Support Centre

Welcome to the Mayflower Support Centre page. Here can you read about all the exciting learning journeys and adventures the Support Centre children are taking.

Under or Over the Sea, Which one needs the most help from me?

This term’s Support Centre project is all about the Oceans.

The first half of this term has seen us researching, visiting and learning about the seas around the UK, what lives in these seas and how the seas are used.

Every week we have been ‘meeting’ (via Power Point) different people whose job is to explore and look after the seas, such as professors, Marine Biologists and Skippers. They have told us all about what and how they do their jobs and also set us little missions along the way.

Mission 1
Can you locate the UK’s home nations, with the capitals, surrounding seas and marine features and landmarks on a map?

Can you produce a postcard or Travel brochure to share your knowledge with others?


Mission 2
Can you identify the different habitats and conditions of the seas around the UK?


Mayflower and Me, Together we can?

This term’s Support Centre topic is all about our Academy and the exciting Project Based Learning that is happening.

As Mayflower Reporters the children have been and will be attending the launches and mini shares of the rest of the Academy so that we can write articles for a school magazine. In preparation for these visits we have been looking at the role of a reporter, the equipment that is used and how newspaper articles are written.

The school magazine will also contain information about the history of the Academy, the building process and its layout. Therefore, the Support Centre have been taking photos of different areas with in the Academy and have also drawn a Bird’s Eye view after looking on Google Earth.

We are focussing on plants in Science this term. We are learning about the different parts of a plant, what is needed to help it grow and how they are useful to us. To help us with this topic we have visited Ham Woods to look at plants in the wild and conducted an experiment to grow Mung Beans. The children have been amazed at how quickly the Mung Beans have grown and how they are able to see all its parts so clearly. Be on the look out for giants though as they haven’t finished growing yet.

We are extremely lucky to have a yoga instructor working within our Academy as a Teaching Assistant. We have put this expertise to good use on a Thursday morning and the children are really benefitting social and physically from these sessions. Thank you Miss Jefferson.

Our visits to the Donkey Sanctuary in Ivybridge are continuing this term and the children that attend on a Monday morning are really engaging with their new school’s curriculum. The curriculum sees the children learning about the care of a donkey as well as benefitting from the animals as therapy approach.

The six week school holiday can be a really long time for children with special needs and they can often find it difficult to settle and get back int the flow of learning. However, one of our learners has returned with a passion for story writing and is making use of the different strategies has been taught to make it interesting. It is wonderful to see his application of these skills within his writing.