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.

Autumn Term 2 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsAutumn 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: Telling the time Identifying and following timetables Money – an awareness of how we spend money especially at Christmas ASDAN PDP & CoPE They will 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. They work in a group when the challenge is particularly difficult and we re-visit things they have learned for example factorials and other formulas this term. 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. This term all students will continue to study a book called ‘Breaking the Rules ‘ by Maxine Linnell. The fictional story focuses on internet safety. We are approaching the part where the main character meets a ‘friend’ from the internet. Please discuss internet safety at home if the opportunity arises as we will be discussing it in detail in class. We will be doing comprehension work, discussions, reading aloud, fictional writing and art work all related to the 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.This term we shall be continuing with looking at Photography. The groups will be looking at how you take photos. Each group will have a topic to explore and photograph in different way. The group will also look and different ways of editing the photos they have taken. 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 have started the Asdan short course award called Sex and Relationships. The emphasis has been body knowledge and they have 3 more tasks to complete on this module. We will then move on to the module about relationships. We will also continue covering SRE if needed either individually, small single sex groups or whole class as appropriate. Please contact me if you would like more details about the content of the course. 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 be looking at family history and family trees. ASDAN TI – Geography We will be learning about weather, finding out how accurate forecasts are. ASDAN TI – Independent Living We will be looking at which foods we eat and where we can buy the food from. 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. 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 learn French words.
LifeskillsASDAN All students will cook either as a group or individually. They will as always be doing this on their own (supervised of course) the emphasis is on planning your food, identifying the ingredients and equipment then preparing it without help. We have a whole morning for this to allow them to take their time and learn from their mistakes. We have been following The Great British Bake Off and will continue to do so. Each week we choose an item they have made on the show and try it ourselves. Due to covid all students are cooking independently using their own equipment, this has resulted in a lot of washing up and you’ll be pleased to know that everyone is doing their own. Feel free to ask them to practise at home! 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) Our art work last half term took a lot longer than we anticipated but they have produced beautiful masks depicting their chosen emotion. We will now move on to creating art work relating to feelings and dreams. Also we will be looking at the work of Lois Mailou Jones and recreating her style of work. We will then focus on Christmas art. Take opportunities to look at artists and their work – not just paintings also sculptures including outdoors.
Driving Theory and Careers New for this year We have a number of students who are interested in learning to drive so have decided to teach driving theory. We have half of our students who are able to continue learning the highway code and prepare to take the theory test. The other half have been working on road safety and will move on to an Asdan module called craft making which actually is about making items to sell. They will start by looking at health and safety connected to making items. Point out road signs and discuss when travelling.
Work Related Learning Enterprise Activities Craft enterprise We are making a variety of items including soft toys, rag quilts, chicken doorstops, bags. We will also be making some Christmas crafts 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.EThis term the group will be taking part in PE. Each term looking a different sport. This term we shall be looking the aspects of hockey. Looking how to dribble , pass, shoot and how to play games in the correct manor.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.