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 1 2021 Timetable

Curriculum Information for parentsAutumn Term 1 2021
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
MathsWe are continuing to have a whole morning of Maths lessons as they are all enjoying it and making such good progress. They will usually work on 2 different topics in one morning. All students will take part in starter activities which are fun and easily achievable. ASDAN TI We are working on number bonds to 10 using equipment and practical activities including going out for drinks. We are also looking at regular shapes and relating them to everyday objects. We will be moving on to timetables and calendar dates then sorting. ASDAN PDP & PSE They will work in small groups on functional skills at either Entry level 3 or Level 1. We are again 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. For those working at level one they will continue to work through the revision books with 1-1 support as needed. They 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 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 studies last year so much. They will all take part in a brain game starter activity to get them engaged and interested in the subject. They will be encouraged to take defeats gracefully and understand that they cannot always be on the winning team. Our set text will be ‘The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter. We will be acting out parts of it and researching why people stutter and how we can overcome physical problems. We will relate the story to our own struggles and give opinions. Red group will then go on to work towards an Asdan module around communication. They will do comprehension work, fictional writing, speaking and listening. Green and Blue groups 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 Red group will be working on activities from the Asdan Towards Independence books which will include thinking about and describing themselves, likes and dislikes. They will talk about their families and how they are helped by them. They will look at appropriate greetings and physical gestures, the differences between males and females and names for body parts. Green and blue groups will research and discuss contraception, STI’s and the consequences & implications of pregnancy. Red group will be in the room ad 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. 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 – Self Advocacy They will be looking at their friends and why they like them, what makes them feel good and happy, sharing things they like doing, discussing their own rights & responsibilities and how society accommodates these. ASDAN TI – The wider world Students will learn about different countries and cultures, their food, jobs, special objects and celebrations. 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 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. 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
Lifeskills - CookingASDAN Red group will be working towards the Adan meal preparation module with a focus on kitchen safety. We plan to make pizza, apple pie, frittata tray bake, fruit scones, vegetarian stuffed peppers, baked apple roses and Italian sausage stuffed zucchini. They will bring their cooking home each week and can have a copy of the recipe if you would like one. Green and Blue groups will continue to cook independently and will relate their work to their Asdan courses. There will be written work every week included in the lifeskills cooking lessons. 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 We will be working on still life painting of fruits, everyone has their own set of brushes and they are encouraged to keep them clean and to take pride in their efforts whilst enjoying their creativity. Later this half term we will be making clay plates and decorating with a mandala pattern. 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
Careers Red group will be completing a work awareness module which includes identifying jobs & giving examples of people they know who do these jobs. They will look at paid and unpaid jobs and the reasons for going to work. They will identify jobs which may be of interest to them in the future indoors and outdoors. Green and Blue groups will be working on their Asdan challenges for PDP and PSE as appropriate. Point out road signs and discuss when travelling.
Work Related Learning Enterprise Activities Craft enterprise: We are continuing to make memory bears to order. This involves cutting customers fabrics in a mix and match way to create a stuffed bear or rabbit. These are sold at £10 each as there is so much work in them. We will start making Christmas gifts as it takes a long time to produce enough to sell. We plan to make reindeer shelf decorations and Christmas wreaths. 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)We will be using the hall to practise ball skills and team work in readiness for the residential. 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.