Ms Nell Nicholson


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Avon Tyrrell April 2016 - guest blog from the children

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My name is D, my age 12. I have been to Avon Tyrell 3 times. I had fun on the zip wire it was best. Before I was scared to go up.  I managed to do it then I felt amazing. 

My name is L I am 11 years old I have been to Avon Tyrrell four times. That’s more times than most teachers. Avon Tyrrell has great activities.

I am A I am 8 years old.  I went to Avon Tyrell in April, it was the second time I had been.  During our time there I did kayaking. Me and Robin played tag it was fun.  I had not done Kayaking before but now I’ve done it I feel really proud. I also had fun mountain bikingI was a bit scared that I wouldn’t be able to do it. I used one of their trikes it was fast as sonic. I had to really lay back while I road it

Hello my name is H I am 10 years old I have been to Avon Tyrrell three times.

My favourite activity is swimming it was fun because Nell helped me swimming. I felt scared putting my face in the water, when I managed it I was glad and felt proud

I also did kayaking It was so fun I liked it because I kept crashing into my friend and Shar.

My name is B. I am 11 years old.

Every year our school goes to Avon Tyrrell outdoors activity centre. I have been to Avon Tyrrell twice and I would say each time is better than the last. I did kayaking which at first I was reluctant to do but it was good. I also did bush craft we made doughnuts on a campfire made by wood we collected. Overall Avon Tyrrell was a great experience.

my Avon Tyrrellby D.  I enjoyed going to the park and playing the game

My Avon Tyrell by J.  I have had many good times at Avon Tyrell although my last time was not so good I still want to thank everyone. My best Avon Tyrell activity was the archery; me and my friend were very good at it.

Hi my name is S. I am 12 years old

I’ve been to Avon Tyrrell 3 times.

My favourite activity was swimming because it was so fun swimming with my friends and we played with the beach ball and tag to. It was so cold getting in and out but it was worth it for the fun.

We also did archery and it was my first time and it was so fun. I beat the instructors and the adults that where with me it felt great to beat the instructor and it was my first time too.

SATs week finished - phew!

Nell Nicholson

The children involved did brilliantly. They stayed focused and managed themselves expertly. They were able to talk about the exam pressure but challenge themselves to stay with it anyway. We are very proud of them, and their ability to rise to a challenge like that is much more important than the actual results...

We thought some of the papers were particularly hard and are curious to see how other children managed these tests too...

Back from Avon Tyrrell

Nell Nicholson

A week back now. We've had a Steering Group meeting this week thinking about the progress and developments this year including our outreach service and changes to Gloucester House.

Yesterday we had an Avon Tyrrell circle time. We reminisced about all the fun activities and the things we learned about ourselves and each other..we also gave out achievement certificates. Congratluations to our first, second and third place house point winners. You should be very proud of yourselves!

Although it's been a bit of an adjustment coming back it's been a good week. Nice to welcome new children into the community and see children who didn't come with us.. Some of the year 6 children are preparing for SATs the week after next and we're all looking forward to the rest of the summer term and spending a bit more time out and about.

Apparently the children are writing blog entries in ICT ...so watch this space!

Oh no whole term without a post!!

Nell Nicholson

New term resolution is to keep up sharing our news on the blog! We have had a very busy term with settling in to our new classes and moving the nurture space to the hall. Also more recently the pod has moved into the nurture space and Dolphin class now has an annexe which the children have named 'the cove'.

We only had a week to start using the new spaces before we went on our residential to Avon Tyrrel activity centre. Most of the community went but not quite everyone so we are looking forward to sharing stories and thinking about how we worked and collaborated together on the trip that could help us work and play together back at Gloucester House.

This year we did bush craft and learned to light fire with flints and cooked some DELICIOUS doughnuts on the fire we made. Other highlights were the zip wire and pedalos....

This term the children will be doing writing workshop on Wednesdays at 11 so hopefully we can add some of their work to the blog - and certainly for the next newsletter.

Children have also been making films with Century Films. Some of these are animations so perhaps we will be able to add them to the website

Gloucester House Winter Festival

Gloucester House comms

On the 16th and 17th December, Gloucester House children, parents, carers and staff came together to celebrate the winter festival.

This special coming together, involved a performance from each of the three classes in the school. So many people spoke about how impressed and moved they were to see the children performing so well, and there were quite a few tears from families and staff alike! Performances involved music, dancing, poetry and acting.

Staff also led craft groups which included card, lantern and bubble bath making. It was heartening to see everyone joining in together so well and one of the parents commented on how it felt like being back at school (in a fun way of course!).

The parents all had lunch together prior to the performance, which is always an important part of our parent/carer involvement. Staff at Gloucester House have always received feedback from families about how much they appreciate and value having some time together.   

No winter festival is ever complete without some fairy magic, and this year Santa came accompanied by the sugar plumb fairy herself. Both were greeted with much excitement by the children, and also looked vaguely familiar…

John Forrester
Clinical Nurse Specialist


Photographs as promised!

Nell Nicholson

We had a wonderful time at trust board and I was super proud of the children and their work for and during the pop up café.

We had a presentation including a business plan and customer feedback; we had two songs and two dances and we had some excellent selling and customer service.

The children were very excited but showed the best of themselves and it was really great and relevant learning in terms of life skills, mathematical skills, English skills etc...

Gloucester House pop up cafe going to the Tavistock trustboard

Nell Nicholson

Blackberry Class and one of our KS3 pupils have had experience of developing and running several pop up cafes.

The Tavistock trustboard heard about this and asked us to run one for them. This is happening next Tuesday. We have been getting ready!

Our KS3 young person will present her business plan for the board to ask questions and Blackberry Class will be preparing, serving and entertaining.

The day before we will all be decorating cupcakes for the event. We will put up some photos next week.



Welcome Back!

Nell Nicholson

New term -exciting changes afoot. Had some great conversations with the children this weekthinking about opening a new class.

They had good ideas and were very thoughtful. We talked about buddy systems; we talked about room spaces and moving things around; we talked about budgets and ordering.

I was truly impressed - and we talked about some of the more worried feelings that change evokes...and the best thing was all this came from the children and we're looking forward to working towards this as a team - Go Gloucester House!

I was very bad at posting in the summer term but will make sure we get the newsletter posted as it gave a good overview of the summer term achievements.

Back soon with more news...

Can't believe it's June already!

Nell Nicholson

We had a brilliant time doing our own election in May with our own Gloucester House political parties, a polling station, election manifestos and voting.

The Ferrari party won pledging to give everyone a fast car and a million £££s! Not sure who was working on their budget!

We even had a report from an actual real political commentator - I'll try to add the link to his report tomorrow...

We have money week coming up so hopefully some thought will be given to how to budget! And next week the garden party and very soon our residential to Avon Tyrrel.

Will be back soon with more news... and hopefully some pictures and perhaps a bit of children's work...

Response letter from 10 Downing Street

Signed picture from David Cameron


Last term and this term - topic on work and enterprise

Nell Nicholson

Spring is here! Blossom on the trees and a positive start to the summer term...One of my highlights last term was being invited to Blackberry Class café where I could buy squash and cupcakes!

I went with Apple Class and we had a great time. Great service, lovely cakes and even some entertainment (break dancing) - all the children were involved in the aspect they were most confident and interested in. It was a pleasure to see them so engaged and learning so much - good preparation for the future...

This week we've had two visitors - Dr Ronx who enthused them about her profession - sending them all home with bandages and pretend injuries to trick their parents and carers - and Clive from the gym who got them thinking and active!

Good to link  last term and this term and keep the children focused and interested in preparation for life and the future world of work.

Next the election .....and the Key Stage 3 pop up restaurant! Can't wait ....

Kids sell cakes to raise money for Red Nose Day

Gloucester House comms

Our pupils came together last Friday to sell a range of yummy cupcakes they had baked to help raise money for Red Nose Day.

Staff, students and visiting lecturers from the Tavistock Centre all enjoyed the bake treats available that the children had made and a total of £156.05 was raised for good causes through all their fundraising activities.

As part of the Red Nose Day appeal, the Government also promised that they will double the money that schools contribute – so a huge achievement all round.

Thank you to the children and everyone else who helped make the bake sale a success.

World Book Day!

Nell Nicholson

I personally love world book day...books are such a wondrous way into other worlds..and as a child I loved to read and escape into reading.

Some of the children here love fiction and others prefer reading newspapers or websites. Some children have reading as a strategy to help them calm down when they're finding things difficult too. Some children prefer to read to themselves and others like to be read to. Some also like to read to others. Some like to read on their own and some together.

Books and reading can be accessed in so many ways...

Over the next couple of days children from Gloucester House will be going to the book shop to spend the special £1 book tokens. I'm looking forward to seeing what books they select.

My all time favourite book is 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak. I love the story and the illustrations. I know it's been made into a film too although I haven't seen it. Lots of books are made into films and certainly here we sometimes watch or act out stories we've read.

World Book Day

Gloucester House trip to the River Thames

Nell Nicholson

As part of our London work many children, staff and some parents and carers went to the River Thames for a day out and to see some of the London landmarks.

I couldn't go as I had too much boring office work to do but those who went LOVED it! They came back full of stories about their adventures and I'm looking forward to posting some of their work after the half term break.

Some children had not been on a boat before so it was a real first time event...and some had never seen the London landmarks such as Big Ben - except on the television so it really was quite exciting...

I heard a funny story about some children not believing Shar when she told them the 'statue' was actually a person and getting a terrible fright because they ran up and touched it to prove it was a statue and got a bit of a shock when HE actually moved!!