On Thursday 12th March 2020, some of our ARC pupils travelled to Doncaster School for the Deaf for a boccia competition. The children all had a fantastic time and all received a medal for participation.
On Friday 6th March, we celebrated world book day. Everyone came to school dressed as their favourite book character. Different classes focused on different authors and got the opportunity to look at some lovely books.
In November 2019, we started practising our pantomime. We had to do lots of work on facial expressions, acting and learning our lines. On Friday 7th February 2020 the staff and children put on two fantastic performances of Rapunzel.
On Tuesday 1st October 2019, all the ARC staff and children went to Haworth. On our trip, we had the chance to look at some of artefacts that the Bronte Sisters would have used all those years ago.
We also had the opportunity to explore the Bronte Parsonage Museum. We were able to explore all the different rooms in the house including the dining room, study rooms, Mr Bronte’s bedroom and many others.
All children found it fascinating that some of the books the Bronte sisters wrote were so tiny! They were amazed that you needed a magnifying glass to be able to read them! After this, we took part in a drama workshop about the story of Jane Eyre. Children had to rehearse a scene from the book in their teaching groups and perform it to the rest of the ARC children. They thoroughly enjoyed using their acting skills and were all amazing!
Finally, we took a walk around the village of Haworth and had a look at all the different shops including the old chemist, the bakers and the chocolate shop.
On Thursday 20th June 2019, for one night, the Year 3 ARC children went camping at Blackhills Scout Campsite, Bingley with their classmates. Camping outdoors in this beautiful location gave the the children the opportunity to explore the wonders of nature and learn new vocabulary. In addition, planned camp activities were undertaken to develop new skills.
‘Music and the Deaf is a unique UK charity founded in 1988. Led by CEO Danny Lane, a profoundly deaf pianist, the charity continues to go from strength to strength, and has built an international reputation for pushing the boundaries of what deaf people can aspire to and achieve in music.’
-‘Music and the Deaf’ Website
On Monday 3rd June 2019, the ARC children at Swain House Primary school were lucky enough to experience a workshop led by ‘Music and the Deaf’. This group of highly specialised and experienced professional musicians came to Swain House and gave all the children the opportunity to experience a range of different musical instruments. These included the violin, clarinet, viola, saxophone and trumpet. The children were taught all about the instruments and how to play them. The children thoroughly enjoyed their musical experience.
On Tuesday 5th March 2019, Swain House Primary ARC entered two teams into the ‘North England Deaf Boccia Championships’ at Doncaster School for the Deaf. The event was organised by Panathlon Challenge. The Panathlon Challenge is a national charity which provides sporting opportunities for over 17,500 disabled young people each year.
Children from schools across the north of England took part in the event.
Both teams that were representing Swain House reached the final.
Team A (pictured above) achieved Silver and received a trophy for the school and an individual medal and certificate.
Team B (pictured below) achieved Bronze and received a trophy for the school and individual medals and certificates.
On Tuesday 5th February 2019, the whole school took part in the national Sign2Sing event. Sign2sing is an annual fundraising event, organised by the Deaf health charity SignHealth. It's the only mass participation signing event.
This year, with the Sign Choir leading, the school performed Take That’s – Greatest Day.
The children and the school community raised £181.30. SignHealth have acknowledged receipt of our fundraising and would like to thank everyone involved.
The show was performed to the whole school and a number of prestigious visitors including ARC staff and pupils from Hanson Academy and Girlington Primary school.
The children were also lucky enough to receive a good luck video message from the Bradford ‘Panto King’ himself, Billy Pearce which was shown at both the live performances.
One of our school governors commented:
'We came with high expectations on Friday and these were exceeded! Magnificent! Many congratulations to the children and staff for putting on such a great show. Justifiably, you must be very proud of what was achieved.”
The pantomime was featured in the Telegraph and Argus (a local newspaper) on Monday 4th February 2019.
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1st February 2019
(photographs courtesy of Leon Hyde)
The Wicked Queen and her evil sidekick cat! ‘Meeoww!’
From left to right, Sneezy, Happy, Grumpy and Dopey!
Happy, Snow White (aged 18) and ‘Oh dear -Dopey!’
Here is Doc, one of the Dwarfs looking serious (Above).
Snow White with Doc (left) and Bashful (right)
Snow White, Sneezy and Dopey
The Wicked Queen in disguise as The Old Hag!
He diagnosed Snow White shortly after birth as being deaf.
Snow White’s father – The King
This is Fox, a woodland animal who helped Snow White through times of hardship.
This is Snow White aged seven. Her mother watched over her from up in heaven.
Here are other woodland animals who helped Snow White - Hedgehog, Rabbit and Bear.
Here is The Wicked Queen and The Huntsman. She concocted an evil plan to kill Snow White.
The haunted trees! They signed a performance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller!
Prince Charming with Snow White aged 7 and 18.
Here, Well Cute The Bird can be seen in hair and make-up.
Here is the ghost of Snow White’s mother, she told the story as it should’ve been told by no other.
The event was covered by the Telegraph and Argus and the article can be read at the following link:
NHS Carol Concert 14th December 2018
At Bradford Cathedral
In December, ARC children welcomed National Deaf Children's Society Roadshow. Both KS1 and KS2 ARC children took part in 'Technology' workshops where they learned about assistive technologies such as vibrating alarm clocks, flashing doorbells.
KS2 children also took part in 'Emotional Health&Welbeing' workshop, which included activities about being aware of how to keep their bodies and minds healthy and how to identify their emotions and have strategies to manage them.
All children enjoyed the day.
On Friday 16th November 2018 all the children took part in our ‘Children In Need’ fundraising day by coming to school dressed in spotty clothes. The children also helped raise money by purchasing buns for 20p each and having a sponsored silence. Altogether the school raised over £1000! Well done to all pupils, parents and staff.
On Friday 9th November we commemorated 100 years since the end of World War 1 by dressing up in World War themed costumes. The children learnt about what it might have been like to live in and fight from the trenches. They have began to understand the significance of the poppy.
On Wednesday 7th November, one of our ARC pupils went with her class to Ingleborough Hall outdoor residential Centre in the Yorkshire Dales. They did lots of exciting activities, including caving, orienteering and walking. They also visited the show caves where they had to look for the witch's fingers. In the evening the pupils took part in country dancing. All the children had a fantastic time.
On Wednesday 12th September 2018 our Year 6 ARC children went to High Adventure in Cowling. The children had a fantastic time and took part in lots of exciting activities. During the day, they went rock climbing, abseiling and raft building.
In the evening, the children participated in more activities. They took part in challenges on the Low Ropes and enjoyed time in the Labyrinth. All of these activities gave the children the opportunity to work as a team and develop their own confidence.
Year 3 Blackhills Camping Trip
On Monday 10th July and Tuesday 11th July, the Year 3 ARC children went camping at the Blackhills campsite, Bingley, with their classmates. Camping in the outdoors, in this beautiful location, gave the children the opportunity to explore the wonders of nature and learn new vocabulary. In addition, planned camp activities were undertaken to promote the development of team building skills.
Here the children can be seen preparing their tents for the night ahead. They were nervous but very excited about sleeping in their tents and using their torches!
Once their tents were prepared, it was activity time!
The Crate Stack
This activity required the group of children to work together in order for a classmate to climb as high as possible on a stack of crates. With the help of his peers, this pupil can be seen reaching the dizzy heights of 13 crates!
For this activity, the children were asked to communicate with one another to locate and lift an object from the floor. This was not as easy as it first appeared.
With necessary equipment supplied, the children had to figure out how to launch the water bottle rocket!
It took a lot of energy but the children managed to make the rocket launch!
A planned art activity allowed the children to sit back and observe their surroundings. They produced some lovely pastel and pencil drawings and had some very thoughtful conversations amongst themselves and with adults.
The object of this activity was to transfer water from one area to the other without any adult support. Eventually, the children managed to complete the challenge!
In addition to all the challenges described above, the children also took part in an archery contest, had a campfire sing/ sign along and a barbeque!
It was a great residential visit and all the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves whilst learning lots of new things!
One Britain One Nation
On Friday 29th June 2018, Swain House Primary School celebrated One Britain One Nation (OBON) day.
‘OBON Day’ is described at onebritianonenation.com, as a day that ‘brings us together, not to focus on our differences but to celebrate the values we share: tolerance, kindness, pride, respect, and a tremendous desire to help others.
The Signing Choir (pictured left) opened the OBON celebration assembly by performing a signed version of the song ‘This is Me’ from the film The Greatest Showman. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
We would like to thank Miss Bailey and Miss Riches, two students from Aspire Igen, for their help, support and enthusiasm during their placement here at Swain House Primary School.
All ARC staff and pupils wish you all the best in the future!
Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service (YAIS)
The ARC pantomime was a resounding success and was featured in the Telegraph and Argus.
You can find the article by clicking on this link: http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/
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The staff and pupils of Swain House Primary would like to say a huge congratulations and well done to Ammarah Mahmood!
In October 2015, the ARC pupil, Ammarah made the national press as she proactively followed through on a grammar and punctuation project set by her designated Teacher of the Deaf, Miss Sarah Rothera. Whilst learning about the correct way to use an apostrophe Ammarah was asked to spot their use in her local environment. What was amazing about Ammarah was that she walked around Keighley the same night as the task was set and found
15 incorrect uses of an apostrophe.
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Telegraph & Argus
Ammarah’s good work and commitment to the accurate use of English was picked up by the Plain English Campaign and she was awarded the prestigious Chrissie Maher award in December 2015.
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Chrissie Maher award
Telegraph & Argus article
December edition of The plain English newsletter which features Ammarah’s story