Cookstown Primary School

'Educating today's children for tomorrow'

Coolnafranky Demesne, 20 Molesworth Street, County Tyrone, BT80 8PF

Tel: 028 8676 2622

Autism Centre (Encompassing LSC) 

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LSC 1 News June 2018

LSC 1 have had a very productive summer term. Our new topic has been ‘Toys’ and the children loved having a Teddy Bears’ Picnic outside in the good weather, learning about what toys were like in the past and where toys come from. 

On Thursday 7 June, we had a very special day. We took a trip to the Leisure Centre and we went bowling, visited Playshack and went out for our lunch.  We then were invited to the Burnavon Arts & Culture Centre to see the display of our clay work and our felting.  It looked amazing!  We had such a busy day– we were totally exhausted at the end of it.  Making memories is such fun!

Our Trip to Parkanaur by LSC 2

On Wednesday 30th May we went to Parkanaur Forest Park to a Forest School. 

First, we went to the Secret Garden.  We sat under a canopy and had a snack.  Then we played a game and introduced ourselves.

Joan from Speedwell showed us a special stick.  We had to use our imagination to think of what it could be used for.  Some of our ideas were a guitar, a boomerang, a juggling stick, a Telo stick, a fishing rod and a walking stick.

After that, we got into 2 groups.  One group went orienteering around the Forest trail. We had to look for numbered flags.  When we found them we had to use a special puncher to make a mark on our card.  During our walk we saw Fallow Deer.  They are all white.  We also gathered sticks and threw them over a bridge into the water to see them float away.  In the garden we were able to go inside an Umbrella tree.  Some of us were able to climb it and we all got photographs taken.  We had 10 flags to find and we found them all.

The other group learnt how to do archery.  We had to put an arm guard on and then learn how to stand and hold the bow properly.  Then we learnt how to load the bow with an arrow.  It was good fun trying to shoot at the target.  Some of us were better than others and Rui and Georgie hit the bulls eye!  This was one of the best activities.  Both groups then swapped activities.

When we were finished we went back to the secret garden for our lunch.  After lunch we did some arts and crafts.  We made crowns with lots of natural materials and a necklace from a piece of wood.

Our final activity was cooking smores on a camp fire.  Some of us learnt how to light a flint.  This was really good fun.  The smores were really tasty too.

Soon it was time to get on the bus to come back to school.  It was the best day ever!

News in ASC2

ASC 2 have been enjoying measuring this term. We have had great fun at our weekly swimming lessons and are looking forward to our end of year trip to Playshack and bowling followed by lunch at the leisure centre.

Shapes in our world - ASC1

In May we were learning all about the main 3D shapes as part of our non-number maths.

We did lots of investigations of them in our classroom playing ‘i-spy’. We found that the building blocks were cubes, the football was a sphere and that the dice was a cube.

Miss Nixon also helped us learn a lot of shapes with food. We learned that the thing that we ate our delicious ice-cream out of was a cone! We can keep cool in the summer heat with an ice-CUBE in our juice. We even had new reward treats for good choices- Maltesers, which are Spheres.

After all our learning we decided to have a whole class game of sort the shapes.

We each got a picture card and had to decide which 3D shape group it belonged to!

Some were very tricky, like the drum. Others were very easy to guess, like the ice-cube.

When we had sorted our picture correctly we got to go and choose another card.

We had so much fun all sorting together!

ASC 1 News

Over the month of April we have been looking at the changes in the world around us.

  • From the change of teacher from Mrs Wallace to Miss Nixon. (Mrs Wallace is recovering well at home.)
  • To the change of season we can see and feel outside.

We are now in the season of Spring and the children have very happily been exploring the effect it has on the weather and the grounds of the school.

We enjoyed a lovely, sunny, spring sensory walk and spotted some beautiful daffodils blooming, heard the sound of baby chicks in their nests and smelled the freshly cut grass.

We all enjoyed our adventure so much that we wanted to take our own parents outside to explore too.

We hope your liked it!

ASC 2 News

ASC 2 really enjoyed making clay houses as part of their Burnavon Art Project. We can’t wait to see how they look in the final exhibition!

A favourite reward activity in ASC 2 is construction. As you can see, there are some very talented builders in our class.

World Book Day

On Thursday 1st March we celebrated World Book Day. We had great fun dressing up as our favourite book characters or simply in our favourite clothes whilst raising money to purchase new books for our school. Look at our amazing costumes below!

LSC 2 - Celebrations Around the World

We have looked at Chinese New Year- 16th February 2018.

  • We researched into the ancient legend of Nian the Chinese Dragon.
  • We found out that people set off fireworks to keep him away from their cities.
  • We all made our own Paper Nian dragon and had a procession around our room.
  • We pretended to be characters from the story and preformed for the rest of our class.
  • We researched the foods which are used to celebrate the festival.
  • Each food symbolises something for the year ahead- Oranges= Wealth.
  • We tested lots of different types of Asian food in our Tray of Togetherness, including noodles, crackers and fortune cookies.
  • We made our own paper fortune cookies and picked them from a bowl to reveal our fortunes.

Feltmaking in LSC 1

Children in the LSC 1 class have been enjoying participating in a programme funded by the Burnavon, hosted in our own school where local artists come into school and allow the children to be creative with felt and clay (Term 2b).

This term, we enjoyed a visit from Andrea Hayes, who taught us the art of ‘Feltmaking.’  The children chose from creating pictures of Dressing for Winter, Penguins or Polar Bears.  They had to stretch the wool to create a wispy effect and placed their wool on bubble wrap to make the background, designed to look like the Northern lights.  They then created their chosen item over a template, and spraying on warm water and soap, moulding and then sandwiching it all within two sheets of bubble wrap and then they rolled…..and they rolled……and they rolled……..until they could roll no more!

Their beautiful creations are due to be exhibited in the Burnavon Arts & Cultural centre in the week commencing 4 June 2018.  We are SO excited to have OUR children’s work displayed for all to see….and we know you will be proud of them too!

ASC 2 - Numeracy fun

We made our own clock faces and used them to do some work about time.

ASC 2 have been cooking up a storm!

We enjoy our cookery class every week but our favourite this month was making pizza. Eating them was even better.

ASC 2 - Felt making

ASC 2 really enjoyed our picture felt making project, thanks to the Burnavon. We made pictures of lovely birds like robins and blue tits and the best bit was spraying them with soapy water.

Snow Days with LSC 1

We have been topic work based around Julia Donaldson’s books – ‘The Gruffalo’ & ‘The Gruffalo’s Child.’  We were learning about the signs of Winter and how we could tell it was winter by reading the story, we learnt about camouflage and shadows, we drew our own monsters and made Gruffalos with dough.  When the snow arrived, we were able to draw our Gruffalo pictures in the snow – we drew the Gruffalo with his prickles, sharp teeth, terrible claws, his knobbly knees and turned out toes and some children even put a poisonous wart at the end of his nose!  We had lots of fun!

ASC1 January News

This month the children in ASC 1 have been exploring the topic of Winter.  They have been outside playing in the snow, learning about Winter weather, winter clothes and reading stories around this topic.  In Art/Craft they have enjoyed making snowmen from cardboard tubes, using their cutting skills to make polar bears and making penguins from different shapes.  In Cookery, the children have made hot chocolate, snowball buns, polar bear cupcakes and penguin cupcakes – all absolutely delicious.

ASC 2 had lots of fun over Christmas.

We loved our pantomime trip and Katie, John and Thomas got to go onto the stage.

We made our own Christmas tree costumes for our concert item “Ten Little Christmas Trees”. Katie sang “Let it go” all on her own – well done Katie!

We have been very lucky to get trying felt making thanks to the Burnavon, we made super pictures and loved all the different textures. We are looking forward to seeing them displayed later in the year.

Christmas Jumper Day

On the 15th December we had a Christmas jumper day to raise money for the charity Save the Children. Check out all our festive gear below!

LSC 1 News

We have had a busy month in LSC 1.  Our new topic has been Festivals and Celebrations.  We learnt about Remembrance Day, Guy Fawkes Day, fireworks and birthdays.  We are about to begin learning about how we celebrate at Christmas and why we celebrate.  We did Poppy prints, we made collage firework pictures and we celebrated a birthday party from the past for Maxie Bear’s birthday.  The children had so much fun – they tried games like Pass the Parcel, Pin the tail on the donkey and musical statues.  Katherine loved it so much she brought in her own bear and invited her classmates to Tizzy bear’s birthday party.  We are now getting ready for our trip to the Bardic Theatre on Fri 1 December and we are looking forward to our cinema trip on Mon 18 December.  Our final celebration of the year will be on the final day of term where we will all perform a short item for the mums and dads……more details to follow!

ASC 1 News

The children in ASC1 have enjoyed learning all about Autumn.  In Art and Craft they have made Autumn trees using tissue paper for the leaves changing colour as well as making hedgehogs using their handprints.  They made fox masks and paper plate owls.  In WAU they sorted for fruit and vegetables, talked about their favourite fruit and vegetables as well as making fruit salad in Cookery.

Daniel completed the Mucky Pups Mud race along with his mum and was presented with a medal for being so brave. He brought it into school and he told us all about it in Assembly.  He is a Mucky Pup champion!

LSC 1 News

October has been a busy month in LSC 1 – We have been learning about autumn time and about animals that begin to get ready to hibernate in the autumn.  Some of the children were doing their own investigating at home and found a frog in their greenhouse.  This sparked some interesting art, literacy and topic work all about frogs for a day!  We also enjoyed a visit from Debbie from TACT along with her forest animals – the ferret was particularly smelly, but all the children had a wonderful experience and were brave in stroking the animals!

ASC 1 News

The children in ASC1 enjoyed a visit from Debbie Doolittle and her animals.  They got to see and touch Crinkle the hedgehog, Spirit the owl, Linnie the fox, Mouse the ferret and Cookie the rabbit.  Debbie rescued these abandoned animals and some needed nursed back to health.  All the children loved seeing these creatures and hearing their stories.

LSC 2 News

LSC Senior have enjoyed ordering and sequencing numbers at the start of the new school year. We have also loved their weekly cookery lessons.  So far they have made brownies, fairy Cakes and pizza.  They are learning lots of new skills and investigating what changes in food.

LSC 1 News 

LSC children have been very busy and have settled well back into the school routine.  Our topic has been ‘All about Families.’  We have been learning about who is in our family, who is the youngest and who is the oldest, how we are all different but similar in many ways and we were drawing pictograms and carroll diagrams to represent information that we had found out about our families.  We have also been playing maths games to help us learn and we have been learning to work with others as part of a team!

ASC 2 News

ASC 2 have had a great start to September. We are delighted to welcome Jude and Gareth into our class. We have been doing some work on apples and also learning about ourselves so we made an apple tree to show our heights. We will look at the end of the school year and see how much we have grown!

ASC 1 News

This term we welcome back Max, Daniel, Abigail, Chloe and Rebecca to our class.  Oisin, Conor, Ronan and Tyler are our new pupils and it is great to have them in ASC 1.

We have had two birthdays in September – Abigail was 6 and Ronan was 5.  We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to them and they blew out the candles on their cakes.  Everyone enjoyed a delicious slice of Abigail’s caterpillar cake and one of Ronan’s birthday cupcakes.

Out topic this term is ‘All About Me’ and the children have done some super Art and Crafts during playtime.

Let's meet the LSC's and ASC'S!

Back to school letter

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