On Monday 6th November Shereen from the Steel Pan Agency visited the Centre and gave all the children the opportunity to listen to her perform on Steel Drums and then play and explore the sound they make for themselves.
It was a fantastic experience for all of the children and they particularly liked playing along to the Bob Marley songs she played.
The first week of this half term was STEAM Week in the mainstream. This concentrates on Science, Technology and Engineering.
As part of this, some of our children joined a Lego Workshop, which focused on building a city. It was really enjoyed by all of the children.
Boccia Tournament – October 2017
Last Thursday started with heavy rain, but luckily when Opal Class were in School and ready to set off , the sun came out and they were able to catch the 452 bus to represent Lambeth in the Annual Boccia Tournament at Battersea Park . This is the 4th year we have participated in this tournament run by Wandsworth School Games.
Boccia is a game of strategy and accuracy that was originally designed to be played by people with cerebral palsy. Now, the sport includes athletes with impairments that affect motor skills.
Lark Hall were the “All around the World” team and had to work their way round a “golf course” scoring points if they got nearest the hole. It was a great day and they showed some real skill. Everyone was very happy to leave with a certificate of participation.
Many thanks to Nick Millar at Wandsworth School games for inviting us along.
Lark Hall Centre visit Institute of Imagination Lab
Last Monday, Opal, Onyx and Amber classes visited the Institute of Imagination Lab in Vauxhall.
This is located on Lambeth High Street and is a space where children and families can explore and discover new technologies and experiment in arts and science. The pupils explored a range of activities in small groups. The first activity was exploring sound and colour buttons. As you pressed each colour, music was played around the room. The pupils had to remember different combinations and colour patterns.
Next, they explored the sensory room where they played with a wind tunnel, bubbles and magical sand. In the sensory room there were pods, which had chill out music or they could hide and explore the use of torches. One of the favourite activities was the virtual reality goggles. The pupils got to draw 3D shapes and walk through an imaginary world.
The Institute of Imagination is supported by the Rangoonwala Foundation to provide a community programme for Lambeth residents only. All the workshops and events are FREE for Lambeth residents. If you would like more information please ask or go to www.ioi.london.
Last Tuesday, Opal class visited Pizza Express in Abbeville Road, Clapham. They took the 155 bus down down to Clapham Common and then walked along to the restaurant.
They all were given aprons and chef hats and learnt how to stretch a ball of pizza dough and put in the the base of a pizza pan. Then they added special recipe tomato sauce and cubes of mozzarella cheese. Finally they shredded basil and scattered over the top of the pizzas.
They saw the pizzas go into a special pizza oven and were then given them to bring back to school. They very kindly then shared the pizzas with the other children when they returned.
Thank you very much to Pizza Express for funding this trip. We look forward to taking another class soon.
Last week some of our elder boys from Opal and Onyx classes joined the Mainstream for talks on Fire Safety from the London Fire Brigade.
They learned about fire prevention and what to do and what number to call if there was an emergency and they needed the fire service.
We are planning to have the Fire Brigade in to the Centre after half term to give Fire Safety talks designed for children with special needs.
On Wednesday pupils from Opal, Onyx and Amber classes went on our traditional first visit of the year to Colourscape on Clapham Common. Before you enter the tunnels of Colourscape must choose a coloured cape. You then venture into the enormous labyrinth to explore nearly an acre of space while daylight casts a rainbow glow through its walls. After wandering around the tunnels, we had a music workshop with Michael. He had some really unusual and interesting instruments for everyone to play. The most exciting of these was a huge metal gong which made an enormous noise when it was banged.
Thank you very much to Daytrippers who funded this trip for us once again.
The last week of the summer term was Healthy Living Week across the whole of Lark Hall school. In each classes cooking lessons we produced Healthy Food – Fruit Kebabs and Fruits smoothies were really enjoyed.
We also had Scooter Training from 42Feet. This was great fun as you can see from the photos below.
After the excitement of Sports Day, we had our Annual Leavers Picnic in the afternoon.
Kirsty who teaches us Music on a Tuesday afternoon had been practicing with each class, who then performed to the rest of the children and parents. It was a fantastic celebration for those children moving on to secondary school with lots of singing, dancing and eating!
At the end of July, Amber, Onyx and Opal classes joined with mainstream to participate in Sports Day at Kennington Park. Everyone had a great time joining in with all the races. We had been practicing hard in our PE lessons with Daniel on Thursdays and you could really see how much this helped on the day.
Thank you to all the parents who came along to support and cheer everyone one.