4b visit SKY studios

Thank you to everybody for helping make yesterday’s trip happen.

The pupils were an absolute credit to the school whilst at the studios and all worked extremely well as a team, without exception.

Please take a look at the broadcast they created:

As well as the pupils seen on screen, we had camera operators, producers, directors and editors. The entire broadcast was pupil-run.

Raising Money For Prom!

Every Tuesday in Learning for Life, 4BR make a selection of foods to sell from Ham and Cheese toasties, Cheesy Tortillas, fruit salad bowl and pancakes.

All students in the class play an important role in buying and making the food ready to sell at break time to the whole school. So far we have made a total of £63.40

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Steps Half Termly Review

In Steps pupils have been making good progress across all fronts. Reading and Comprehension skills have improved and pupils have accessed numerous texts and written stories as well as concentrating on basic phonic skills.

Numeracy skills have also improved and real life situations like a walk to Tesco to buy some food to cook for a lunch in Steps have helped pupils experience real shopping and dealing with money.

Learning for Life skills have been honed in numerous practical sessions such as loading and sorting washing, making a hot drink and on our excursions where road safety was practised.

In Science there have been experiments regarding the human body such as measuring pulse rate after exercise (which the pupils enjoyed!)

Pupils have also had a chance to choose art, IT, DT, cooking or performing arts. In Enterprise, Year 10s have made items for sale for the market stall run by The Valley School at Stevenage Indoor Market and have also helped to run the stall.

A few pupils are also taking part in the school production, “School of Rock” which should be a sensation!!
Overall, staff and students working hard as a team, learning and achieving.

School of Rock Visit

On Thursday 2nd March, 43 pupils and 12 adults from The Valley took a trip into London’s West End to watch School of Rock at the New London Theatre.

This was a research trip for our upcoming production on 30th and 31st March.  We were very excited to see the show live on stage and were wowed by the young actors playing their instruments.

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Our behaviour, as always, was a credit to the school and we all behaved impeccably, both on the journey and whilst in the theatre.

We are even more excited for our production now and cannot wait to wow you all with what we can do!  Tickets will be on sale next week and the performances are at 7pm on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March.

Here’s what we thought of the show:

Harry S – “Outstanding performance! Must-see show!”

Becky – “Brilliant. I liked Dewey.”

Kiefer – “I think the moral of the story is that, no matter what mean things people say to you, you should always go for your dreams.”

Caleb – “EPIC!”

Lily – “Everything was excellent.”

Hayden W – “I liked the ending.”

Jamie M – “It was the greatest show ever”

Oliver – “It was really good. I liked when Lawrence did cool keys on the piano.”

Lucy – “It was really loud and made me go ‘woo hoo!’”

Elliot – “It was brilliant.  All of the music was really good.”

Shakil – “Cool!”

Louie – “It was really good. I liked the songs, because they were really easy to follow and were very catchy.”

Ellie – “It was incredible.  I liked it when Katie was playing bass.”

Dominic – “It was the best ever.”

Matthew – “It was fun because it had people playing live.”

Ryan – “The drummer was awesome, I just loved the beat!”

LGBT History Month

Throughout February we are celebrating LGBT History Month along with the rest of the country.

Miss Casey launched our celebration with an assembly about accepting others and our differences. We are building on our understanding of what LGBT means. Miss Casey has challenged all pupils to think about the words we say to people and stop using gay as an insulting word.

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We are going to be looking at LGBT people through some of our other subjects. There is even a display in The Pit of famous LGBT artists throughout history.

We pride ourselves on accepting people for who they are at The Valley and are excited to develop our understanding of LGBT people and issues over the course of this month and throughout the year.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Visit

On Wednesday 18th January, 12 pupils from 3B & 3C headed to The Camden Roundhouse to watch the Zoonation and Royal Ballet performance of Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

The trip was eventful from the start, with the minibus tyre bursting on the A1! Our pupils were fantastic and worked really well as a team to keep everybody safe whilst we waited for the AA to arrive.

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We got to watch the man from the AA change a tyre and even got to meet two Highway Patrol Officers. Ms Adamson was the most excited about this bit!

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We were determined to still make it to the show and arrived with 10 minutes to spare!  We were allowed to go into the theatre through the Stage Door, which was very exciting!  Once inside, we bought programmes and got ready for the show to start.

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The show was fantastic! There was lots of dancing, some acting and a live band. It was a really interesting take on the Alice in Wonderland story and we all really enjoyed it. During the interval, we went to the café to get a drink and a snack. The lady working in the café told Ms Adamson how impressed she was with us all and how polite we were.

Here’s what we had to say about the show:

“It was really good, I liked it. The beginning of the show the characters were dancing and the light was shining on them. My favourites were The Mad Hatter and Alice.” – Crystal

“The best show I’ve ever seen.” – Ellie

“It was AMAZING! It was good because it had a great story and really good dancing as well.” – Kiefer

3C Autumn Term 2 Update

We’ve had another action-packed half term in 3ST and 3BW.

On 9th November, the whole school went to the cinema in Welwyn Garden City to watch The Secret Life of Pets as part of the national Into Film Festival. We had a fantastic time!

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In Science we experimented with colours and learnt how fireworks are made.

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In Learning for Life, we learnt about the environment and how to look after the world around us. We spent some time litter picking and cleaning up the school’s woodland area.

We also cooked lots this term! Toad in the hole and mince pies were some of our favorites. You may have tried one of our mince pies, they were served at the Christmas Concert!

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Talking of the Christmas Concert, 3C were fantastic at the event! Performances of Read All About It and Rather Be featured solos by a number of our pupils and the combined 3B and 3C performance of All I Want for Christmas is You was a hit with the audience. Dominic and Harvey even performed a ukulele duet after only learning for one term. Congratulations to all on a brilliant concert!

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We were sad to say goodbye to Mr. Steadman but excited to get to know Mrs. Nelson.  Mr. Bradshaw is also becoming our Learning Leader from January.  Thank you for your support this term; we are looking forward to lots more learning in 2017!