The Springfields Academy

Apple RTC

We recently became an Apple Regional Training Centre. This week we created a steering group to sign up and gain their Apple badges to become Apple teachers proficient in iPads. The aim is to use the iPads in class to create engagement as well use for assessment. Over the next few months we will post our projects. Follow us on Facebook for all updates , CPD bookings and iPad tips..https://www.facebook.com/calnertc/

Apple Regional Training Centres deliver courses to build the skills and confidence of educators to use Apple technology inside and outside the classroom. They are a community who share best practices and inspire excellence through teaching with Apple technology.

Being selected as an Apple Regional Training Centre highlights our commitment to facilitating training for teachers to develop skills and build confidence to use Apple technology in the classroom.

Apple Regional Training Centres create a community to share best practice and support teaching staff to attain Apple Teacher status, a professional learning programme designed to support and celebrate educators.

Teachers from across the region can attend courses to build their knowledge and skills using technology in the classroom and earn badges to achieve their Apple Teacher recognition.

Across the UK and Ireland, the goals of all Apple Regional Training Centres are to:

  • facilitate training opportunities for teachers to develop skills using Apple technology in the classroom
  • promote Apple in Education and share new products and innovations with educators
  • build Apple Teacher across the region
  • share best practices, build community and inspire excellence.

To find out more, please visit the Apple Teacher website:

https://www.apple.com/uk/education/apple-teacher/

 

On Tuesday the pupils at Springfields Academy got the opportunity to familiarise themselves with a public service bus which was kindly supplied to us from Faresaver bus company in Chippenham.

The students got to walk around it and also got the chance to start the bus up (fully supervised) and operate the doors and destination board.

The idea of the visit is to promote bus service to our students and reduce some anxieties they might have around bus travel.

We currently run a programme where older students catch buses home or to and from day placements (i.e. college) supervised by staff and Laura from Wiltshire council.

We discussed good behaviours whilst on public transport, what you would be expected to do in order to get the driver to stop for you and priority seating including wheel chair access and elderly passengers

This was incorporated with life skills and supporting our pupils in the community.

Going forward working with Faresaver we aim to bring in another bus to continue the students learning journey.

 

Tom McCulley

Children in Need 2017

The Springfields Academy will this year again be supporting Children in Need!

Friday is NO UNIFORM DAY – HOORAYYY!!

All pupils have the opportunity to come into school on Friday 17th November in non-school uniform in return for a small donation towards Children in Need.

Children in Need does fantastic work locally as well as nationally
One Wiltshire charity they support is Aster Living – An organisation that provides child support workers at a ‘safe house’ for children experiencing domestic violence.
Aster provides a place that children can feel safe, play and learn to cope with their experiences.

Everyone at The Springfields Academy thanks you, for helping us support Children in Need 2017.

Ukulele lessons

Year 7 and 8 were lucky enough to start Ukulele lessons with Sonnet’s dad on Wednesday. Each class had a 30 minute lesson and Ash class learnt how to hold the instrument, what the strings were called and how to play 2 chords. All the boys were really engaged in it and loved learning a new skill. Whilst all the boys enjoyed it, Dan in particular really got into the zone!

 

 

 

Planting for our Sensory Garden.

This week at Springfield’s we have been working together to decorate our sensory garden with beautiful plants and trees that have been donated by the Woodlands trust for free. Many members of the school have contributed to work sensibly and collaboratively in order to get as many new plants and trees planted as possible! We used gardening tools, protective casing and made sure to protect the worms that were dug up. We are working to make this area a calm and peaceful space where we can chill out and respect our surroundings.

Trip to War Horse at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Many of the Springfield’s pupil’s went to visit the Bristol Hippodrome on Wednesday 1st of November to see War Horse as part of a World War 1 topic. It was a fantastic trip, with lots of transfixing and engaging scenes!

Primary at the Pantomime

This year, The Springfields Academy has been lucky enough to be granted a sum of money from the Imperial Charity. Bob Summerfeld, a representative from the charity, came to school today to present us with a giant cheque, and we were all very excited about it.

We will be using this money to take primary pupils to the pantomime. Acorn, Willow, Beech and Oak class will be attending the Wyvern Theatre to see Peter Pan on the 7th December 2017. This will allow pupils to develop social skills as well as work toward helping them achieve their Arts Award.

Springfields is very grateful to be given this opportunity, and the primary classes are very excited about our trip!

Welcome to the Springfield’s Academy Therapy House!

Over the summer break staff worked hard to prepare the Therapy House to get it ready for our students returning after the summer break!

The Therapy House is a fantastic resource which allows the therapy team and other staff to meet the needs of students in purposefully designed rooms.

Here are some before and after photos of some of the rooms to let you see the hard work which has gone in to the development of the Therapy House!

Counselling room after!

Please contact the Therapy Team if you would like any further information about our service!

Liz Burns and Karen Ireland