Oak Class

Welcome to Oak!

Sian Peel (speel) on: Oak Class

We welcomed some new students into Oak this year; Ellie, Faith, Sean, Muhammed, Laura and Millie have all joined the class group. We enjoyed doing different activities to get to know you.

Calvert Trust

We had the opportunity for some of the group to experience an adventure experience at The Calvert Trust Centre near Keswick in The Lakes. They got to try lots of different activities like Zip wire, climbing wall, Abseiling, rope swing, bushcraft. We loved all the activities ( possibly loved the food even more)  

Music with Anne

In this half term we had a music tutor come in to help us learn more about music. We enjoyed using all the different instruments and making up our own silly songs

Runshaw College

Some of the class have started to access Runshaw College and get to try lots of different activities there. After an orientation and getting their own student badges they looked at their future program. These range from cooking, to making craft using the different equipment for different sports.

Duke of Edinburgh:

We have started looking at what we will need to complete the Duke of Edinburgh award. We started by looking at volunteering this half term and what ways we can help support local charities. This included visiting lots of charity shops and what type of things they collect.

Theme: Music through the Decades

We have learnt how people did different dances in different decades. We listen to the 50’s 60’s 70’s and 80’s picking out the music we liked and how music had changed over time. We followed how some artists had been popular in lots of different decades and had tried the different dances ourselves.

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Busy time in Oak

Sian Peel (speel) on: Oak Class

This term has been a very busy one in Oak Class.  Some of our students attend Runshaw College on a Wednesday morning where we have been involved in lots of different activities. We have been on a nature trail around Runshaw College grounds and joined in with team building exercises.  We have planted seeds in the greenhouse and watered them each week ready to bring home on our last day at Runshaw.  We have made pizza and we had a theatre tour and tried prop clothes on which we all enjoyed.  Conductive Education has been a regular activity at The Coppice.  It involves some pupils accessing equipment such as benches, wedges that improves their muscle tone. 'bikeability' from South Ribble Borough Council has been in school each week which allowed students to access various bikes and ride them around the playground.  This was a huge success!  Assemblies have begun, lovely to get together again, especially singing some of our favourite songs.  M and M productions visited us and put on a performance of 'The Secret Garden' which everyone enjoyed.



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Sian Peel (speel) on: Oak Class

All of the students in Oak Class have continued to work hard throughout the Spring Term, developing their independence and self-help skills. The aim is for students to transfer these skills such as making choices, preparing simple snacks, drinks and tidying up after themselves from school to their home environment. 

Some of the students have begun a link with Runshaw College, enriching our provision and providing opportunities to learn in a new environment. Whilst on the campus they have used the outdoor gym and broadcast live over the air on Runshaw Radio.

To support the Science Week theme of “Connections” a group of students went to the Broadfield Community Vegetable Patch to find out how vegetables are grown. After exploring vegetables in class, we continued the connection to our food by preparing and eating them too.

Two of our students have undertaken an external work experience placement at Tiny Teacups Café in Bamber Bridge. The staff at the café have been very welcoming, making our students feel like part of the team as they learn and develop key skills.

Following the development of the outside classroom into a Careers Education and Guidance resource we have created a shop for students to develop and practice skills for the world of work.

Oak class participated in the whole school “Japan Day”. We tasted food, explored artefacts and created art work inspired by Japanese artists such as Yayoi Kusama. All of the students engaged with the activities and enjoyed developing their knowledge and understanding.



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Spring term

Sian Peel (speel) on: Oak Class

This term in Oak we have been working very hard in all areas of the curriculum.

We have also enjoyed exploring Japan, the culture, language and have created some art work on Japanese koi carp.  As a group we have continued to learn facts about the sea creatures associated with The Great Barrier Reef.  We have created our own coral pictures using a variety of materials to print with which included broccoli, sponges and bubble wrap.

Our young people have been out in the local community shopping and visiting Morrison’s café in Leyland.  They always enjoy choosing something ‘yummy’ to eat and drink before paying for the items themselves.

A group of students continue to access both the local leisure centre and the tennis centre.  They are all growing in confidence with swimming and also enjoy being part of a team.

Our sensory learners have been enjoying a variety of activities which include the story ‘Animal Boogie’ and using switch operated toys. 


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Autumn Term

Sian Peel (speel) on: Oak Class

Oak Class welcomed 2 new students in September and they have settled in really well.  This term we have been looking at the Victorians.  We've been exploring various artefacts including a washboard, dolly and a tub which everyone enjoyed practising with.  We had a visit from History Alive who demonstrated what it was like to attend a school during the Victorian era.

We designed a Christmas card for the Cauliflower Card Company and when the orders arrived, the cards, wrapping paper and mugs looked amazing and festively fabulous.  We have continued with our community visits when we purchased items for our cooking skills sessions in which we continue to practice our chopping, peeling and weighing skills.  Our sensory learners have enjoyed exploring the ingredients by touch and smell.

During the 'World of Work' week we had some visitors in school who told us about the jobs they do.  We had a theatre nurse, hairdresser, plumber and a man who even makes his own Superbikes!   


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Oak Class

Summer Term!

Sian Peel (speel) on: Oak Class

In this term we have been preparing for finishing our Duke of Edinburgh award. They completed their expedition walk in the local area. They planned the course using mapping skills and worked out how long it was. They elected a group leader to be an expedition leader. It was a hot day and a kit check to ensure they had was needed. The day was a great success but was very tiring. We all enjoyed a cooling ice cream when we finished. The next day was the camping part where they had to pitch a tent and help to cook lunch outside. We did lots of team building exercises.

The sing along performance was a huge success. The two leavers were the star performers doing a double act delivering jokes between each performance (better than Ant and Dec !).

We also enjoyed a birthday treat to The Space Centre with the whole class where we enjoyed the sensory surroundings.

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Rock FM

Sian Peel (speel) on: Oak Class

We have continued our Careers review and have been completing more research on the types of roles people work at in the community.

As part of Duke of Edinburgh award and linking into PHSE this month of May we are doing the Cash for Kids Challenge. Each day at College they are completing personal targets set by each student to complete. They have got sponsorship forms and money raised will go to the Rock FM cash for Kids. It is based around the 5k in May challenge. Some Pupils are walking this other are completing it using go-karts or pushing themselves around in a wheelchair.

Hopefully they are keeping this going and pushing the staff to get lots of extra exercise too.

In the DofE group they are also preparing for their expedition stage, where they are completing more difficult walks and challenges which will lead to hopefully a full day of events in which the will walk and set up a camp to cook for themselves.

We have continued to look at the world and our focus continues to be Spain. In art we have been looking at Pablo Picasso and have tried our hand at making our own pictures in different styles.








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Busy in Oak Class

Sian Peel (speel) on: Oak Class

In this half term the class are learning about Careers. They are gathering evidence of the different roles people have both at the Coppice School and in the wider community. Students went out in the community and met different people carrying out the tasks within their given roles. In class we named as many jobs as possible and identified the ones we would like to possibly do in the future. One pupil has said he would like to manage PNE.

In RE we are learning about Christianity and linking this to how we grow. We asked parents to send in baby pictures and learnt about baptism. We had great fun guessing whose baby picture was whose and have enjoyed seeing how the students have grown over the years.

In Science Week we planted seeds and learnt how they grow, we talked about what they needed to flourish and about the different parts of the plants.

As we discussed growth, we learnt about measuring our bodies and understanding ratios. We learnt our height is the same as our arm span. We measured it to see if this was true, and yes it is! We were amazed by all the ratios of the Vitruvian man.

In cooking we have continued to practice our skills, making a variety of tasty foods. We have tried pancakes and had lots of fun when everyone had a go at tossing them. We still had enough to eat at the end of it (just).

One group has continued to access Runshaw College and has tried lots of different activities from cooking pasta to baking cakes.


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Welcome back

Sian Peel (speel) on: Oak Class

Welcome to our new students who have been exploring the different equipment outside.   After some time off we must get fit for the year ahead for all students and staff. Boot camp fitness has started to ensure we are in the peak of fitness for all the hard work.   We have been getting back into the curriculum. We have done Art, Maths, and some getting to know you games. 



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Busy Busy

Laura Walton (lwalton) on: College

Busy Busy in College as we are now back into new routines, with new friends we have made also.

We have started to attend Runshaw College where we're  making key rings and creating art work using lots of different techniques.

 In class we are discovering all about Autumn, which we have enjoyed exploring via music and sensory exploration.

We have also been cooking and have made Guacamole, Cheese Straws, Smoothies and Coleslaw.  We enjoyed tasting them although not everyone did!!!!

Some of the Pupils have started working towards there Duke of Edinburgh award (bronze). This includes some long distance walks across some very muddy paths. Great memories were made and it was a big challenge for some of the pupils but they rose to the challenge. Well done!




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