We are really enjoying our 'Future Fridays'!!!
All our students take part in 'Future Fridays' - an exciting new initiative where they develop their Life Skills through a range of activities within the Preparation for Adulthood framework. They have been having fantastic fun doing this, whilst gaining a greater understanding of opportunities in the area around us.
Lower School students are focusing on learning outside the classroom within the school grounds or the immediate community area. Examples of this are gardening in the grounds, using a specialist room for enrichment, planning a school meal with the cook, having Forest School sessions, digital skills sessions and sports sessions on the field. They have been enterprising and have run the Shed Shop, done a litter pick on the Tarka trail and have visited St John’s café & garden centre. Arya said, “We have fun!” and Jaiden said, “We get to try new things.”
These activities are co-led by Upper School student leaders.
Middle School students are engaging in their learning outside the classroom within the wider community area. Examples of this are visiting local libraries, Barnstaple Town cafés, care home visits, community gardening, planning trips and a party and purchasing ingredients at Tesco. They have also been trying new experiences and challenging themselves. This half-term they are loving be adventurous and trying bouldering at Rock and Rapid in South Molton and creating unusual photographs by using an historical photography process called Cyanotype. Middle School students said "It's great! We get to try new things!" and that they love doing this with their friends.
Upper School students have been developing their leadership skills by supporting Lower & Middle School students in their activities, or have been engaged in their own Future Friday activities such as working at Futures Farm in Woolacombe, getting to cook up a storm in the specialist food technology room, visiting PETROC college, learning about hands-on road safety, budgeting and shopping skills or finding out more about the local community by visiting local projects. Upper School students have said how much they enjoy helping and teaching the younger pupils.