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 nicely balanced with 6 boys and 6 girls. 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.

Spring Term 2 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsSpring Term 2 2021
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
MathsWe are continuing to have extra Maths lessons as they are all enjoying it and making such good progress. ASDAN TI We continue to focus on time management They will work in a group of 5 on set challenges which lead to certificates from Asdan for the module “Time” ASDAN PDP & CoPE They will work in small groups on functional skills at either Entry level 3 or Level 1. We are still working on Number, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division without calculators. We are revisiting all the operations required to enable maths problems to be solved. We will spend as much time as we need to on each of the basics to ensure they are able to problem solve using these skills. They will also continue to work at their own pace choosing challenges from the Maths short course book. They have to pick challenges from each section in turn so over the year will be covering all aspects of maths in practical contexts. 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
EnglishWe will continue to have extra English lessons this term as they all enjoyed the book study last term so much. We are continuing to study the book Speechless by Kate Darbishire A book about an 11 year old girl with cerebral palsy who has to learn how to make friends despite her disability. One group will the go on to write about the book with a focus on their handwriting and spelling. They will do comprehension work and fictional writing. The second group will work on functional skills study and test practise. This work is at Entry level 3 which will challenge the students, they will be well supported by staff. We will continue to cover all the strands of English Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing within other subjects. As with Maths we are expecting them to be able to use their skills in the real world and in real life situations. 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.We will be using a variety of ICT devices, students will choose their own piece of equipment and work on one of their Asdan targets at the same time. Any opportunities to operate and use ICT devices, this includes all equipment in the home such as TV, cameras, phones and kitchen equipment
PSHEASDAN Until we have all students back in class PSHE will be covered at home focusing on practical skills around the house which will aid independent living. Ideas are given on the students timetable. 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.
ASDANASDAN TI – History We will finish our family trees then look at local history, a local person, event or place. ASDAN TI – Geography Students will learn about volcanos, earthquakes and weathering by wind or water ASDAN TI – Independent Living We will be looking at personal safety at home and in the community ASDAN PDP & CoPE They will work at their own pace choosing challenges from their Asdan books They have to pick challenges from each section in turn so over the year will be covering all subjects in practical contexts. All students in these groups have passed an award at their own level. They will continue to work on the next level. 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. Watching or reading weather forecasts. Any opportunity to practise life skills such as using the phone, choosing and buying food independently, comparing prices, looking at best value and special offers
LifeskillsASDAN Until we have all students back in class lifeskills cooking will be covered at home focusing on family foods which can be shared. Ideas can be provided from school if needed. 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) We will complete our original pieces of art aiming to enter some work into the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition. We are trying to include detail into our art work whilst also focusing on ‘dreams’ and the detail in the work of famous artists. Take opportunities to look at artists and their work – not just paintings also sculptures including outdoors. Look for detail
Driving Theory and Careers This will now be an option instead of art - carefully timetabled to make sure they will all do the lesson of their choice. They will continue with practise questions and Hazard perception. Point out road signs and discuss when travelling.
Work Related Learning Enterprise Activities Craft enterprise We are currently working on making mice, each one is individual and decorated with beads and jewels, these are not toys but are for display. We will move on to make memory bears – these will be made to order. We will continue to make a variety ofother items including soft toys, rag quilts, chicken doorstops, bags and dog accessories. 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.EWe will either be going for a walk in the local area or will be doing yoga depending on the weather.hsAny 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.