20 Nov

It’s been a strange week this week, our Future Finders group have been remote learning from home, but the engagement and their willingness to carry on learning is great! With attitudes like that, you will all go far!

In last week’s blog, I mentioned that we would be accessing a new placement, again this had to be put on hold, but we will be ready for this to begin on 30th November. Job Coaches have been in touch with parents to let them know what is happening – your overalls and working boots are waiting for you.

I will hand over to Maria who is going to let you know a bit more about what our students will be getting up to at the new placement..

We have had a busy time preparing for our new placement to begin at Avro Football Club. We had to ensure that all 12 students have overalls, gloves and boots in readiness for the start, this entailed myself heading off to B & Q to buy the above PPE. As you can imagine, the trolley was very full when I got to the counter and the person on the till laughed and said, “This must be a big job, I bet you have cleaned us out”.

It is going to be big and the students are really looking forward to it and will be kept busy and learn many new skills. They will be with a job coach but also they will be shadowing two groundsmen as they go about their daily business, some of the jobs include sweeping of the astro turf pitch, painting of fences and some outbuildings, preparing and help renovate a portacabin and any other jobs that may crop up around a football ground.

The students will arrive at the club for 10am, change into their PPE in the changing rooms and then check with the job coach and groundsman what the jobs are for that day. They will work in teams until lunch and then have their break in the VIP room looking out over the pitch, which we have been allocated as our base – great for break and lunch. As well as this, at the end of the day it is a place where they can get together with the job coach to look at targets and discuss all the different areas of the club they have been working on and the new skills they have learned. We are all really looking forward to it and a big thank you to the club for such a great opportunity for our students.

Remote learning began this week and some of the work we had completed in class using Showbie had us ready for this.

All of the learners had work to do in relation to Employability onthe unit ‘Looking at Developing Interpersonal Skills and Health and Safety in the Workplace’.

We tried to access some more online CPD training around Health and Safety, Manual Handling and Fire Safety but for some the links are not working, we are looking into this and you should be able to get on these next week.

Our Star of the Week for this – Lewis O. First one to complete his Customer Service Unit and achieving 90% in his test!!! AMAZING WORK LEWIS!!

This week has also been Anti-Bullying Week so we did some learning around this; we took part in an assembly and completed the activities within this..

Here are just a couple of examples of the work that our students have done:

We have completed our Maths sessions looking at Prime Numbers and the importance of our Times Tables. I have added a link below from Mr Holland who recommends this just to continue to build on your times tables:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Times tables can help you in all areas of Maths, so practise, practise, practise!

In English, work continued on writing your letters of complaint to the Prime Minister – keep up the good work. You also have access to Spell Zone – keep working on this to help you build on your basic English skills.

Even though we aren’t in College, the work still gets sent, the learning still takes place!! You are all doing an amazing job during a very strange time – be proud of yourselves.

Have a great weekend, see you all virtually next week!!

Anne-Marie and the Team

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