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The Special Schools Arts Hub decided that after several successful years of hosting our annual ‘Retreat to the Exhibition’ at Thomas Ashton School, showcasing the fantastic artwork of pupils across Tameside, that the schools were not going to let Covid 19 stand in our way. With the help of Tracy Webster, Education Manager, Tameside Cultural Services, we set about creating it ‘virtually’.

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Last term Gray Class worked on our Topic work ‘’The Human Body’’. We looked at our skeleton, named our bones and drew a skeleton from scratch.
We made bodies from clay. In PHSE we looked at food groups and healthy eating. We made healthy smoothies and sandwiches.
We learnt about exercise and how important it is for our bodies.
All our children took part in doing exercise and we discussed how our bodies felt before and after exercise sessions.
We drew round each other’s bodies and labelled the body parts.

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McGough Class welcomed a new member - Jake - who has settled in well and is enjoying being part of our group. Welcome and well done Jake!
We've been busy learning all about inside the body: like the yukky bits such as intestines … and the esophagus ...and interesting facts about our skeleton and bones.
Did you know that babies have more bones than adults?
We studied a novel - 'Storm' by Kevin Crossley-Holland... and used this as inspiration to write our own stories. We didn't like the end of the story - so we decided to write our own!

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This half term Kipling class have looked at the life and works of Rudyard Kipling. Each class member has produced a Rudyard Kipling biography, created their own ‘Jungle Book’ character and have done some creative script writing using ‘The Jungle Book’ for inspiration.
We have read the book ‘Zom-B’ by Darren Shan which highlights issues around racism alongside the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ scheme.

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This term we have been learning all about winter and dark nights. The children enjoyed listening to and discussing ‘The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark’. The children retold the story and thought of different things they liked about the dark.
When the snow came we brought it inside for the children to experiment with. They made their own mini snow men and watched as the snow melted and turned to water. We enjoyed lots of different winter stories and discussed which animals lived in the cold and what their habitats were like.

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This term in Tennyson class, the pupils have been learning about the human body. The focus of the subject has been around identifying organs and where they are in the body and what they do. The class also created a giant image of the human body, with organs displayed, as well as showing where major bones and muscles are placed.

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In our first half-term as a new class at Thomas Ashton, Ahlberg have been reading and writing traditional tales and poetry. We have enjoyed reading Hansel & Gretel and Baba Yaga, using these as a basis for our own stories.
We also read a range of poems about Aliens, Monsters and Dinosaurs and wrote our own poems based on these, along with using the descriptions from the poems to create drawings of monsters.
We have spent a lot of time thinking about friendships and relationships and the different qualities we each have.

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This half term Lear class have been working hard learning about the human body. The children have been particularly interested in how the skeleton works and how it protects our organs. They have labelled their skeletons and explained the function of each bone.
For sport we have been going to Jump Depot practising our trampolining skills such as somersaults and back-flips, having a good time whilst getting lots of exercise. We went to the Chill Factor for our sports reward trip and went sledging and had fun in the snow.

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This term pupils have studied the book by Elizabeth Laird – ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’.
It is the story of Ayesha, a 10 year old girl who lives in Beirut during the Civil War. The children really enjoyed learning about what life was like during the war and how Ayesha and her family survived the difficult times.
The Big Write: Pupils had to plan, structure and complete a short story from the perspective of another character in the book. We chose Samar, who is a friend of Ayesha’s. The children produced some fantastic work.

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