Welcome to Sycamore – Formerly known as Springboard 1

Teacher - Springboard 1 Meriel Whitty
Photo of Meriel Whitty

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.

 

Sycamore Timetable – Autumn term 2

Curriculum Information for parentsTerm: Autumn term 2
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
MathsIn Maths we will be looking at shapes in Art. We will be learning the names of shapes, sorting and finding examples of shapes in the community. We will then be using these shapes to create a range of pieces of art. We will also be visiting the supermarkets and practising our maths skills there. This will include: counting and measurement skills among others. Take trips out and observe shapes out in the community. Take your son/daughter to the shops with you. Ask them to count how many…. Get them to use the money to pay. Look at vegetables and discuss length/size. ‘Which one is bigger/longer?’
EnglishIn English we will be developing our communication using a cross-curricular approach. We will be learning about how we can communicate with our peers and others across our setting- familiar and unfamiliar people. We will be reading a variety of signs and recipes throughout the half term through a range of sessions. Ask your son/daughter to read/recognise signs when out and about- exit/ Tesco etc. Go on trips into the wider community. Encourage and support the students to greet/ communicate with both familiar and less familiar people in an appropriate way.
ASDAN Engaging with the world Around Me: People In this ASDAN unit the students will take part in a range of projects and activities. The students will be focusing on learning about people and places in different areas of our school setting- the office, canteen, the Den etc. We will also be developing our social skills by taking trips into our local community. Parents could support the students at home by visiting familiar areas in their community and discussing the jobs and tasks that take place there, as well as the people who work there. Students could undertake given tasks in their homes- washing up, making tea etc.
ASDAN Multi-Sensory Experiences. They will attend the music room once a week where they will experience the following; variety of music; movement through music; variety of musical instruments and singing. Students will also be attending the sensory room once a week. We will be focusing on routines and communication. Any opportunities to enjoy music this could be through listening, singing, movement, playing a musical instrument etc.
ASDAN Baking Sensory We will be cooking on a regular basis, from a range of recipes. Our focus for the second term is experiencing different textures. Pupils will be looking at the different textures in a variety of foods- soft, lumpy, grainy etc. You could cook with your son/daughter at home. Encourage them to explore the textures of a variety of foods.
ASDAN Sport and Leisure Students will be go on a week of trips to experience a range of sports and leisure activities. We will be visiting Sheringham Park to go for a hike and experience an area of natural beauty, we will visit a bowling alley and share a leisure activity with our peers and we will visit the Dinosaur park as another example of a leisure setting, as well as undertaking a range of sporting activities while there.You could take your son/daughter to a new leisure or sporting setting or you could share an experience of a new sport or leisure activity with your child at home.
ASDAN Making Pictures. Students will look at a range of festive decorations in the class and in the community. We will be focusing on colour – the students favourite colour and how to make it darker and lighter. Students will create their own holiday decoration to sell at the School fair.Parents could look at examples of decorations in the community with their children. They could talk about the colours and their preferences. Parents could do some crafts with their children at home and create their own holiday decorations.
Transition Preparation We will also be beginning to take the students to visit a range of settings and programs that they may possibly be looking to attend after their time at Woodfields.