Enrichment Events and Activities
Afterschool Dance Club
Our children have a fabulous time at our afterschool dance club.
Christmas at Heatherwood 22
As you will imagine, the chicks are growing by the day.
They enjoyed some time at Bridget’s house last weekend although this turned into a prolonged visit when the rest of the household became unwell.
The chicks have moved into a bigger cage and have got new feeders which they are enjoying.
They are developing their full feathers now and are fluttering around their cage, they like to perch on top of the feeders or to get onto the perching shelf in their cage.
The chicks began to hatch on Wednesday 16th March. The last on hatched on Thursday lunch time.
They snuggle together to keep warm.
They spent the weekend at Sam's house having snuggles from her children.
Lots of cuddles for the chicks as they grow.
The Nexus Trust have asked schools to create a video to show case the physical activities that we do and with a focus on dancing. Here is our contribution that will be shared with the other schools.
Festive Fun at Christmas Time December 2021
All of at Heatherwood were so looking forward to sharing Christmas with you in the form of a live show in school. But, that was not possible, and so we have been beavering away to produce a video from each class so that we can still share some of our festive fun.
All the videos can be found on the enrichment page and in each of the Class blogs too.
JINGLE BELLS BY EARLY YEARS
LITTLE DONKEY BY THE ARC
THE CHRISTMAS ALPHABET BY GREEN CLASS
BLUE CHRISTMAS BY YELLOW CLASS
WHITE CHRISTMAS BY BLUE CLASS
DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS BY SQUIRRELS CLASS
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE BY HEDGEHOGS CLASS
ITS BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS BY THE KEY.
Nov 19th 2021
This year we have supported Children in Need by getting involved with the Countryfile Ramble. Classes ventured out into the local Sandal Beat Woods to explore and experience the sensory joys of Autumn. We have been raising money via our new ParentPay link to the our Children in Need donations account. Please donate here and enjoy the video of when we went down to the woods today!
As part of our Celebrations of Lights week, we welcomed some friends, Yuliya and Mooda, into school who taught us all about Diwali. They brought in a range of artifacts, clothes, authentic snacks, insence, as well as showing some basic dance moves too! Here is a video to demonstrate only some of the wonderful experiences from the day.
On Thursday 15th July we enjoyed our Seaside Day. It was a topic themed event that was a wonderful way to finish our Summer term curricular topic. Here is a video showcasing some of the amazing fun and learning that we got up to.
Making Art with our Friends
DARTS have been working with all our students over a number of weeks, playing music and making some stunning pieces of art. They have produced a lovely little video that summarises some of the sessions that they did with us. Take a look:
As part of our activities on the run up to Christmas, we organised a Christingle. All of our students in school made their own Christingle orange and then shared their work with the rest of the school in our own Christingle service in the afternoon. This video shows the festive fun we had making them.
CHILDREN IN NEED 2020
Once again, the Heatherwood School community have joined forces to help raise funds for BBC's Children in Need. This year has been coordinated by our Student Council who organised activities for all, including a breakfast club, an assembly, quiz and a range of sensory activities in different classes. With the help of our young people and families we have raised in excess of £444. Here are a few photos showing some of the things that students got up to but we will post more when we get others from the different classes.
Special thanks and congratulations goes out to Bronte in our sixth form who decided to embark on a sponsored bike ride at home. She rode her exercise bike to an impressive £184 which was included in our grand total. She has shown fantastic personal drive and kindness in this selfless act for others. Well done Bronte.
Heatherwood school marked the special day with a special poppy flower bed in our Sensory Garden. It is composed of hand made poppies created by all the students in school which were planted for all to see. We also held an assembly online so that we could mark the eleventh hour together and share photos of some of the work that was done. Here is a photo gallery that shows how we collectively shared the day.
Roald Dahl Day September 13th 2020
On the 13th September we celebrated Roald Dahl Day with a range of activities themed to some of our favourite Roald Dahl Stories. All the students enjoyed the range of sensory and creative activities. Have a look at some of the work that was produced.
Saturday 12th October
We completed our workshop week with EyeMusic with the performance at the CAST Theatre on Saturday 12th October. It was an amazing event that allowed our student to showcase their talents and the wonderful equipment that they have been using in school. We extend our heartfelt thanks to David and Simon from EyeMusic for their hard work and to the families who were able to bring along their young people to experience such a fantastic event. Have a look at some of the photos in this gallery:
Roald Dahl Day 2019
On September 13th we celebrated Roald Dahl Day. All the students and staff were encouraged to yellow as it was Roald's favourite colour. Our classes completed different activities, all related to his books. Here is some of the work that our young people created.
Active Travel Awards
As part of our 6th form curriculum we are frequently out in the community developing independent living and life skills.
We access the community in a range of different ways including travelling by mini bus or walking.
Whilst out in the community we are promoting road safety, enabling pupils to practice and develop road safety skills. During the active travel awards our pupils were recognised for the work they have been doing to ensure they are safe at all times whilst out within the community particularly travelling in an eco-friendly way.
On Monday 20th May Get Cycling came into school.
They are three things at once: a local bike shop servicing the needs of York citizens, an assessment and retail service for people with disabilities and a cycling events organisation. All under one roof! They have around 60 different inclusive and conventional cycles for people with disabilities to try out, and we sell new and refurbished versions of most kinds of inclusive and child-carrying cycles. It was wonderful to have them come into school and show us some of their bikes ad for us all to have a try. visit their website to find out more and have a look at the photo gallery for shots of what we got up to.
The guitar ensemble from Live Music Now came in and performed a wide variety of engaging music from flamenco to rock and pop using acoustic and electric guitars.
They encouraged pupils to join in by clapping, singing and signing.
They answered questions about their instruments and inspired some of our pupils to want to learn guitar (especially in red class).
They played music the children had heard before (Theme from Alton Towers) and pieces they hadn’t but with a catchy rhythm. They finished the set with rock riffs, which pupils and staff enjoyed.
Six of our pupils represented Heatherwood School by singing at the Don Valley Music Festival on Friday 5th April at St Jude's Church , Hexthorpe.
Special Schools from all over Doncaster were there and we all sang our best and supported each other enthusiastically.
Our pupils launched into our songs, 'Shotgun 'and 'This is Me' with lots of energy! We knew every word from all of the hours of practice we have done! After we sang, the crowd cheered loudly and we smiled and laughed! WE also got a great report from the judge who said we were amazing!
Comic Relief Day 2019
On March 15th Heatherwood joined in with the fun as we celebrated Red Nose Day 2019.
We based our fun around number skills and fun activities to raise money for the worthy cause. Here are some photos that show what we have got up to.
Trip to The Cast
On Friday 1st March some of The ARC went to a performance at The Cast.
The show as called ‘The Isle of Brimsker’. This had been especially created to provide a multisensory experience and was delivered by the Frozen Light Theatre Company.
We had a fantastic time using our senses.