Welcome to Springboard 1

Teacher - Springboard 1 Meriel Whitty
Photo of Meriel Whitty

Springboard 1, is part of the Sixth Form Unit. We aim to develop our independence, communication, numeracy and life skills, during our time in Springboard 1.

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, Springboard 1 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.


Springboard 1 Timetable – Autumn term 1

Curriculum Information for parentsTerm: Autumn term 1
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
MathsIn Maths we will be looking at the seasons and time. We will be learning the names of the months and ordering them correctly. We will be gathering and using information around this topic. We will also be visiting the supermarkets and practising our maths skills here. This will include: counting and measurement skills among others. Take trips out and observe the seasons over the year. For those who sign to communicate, you could practise the signs of the month with your son/daughter. 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 through discussing and sharing favourite books and stories. We will be reading a variety of signs and recipes throughout the half term through a range of sessions. They will also be developing their writing skills by practising forming simple sentences, using a variety of different methods. Share their favourite stories together and communicate your preferences as well as listening to theirs. Ask your son/daughter to read/recognise signs when out and about- exit/ Tescos etc.
ASDAN Engaging with the world Around Me. In this ASDAN unit the students will take part in a range of projects and activities. They will be organising their own MacMillan Coffee Morning, developing an area of the Patch (the community Garden), and developing our social skills by taking trips into our local community. Parents will be invited to attend our coffee morning (invitations will follow) and we would love to see you all there. You support their work at the patch by developing an area of you own garden for your son/daughter to work with you, or other members of their friends and family, on.
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 first term is a hygiene routine. Pupils will be looking at keeping themselves and their equipment clean and safe. You could cook with your son/daughter at home. Encourage them to always wash hands, clean surfaces and equipment, and wear appropriate clothing- aprons/hairnets.
ASDAN Sport and Leisure Students will be given the opportunity to use a range of equipment and visit a range of sporting arenas. You could take your son/daughter to a sport match. You could use a variety of sport equipment at home- football, golf club, basketball, dance ribbon.
ASDAN Making Pictures. Students will look at a range of pieces of art inspired by the seasons. They will recreate these using a variety of media.Take your son/daughter out to observe the Autumn. Look and discuss the features of the season-the different colours and smells.
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.