Welcome to Beech

Teacher - Chestnut Iwona Litwiniec
Photo of Iwona Litwiniec

Beech is a class of 8 students with diverse needs and abilities whom are supported by 4 members of staff, we largely use symbols and signalong in order to communicate our needs, choices and feelings.

Beech class take a holistic approach to learning by following a topic based curriculum, where each subject is tailored to the individuals learning needs, thriving on routine and consistency.

Students particularly enjoy activities that are ‘hands on’ which relate to everyday life skills and promoting independence.

Autumn Term 1 Timetable 2019


Autumn Term 1 2019Topic: Transition Challenge ASDAN and Around the World
SubjectProfiles and Ideas for home
Daily Activities
MathsWe will complete our maths targets while cooking, using standard and non-standard methods of measurement, using different tools and equipment. You can try to master your skills while baking/cooking at home.
English This term we will look at books from all over the world and practise our reading skills. You can make your own research about world famous writers. Enjoy time in the library browsing through the books.
Art : This will be covered through ASDAN Transition Challenge - Expressive Arts - (taught by Nikki Wardell) During Art we will be looking at different types of art media such as sculptures, pictures, music etc. When at home and out in the community, continue to explore and talk about different types of art. Is there a type of expressive art that you really like – tell us why? Is there a type of expressive art that you do not like – tell us why? Send in any artwork that has been created at home – we would love to see it.
Yogacise/P.EStudents will take part in weekly exercises which include also yogacise. We will learn how to participate actively in group sessions and relax. Have a go at home. Listen to the quiet music and try to sit still up to 5 minutes. Ask your parents to join you in different form of exercise: walking, cycling, trampolining.
R.E, Music & MFL
Geography: This will be covered through ASDAN Transition Challenge - Geography - Knowing How (taught by Nikki Wardell) During Geography we will be making sure that we can find our way around school, as independently as possible. This will include being able to take messages & receive answers once we have reached the correct destination. When at home and out in the community, continue to explore familiar and new areas safely. Talk about how you travelled there, can you do it setting off from a different direction? Talk about the weather as we will also be recording it!
Signalong for LearnersThis year students in Beech class will work towards their Signalong qualification. We will learn new signs through the year and each student will have an active part in completing their portfolio with achievements.
DT : This will be covered through ASDAN Transition Challenge - DT - Taking the Lead (taught by Nikki Wardell) During DT we will be looking at logos and signatures. It will include using the computers and paints. When at home and out in the community, continue to look for different logos. What ones can you see – you could make a simple list and send it in. Practise your signature – does it look the same each time?
ScienceThis term we will be working in the Patch, our school garden. The jobs to complete will be: tidying the requested areas, watering plants, picking fruit and vegetables and seeding pants. Could you plant a seed in your pot and look after at home? Have a diary to record the growing progress.