Our Class 11 pupils have been progressing well with their weekly trips to the Vauxhall campus at Lambeth College. As well as offering the chance to learn new skills, this is also a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to prepare for the transition to college student status, a move that many of them will be making after the end of the summer term.
We have been focussing on two broad skill areas – food technology and art. Our tutors at Lambeth College also offer much guidance about what to expect at college. Many of the activities are themed around the skills we will need to be successful next year.
Our Turney students have been given the responsibility of looking after their very own garden space within the college campus. We ask for volunteers each week to attend to the plants. This is a really special area for all students of the college. We take great pride at Turney in being able to help to create a peaceful environment on the site.
We continued our morning of activity by staging a class tutorial. The pupils were asked to explore their different feelings of emotion using literacy and poetry. Each pupil chose an emotion – it could be happiness, sadness, and feelings of goodness or badness. Using a series of prompts provided by the tutors, we each wrote our own poems. One of our Class 11 pupils proudly reads out his poetry in the podcast below.
The main activity for the morning involved either food technology or art. We split into two groups and received the instructions for our activity. The art students were working on manipulating digital images. Our food tech session involved working in teams to make a cheesecake.
Our young cooks started their session by holding a discussion about what teamwork and following instructions both mean. These were the two main themes for the session. We spoke about trusting your partner, and needing to be a good listener. These are skills that we will need both at college, and in the world of work. We asked for two volunteers to act as team captains, and then set about the challenge of following a recipe instruction sheet, and working together as a team to prepare our cheese cake.
The recipe sheets contained written instructions, as well as using the Communication in Print symbols that all pupils throughout the school are familiar with. Team captains worked through the sequence of instructions, and concentrated on explaining the task clearly to their team members. We ticked off tasks as they were completed, to help us remain organised in the kitchen.
As you can see in the video above – the final results were stunning! We concluded by re-capping what teamwork is, and the skills that we need to follow instructions. The exercise was then self-evaluated. We gave marks for teamwork, following instructions, presentation of the food, cleaning up in the kitchen and food tech safety.
Both pupils and staff at Turney hugely appreciate our partnership with Lambeth College. It is great to take our older pupils into a different environment, and to help them to prepare for their next stage of learning.