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Blacklands Farm

During the pandemic we have been utilising all available space and have undertaken lots of visits to Blacklands Farm, which is currently closed to all visitors.  The pupils have been able to enjoy the fresh air, space and be able to go on the short trip with some different peers. It’s great for exercise and …

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NHS Rainbows

Our pupils in Rainbow class have been learning about rainbows with Sarah and their tutors.  They have made some rainbows, learning about colours and textures in support of all our NHS and key workers during this time. Well done team, they look great and a lovely message from you all.

Visit to Tilgate Park

On the 12th March Rainbows Class visited Tilgate Park and went to see the animals there.  They all had a fabulous time and remembered to go and wave at the otters for Gayle, as she loves them.  This was Rocky’s first class outing and he did amazingly well.

Step By Step Research

We hosted our second school conference in January 2020. This provided an opportunity for three of our staff who have completed their ABA MSc to share the results of their research. We also enjoyed talks from one of our Speech and Language therapists and two of our Senior Tutors. Please see our conference schedule for …

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Jump In

Pupils from 3 different secondary classes teamed up and went to Jump In in Burgess Hill on Friday 24th January.  The trip to Jump In is always a popular one and it was lovely that the pupils got to experience the trip with different peers.  Lots of happy pupils, who expended lots of energy during …

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History Week

The week beginning the 13th January was History Week at Step by Step.  The focus was on the moon landings.  Pupils got to take part in an assembly, where they watched some actual footage, practiced their best moonwalks, learnt about astronauts and the planets.  There was a sensory planets experience set up in the cabin …

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Young Epilepsy PE trip

On Friday 6th December, 5 pupils  attended a Sports Activity afternoon at Young Epilepsy school. They took part in a range of activities including archery, balloon tennis, beanbag throws, curling golf, scooter relay, table cricket and badminton. The Young Epilepsy staff lead the activities and the pupils responded really well to them. Some Young Epilepsy students …

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Remembrance Assembly

On  Monday 18th November and 25th November, all pupils took part in a Remembrance Day assembly. The assembly included a short video from the cBeebies ‘Poppy animation’, a tasteful representation of the celebration. A poem was read with an attention autism grabber, poppy petals falling from a tall height. Finally, pupils came up one at a time …

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NASS Conference

Gayle, Faye and Clare were able to attend the NASS special schools conference in Brighton on the 10th and 11th October.  There were some very useful presentations and workshops, including ones from OFSTED, a research project from Vancouver in Canada, Transitions into adulthood, safeguarding but my personal favourite was a presentation given by a 15 …

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Graduate Recruitment Fair

On Wednesday 6th November, Clare and Gayle attended the graduate recruitment for students at Sussex and Brighton University at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton. We spent the day talking to undergraduates about the school, ABA, teaching and the opportunities that may be coming up over the next year. We made some really useful …

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Hindleap Warren

Three of our classes participated in a residential overnight at Hindleap Warren this term.  The pupils got to try lots of different activities, enjoy a camp fire and stay the night.  The pupils and staff were able to eat in the canteen together and share the spaces with pupils from other schools.  The staff at …

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30 Days Wild

As part of the 30 days Wild campaign, our pupils have been engaged in nature and physical activities.  We have had the pleasure of watching our very hungry caterpillars form into chrysalis and then hatching as butterflies. All pupils were able to see this amazing phenomenon of a unique life cycle. For an in depth …

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Police Visit

The primary pupils received a visit from the police at the beginning of April, as part of their topic on People Who Help Us.  The pupils got to ask the police lots of questions, sit in the patrol car and dress up in their uniforms.  Thank you to Sarah for organising all of our emergency …

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Jump In

As part of our PE curriculum, some of the classes have had the opportunity to visit Jump In inflatable Park in Burgess Hill.  Both staff and pupils have had enormous fun using the equipment and facilities, including the inflatable slide, climbing wall and inflatable walkway.  The session was a real workout for pupils and provided …

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Theatre Visit

  On Wednesday 20th March, pupils had an opportunity to visit the Hawth Theatre in Crawley to watch Room on the Broom, following World Book Day. The pupils had a great time and were amazing, cconsidering it was a new experience for them. Gari was inspired with his homework after the trip, well done to …

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Paramedics Visit

As part of their ‘Jobs and People who help us’ topic, the pupils were visited by local paramedics for the day.  Pupils had an opportunity to test out and wear some of the equipment in the back of the ambulance, pretend to be medical staff and ask questions about a paramedics job. All pupils were …

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Amazing Animals

On Thursday 28th February the pupils received some very special visitors to the school.  The pupils had the opportunity to get up close and personal with a snake, a chameleon, bearded dragons, tortoises, a very fluffy rabbit and a hairless guinea pig.  It was lovely to see the pupils handling the animals and some very …

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Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children

Staff and pupils wore their Christmas jumpers to school on Friday 14th December to raise money for Save the Children.  We managed to raise nearly £50, well done everyone.  We also took the opportunity to wear them again on Tuesday 18th December, where we invited families in for refreshments and activities in the classrooms.