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 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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