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 currently have  6 boys and 5 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.


Maple Class timetable – Autumn Term 2 – 23/24


Curriculum Information for parentsAutumn Term 1 23/24
We are working across all subjects towards Asdan units at a level, which is right for each student. They are working on one of the following Red group - Asdan ‘Personal Development Programme’ (PDP) Bronze Award Green group - Asdan ‘Personal Development Programme’ (PDP) Silver Award Blue group Asdan Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) 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.
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
MathsWe will have 2 Maths lessons each week. Both lessons will focus on the skills required by the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum, this term we are working on place value in one lesson and practising these skills in lifeskills tasks. Red group targets: Place Value Representing numbers to 100’s and 1000’s Partition numbers to 100 and 1000 Number line to 100 and 1000 Compare, estimate and order numbers to 1000 Number bonds, add and subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers Estimations & inverse operations Multiples of 2,4, 5,8 and 10 Multiply and divide by 3 Green group targets: Place Value Representing numbers to 1000’s and 10,000’s Partition numbers to 1000’s and 10,000’s Number line to 1000 and 10,000 Compare, order and Roman numerals to 10,000 Rounding to 1000 Adding & subtracting 4 digit numbers Area and shape Multiples of 3,6,7, 9, 11 & 12 Blue group targets Represent numbers to 10,000,000 Powers of 10 Compare, order, rounding and negative integers Common factors, common multiples and rules of divisibility Prime, square and cube numbers Multiply 4x2 digits Short & long division Order of operations Equivalent fractions and mixed numbers Multiply & divide fractions Metric & Imperial measurements 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 especially using analogue clock face. Extract numerical information from lists, tables, diagrams and block graphs – look at shopping lists, timetables, TV guides
English We will have 2 English lessons each week The first will focus on listening and comprehension The second will focus on reading and poetry Both lessons are based on the Adult Literacy Core Curriculum. We will have a variety of writing tasks after having whole class discussions, the tasks will cover real life situations where writing will be needed. All work will be marked with feedback and 1-1 follow up where extra practise is required. As with Maths, we are expecting them to be able to use their English skills in the real world and in real life situations. Until they reach the required level they will have 5 spellings to learn each week, these are different for everyone and are taken from their phonics assessments. Specific Targets include: Red group Listen for detail using key words to extract some information Use written words and phrases to record or present information Speak clearly to be heard and understood in simple exchanges Make statements of fact clearly Speak and listen in simple exchanges Green group Listen for detail in short explanations, instructions and narratives Construct simple and compound sentences, using common conjunctions to connect two clauses (e.g. as, and, but) Use adjectives Speak clearly to be heard and understood in straightforward exchanges Express clearly statements of fact, and short accounts and descriptions Follow the gist of discussions Follow the main points and make appropriate contributions to the discussion Blue group Listen for detail in explanations, instructions and narratives in different contexts Listen for and identify relevant information from explanations, presentations and discussions Sequence chronological writing Proof read and correct writing for grammar and spelling Speak clearly to be heard and understood using appropriate speed and phrasing Express clearly statements of fact, and short accounts and descriptions Follow and understand the main points of discussion Make relevant contributions to the discussion Respect the turn taking rights of others during discussions 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
Touch Typing & SpellingWe are continuing with our online course Touch-Type read and spell. TTRS is multisensory course that teaches touch typing to help students improve their reading and spelling skills. They are working through the course at their own pace revisiting modules as needed. They will each have a laptop in class available for use in most lessons. As they learn to touch type, they will be learning/revising spellings, which get progressively harder throughout the course. They are welcome to work on this at home and have log in details in the front of their diaries. They have to score 90% or more on each level before moving on to the next one. During this lesson some students will be learning driving theory, this is open to all students and it will be their choice whether they wish to take advantage of this. Opportunities to use touch typing in a keyboard. Looking at the spelling of new words when out and about. Help write a shopping list at home. Point out driving signs and symbols when out, discuss the rules of the road when driving together.
ArtWe are focusing on Religious Art including: Identity Christianity Islam Judaism Buddhism Representation Religious symbols and beliefs British Christmas We will create artworks incorporating different religions and will learn about the significance of their symbols. We are still trying to include detail into our art work whilst also focusing on techniques Take opportunities to look at artists and their work – not just paintings also sculptures including outdoors. Look for detail
PSHE We will recap on Internet, social media and personal safety twice during the term. This will include finding out about ‘fake news’ We will be looking at enterprise and setting up a small business enterprise, we will plan how we approach our craft making for Christmas looking at costs, sales, income & profit. We will investigate local and national businesses. We will be finding out about values & prejudices and our attitudes towards them. This will include looking at WW2 and briefly at the holocaust. Please contact me if you have any concerns about any aspects of the PSHE lessons. 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.
Independent Living SkillsThis year we are introducing a new Asdan lesson which will cover many aspects of independent living skills. These lessons will cover topics which they will find useful in later life if they are not needed immediately. We will be investigating career management which will include preparing a CV, finding out about job vacancies, a talk from an employer, practise job interviews which we will video and reflect on. We will also be looking at ‘a place of your own’ including how to be a good tenant and a good neighbour, housing options within a budget, how to deal with gas, electricity and water supplies, keeping safe at home and evictions. Take opportunities to introduce real life events and activities such as getting involved in paying bills, looking for jobs in places you visit, pointing out opportunities for the future and encouraging positive expectations.
CareersWork experience will offered individually including working at The Den, The Patch and The Lighthouse caféUse opportunities to talk about appropriate behaviours in the workplace.
Foodwise taught by Tracey Davies & Life Skills Cooking ASDAN - Food wise We will be looking at healthy eating and food safety. We will be looking at healthy eating and how it benefits the body. Exploring the different food groups and nutrients and exploring how food packaging gives us information on what we are eating. We will be cooking the following: Indian butternut squash fragrant curry and Quick Whole Wheat Chapatti Quiche Fruity Yorkshire pudding Stuffed peppers Sweet Potato Bake Superhealthy Pizza Fruity Traybake Pineapple Upside down cake Veg and cheese rolls Welsh Rarebit Muffins Jammy star cookies Christmas Rocky Road Polar Bear peppermint creams Chocolate Log There will be variations for those with food allergies. If you are lucky, they will bring their cooking home each week but often they choose to eat it at school. Please let me know if you prefer them not to eat it at school. 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. When shopping look at different labelling e.g. traffic lights and talk about what they mean.
AsdanASDAN PDP & CoPE Red group will be starting Personal development programme aiming to complete the bronze award this year. They will be completing challenges in the expressive arts and number handling sections this term. They will be learning new practical skills and putting into practice their functional numeracy skills whilst learning about real life situations including shopping and money. They will complete challenges using weights and measures and recording data they have collected. All students will visit the Sainsbury centre at UEA to be able to write a critical review of the art there. Green group will work at their own pace choosing challenges from their Asdan books towards their silver award. 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 work towards an award at their own level. For these students the course will continue over the next 2/3 years. 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 practise life skills such as using the phone, choosing and buying food independently, comparing prices, looking at best value and special offers
Work Related Learning Enterprise Activities Craft enterprise We will continue making peg bags and Christmas items, which we will sell to parents, at the Christmas fayre and in Woodfields Den. We will discuss the reasons for making craft items – to raise money for our next residential trip. How much do these cost to make? How much can we sell them for? How many people will want them? We will look at safety issues when using craft equipment. Money raised from the sale of these will go towards the residential trip this year. 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.E. (Taught by Jason Tooke) We will be looking at football this term. We will look at all basic aspects of the skills. Pupils will look at working as a team to help with co-operation with others.