Learning Support Centre
Encompassing Autism Specific & Learning Support Classes
Sports Day and Prize giving.
On Tuesday 18th June the children from the ASC and LSC classes held their Annual Sports Day on the MUGA pitch. There was a super turnout of parents and friends to support the children. Mr Mitchell was the Compere who kept the races running smoothly, assisted by his loud hailer.
All the children competed in running race starting from Year 1 right up to Year 7. In the second race the Year 1, 2 and 3 children did the Bat and beanbag race while the children from Year 4 to Year 7 competed the old favourite, the Spud and Spoon. The third race was the Quoit on head for the Years 1 and 2 with the Years 3 to 7 running with a beanbag on their heads. The final race, the Obstacle course was for Years 3 to 7. The children all participated well and the parents and friends did a great job of encouraging the children by clapping and cheering.
Of course, we couldn’t leave out the adults and so there was a Mum’s running race and a Dad’s race which involved them running with a quoit on their head. The Mum’s race was won by Jarlath Coleman’s mum and the Dad’s race was won by Heath McGarvey’s dad. Congratulations and well done to all who took part.
ASC2 Trip to Benone Beach.
Miss Nixon and the boys and girls of ASC2 took a trip to beautiful Benone Beach and Activity Centre to celebrate all they have learned during their topic of “By the Beach and Under the Sea”
On drizzly Thursday morning, on the 6th June 2019, 9 very happy children and 6 very excited adults jumped onto their lovely bus, courtesy of the generous Ace Coach Hire, Dungannon, and made their way to the North Coast.
We began our adventure by playing some traditional beach games we had researched, building sandcastles and chasing bubbles. Ashleigh was the bubble catching winner, Mrs Glendinning and Chloe smashed a few sets of tennis and Max and Jacob made stunning castles, fit for a Crab King.
Then Miss Nixon found clues that treasure had been buried further up the beach. We followed sea animal clues to locate the digging points, but some were empty! After plenty of digging, Daniel, Abigail, Alexandre and their team found a huge bag of sweetie treat treasure and shared them with the groups!
Before we left the beach we wanted to do something very important. A Beach Clean! We had been researching the impact of rubbish and waste polluting our rivers, oceans and beaches. We found lots of small rubbish, Dale was the binbag man with Matthew and Jude and the class using their keen eyes and litter pickers to collect it all.
As we were about to leave off the collected rubbish we got to the local RLNI Lifeguards in their custom Pick-up truck which holds all their special equipment and surfboards. They were very impressed that we had helped to clean up their beach.
After all our hard work we returned to the Benone Activity Centre where we ate our packed lunches and sang “Happy Birthday” to celebrate Dale being another year older. Finally, as a reward we got to choose our favourite ice-cream flavour before we walked back to our bus and enjoyed the stunning scenery passing by as we returned to school.
We would like to take the chance to thank Sean Patterson @Ace Coach Hire and the Parent and Friends of Cookstown Primary School who funded this special adventure, you have given us such wonderful memories to end our year with.
Miss Nixon and all of ASC2 children and Staff.
Healthy Eating week in ASC2.
ASC2 have been taking part in the Healthy Eating week by trying some new fruits at snacktime. We tried Watermelon and Cantaloupe melon as well as bananas, grapes and oranges.
The children loved their new fruits and went home to ask their parents to get them some for snacks.
Autism NI Superhero Week 2019 (4th-8th February)
Last week ASC1, ASC2, LSC1 and LSC2 have been raising money for Autism NI. The children have been carrying out tasks at home each day. Some of these are:
- Be as STRONG as SUPERMAN; help carry the shopping.
- Be as SMART as IRONMAN; do your homework.
- Be as KIND as WONDER WOMAN; feed your pet or the birds.
- Be as GENEROUS as BLACK PANTHER; set the table.
- Be AMAZING like SPIDERMAN; keep your room tidy.
They have had lots of fun completing these tasks and their parents and teachers are really proud of them. Well done everyone!
The best part of the week for all the children, was arriving in school on Friday dressed up as their favourite Superhero! We had a Superhero Invasion! Have a look at all the photos of our Superheroes!
During Assembly, Pastor Bell gave each child their “Superhero of the Planet” Certificate. They were reminded to “use their powers wisely and always help and support others”. As Superhero legend, Spiderman says, “With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility”.
Now all you have to do is watch this space to see how much we have raised for Autism NI!
Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed.
LSC 1 News
Another enjoyable and busy term is underfoot and the children have been learning about the Weather and the Seasons. They have been finding out about what weathers we experience here and what weathers occur in different countries; some of the children have been showing some interest in the polar vortex in Minnesota and there have been great discussions as to how you would survive temperatures of minus 30 degrees! They also have enjoyed participating in ‘circuits’ with Active community disability coach Kathleen Brogan. The children have been really engaged by these activities and they look forward to Kat’s lessons every Monday morning!
We had some unexpected snow last week and whilst there wasn’t a lot of it – there was enough to make a few snowballs and have a bit of fun outside! On Feb 1st, the children began their new Burnavon Arts programme; Andrea Hayes came into school and began to make button family pictures with our class – she was working on the backgrounds with the children – using silk paints. The children loved the texture of the silk and were amazed at how the colours merged together as they added the rock salt. Each child was hugely engaged in the silk painting!
Burnavon Art Project
LSC 2 have been busy learning how to make Paverpal characters in school with the Burnavon. It has been a very messy but fun project!!
Maths Week in ASC 1
P3 children used our Lego bricks to create addition sums. We counted each spot and made our totals using similar bricks. We wrote out each sum on our write boards practicing our number formation.
P3 and P4 children used Numicon to build pictures. We counted up how many spaces they used. Some of us even write out long addition sums to match our counting. Jacob made his house, Abigail made an animal and Jude made a face.
Today the class took a chance to guess how tall some items in our classroom were. We used the measuring unit of building cubes. We guessed how tall our marble run was, we had guesses ranging from 99 cubes to 5 cubes but Max was the closest guess. We guessed how tall the toy bin lorry was, we had guesses from 16 cubes tall to 6 cubes tall. Max and Matthew both had the closest guess.
ASC2 were very busy today with their Maths activities. We used Numicon shapes to help in our adding work at numeracy time, Jude was very happy to have added the right answer. Abigail chose to build pictures with 2D shapes for her free play. We ended the day on a nature walk where we tried to find objects that were long and short. We found a lot of long sticks blown from the trees in the storm and we found very small baby potatoes buried in the earth.
Maths Week in ASC 1
ASC1 listened to a story about Pirate Peter and his friends following a treasure map to find some treasure. When they found it they had to decide how to share it out among themselves.
Maths Week in LSC 1
Katherine, Norman and Emma have been learning about Tens & Units. We pretended we were shopkeepers setting out Haribos for the boys and girls at Cookstown Primary School. Each packet of Haribo had 10 sweets inside and there was a pot of individual sweets. They all had different numbers to fill on their shelves so had to count out the correct amount by counting in tens and units – Mrs Cuddy was the quality controller, checking their counting. All the children were brilliant at counting and got some Haribo of their own to munch on at the end of the activity!
On Tuesday Caden, James and Matthew were learning to count; Some boys can count to 10 and Caden can count lots of numbers! The boys were learning to set out cheerios to 10 or 20; they had to remember to stop at the correct number so they had to concentrate really hard! The hardest part was not eating the cheerios as they counted them out – I think there were a few sneaky cheerios gobbled up before the activity was finished! All boys loved it!
Wednesday Ronan and Thomas have been learning how to count to hundreds of thousands. They used the dominoes to play a game; each boy had to lift three dominoes and had to try and make the biggest number from the spots on the dominoes. They then had to give the digits they had selected in the correct order to the teacher and compare the numbers to see who had made the largest number. Both boys worked out clever strategies very quickly in order to make the largest numbers! It was a fun activity.