Welcome to Sycamore

Teacher - Sycamore Shelley Hewitt
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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 1 2021 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsAutumn Term 1 2021
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
The Patch - Horticulture Students will be showing that they know where tools are kept at the patch; they will choose the tools they need and show they can carry them safely and use them safely. At the end of the session, they will clean the tools and put them away. Take part in some gardening at home and safe use of tools.
Craft MakingStudents will choose an arts and crafts activity that you would like to take part in, make the item, prepare workstations and share what you have made with others. Take part in arts and crafts at home with your children. Encourage them to set up work stations and clear away.
Making PicturesStudents will be looking at colours and mixing of paint. Students will share their favourite colour and choose it from a selection. They will work on making colours lighter and darker. Choose a shade of colour from a magazine, book or picture. Make up this colour. Clear away and clean up.Paint pictures and use paint to explore mixing colours.
English - Developing Communication SkillsStudents will try to listen to a short story. Find some books that they like, find their favourite book, using books match words and pictures, make their own book. Read with your children, explore a range of books.
Meal preparation and cooking: sensory: smells and textures Baking Sensory: exploring tastes smells and colours and showing they can use baking equipment. Students will explore the tastes and smells of foods and express their likes and dislikes. They will also explore the textures to see how they feel. They need to explore kitchen equipment made of different materials. They need to try to express with signing and symbols if they liked or disliked the foods. Cook at home with your children, explore different smells and tastes of foods whilst exploring textures of foods and equipment.
SPAT - PSHE Students will be developing knowledge, skills and attributes that they need to keep themselves healthy and safe.
Engaging with the world around meIntroduce students to the sensory room and explore sensory equipment. Look to see which students take a particular interest in certain pieces of equipment. Explore with touch and have verbal and physical help to look at and use the equipment. Use symbols for students to make clear choices on their interests. Play with some sensory toys at home, light displays in dark rooms.
Coping with PeopleStudents will focus on something to share with a friend, share what you have chosen with a friend. Listen to what they have chosen to share with you, take turns to share. Share with others what you feel about someone you like, someone you dislike and someone who helps you. Make a list of your friends, share with others what you like about your friends, decide what you want a friend to be like, share a photograph or drawing of your friend. Make a display of your friendship group Take turns sharing a game or let siblings, family members play games and take turns sharing. Talk about friends and the importance of friends.
Developing Numeracy - IntroStudents will take part in different sporting games. Count how many people are in your group, take part in some warm up exercises and count repetitions Count any equipment that is used, show you can recognise written numbers 1-5 where they have been used, for example sports bibs, cards. Show how you perform by keeping scores of any games/activities that you take part in. Help count equipment back in to the bags; take part in warm down stretches.Play games and use numeracy when playing them.
Signalong Students will be learning new signs and creating a piece of work reflecting those signs.Practise signs familiar to your child that they may use at home.