Teacher: Jade Soler Alcaraz
HLTA: Sue Kenny
Supporting Staff: Alison Walker and Dawn Hepworth
The Bridge will include a wide-ranging curriculum offer including key elements of life-skills, work-based learning, work experience and employment. We will take advantage of the excellent surrounding facilities through work-based learning, community activities and everyday life-skills. Going forward ‘The Bridge’ will establish a strong community presence, engaging the communities in the surrounding and wider Doncaster area. Key projects include a Café, Independent travel Training base and Careers/IAG Hub with further links to a number of other agencies/organisations.
We aim to showcase to employers and the community the strengths, skills and abilities of our young people, leading to more opportunities within the world of work and promoting positive community relations and participation.
Throughout the year, we provide an exciting and varied curriculum which enables pupils to develop key reading, writing and mathematical skills as well as promoting a love of learning and developing essential life skills including problem solving, self-awareness and social skills, managing feelings, empathy, reasoning and creative thinking.
Teaching is also undertaken outside the classroom during carefully planned visits/activities which allow the pupils to demonstrate their confidence in a range of situations. This helps learners to consolidate and apply their skills to different contexts; therefore, extending their learning.
Week Commencing 20th September 2021:
Week Commencing 13th September 2021
We are finally here at The Bridge and what a great first 2 weeks we have had. There is such a buzz around the place and we are already seeing progress being made; especially in communication. Students are starting to form new friendships and are more confident when communicating with others.
We have worked together with other academies to decorate the new centre and update the notice boards. Students were able to design their own ICT posters to display in the ICT suite to warn people of the dangers when using the internet.
In Maths we have been learning how to count on and back and have started to look at place value, knowing the value of each number in 2, 3 and 4-digit numbers. In English we stared to look at writing skills and correct use of punctuation marks.
The DWP have been in and started to deliver the Step-Up Employability programme. Students started looking at their interests and job roles associated with these and the tasks involved. We looked at the various work placements on offer and students have chosen an area they would like to try, starting next week.
During their D of E session students helped Maxine in the cafe to either bake cakes or tidy the outside area by clearing weeds and planting new flowers. It is looking lovely now, why not pop down for a drink to see for yourself. Bradley kindly brought in the ingredients to make fresh fruit smoothies and everyone enjoyed trying the different combinations.
Student of the week: Kacper has worked extremely hard in his Maths lessons this week and produced some excellent work. Well done, Kacper!!