Dyslexia Awareness Week- #Dyslexia2016
Last week Shapwick School took an active part in "Dyslexia Awareness Week", this was not only to raise awareness of Dyslexia but also to raise funds for Dyslexia Action. The week was full of lots of activities for all students.
The Dining Hall and Manor Hall were adorned with balloons, bunting, green fairy lights and displays focusing on 'Lighting It Green' for Dyslexia, and Dyslexia Action.
Some of our non dyslexic staff pledged to do something that makes life awkward for them during the week. This was to mirror the struggles that those with dyslexia encounter. Mr Wright agreed to only turn left all week, Mr Hillard agreed to only turn right, Mrs Billany tried to stay seated all day and Mrs Lush tried using her left hand only, if they were caught not sticking to their pledges a donation was made to Dyslexia Action, this made it quite an expensive week for some.
Days 1 and 2
Years 8 and 9 took part in an interactive workshop with Somerset Road Safety Partnership – this involved role play, watching videos and asking lots of questions, not forgetting the free wristbands which were given to those who took part. Using our Dyslexic Cookbook, which includes contributions from both parents and staff, cakes were made each day, this included Lemonade Scones, American Oat Cookies and Tea Leaf and Cinnamon Cupcakes.
Years 10 and 11 spent a Taster Day at Bridgwater College – where they had fab time looking at everything from Automotive to Forensic Science to Media Makeup to A Levels. As ever our students excelled at getting stuck in....
Later in the day some of our students took part in bag packing at Tesco in Glastonbury where we raised £142 for Dyslexia Action in just 90 minutes of perfect packing!
An Achievement Tree was put in the Dining Hall which displayed staff and student aspirations for this year.
'Light It Green Letters' were written all week, these reflected students' emotions around their specific learning difficulty particularly their diagnosis.
Days 3 and 4
Early Wednesday morning kicked off with the "Dyslexia Dash" around the field. In true Shapwick style our students were blind-folded, linked together, on shoulders…. They then did as many laps as possible in 20 minutes whilst covered in sparkly green face paint! It certainly was a sight to see!
Wednesday was also "National No Pens Day" - Teachers put pens to the side and focused on learning by doing more than ever.
Years 8 and 9 spent the day on Duke of Edinburgh training - putting up tents, planning routes and checking equipment before setting off on Thursday in the cold sunlight for the Quantock Hills on an overnight expedition.
Our Deputy Head spent Thursday tracking a Year 11 student through all of her lessons - which included double PE, English (during which Ella shared her Light It Green Letter) then double Science. - A Day In The Life of Ella Lodge.....
Two students, Ewan and Charlie, spent part of the day with our Maintenance Team doing a great job on the beds at the front of the Manor.
To complete the day one of our current Yr 11 student's Josh Marsh made a batch of delicious Jewelled Brownies from the Dyslexic Cookbook
On Friday both staff and students had a green "non- uniform" theme, complete with our charity wristbands and green face paint.
Students spent some time interviewing dyslexic staff and asked them about their greatest struggles and achievements.