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Member of Parliament’s question time in 4L

Member of Parliament’s question time in 4L

Posted by Avalon School on January 15th 2018

On Friday James Heappey, MP for the Wells constituency, visited Avalon. 4L grilled James with questions about being an MP, uncovering parliamentary secrets, such as why the seats are different colours in parliaments houses to how much free time James gets - not a lot, they found out that MPs have to work long hours! 4L then presented information about the Friends of Avalon hydrotherapy pool appeal. They had prepared a PowerPoint presentation to share with James and answered all his questions about how they have raised money so far. Everyone enjoyed James’s visit to the school and were grateful for his support! Thanks James - look forward to you visiting us again soon!!

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Wells Cathedral Christmas Service

Wells Cathedral Christmas Service

Posted by Nev on November 28th 2017

On Tuesday 28th November, students from Avalon singing group attended the music service at Wells Cathedral, along with other students from other special schools: Fosse Way, Critchill, Brookside Academy, Selworthy, Fiveways and The Mendip School. Avalon staff were very proud of our students for such a confident and energetic performance of ‘Christmas Mambo’. We enjoyed teaching the actions to the audience!

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Christmas Shopping at Avalon

Christmas Shopping at Avalon

Posted by Laura on November 15th 2017

Key stage 4 and Sixth form have been busy in their enterprise lessons preparing Christmas cards and stocking fillers to ease your Christmas shopping. For your Christmas cards contact Sixth form who have been busy designing and making cards since September. There are 4 designs to choose from. 4K have been making gifts with the lavender they harvested from the school garden some months ago. There are gift sets including Lavender soaps, bath tea bags and lavender bags ready to buy or order and this week they will be making lavender bath bombs. 4EM have been busy making luxury hot chocolate pouches. So before you hit Clarks village or go online check out what handmade goods Avalon has for sale!

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Rumbling Tums 'Pop Up Cafe'

Rumbling Tums 'Pop Up Cafe'

Posted by Nev on November 15th 2017

On Wednesday 15th November, 6th Form students set up their first Rumbling Tums ‘pop up café’ at Southlawns Care Home. Here, students served customers hot drinks and cakes, as well as selling their handmade Christmas cards they have been making in their Enterprise learning. One 6th Form student was particularly enthusiastic about helping at Southlawns and has decided she would like to help people when she leaves Avalon School.

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Somerset Careers Fair

Somerset Careers Fair

Posted by Nev on November 14th 2017

On Tuesday 14th November, 6th Form and 4L classes attended the Somerset Careers Fair at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. Students accessed support required to make the best choices about their education and future careers. We also visited a separate ‘Choices for Life’ area that focused on raising aspirations for being independent through the five hows: • How can I live more independently? • How can I choose my next school or college? • How can I find things to do in my spare time? • How can I find a job and keep a job? • How can I stay safe and healthy?

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4K at the Zoo

4K at the Zoo

Posted by Laura on November 6th 2017

As part of KS4's Variation and Adaptation unit in science, KS4 took a trip to Bristol Zoo. 4K observed the animals and researched how different animals are adapted to their habitats. Pupils were keen to ask one of the Zoo Volunteers, Cathy, questions about what gorillas eat in the wild - they eat vegetables. They were eating cauliflower when 4K were there! The penguins were a hit, especially the glass tunnel where you can watch them swimming - but be prepared for the smell! Everyone enjoyed the trip and learned a lot towards their accreditations.

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Fundraising at Avalon

Fundraising at Avalon

Posted by Laura on November 6th 2017

As part of Citizenship, which includes community and volunteering, all pupils are taking part in a whole school charity project this half term and the beginning of next. Each class has chosen a charity to support and has also been allocated a link pupil from the KS4 Level 1 English group. These KS4 pupils will help the class teacher to organise fund raising and, in the process, will be accredited for their Level 1 speaking and listening units. There have already been some fantastic ideas suggested: a danceathon, a waterwalk and a staff car washing enterprise to name just a few. Watch out for more details in the next few weeks, as the pupils will be writing letters and producing fliers to tell you more about their ideas.

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4EM

4EM

Posted by Laura on November 6th 2017

In early November KS4 went on a group visit to Bristol Zoo for some practical and very up close and personal animal encounters which were a very engaging way for pupils to contribute towards gaining their Science accreditation. KS4EM have been learning about 'Endangered Species' and therefore were able to immerse themselves in such a inspiring multi-sensory experience at the zoo. Pupils were working on identifying animals, communicating about the animals and tracking and showing sustained interest in animals movements. Jessica was lucky enough to have the opportunity to hold a giant African land snail and was able to handle it safely and sensibly- naming and pointing to the shell, eyes and 'foot' (good listening to the zoo keeper Jessica!) . Henry was very engaged by the sea-lions and was keen to sit and watch them for a long time as they dived in and out of the water for fish.

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Singing Workshop

Singing Workshop

Posted by Laura on October 31st 2017

On Tuesday 31st October, Saffron, a music specialist, visited Avalon School to run a singing workshop with some of our students who attend the lunchtime singing club. Saffron focused on developing the students’ singing skills. The students worked very hard with her and successfully sang 3 different parts of a song in unison! Look out to hear the singing club at the performances coming up this half term.

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Marshmallow Buildings

Marshmallow Buildings

Posted by Laura on October 13th 2017

3A's DT project this half-term was to look at structures and how we can build and adapt these to make them taller, stronger, wider etc. The pupils carried out an investigation to find who could make the tallest stricture. Using spaghetti and marshmallows, they set to work in two teams of 3 pupils. The whole class was enthusiastic and it was a great opportunity for the pupils to work together, share ideas, listen to others suggestions and adapt their design together to make the tallest tower. The pupils tried lots of different ways, but eventually decided that they needed to have a wide base and lots of supports - great team work!

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