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Littlegreen Academy

Butser Class

Class Teacher: Charles Danby

Welcome to Butser Class one of our Key Stage 4 classes here at Littlegreen Academy.

Autumn Term 2023

Butser class have had a fantastic start to the year, which has been full of new and exciting opportunities. Significantly, pupils have begun their College experience, welcomed a new teacher, mastered independent travel on trains and busses, and started their ASDAN work.

Butser class are spending two days a week at College, which is massive compared to Littlegreen with over 25,000 pupils! Mondays are like a normal school day, where we are based in the “Littlegreen Hub”. Pupils have shown courage and become more used to the hustle and bustle of College life. There is an enormous food hall where they get to choose what lunch they like, from fried chicken and pasta to the more exotic side including Tandori club and Mexico kitchen!

On Tuesdays pupils have a technical skills day. The course choices include catering and hospitality, construction and motor vehicle studies. In addition to learning and developing new skills on their chosen course, pupils are meeting and interacting with a variety of new people, showing kindness to their fellow pupils and making new friends.

In addition to attending Chichester College, some of the pupils have been visiting Crimsham farm, where they have been learning about agriculture and animal care, under the leadership of ex-military instructors no less! Furthermore, Brinsbury College, which has a working farm as part of it, has also played host to our pupils learning about animal care.

In English, we have been studying Varjak Paw, which has given us some insights to the lives of the mythical Mesopotamian Blue cat and how an escape from his family compound leads to Varjak Paw discovering hundreds of stolen cats who were going to be stuffed and turned into mechanical toys! Boaz has shown excellent ambition in his drive to find out more about Varjak by starting the next book in the series!

In Maths, we have been studying place value. Pupils have found that checking our work has become a great way to show real understanding and the perseverance to go back and check helps us explain how we get to solve a problem.

We have also started ASDAN this term, which focusses on the pupils learning to become more independent and learn skills which will help them later in life. This term we have been looking at how exercise can help a healthier lifestyle as we get older.

All in all a great start to Year 10. Well done, Butser class!