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.

Spring Term 2 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsSpring Term 2
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
ASDAN Water Skills Students will be attending the hydro pool at Woodfield’s. They will work as a team with their peers and individually to meet Asdan water skills targets. You could take your children swimming or practise being in water at home, safety and rules when being around water to be discussed.
ASDAN - Yogacise Students will take part in sessions of yoga in class with their peers, they will practise relaxation, breathing, stretching and balance.
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. Students will be working around the theme Pastries for this term in cooking 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 making masks with paper Mache Ready for the school production this year. Practise crafts at home by using different materials.
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 - Phototography Students will be learning to use a camera and take photos. Students will also have the opportunity to use a video camera to record. Practise photo taking with a camera.