Following their visit to the “Science of Sound” presentation at Symphony Hall, on Wednesday 27th April – 3.1 took part in a workshop led by a visiting musician, Tom Peel. He discussed and demonstrated how sound was first recorded and how equipment has developed through history. We saw a phonograph (the very first ever recording equipment), a gramophone and an early record player.
We also saw an early reel-to-reel tape recorder and a cassette 4 track recorder.
Tom explained how these pieces of equipment have developed and demonstrated how they work. He then showed us all how with technological developments, how small recording equipment can now be – and these hand sized multi-track recorders can regularly be seen in use by such artist like Ed Sheeran.
The workshop was very informative and greatly enjoyed by 3.1 – particularly at the end when Tom showed every one how the make a “Clucking Cup” which was one of the demonstration experiments from the “Science of Sound” presentation.
Earlier this year our children entered a national embroidery competition called ‘Looking through’. They designed and made a 3D eye, the iris was stitched and made from vibrant colours, the white of the eye made from chip board, smoothed and painted with a base coat, the pupil made from up cycled pipe and a mirror. It was a joint art and resistant materials project – all children were enthusiastic and worked with care, which can be seen in their entries. I am very proud to announce that Wilson Stuart school have been awarded third place.
Their work is so impressive that the embroidery guild will be putting our children’s work on display at a national exhibition in London later this year.
Well done classes 3.2, 3.3 and 4.4.
As it was Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, PMLD have been using his play ‘A midsummer night’s dream’ as our communication sensory theme. This term we went to Stratford-upon-Avon to explore the Butterfly farm. We got to see lots reptiles including snakes and iguanas, and mini-beasts including an ant colony, cockroaches and Marvin the Millipede! The children were truly enchanted by everything they had seen. As it was a nice day we walked over to the river to have a picnic with swans and watched the boats go by before we went to the gift shop to look around. We had so much fun!!!
On Friday 20th May, 5.1 students joined with Advocacy Matters to explore Birmingham’s Local Offer in relation to the work they are doing with Transition.
The session started by watching a video explaining what the Local Offer is via www.mycareinbirmingham.org.uk
Students discussed whether or not they found the video useful before being given a list of questions such as:
- What two residential colleges are there in Birmingham?
- What is DSA and how do I apply for it?
- What is Transition Into Adulthood and what age do they work with?
- How can you give your views on the Local Offer?
Using the website students were asked to navigate their way around to answer the questions. They then gave feedback about how easy they found the site and ways in which it could be improved.
5.1 worked as brilliantly as ever – showing real insight and maturity.
If you feel that you would like support to help understand your options and your rights, Advocacy Matters can be contacted at www.advocacymatters.co.uk or on 01213212377
On Friday 13th May we were blessed with perfect weather for the most amazing outdoor event for the whole of school.
“Bostin Brass” delighted everyone with their wonderfully entertaining performance, led by Aaron Diaz on trumpet. There were 3 other musicians, playing trombone, saxophone and drums, and somehow they manage to sound like a band double their size, playing marching band music of New Orleans, alongside imaginative improvisation on well-known pieces of music and songs.
We were all encouraged to join-in with singing, clapping, dancing and even following the band in a big conga – through the willow tunnel and around the field.Both pupils and staff enjoyed a lovely afternoon together and it was clearly a huge success. We hope to plan another event in the future and invite all the parents too!
The Primary students and staff all had a great time on our Residential Trip to the Pioneer Centrer in Cleobury Mortimer. We all had the opportunity to go Bowling, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, jump about on an inflatable obstacle course during Big Bounce and have a dance in our party outfits at the Disco. We also had a lovely time at the Safari Park. We had a Discovery Session where we were able to look more closely and touch a Chinchilla, a Bearded Dragon and a giant Cockroach called Colin! We had lots of yummy food whilst being there and was able to chill in our lodge in the evenings before bed time, playing on the Wii and watching Toy Story 3. On the way home, we went for a long walk around Wyre Forest before having our packed lunch and heading back to school to see all of our friends. We all had a brilliant, fun filled few days away and made lots of new friends too.
To celebrate St George’s Day each class spent the day learning about the St George’s story and at the end of the day came together to share what they had learnt about St George & the Dragon. With classes designing shields with St Georges Cross too recreating how St George defeated the dragon