Blog published 11th December 2017 | Category: New College Worcester
For many Friday night is sacrosanct, a literal and symbolic end to the working week - unless of course you work shifts as a nurse, care worker, hospital porter, policeman, doctor, etc and keep the local community working.
When I found myself volunteering for a trip to the local rugby club on a Friday night with a many of our young charges I wondered what I had let myself in for. The cold was biting, the bleak mid-winter had certainly descended and hard-hitting rugby is the wrong sport for me!
However, the experience had a positive and warming effect. The relationship between NCW and the Worcester Warriors is a warm and intimate one. Their kindness towards our school and, more importantly, our students is both gratifying and all-embra... read more »
Blog published 19th November 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students
At the start of the year, the NCW Independent Living Skills Department has a skills focus week, where students are individually set a challenge to try to master a skill that has previously evaded them.
A recurring skill deficit which crops up every year is that tricky task of tying shoelaces. Without exception, this is a challenge for any child because it demands fine motor skills. Nowadays, young people can get by for many years without learning this task because there is such a wide range of shoes available with alternative fastenings. Most teaching resorts to the traditional the ‘Bunny’ technique (round the tree and into the hole) but at NCW we have developed a different technique which is easier to manage and understand for a chi... read more »
Blog published 7th November 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students
When they first come to NCW some students are unable to draw a line of a specific length using a ruler because they’ve simply never done it before. Over a number of years here at NCW, we have developed a logical and mechanical process for drawing lines and angles in Mathematics using plastic embossing film (German Film), a geometry mat and what, at NCW, we call a dead pen (a pen with no ink).
I have made these videos to share with colleagues, parents and students – they show how to draw a line freehand, how to draw a line using a ruler and how to draw an angle using a protractor.
I hope you find them useful!
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Blog published 16th October 2017 | Category: New College Worcester
Some of you may have caught our students talking eloquently and confidently about technology on the ‘In Touch’ programme a couple of weeks ago. They were interviewed about their use of technology as part of the opening of our Innovation Hub. This is a classroom which has been fully equipped with state of the art technology, designed to encourage staff and students alike to explore creative ways of using technology as a learning tool. We are grateful to Fujitsu and partners for sponsoring the Innovation Hub.
As well as the Innovation Hub, we have also welcomed three technology companies to NCW this term, to demonstrate what new products are on the market for VI learners. It has been wonderful to hear the calls of ‘are we really goi... read more »
Blog published 10th October 2017 | Category: New College Worcester
As part of their year 2 curriculum looking at Louis Braille and visual impairment I was invited to spend some time with the three classes of year 2 pupils at St James's Roman Catholic Primary School in Twickenham. I designed three sessions to give them an idea of how our students work, play and get about.
The first session started with an introduction to our College, what visual impairment really means and the pupils had an opportunity to think about all of their senses. We then focused on the Braille code. Some pupils picked up the grade 1 code very quickly and were working out coded messages I gave them whilst other tried out brailling the alphabet. Despite little fingers, they all had some Braille to take home and all of them enjoyed ... read more »