The Bridge Blog

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 13th December 2021:
 
 
This week we have been getting into the Christmas spirit and watching festive films at break and lunch times.  On Tuesday we were lucky to be invited by the Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  Students went on a guided tour focusing on star works in the park which explained the importance of them and how they have influenced the narrative of sculpture.  They then spent the rest of the day exploring the park for themselves.  On Wednesday we helped out at the North Ridge Christmas Fayre and some of the students ran their own stall to raise further funds.  
 
 
Student of the week:  McKenzie is student of the week for producing some excellent independent work in Maths on sharing and dividing.  
 
 
Both myself, Alison, Dawn and Sue would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 

 

Week Commencing 6th December 2021:
What a start to the week.  We held our first Christmas Fayre and what a success it was.  Thank you to everyone that visited.  All the students from all 4 academies worked together to make and sell a variety of Christmas gifts and treats.  Students were responsible for their own stalls and used their communication and money skills to interact with unfamiliar others and work out correct change.  We raised over £600 for The Bridge and will put this towards items the students have asked for such as board games, books and football nets.
On Friday the students helped to cook lunch for the staff and also make sausage rolls and cheesecake.  We set the tables in the cafe and all ate together.  It was a lovely end to the week.
Student of the week: Kacper is student of the week for his independent work in the kitchen.

 

Week commencing 29th November 2021:
Students have visited the museum again as part of their travel training session.  They were able to look at the exhibitions that they were not able to see the week before and enjoyed some of the immersive/interactive experiences.
As part of our DWP employability session, students were able to test their knowledge of safety around social media and how this can affect future job prospects.
During our D of E session students went to Brodsworth to work with The Conservation Volunteers.  There were able to listen carefully to instructions and work safely together as a team.
Student of the week:  Alex is student of the week for producing some excellent work in English on plural nouns.

 

Week Commencing 22nd November 2021:

We have had another fun and busy week.  On Monday during our Transitions session, students started their poem sheets by creating a background using stamps and ink.  They all enjoyed creating their own repeating patterns which linked into their shape work in Maths.

On Tuesday students travelled from The Bridge into town using the bus and went to the new museum.  They all loved looking around and enjoyed reading about the history of Doncaster.  Some students were able to ask questions and communicate with unfamiliar others.

On Wednesday we were invited by the Prince’s Trust to go to Kingswood on a team building activity day.  Everyone had so much fun and students were able to work with other students from different schools to complete a range of team building tasks using communication and problem-solving skills.

On Thursday we helped the Forest School team from Doncaster College plant new trees in our grassed area at the rear of the building.  We are intending on developing this area into our own outdoor learning area.

Student of the week:  Adam is student of the week for interacting appropriately with unfamiliar others in a range of settings.  He joined in with his peers and completed an activity at Kingswood.  Well done Adam we are all so proud of you 🙂

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 15th November 2021:
On Monday we had a session with a spoken word artist.  She introduced the students to a range of poets and we watched some of their work online.  Students were able to start a poem themselves using a template entitled “I am from”….

Students went to Harmony House on Tuesday to cook their own lunch.   They were able to buy the necessary ingredients and work as a team, following instructions to make a spaghetti bolognaise with garlic bread and sponge and custard for dessert.  They then washed and tidied up.  

 
During their D of E session students went to Sandal Woods and used a Trangia to boil water and make their own hot drinks. They then worked together to build shelters.  We saw a someone riding a horse and some students were able to talk to the lady and ask questions.  
 
During our ICT session students were shown a range of shortcuts on the iPads and how to swap between apps and take screen shots. 
 
Travel training this week was all about using different crossings safely.  Students were able to use a variety of crossing and also cross the road safely where no crossings were present.  
 
Student of the week:   Kacper is student of the week for constantly producing high quality work in both Maths and English.  He has worked really hard to grasp new concepts and put them in to practice.    

 

Week Commencing 8th November 2021:
We have been busy making the Christmas hamper raffle prize for our upcoming fayre on Monday 6th December.  Invites will be sent out by the beginning of next week.  We hope to see you all there.
Students have been working on addition this week in maths and have started to put their knowledge into practice by completing addition word problems.  In English we have finished our conjunctions topic and students were able to use a variety of connecting words in their own sentences.
During their travel training session students went to visit Doncaster College for a look around and visited the canteen.  Some were able to use their communication skills to order snacks and practise using money.  They also stopped to chat with the people on the Royal British Legion stand in the bus station and buy various items.
In our ICT lesson students used their knowledge of the formatting tools in Microsoft Word to produce posters to advertise the Christmas Fayre.

 

Week Commencing 1st November 2021:
What a fantastic and busy week we have had.  Students have gone shopping to buy items for our Christmas hamper and were able to use their communication and money skills.  We have also been to the local park to try out the outdoor exercise equipment.  Students have worked with TCV (The Community Volunteers) as part of their D of E course and worked as a team to build shelters.
A very special mention this week to Jake for a successful first shift in the Copper Pipe Cafe, you have done us proud!
An amazing end to the week, it was our official opening of The Bridge and what a special day it was.  Everyone enjoyed the event and we received many positive comments about what we have achieved so far.  Some students were able to talk to guests about what The Bridge meant to them and why they love being here.
Student of the week: This week all the students have worked together as team to get The Bridge ready for the opening event.  They all deserve recognition, well done everyone!!

 

Week Commencing 11th October 2021:
We have visited Shaw Trust Industries this week and had a tour with Pete the factory manager.  They offer supported internships to students interested in manufacturing work and a wide range of vocational experiences where each young person can try up to 3 different roles.  The students were able to see first-hand the types of roles available and have a go at some of the tasks.  Some of the students have shown an interest in the internships and we will support them in their next steps.
The D of E team went out to Sandall Beat Woods for a walk and to explore the surroundings.  They enjoyed navigating around and even had time to get the trangis out and make a hot drink.
Students are improving every week in their work experience session.  Jake has impressed Maxine in the cafe and was offered a part time job every Monday. We are so proud of you Jake, well done!!  Students have started to learn how to clean the interior of a car and Kelsey did a great job of hoovering.
We have been getting ready for our big opening on the 5th November and ensuring the displays are up to date and students have been painting over some canvasses to put up in the common room.
Student of the week:  Isabelle is student of the week for starting to share how she feels with staff and overcoming several challenges.  We are so proud of you Isabelle; you are doing amazingly!! 🙂 
Have a lovely half term everyone and see you in 2 weeks.

 

Week Commencing 4th October 2021:
On Monday, Rob brought his DJ equipment and students were able to use the electronic sound board to create their own backing tracks.  They worked as a team and learnt how to use the various pieces of equipment.
Students have finally been able to put their travel training skills to use after nearly a year of restrictions.  They went into town from The Bridge on public transport and explored different areas of the Town Centre.  They visited Cambeth Community Project and joined in with the art session they were running.  Students were able to identify potential risks to personal safety when walking to/from a bus stop/station and give an example of how to reduce that risk.
During our work experience session some students tried out different roles and Kacper and Lacey received a glowing report from Maxine for the work they carried out in the cafe.  Well done to Kacper and Lacey!
Student of the week:  Kalam has been awarded student of the week for being organised and using his initiative whilst on his work experience placement.  He was able to independently ensure that all the equipment was ready before the session started.   Excellent work Kalam, well done!

 

Week Commencing 27th September 2021:
We were invited to the SEND Art Challege final last Friday at the Wool Market to represent all the students at North Ridge School that had created a piece of art on what Doncaster means to them.  We had a tour around Doncaster market and the different things on offer.  We were all so happy when the results were announced.  McKenzie came first in the Entry level category, with Alex coming second.  Louis from Secondary came first in the pre-entry category.  We all had a great day and it was testament to how hard all the students had worked on the project.
On Monday, students were introduced to Garage Band on the iPads as part of the Transitions Project.  They were all able to work independently and follow instructions to create their own beats using a variety of instruments.
We continued our work experience this week with McKenzie and Jake helping Lewis the caretaker to build a new planter for the garden.  Isabelle, Adam, Lacey and Kacper helped out in the Copper Pipe Cafe doing a variety of jobs and Bradley, Kelsey, Kalam and Alex started our car wash enterprise.  All the students worked very hard and were able to identify what went well and any improvements required in the future.
As part of the D of E session, students joined their peers from Coppice School and had a game of cricket, it was very competitive but more importantly, a lot of fun!
Student of the week: Adam is student of the week.  He has interacted well with unfamiliar others and was able to share his work with the class when working on the Transitions project.

 

Week Commencing 20th September 2021:

We have had a very busy and exciting week.  On Monday we joined students from Coppice school to start our Transitions project with The Point, Doncaster.  Rob came in and showed students how to create their own beats on the iPads.  It was lovely to see everyone so engaged and making new friends.
On Wednesday we stared our work experience placements as part of the Step Up programme in partnership with the DWP.  Students were able to use a variety of work based skills such as following instructions, problem solving, communication and team work.  Students chose from a variety of placements including general maintenance with the caretaker, office assistant, car washing and various roles in the new Copper Pipe café.   All the students worked extremely hard and are looking forward to next week already. 
 
Student of the week:  Lacey has been awarded student of the week for her hard work in Maths.  She was able to work independently and complete her worksheets on place value to a very high standard.  She also helped another student who was struggling and explained how to work out the answer.  Well done Lacey, keep up the excellent work!! 

 

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!!

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