Hello from the Poplar class team!

We are Poplar class; this MER we are focusing on building positive relationships and learning more about how to access different places in the community. We will be visiting places like the Long Eaton Library where we will pick different books based on our likes; local supermarkets to shop for our own cooking ingredients, local cafes to have make choices and order for ourselves and we will also be spending time at local parks and farms to experience enriching activities and participate in sport and games. Throughout the MER we will also be having different careers talks and visits to colleges to assist us with our preparation for adulthood. On Wednesdays we will be going to West Park Leisure Centre for our sports/ gym sessions; please ensure you send a named PE kit in for those days (including suitable footwear). In school we are joining in lots of independent skills such as cooking, personal care and cleaning in order to support us for our preparation for adulthood.


During the next MER we will learn about different ways of communicating the importance and appropriateness of communication. We will practice varied type of communicating skills, such as sending emails or making phone calls. We will learn about the importance of expressing our needs.

Please encourage your child to seek help when in a shop or café or make phone calls when for example ordering a takeaway.

Friends relationships and community

We want to learn more about ourselves and our emotions. We will practice through different activities how to regulate ourselves when feeling anxious or dealing with difficult situations.

We will be talking about our family and friends and would love to share pictures and stories with our classmates. Please send in any pictures you are happy for them to share.

Independent living

Road safety and identifying safe places to cross, travelling by public transport something we are focusing on. When you are out walking, or in the public please ask your child to help identify a safe place and ask them how they know it is safe to cross or different ways of travelling.

We are preparing and exploring new meals and recipes. Students are encouraged to practice cooking at home with guidance, if you find any recipes of interest, please send them to school so we can discuss and try. Please practise chopping, peeling, boiling and baking simple things as much as possible at home.

Good health

We are talking about hygiene and how to keep ourselves clean and how often we need a shower and to wash our hair. We are encouraging students to bring in shower items for the Gym on Wednesday so they can do this after they have done their activities. They are also encouraged to use deodorant and ensure they have a change of clothes on a Wednesday.


We want our pupils to have as many experiences as possible so that they can make choices about what they like and dislike. Encourage your child to try something new or visit a new place and talk about how it made them feel. Especially as they are visiting a range of colleges at the moment, please discuss these with them and see if they would like to visit anymore.

We absolutely love and cherish hearing and seeing what you get up to at home .Please remember to email us and send pictures and videos of the things you do together. We want to share all successes and joy, big and small!

 You can email on our class email address.

If you have any good news stories please email them to parents@brackenfield.derbyshire.sch.uk and we will be in touch to include you in our weekly community news bulletin.