Gayle Adam

Tough Mudder

A huge thanks to Andre and his partner Naomi for completing the tough mudder course on 19th September to raise money for the school.  By pushing themselves out of their comfort zone, running and overcoming obstacles they have raised in excess of £800 so far.  Well done to both of you and for your support …

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S4 and Scouts

Secondary 4 enjoyed their first trip to the allotment as part of Scouts. They have been learning about what plants need to grow and have been busy planting seeds at school. At the allotment they picked some rhubarb and watered the plants. Well done S4!

S4 Basketball

S4 have been having fun outside in basketball group this term. From passing and catching to shooting some hoops the pupils have been demonstrating their amazing ball skills. Well done guys and keep active!

Volcanoes in Secondary!

This term secondary classes have been exploring ‘Volcanoes’ and within the topic have been looking at states of matter including solids, liquid and gases. S4 really enjoyed watching volcano experiments including: dropping mentos in a diet coke bottle to make the coke erupt, as well as mixing oil, water, and food colouring with a vitamin …

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Reindeer Making Workshop

All pupils had chance to participate in a reindeer making workshop before Christmas.  We worked with a local social enterprise, Pericles, where some of our sixth form pupils already attend woodwork sessions.  The sixth form pupils were able to prepare the materials for using during the workshop at their sessions prior to the workshop.  The …

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Making Friends

The new term has seen some new friendships develop.  Two primary pupils have moved over the the secondary part of the school and have enjoyed being with their new classmates.  They have been undertaking activities together at the start of the year.

Fine Motor Skills

Gruffalo class have been working on their fine motor skills through a range of activities, connected to their topic this half term of The Ocean.  Well done, especially on the threading as this is a real challenge.  They have been really engaged during their group work sessions and are working very hard.  

The Allotment

Step By Step has a  new allotment in East Grinstead, which we have taken over the management of from this September.  Sixth form pupils have been to visit and are helping to tend to the plot.  The allotment is a very peaceful place, which provides work based opportunities, reinforces many communication targets and enables a …

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Sheffield Park

The pupils have begun resuming trips, mainly outside and in line with Covid restrictions.  Rainbows were able to visit Sheffield Park last week, a lovely place to go to see the Autumn taking shape.  They even bumped into a surprise visitor on her maternity leave.

Forest Schools

During the summer break we have been able to work on our forest schools area, erecting new fencing and the yurt.  The area will be matted so grass seed can come through and we will be installing a seating area ready for our fire pit and the pupils making some raised vegetable beds.  It will …

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Blacklands Farm

During the pandemic we have been utilising all available space and have undertaken lots of visits to Blacklands Farm, which is currently closed to all visitors.  The pupils have been able to enjoy the fresh air, space and be able to go on the short trip with some different peers. It’s great for exercise and …

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NHS Rainbows

Our pupils in Rainbow class have been learning about rainbows with Sarah and their tutors.  They have made some rainbows, learning about colours and textures in support of all our NHS and key workers during this time. Well done team, they look great and a lovely message from you all.

Visit to Tilgate Park

On the 12th March Rainbows Class visited Tilgate Park and went to see the animals there.  They all had a fabulous time and remembered to go and wave at the otters for Gayle, as she loves them.  This was Rocky’s first class outing and he did amazingly well.

Step By Step Research

We hosted our second school conference in January 2020. This provided an opportunity for three of our staff who have completed their ABA MSc to share the results of their research. We also enjoyed talks from one of our Speech and Language therapists and two of our Senior Tutors. Please see our conference schedule for …

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Jump In

Pupils from 3 different secondary classes teamed up and went to Jump In in Burgess Hill on Friday 24th January.  The trip to Jump In is always a popular one and it was lovely that the pupils got to experience the trip with different peers.  Lots of happy pupils, who expended lots of energy during …

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History Week

The week beginning the 13th January was History Week at Step by Step.  The focus was on the moon landings.  Pupils got to take part in an assembly, where they watched some actual footage, practiced their best moonwalks, learnt about astronauts and the planets.  There was a sensory planets experience set up in the cabin …

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Young Epilepsy PE trip

On Friday 6th December, 5 pupils  attended a Sports Activity afternoon at Young Epilepsy school. They took part in a range of activities including archery, balloon tennis, beanbag throws, curling golf, scooter relay, table cricket and badminton. The Young Epilepsy staff lead the activities and the pupils responded really well to them. Some Young Epilepsy students …

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Remembrance Assembly

On  Monday 18th November and 25th November, all pupils took part in a Remembrance Day assembly. The assembly included a short video from the cBeebies ‘Poppy animation’, a tasteful representation of the celebration. A poem was read with an attention autism grabber, poppy petals falling from a tall height. Finally, pupils came up one at a time …

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NASS Conference

Gayle, Faye and Clare were able to attend the NASS special schools conference in Brighton on the 10th and 11th October.  There were some very useful presentations and workshops, including ones from OFSTED, a research project from Vancouver in Canada, Transitions into adulthood, safeguarding but my personal favourite was a presentation given by a 15 …

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Graduate Recruitment Fair

On Wednesday 6th November, Clare and Gayle attended the graduate recruitment for students at Sussex and Brighton University at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton. We spent the day talking to undergraduates about the school, ABA, teaching and the opportunities that may be coming up over the next year. We made some really useful …

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Hindleap Warren

Three of our classes participated in a residential overnight at Hindleap Warren this term.  The pupils got to try lots of different activities, enjoy a camp fire and stay the night.  The pupils and staff were able to eat in the canteen together and share the spaces with pupils from other schools.  The staff at …

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30 Days Wild

As part of the 30 days Wild campaign, our pupils have been engaged in nature and physical activities.  We have had the pleasure of watching our very hungry caterpillars form into chrysalis and then hatching as butterflies. All pupils were able to see this amazing phenomenon of a unique life cycle. For an in depth …

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