Welcome to Sycamore

Teacher - Sycamore Shelley Hewitt
Photo of Shelley Hewitt

Sycamore is part of the Sixth Form Unit. We aim to develop our independence, communication, numeracy and life skills, during our time in Sycamore.

We spend a lot of time in the community, as we work towards transitioning into our adult lives and onto our next steps. We constantly develop our communication skills. We aim to communicate effectively with our peers and other members of our community. We do this through sign, symbols and expressing our preferences, among other methods. As a class, we are undertaking various projects throughout this school year. We will be organising a coffee morning, taking trips to various sporting venues, developing an area of the Patch, creating some delicious dishes and developing other skills through sensory room visits, music and art projects.
As we prepare to move on from Woodfields, Sycamore class students visit the different adult providers that we could choose as our possible new settings.
We always encouraged and supported to reach our potential and be happy and enjoy our time at school.


Autumn Term 2 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsAutumn Term 2
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
ASDAN Using ICT Students will work on different ways to access ICT. They will practise using household ICT equipment and ICT equipment whilst out in the community. You could use ICT equipment at home, even just the remote for the television or a tablet, computer, laptop. Let your children show you their likes and dislikes and help them use the equipment to access the television or internet safely. You could take your children into the community and use different ICT equipment.
ASDAN Water Skills Students will be attending Splash swimming pool to work on their understanding of swimming aid equipment in the pool. They will show the fun things they can use to play games with in the water and show their likes and dislikes. You could take your children swimming or practise being in water at home, safety and rules when being around water to be discussed.
ASDAN Engaging with the world Around Me: PSHE In this ASDAN unit the students will take part in a variety of sensory related activities within in the sensory room. We will be exploring a range of procedures and be sharing them with others. We will be continuing to share activities and objects with our peers and looking at our responses. Share music with your children. Play music at different volumes or speeds. Try to make musical noises with instruments or household materials.
ASDAN Developing communication skills and out in the community (Numeracy, English) Students will be visiting Cafes and supermarkets to work on their life skills and communication with unfamiliar adults. They will use Numeracy to pay for food and drink and interact with staff, meeting and greeting them. This covers the Listening section of their Asdan communication section this term and they will also be covering a writing and reading section. Students will take turns to learn how to recognise their own name and introduce themselves. They will also look at signs and labels out in the community and on food. You could take your children in to the community. Visit cafes and shops local to you and let them communicate with unfamiliar staff. Let them use Numeracy skills by paying for items. You could talk through family photos to help students recognise their photos. You could help them re spell their name to show them understanding of their name alphabetically. Point out signs when out in the community, explain their importance and what there used for.
ASDAN Meal Preparation and cooking (Numeracy) We will be cooking on a regular basis, from a range of recipes. We will continue to focus on experiencing different textures in our cooking. Pupils will use their senses to explore a range of foods during their cooking sessions. They will be supported to express their likes/dislikes. They will share their cooking with their peers and other familiar students and adults. Students will use numeracy when measuring ingredients for cooking. You could cook with your son/daughter at home. Encourage them to explore new foods with all of their senses. Encourage them to explore food textures.
ASDAN Craft making Students will be working on a project to make Christmas craft decorations and cards for the Christmas craft fair for them to sell. Parents could have a go at getting students to help with Christmas craft activities at home.
ASDAN Yogacise Students will take part in sessions of yoga in class with their peers, they will practise relaxation, breathing, stretching and balance. Could practise some breathing exercises and relaxation at home.
ASDAN Using Leisure Time Students will take part in team activities and look at leisure activities they do at home and school. Play team games with your family.
ASDAN Engaging with the world around me: Events Students will attend a community event(Pantomine). They will plan and take part in a project(Halloween day) Take students to community events and have a discussion about Halloween.
Our Halloween Project is the 31st of October, we are hosting a Halloween themed day. Our regular shopping trip (Wednesday pm) and trip to café on site behind the sixth form building on a Monday morning. Students will also take part in four transition visits on Wednesdays throughout November. There will be a trip to the Rocket House café to meet ICT targets and then a trip to Thursford and Sheringham little theatre Pantomine to meet other Asdan targets. Regular weekly sessions to splash on a Thursday morning.