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  5 boys and 7 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 1 2022

Curriculum Information for parentsAutumn Term 1 2022 / 2023
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 ‘Towards Independence’ (TI) Green group - Asdan ‘Personal Development Programme’ (PDP) Blue group Asdan Certificate of Personal & Social Effectiveness (PSE) 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. One lesson will focus on the skills required by the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum The second will be based around Asdan challenges, which encourage use of numeracy skills in a functional way. All students will take part in starter activities, which are fun and easily achievable. Red group targets: Count reliably Read and write numbers including zero Order and compare numbers including zero Add single digit numbers Subtract single digit numbers Interpret +, -, and = in practical situations for solving problems Use a calculator to check calculations using whole numbers Green group targets: Count reliably Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 100 Add and subtract two-digit whole numbers Recall addition and subtraction facts Multiply using single-digit whole numbers Approximate by rounding to the nearest 10 Use and interpret +,-, x and ÷ in practical situations for solving problems Use a calculator to check calculations using whole numbers Blue group targets are individual, please ask for details. ASDAN They will work in small groups on functional skills at either Entry level 1,2,or 3 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. Over the year: Red group will complete the numeracy progression module Green group will work at their own pace choosing challenges from the Maths short course book. Blue group will work on specific areas of the GCSE foundation course. All students will be regularly assessed with formal style tests and we will discuss their answers individually with them helping them in the areas they struggle with on a 1-1 basis. 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
EnglishWe will have 2 English lessons each week The first will focus on Writing, Speaking & Listening. The second will focus on reading. Both lessons are based on the Adult Literacy Core Curriculum. They will all take part in a brain game starter activity ‘beat the teacher’ 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. They will complete written comprehension work with a focus on verbs, nouns, adjectives, similes and metaphors. We will also be revising punctuation at their individual levels. As with Maths, we are expecting them to be able to use their English skills in the real world and in real life situations. Red group targets include: Use written words and phrases to record or present information Construct and punctuate a simple sentence with a capital letter and a full stop Spell correctly personal key words and familiar words Use basic sound – symbol association to help spelling Speak clearly to be heard and understood in simple exchanges making requests using appropriate terms Ask questions to obtain specific information and making statements of fact clearly Listen for the gist of short explanations, listen for detail using key words to extract some information Follow single step Listen and respond to requests for personal information Green group targets: Produce legible text constructing simple and compound sentences, using common conjunctions to connect two clauses and suitable adjectives Use punctuation correctly (e.g. capital letters, full stops and question marks) Spell correctly the majority of personal details and familiar common words Use their knowledge of sound–symbol relationships and phonological patterns (e.g. consonant clusters and vowel phonemes) to help work out correct spellings Express clearly statements of fact, and short accounts and descriptions Ask questions to clarify understanding Follow the main points and make appropriate contributions to the discussion Listen for and identify the main points of short explanations or presentations Blue group targets: Plan and draft writing organising in short paragraphs Sequence chronological writing Proof read and correct writing for grammar and spelling Write in complete sentences Use basic grammar e.g. appropriate verb tense Speak clearly to be heard and understood using appropriate speed and phrasing Use formal language and register when appropriate Ask questions to clarify understanding in unfamiliar contexts Make relevant contributions to the discussion Respect the turn taking rights of others during discussions presentations and discussions Use strategies to confirm understanding e.g. facial expressions Listen to and respond appropriately to other points of view Respond to a range of questions about familiar topics 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 will be undertaking an 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 will be able to work 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. 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.
ArtWe will be looking at famous artists with disabilities. We will then try to use some of their styles and techniques. We are discovering more about Francisco Goya, Paul Klee, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, 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
PSHEAll groups will learn to: Demonstrate respect for differences between people, recognise difference and diversity, assertively challenge prejudice and discrimination and demonstrate understanding and empathy towards those who live their lives in different ways. All students will be working on activities which will include: All students will be in the room and will be able to listen to the discussions and join in if they feel confident and wish to do so. Please contact me if you have any concerns about any aspects of the PSHE lessons. Specific targets this term include: Express some of their positive qualities Demonstrate that they recognise their own worth and that of others Demonstrate respect for differences between people. Recognise difference and diversity Reflect on, evaluate their achievements in all areas of their lives, and recognise their own worth. Explain how their actions have consequences for themselves and others Identify and explain how to manage the risks in familiar situations Identify positive ways to face new challenges Explain that people grow from young to old Talk about a range of jobs, and explain how they will develop skills to work in the future Demonstrate respect for differences between people. They can discuss ways that relationships change over time. Recognise difference and diversity Make judgements and decisions They can plan realistic targets and start relating career plans to qualifications and skills Express their views confidently and listen to and show respect for the views of others 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.
ComputingMost students will be following an Asdan course ‘ Using Computer Technology’ They will cover the following modules: Knowing your computer Running a program Creating a word document & typing Photo Editing Using the internet Sending and receiving emails A few students will be following an Asdan course ‘Vocational Computing’ where they will be creating a game using programming and learning about Encrypted messages. Take opportunities to introduce technology including computers, tablets, phones, cameras, kitchen equipment and TV
CareersWork experience will offered individually including working at The Den, The Lighthouse cafe, The school office and in primary classrooms. Use opportunities to talk about appropriate behaviours in the workplace.
Life Skills Cooking ASDAN - Food wise We will be working on healthy eating. This will include: Food groups & nutrients traffic light food labelling ready meals & one pot meals energy drinks & alcohol what we eat, diets & eating habits fruit & veg modifying food They will complete the Asdan food wise course over the next 3 years, which covers a wide variety of topics; we will focus on one topic each half term. They will annotate and keep all their recipes creating their own recipe book to keep. We will be cooking the following healthy dishes: Lasagne Jacket potatoes in the air fryer Sweet potato & lentil dahl Scotch eggs Carrot & lentil soup Veggie pies with peanut butter mash Pasta bake 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.
AsdanASDAN TI – Popular Culture We will be investigating what influence famous people have. How they affect what we do, what we say and what we eat. We will look at famous musicians, and sports people as well as TV personalities ASDAN TI – Animal Care We will be investigating what is involved in owning a pet, in particular: how to choose one What they will need in the way of housing What to feed them Their health care Grooming and keeping them clean The cost of buying and owning a pet ASDAN PDP & PSE 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 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 be making Christmas Bunting and Wooden Christmas trees and plaques, which we will sell to parents, at the school 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 next 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) Looking at striking and fielding games. Looking at aspects of hitting, throwing , fielding.