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 3 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.

Spring term 1 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsSpring Term 1
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
Maths and EnglishAll 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.
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. We are looking for them to demonstrate their skills in practical situations, for example they will weigh items and use direct comparisons for the weight of items in everyday use. They will recognise and select coins and notes and make amounts of money up to £1 in different ways when out on trips or work experience. 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 module - Developing Numeracy Skills The specific areas we will cover this half term include: • Using their knowledge of measure to weigh ingredients for baking. • Handling data about foods and ingredients. • Counting in real life situations and using the information to solve practical problems. They will repeat these and previous activities to consolidate their knowledge. E1 Count reliably up to 10 or 20 items – count objects at home, e.g. ask them to lay the table with 4 of everything 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? Extract information from lists, tables, diagrams and block graphs – look at shopping lists, timetables, TV guides etc E2 Recall addition and subtraction facts to 20 – play number games, ask questions when out shopping Read, measure and record time – any opportunities to tell the time Extract numerical information from lists, tables, diagrams and simple charts – find a bus /train time, when is a TV programme on?
English We will continue to cover all the strands of English Speaking, Listening and Writing, Reading will have a separate lesson so that we can focus more closely on their individual reading skills. ASDAN module - Developing Communication Skills The specific areas we will cover this half term include: • Communication using technology. • Collaborative writing in pairs or in a group. • Writing about popular culture Reading At a level appropriate for each student they will share a book as a class, there will be discussion around the theme of the book and comprehension exercises. They will explore how the writer chose his theme and begin to try creative writing with specific audiences in mind. E1 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. 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. E2 Listen for and identify relevant information from explanations, presentations and discussions - ask them to explain details of things they have heard e.g. news items on TV 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 For all students their ICT is embedded in all other curriculum areas We have no timetabled ICT lesson this half term As students use the computers daily and are able to use other devices such as I pads, phones etc.We will continue to work on the module we have already started incorporating it into other lessons. ASDAN module - E Safety Any opportunities to operate and use ICT devices, this includes all equipment in the home such as TV, cameras, phones and kitchen equipment
PSHE ASDAN module - Self Advocacy This half term we will be looking at how to recognise when someone is being annoying or upsetting, how to deal with this and how to help others. We will discover how good everyone is at decision making and how we know what makes us happy. We will identify why we like people and share our thoughts with the group. We will also continue covering SRE in small groups (letters have been sent home regarding this) 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.
Careers ASDAN module - World of Work, Retail assistant We will be showing what sort of things we might be doing when working in retail, show that we know which clothes to wear and personal hygiene when in the work place. We will look at manual handling and hazards in the retail environment. Opportunities to talk about communicating personal information, what should you share. Helping them to recognise their personal skills and qualities, discussing why you are proud of them and what you think they are good at.
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. We will focus firstly on preparing drinks and then look at foods from other countries, comparing take aways to home cooked food including pricing and value for money. 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 - Making pictures The focus this term will be using different tools, for making marks on paper. It will include aspects for design. Take opportunities to look at art and take part in creative activities – focus on shapes, colours and sizes found within art.
Independence skillsASDAN module – Citizenship We will be looking at what is important to us personally and how that compares to the opinions of others. We will recognise our favourite things and those of others. We will decide the best way to make decisions eg where to go on a family holiday taking all views into account. They will show how they can give their opinion as part of a group and can follow the groups decision. Opportunities to talk about different harmful effects that people can have on their own environment. Talking at home about how you can use less water and power. Any opportunities to get involved in local environment improvements
Work Related Learning Enterprise Activities Most will take part in craft enterprise this half term. We will continue to make rag quilts or pocket hangers as we got distracted last term making things for the craft fayre. The items we be sold at the den but as always will be offered to parents first. We will be using recycled fabrics. 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
P.E ASDAN 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. The focus this term is showing you can use the equipment in different ways. ASDAN module - Animal Care Some will continue to go Horse Riding weekly, they will continue to learn about how to look after horses and their environment. They will learn what to wear and why, they will be able to identify the parts of a horse and the equipment needed to groom a horse. They will learn how to groom and know how often, they will be able to identify parts of the tack. They will be able to ride a horse and demonstrate post riding skills Those not riding will look at owning a pet, where they could get one, which pet to choose and why. What they would need to look after it and what it would need. They will visit a pet shop. 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.