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.

Spring Term 1 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsSpring Term 1 2021
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
Developing skills for the workplace. Following instructions to carry out tasks in a safe manner at the patch. Help with the gardening, safe use of gardening tools.
Developing learning skills learning to learn Recognising what they are good at and what they find difficult. They will communicate what they like and dislike in relation to their learning. Contribute by making decisions. Take part in shared activities, play games as a group. Get them to use sign, symbols or gesture to vocalise their likes and dislikes.
Developing independent living skills: personal careUsing personal care items and working on independence. Accepting help where needed. Practise personal care and hygiene routines.
Developing independent living skills: having their say Taking part in activities to make choices about their own lives. (looking at future transition opportunities)Speak to them about their future. Look at different transition venues together; have them communicate their thoughts and feelings. ( can provide feelings symbols and other symbols to support this)
Encountering experiences: creativityTaking part in art therapy, combining art and music. Take part in creative activities whilst listening to their favourite music.
Preparing drinks and snacks Students will take part in preparing a variety of snacks and drinks, follow basic safety rules when preparing these. Make snacks and drinks at home with your children.
Mini Enterprise Project
PSHEStudents will be developing knowledge, skills and attributes that they need to keep themselves healthy and safe. Practise life skills on a daily basis around daily timetable of a routine.
Engaging with the world around them: sensory storiesTake part in storytelling. Engaging in sensory stories. Read stories and make them sensory by adding in props, like the story going on a bear hunt, you could use mud and grass and water to make it more sensory whilst you read.
Engaging with the world around them: sensory room Engaging in activities to develop a profile in the sensory room and communicating their preferences. Use sensory items to have sensory play at home, or messy play.
Developing Independent living skills: personal presentationRecognise clothing for different activities and weather conditions. Prepare children for all weather conditions by encouraging them to wear appropriate clothing for wet days, sunny days. Wear appropriate clothing for sporting events when going out and discuss why you wear different clothes for different activities.
Sign a longTaking part in weekly sign a long sessions with sign a long tutor Practise signing at home
Our regular shopping trip (Wednesday pm) to be confirmed still and trip to café on site behind the sixth form building on a Friday morning. to be confirmed still