Archive for 2016

An Evening With Mary Berry

An Evening With Mary Berry

Posted by Laura on December 13th 2016

We are delighted that Mary Berry, courtesy of the local Glastonbury and Street Rotary Club, provided an evening of much laughter and enjoyment as she talked with Claire Carter of BBC Somerset about her life and her baking. Mary was self-effacing and entertaining.

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Autumn in 3C

Autumn in 3C

Posted by Laura on November 8th 2016

This Term 3C have been learning about different people who help us in our community. We have learnt in school about the emergency services and enjoyed a trip to Glastonbury fire station. We met Adam who is a fire fighter. He showed us the stations fire engine and all the different firefighting equipment. We were able try on some of the protective clothing and try out the engines hose.

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3D at the Farm

3D at the Farm

Posted by Laura on October 21st 2016

3D had a wonderful time at Hazelhurst Farm on 30th September. We learnt about the animals that live on the farm, including goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, ducks, guinea pigs and Ramalamadingdong the ram, whose strange noises made us all laugh!

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Song Story Project

Song Story Project

Posted by Laura on July 1st 2016

3AK and 3LS students have been busy participating in workshops at our school and working with visiting musicians Will, Flora and Saffron. These students performed in a exciting music project 'Song Story'. The project ‘Song Story’ was a collaboration of music and drama with Avalon, Elmwood, Critchill and Selworthy Schools working together. The project was based around the piece of music ‘Four Seasons’ by Vivaldi. There was a combination of composing, playing, singing and performing. On Wednesday 29th June, there was a big celebration performance with everyone coming together to perform the whole piece at Robert Blake Science College. Gemma and Lorna were very impressed with Avalon students' bravery, listening and concentration both on stage performing but also when sat in the audience, waiting and listening.

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6GM Camp

6GM Camp

Posted by Laura on June 29th 2016

On Thursday 16th and Friday 17th June, 6GM students had a fantastic time on their residential camp. The weather was very kind to us, which meant we were able to enjoy a picnic in the Parade Gardens at Bath, as well as experiencing a sensory play 'Wave' at the Egg Theatre, fish and chips at Shepton Mallet and a boat trip in Gloucester. The students were very tired from the crammed packed days but really enjoyed the different experiences and the sleepover with their friends at school. Lots of lovely memories for our 6GM leavers.

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3LS @Bristol Visit

3LS @Bristol Visit

Posted by Laura on May 23rd 2016

Class 3LS entered the world of minibeasts on their class trip to At Bristol this half term. They used magnifying glasses to examine the minibeasts, which included locusts, crabs and some rather unusual looking spiders! They then used a classification chart to identify which creatures they were. Afterwards we explore the different exhibits and had great fun milking the museums visiting cow ! Well done , Class 3LS.

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Speakers from Avalon visit the Houses of Parliament

Speakers from Avalon visit the Houses of Parliament

Posted by Laura on May 23rd 2016

Our 4 pupils who took part in Somerset's Children's' Parliament impressed the judges so much that they were given a shared prize of an all expenses paid trip to visit the houses of parliament! The excitement began as we left for London from Castle Cary train station and boarded our train. One pupil especially enjoyed her ride on the train despite being so nervous beforehand. We then caught a taxi through London to the houses of parliament ready for our tour. Our tour guide showed us around the historic building. One of our speakers really liked the patterned floor and is planning to recreate the design in art. Two of our pupils were voted in as 'prime minister' and 'euro MP' in the workshop! The pupils enjoyed their London visit and represented our school brilliantly with their fantastic behaviour throughout the day. Well done all of you. Maybe one day you'll have your own seat in parliament!

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New Arrivals at Avalon

New Arrivals at Avalon

Posted by Laura on May 12th 2016

3LM and 3VM have been carefully looking after and monitoring their chicken eggs and this morning they found 2 chicks in the incubator. Unexpectedly 2 eggs had hatched last night and we were greeted this morning by the chicks. It usually takes eggs 21 days to hatch from when they are laid, our eggs were laid 15 days ago. So seeing the chicks this morning was a big surprise! Can you spot the second chick in the photo? It's hiding! Watch this space for up to date hatching and chick news!

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We Did It!!

We Did It!!

Posted by Laura on May 11th 2016

On Sunday 1st May 9 Avalon school staff completed the Glastonbury 10k raising money for the Friends of Avalon Hydrotherapy pool appeal! So far they have raised over £500! Well Done everyone!

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Glastonbury 10k

Glastonbury 10k

Posted by Laura on April 22nd 2016

10 Members of Avalon staff are dusting off their trainers to run the Glastonbury 10k this Sunday. They are running in aid of the hydrotherapy pool appeal, so please come along and give them a cheer. If you would like to sponsor them send money in to school in a marked envelope or donate via their Givey page. https://www.givey.com/avalonschoolrunningteam

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Happy 90th Birthday Queen Elizabeth

Happy 90th Birthday Queen Elizabeth

Posted by Laura on April 22nd 2016

This week in 3VM we celebrated Queen Elizabeth's 90th Birthday. As a team we turned 'junk' into our own Windsor Castle and made crowns and flags. We enjoyed sharing the news, wearing our crowns and waving our flags in assembly.

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It's Green In 3LM

It's Green In 3LM

Posted by Laura on April 22nd 2016

This term, we have been immersed in all things Green! In Science, we have been pulling weeds to examine the roots, planting seeds and sorting leaves, seeds and flowers. We are looking forward to watching our sunflowers grow and are looking after our plants extra carefully as we are in competition with 3VM! In Art we have been looking at the different colours within our landscape and some of us have been using colour charts to find items in different shades of green. We have some other exciting news: Our Caterpillars have arrived! We will be watching them grow, build cocoons and turn into beautiful butterflies before releasing them into our garden.

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3LS at the Salon

3LS at the Salon

Posted by Laura on April 19th 2016

Class 3LS are busy learning about our bodies and growing up. This week they visited Tangles hair salon to see how a hairdresser helps us look after our hair. The pupils enjoyed taking it in turns to try on the gown and sit in the hairdressing chair. Look how relaxed we are!

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South America in 3MR

South America in 3MR

Posted by Laura on March 18th 2016

This term 3MR have been very busy getting involved in everything South American. We have been immersing ourselves in south American stories, music, clothes and food. We have made some Argentinian Bread, which was full of lots of different herbs and garlic and the pupils worked together really well sharing equipment, following verbal and written instructions and safe working practice to make some fantastic bread rolls which tasted really good! Good team work 3MR!

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Endeavour House

Endeavour House

Posted by Laura on March 7th 2016

A group of Sixth Form students has started visiting Endeavour, a house set up to provide life skills training opportunities for young people on the brink of adulthood. This is a fantastic opportunity to practise skills such as bed-making, laundry, cleaning, gardening and cooking in a real-life setting. Students are also learning what it is like to live as a group, for example by organising a rota of jobs between themselves, eating together and working cooperatively.

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Heart Beats Music

Heart Beats Music

Posted by Laura on February 29th 2016

On Friday 12th February, sixth form students participated in music workshops led by 'Heart Beats'. Heart Beats Music is a Somerset club for young adults. One of the musicians leading the workshops was an ex-Avalon student! The students enjoyed experiencing live music and participating alongside the musicians, playing a range of musical instruments.

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Excellent Maths in 6SP

Posted by Laura on February 12th 2016

Students have been working on addition at different levels in the last two weeks. Some students are trying to become more confident in understanding, using and learning by heart number bonds to 10, a skill which is vital in making progress with addition. One student has made an excellent start with this, as you can see from the video.

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Upcycling in 6SP

Upcycling in 6SP

Posted by Laura on February 12th 2016

6SP have been upcycling furniture in their DT lessons. This week they finished an order commissioned by one of our TAs for four chairs, two painted and re-covered, and two cleaned and polished with beeswax. Our customer was delighted with the result, as you can see in the photo!

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4JR Exhibit their amazing photographs

4JR Exhibit their amazing photographs

Posted by Laura on February 10th 2016

4JR are currently studying photography, their photographs will be added to their art and design portfolio which they have been working on over the year. Their portfolios will be entered for an accredited certificate at the end of the year. They decided the theme for their photos would be shadows. The 6 pictures featured are the pupil’s favourite ones from their portfolios. Perhaps you can try making some unusual shadows...

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Languages Afternoon

Languages Afternoon

Posted by Laura on February 10th 2016

KS3 held a languages afternoon on Tuesday 2nd February. Each class chose a country from around the world and learn about the culture, food and language spoken there. We then made a traditional dish from that country and presented it to the rest of KS3 in the hall so that we all tasted and experienced a range of different cuisines. 3AK focused on China and made stir fried Chinese noodles. They looked at the difference between a school day in China compared to the UK and shared what they had found out with the rest of the pupils. 3LS looked at Jamaica and made mango smoothies. They also played the drums to some reggae music to extend the experience to our other senses. 3LM studied Latvia because one of the TAs, Irena, is from Latvia so she helped them to make Latvian pancakes and showed us a Latvian dance. 3VM learned all about Greece and looked at the different letters in the Greek alphabet. They also made bread and we tried Feta cheese with it. Finally, 3MR looked at Italy. They made fresh pasta and also shared pizza and garlic bread with us. The children really enjoyed experiencing all of these different languages and foods and we were really impressed with how willing they were to try unfamiliar foods.

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Kite making in 3VM

Kite making in 3VM

Posted by Laura on February 5th 2016

As part of design technology in 3VM this term we have been looking at Kites. We have been out flying kites on windy days. We have been designing and making our own kites. Once we had made our kites we waited for a windy day to test our kites. We had a think about which kite's work best.

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Islamic Art

Islamic Art

Posted by Laura on January 27th 2016

3AK really enjoyed a visit from Raz this week who taught us all about Islam. Raz introduced the topic in a whole school assembly and then visited each class to work on some Islamic art. In our class, he showed us how to create patterns using a ruler which we then coloured. We asked lots of questions about Islam and Muslims including, why they take their shoes off to pray and why some Muslims cover their faces.

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6GM at Hazelhurst Farm

6GM at Hazelhurst Farm

Posted by Laura on January 26th 2016

6GM have been very busy helping Joy to look after her plants and animals at Hazelhurst Farm. We are focusing on staying safe and following instructions when visiting the farm. This week we have been cleaning and tidying the poly-tunnel in preparation for growing new seeds next term. The students have shown fantastic listening skills, using equipment carefully and safely.

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3MR's cafe visit

3MR's cafe visit

Posted by Laura on January 12th 2016

3MR are working on their communication skills during their community visits this term. They will be making visits to different cafes in the local area, working on greetings, making choices and exchanging money as well as their own personal targets. Here are students from 3MR enjoying social time with their friends from 3VM.

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