Welcome to Sycamore

Teacher - Springboard 1 Meriel Whitty
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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 2 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsTerm: Spring term 2
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
Maths In Maths we will be looking at counting, finding numbers and problem solving in the environment and during sports activities. We will also be looking at measuring during baking sessions. We will continue with our trips into the community and practising our maths skills there. This will include: counting and measurement skills among others. Take trips out and observe numbers out in the community. Play some sports with your son/daughter, encourage them to count/find numbers as they play. Take your son/daughter to the shops with you. Look at vegetables and discuss length/size. ‘Which one is bigger/longer?’ Cook with your son/daughter get them to measure out the ingredients, count out the final dishes etc.
EnglishI In 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 with both familiar and unfamiliar people. We will also be focusing on using ICT in our community and in the environment. 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. Share some ICT equipment with your son/daughter at home. Discuss any activities that you complete.
ASDAN Engaging with the world Around Me: People In this ASDAN unit the students will take part in a range of projects and activities. One project will include a focus on learning about people from a different culture. We will take part in a whole school day learning about Italian culture. Parents could support the students at home by encouraging students to discuss what they have learnt about Italy at school. Share some Italian food with them.
ASDAN Multi-Sensory Experiences. They will attend a session once a week where they will experience a variety of music, movement through music 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. Take any opportunities at home to watch or do some dancing to music together.
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 cooking techniques. Pupils will be looking at how we use different techniques to cook with e.g. rolling out, rubbing mixing. You could cook with your son/daughter at home. Encourage them to use a variety of cooking techniques.
ASDAN Sport and Leisure Students will be developing their water skills in a weekly visit to Splash swimming pool. You could take your son/daughter swimming to continue to develop their skills at home. Please remember to send in students swimming kit on a Thursday, along with any other necessary equipment.
ASDAN Making Pictures. Students will be looking at using pencil lines to recreate pictures. They will be looking at the colours used in some famous paintings and using them in their own pictures. Parents could look at a range of famous artist’s artwork. E.g. Van Gogh, Monet Parents could create their own paintings with their son/daughter at home.
Transition Preparation We continue to visit other settings as the students continue to prepare for transitions into adult settings. We continue to visit other settings as the students continue to prepare for transitions into adult settings.