Group 5 is one of the five KS4/KS5 classes and is part of the Pre-Formal pathway within the Academy. At present there are 5 students within the group, 2 female and 3 male all aged 14-17.
English, Maths and Science Working at Entry Level 1
The students in Group 5 have additional needs related to communication, social interaction, learning difficulties and independence skills. Each student has their own character which makes our class environment happy, cheerful, and stimulating. We enjoy each other’s company and support each other.
There are 4 members of staff, Laura Wright (Class teacher & 14-19 Phase Leader) and Angie Potter (Head of Care). The class is supported by 2 support staff, Kerry Riley (Teaching Assistant) and Ryan Allen (Apprentice Teaching Assistant).
The students’ curriculum in the classroom is based on the students’ various needs as well as ensuring they gain the Life Skills needed to move on into adult life and further education.
This year they will continue with the Preparing for Adulthood curriculum which develops skills, knowledge and understanding within Employment, Community, Independence and Health. This year our emphasis is on keeping clean, healthy and safe, in our homes and the areas around where we live.
In our Employability sessions Group 5 will be running a weekly pupil café. Each week the students will prepare and run a café environment in the classroom and invite different classes from around school to attend each week. The students are encouraged to think about what we can sell in the café such as toast, squash, pizzas, tea, etc. Providing the students with this experience of a working environment is extremely important for our students as it develops a range of different life skills in a cross curricular setting. Skills such as working with money, writing and taking orders, preparing food and drinks, developing an understanding of food hygiene, cleaning and communication with customers.
Within our Community sessions we believe that it is extremely important to provide our students in Group 5 with as many opportunities to develop their confidence in a range of community settings. Throughout the year we plan to go to different places such as shops, cafes, garden centres, etc. Having access to these different places will encourage the development of different skills such as communication, understanding how to behaviour whilst out in the community, understanding and skills when using money, reading shopping lists and many more.
In our Health sessions throughout the year we will be focusing on developing our independence skills. These skills will be developing our ability to look after ourselves by having a shower and our personal hygiene skills such as brushing our teeth and hair. We will also be focusing on planning and preparing a healthy meal. Using simple recipes, writing a shopping list, going shopping for the ingredients, preparing the meal itself and then tidying up to finish. These skills are vital for our students in Group 5 and we hope that they will continue into adulthood and further education.
Throughout the rest of the curriculum we will be focusing on skills to develop our basic Maths and English skills, working towards OCR units such as working with money and developing communication skills. These will all be taught in a cross curricular and stimulating way to ensure that not only do our students develop these skills but also have an enjoyment for learning.
The students in Group 5 will also carry out Physical Education sessions focusing on different aspects of health and fitness. The students in Group 5 will also carry out lessons focusing on art, creative, music and computing.
For our independent skills some of the students will be travel training and this will consist of going out and about on the school mini bus, walking and crossing roads and using public transport. They will visit supermarkets, cafes, the library, other shops and parks. This is part of our travel training curriculum which is planned and led by a subject specific member of staff to support our students to achieve the different levels of the Titan awards.
A typical day in Group 5 consists of arriving to the classroom and being supported to put away our own belongings and our personal hygiene skills such as brushing our teeth and washing our hands. We then greet each other and work on our communication and interaction skills, asking how everyone is and if they had a nice evening. This is then followed by watching Newsround and thinking about the events that is happening in the UK and the world. The students will then carry out their formal lessons supported by the staff within the class. Throughout the school day all students are supported to develop their individual targets relating to their communication, academic and behavioural needs. Throughout all of this we ensure that the classroom is a happy and lively environment full of laughter and care.
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