies… and eating 100% of them!  

In English, the boys have developed their knowledge of persuasive devices, I’m sure their Christmas lists this year may include a little more persuasive techniques than usual. 

SBA2 have made a fantastic start to our Enterprise topic, showing brilliant business acumen. The boys have made wooden reindeers, magical reindeer food, homemade chocolates (which didn’t last long enough to sell!) and a very creative selection of Christmas cards. Let’s hope that these products raise lots of cash for our new project…. 

When we asked the boys what they’d like to spend their well-earned cash on, we had some wonderful ideas! In the end it was agreed that we would transform our very large, very boring, storage cupboard into our very own ‘Relaxation Room’. The good ideas didn’t stop there though, the boys put their newly learnt persuasive writing techniques into four wonderfully persuasive and beautifully presented letters to Miss Rodgers to ask for a donation to our project. 

In Maths, we’ve been putting our business brains through their paces with data handling and statistics, collating information from different sources and presenting It in various ways. The boys have enjoyed presenting data such as their behaviour percentages (which has now turned into a class competition) as well as how many of each colour are in a pack of smarties (which mysteriously disappeared mid way through plotting the data). The boys have also costed out and researched items to place in our new ‘Relaxation Room’ (we will update you with pictures of this once finished). 

Here are some of our favourite moments of the week that sum up SBA2 and our fun, creative and talented pupils. 

The boys’ hard work has not gone unnoticed with Harlan picking up the Pastoral Award and Michael receiving the SLT Award for a lovely Friday treat – very well done both boys, your behaviour percentages reflect your hard work in class!

We have all enjoyed the run up to Christmas this week, completing challenges in order to earn stars. Some of the challenges included:
– Cup Towers (where we saw some fantastic teamwork)..

..Monkey Run (where Michael did more falling than running)..

..Poop the Potato 💩🥔 ..

The boys also invited me to watch their new found skills during their trampolining lesson with Mr Hopkins. I haven’t seen them on the trampolines since the start of term and I was very impressed with their progress – really well done!

As a reward for all their hard work and good behaviour SBA2 have organised a whole school trip to Cadbury World this Thursday..

Finally, I’d like to say a massive thank you to Harlan’s mum for the wonderful Christmas Cupcakes! They were enjoyed by both students and staff.

Have a very Merry Christmas from all of us in SBA2!

Our lovely Key stage 3 students have been making Christmas pom poms in creative with Miss Mellor. Harlan and Mitchell made lovely robins. Kian, Mason and Dylan made snow balls, Amaan and James made Christmas puddings and Jayden made a fantastic reindeer. All the boys worked really hard creating their Christmas pom pom decorations and they all turned out lovely..

Mr Mullins is very pleased with how hard his class have been working too..

Despite all the excitement and extra-curricular activities leading up to the festivities, the boys in SBA3 have worked incredibly hard to not only plan, draft and produce their own short story but to also edit and up-level their work. They deserve huge recognition for persevering with this aspect of their learning and it has been wonderful to see them apply their knowledge of different sentence structures, embedding emotions into their writing.

In Maths, we have focused on perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes through to two, three-part questions and missing measurements. Again, I cannot praise the boys enough for their attitude and determination throughout this difficult concept. They handled their frustrations in a positive manner and channelled that energy into scaffolding their own learning. They demonstrated a level of maturity that I am sure will continue into the new year and it was promising to see the boys apply the work we have been doing around self-coping strategies.

Enjoy the break and “no work for two weeks Mr. Mullins!” Don’t eat too many mince pies and we’ll see you all in 2020!

We hope you all have a wonderful break over Christmas and look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 6th January!

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