Welcome to Maple

Teacher - Maple Heather Saunders
Photo of Heather Saunders

Maple is one of two classes in the sixth form which is based in the Annexe within Sheringham High School.

We are challenging our students to find their own way in the real world. They are using the knowledge they gained and skills they learned through the school to problem solve in real life situations and to prepare for the next step in their lives.
Staff will advise and give choices then allow the students to work things out for themselves, they help each other and are encouraged to ask for help in order for them to become as independent as possible.
We are an unusual class because we have 7 girls and only 5 boys. You might think this means it is a quiet class but in fact everyone is chatty, cheerful and confident which means we have lots of fun, you will always hear a lot of laughter as we work hard together.
Come and see us – we’ll make you a cup of tea.

Curriculum Information for parentsSpring Term 2 2020
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
MathsIt is very difficult for all students to put the theories they know into practice in the real world so we highlight their use of Maths skills daily. For example are looking for them to demonstrate their skills in practical situations. Some of the tasks may appear to be easy but please remember that we are expecting them to be able to do these things independently in order for them to be able to use these skills in the real world. ASDAN TI The specific areas we will continue to cover this half term include: Focus on number work, counting in real life situations eg planning for afternoon tea, counting equipment, counting in PE when exercising. Being able to use clocks including digital. Finding times in real life situations relating times to activities during the day, in school and at home. Planning journeys using their number and time skills ASDAN PDP The specific areas we will cover this half term include: Costings eg afternoon tea Collecting data and making use of it Using maths in real life design work Comparing foreign currencies starting with the Pound against the Euro Count reliably up to 10 or 20 items (or higher if able) – count objects at home, e.g. ask them to lay the table with 4 of everything Recall addition and subtraction facts to 20 – play number games, ask questions when out shopping Relate familiar events to times of the day, seasons, days of the week – discuss what you might be doing at the weekend e.g. how many days until Saturday? Read, measure and record time – any opportunities to tell the time Extract numerical information from lists, tables, diagrams and block graphs – look at shopping lists, timetables, TV guides etc
EnglishWe will continue to cover all the strands of English Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. As with Maths we are expecting them to be able to use their skills in the real world and in real life situations. ASDAN TI The specific areas we will cover this half term include: Using timetables and TV guides Speaking and listening – sharing information in a variety of ways ASDAN PDP The specific areas we will cover this half term include: Map work Poetry – discussing emotional and technical merits of individual poems Individual challenges from English short course book Listen for the gist of short explanations and listen for detail using key words to extract some information – if you are explaining something ask them to tell you what they have heard and understood, ask them to explain details of things they have heard e.g. news items on TV Read and recognise simple sentence structures Use illustrations and captions to locate information Decipher unfamiliar words and predict meaning – practise reading in real life situations, look for the exit signs, read road signs, identify shops, look at prices and key words when shopping. Scan texts to locate information Use punctuation and capitalisation to aid understanding – practise reading at every opportunity in the outside world. Make requests and ask questions to obtain specific information – encourage them to ask for help in shops, to talk to other people to gain information.
I.C.T - Taught by Jason Tooke.ASDAN module - E Safety For all students their ICT is embedded in all other curriculum areas We have timetabled an ICT lesson this half term and will continue to work on the module we have already started incorporating it into other lessons. ASDAN TI The specific areas we will cover this half term include: Photography – using your camera with the computer ASDAN PDP The specific areas we will cover this half term include: An extended project around photography Any opportunities to operate and use ICT devices, this includes all equipment in the home such as TV, cameras, phones and kitchen equipment
PSHEASDAN We will be working towards an Asdan modules about Healthy eating – looking at our own diet and how we can improve it. Minor accidents – how to deal with cuts, bruises and other minor ailments including the use of medicines. We will also continue covering SRE if needed either individually, small single sex groups or whole class as appropriate. Opportunities to recognise when they have a problem and how they can talk to you about it Opportunities to discuss the topics covered in class. Personal hygiene – please encourage them at home to shower/bath and change their clothes regularly as we will be discussing this at length. Healthy eating – we will be encouraging this and discussing daily.
CareersASDAN module – Work Awareness Students will continue with their work placements We will be using the careers lessons to complete an Asdan unit around the residential trip including looking at jobs we find along the way eg transport staff, entertainers, caterers, hospitality jobs. Helping them to recognise their personal skills and qualities, discussing why you are proud of them and what you think they are good at. Identify jobs in the community eg checkouts in shops, medical, sports Asking are they being paid? Why are they doing this job?
LifeskillsASDAN module - meal preparation and cooking We will continue to cook weekly. They do all of this independently asking each other for help when necessary. As far as possible we will cook the meals that are suggested by the students. ASDAN TI and PDP The specific areas we will cover this half term include: Preparing food for our afternoon tea – practising specific elements independently. Working towards the theme of Easter and amending recipes to fit this. Asdan unit is about baking for a celebration – the afternoon tea As much independent work in the kitchen at home as possible. Engaging in discussions at home when planning meals, encouraging suggestions from them. Access to recipe books. Reflect on popular family meals and discussion of how healthy each meal is.
Art (will be taught by Nikki Wardell) ASDAN module – Craft making The focus this term will be on health and safety during art and craft work, using equipment safely ASDAN TI and PDP The specific areas we will cover this half term include: Creating an original piece of art of high quality suitable for display. Evaluate your own work and that of your peers. Give reasons for your comments. Take opportunities to look at artists and their work – not just paintings also sculptures including outdoors.
Independence skills We will be looking at the wider world. Looking at differences in our country and other countries particularly France. Begin to learn another language (French) practical words to be taught eg food, drink, toilet to prepare for our residential this year. ASDAN TI The specific areas we will cover this half term are continuing from last half term: Looking at charity shops and charitable organisations around the world Activities which help others eg litter picking and recycling. ASDAN PDP The specific areas we will cover this half term include: A Challenge around cooking a dish from another country Creating their own French phrase book Learning a song in French. Comparing weather in worldwide destinations Opportunities to talk about different harmful effects that people can have on their own environment. Talking at home about how people live in other countries. Any opportunity to learn French words.
Work Related Learning Enterprise Activities Craft enterprise We will continue to make items to sell to raise money for our residential trip to Disney next year. We have made £1000 so far this school year! All items made will be offered to parents first. The work includes business plans and record keeping for their Asdan units. We will be using recycled fabrics. We plan to make soft toys and swimming bags to sell in the Den. We will also make luggage labels for our cases. ASDAN TI The specific areas we will cover this half term include continuing to evidence: Planning a business enterprise and starting up the venture. ASDAN PDP The specific areas we will cover this half term include continuing to evidence: Planning and monitoring income and expenditure, costings and development plan. If you have any unwanted fabric or other craft items we would be very grateful if you would send it in Any opportunities to take part in craft activities which result in a saleable item Any ideas for fundraising
P.EASDAN module - Sport & Leisure Going to Splash Gym once a week where students are instructed in how to use the equipment safely and record their progress. ASDAN TI The specific areas we will cover this half term include: Where to go and what to do, taking part in an activity regularly, using the machines at the gym. ASDAN PDP The specific areas we will cover this half term include: Regularly taking part in a sporting activity, keeping records. Both groups - Taking part in basketball tournament at UEA Any opportunities to experience exercise and learn about the importance of exercise for health. Any opportunities to take part in activities at local leisure centres or community centres.
Note:All students will continue to work towards Asdan units at a level appropriate to their own capabilities. Some students will be working on Asdan ‘Towards Independence’ (TI) and others on Asdan ‘Personal Development Programme’ (PDP) All the students will work to complete adult numeracy and literacy targets at the appropriate level. The work they are doing reflects the functional use of Maths and English in the real world. If you would like more information on this please contact me so that I can explain in more detail. Most students are undertaking work experience at Woodfields Den, some are doing work experience at the Youth Hostel or the Lighthouse Café. Some are doing work experience at local schools and in the High School kitchen. This means they may not be present for all of lessons. Please see their personal timetable in the front of their diary.