Group 5 is one of the six KS4/KS5 classes and is part of the Pre-Formal pathway within the Academy. At present there are 6 students within the group, 6 young men, between 13 and 19 years old.
English Working at Entry Level 1 and 2
Maths Working at Entry Level 1 and 2
The students in group 5 have additional needs related to communication, social interaction and independence skills. The range of disability include, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, and Autism. 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 6 members of staff, Kieron Aldridge (Teacher), Janet Smith (Art Teacher - Monday. The class is supported by 4 support staff, Donna Higgins (Teaching Assistant), Lucy Machin (Learning Support Assistant - Tues to Fri), Sue Farnsworth (Learning Support Assistant - Monday), and David Koernich (Classroom Apprentice). .
The students’ curriculum in the classroom is based on the students’ various sensory needs as well as ensuring they gain the Life Skills needed to move on into adult life.
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 Employability sessions Group 5 are getting ready for work by preparing and selling sweets in school. Although we no longer have Sweet Treats, all of the class is involved with learning how to get the shop ready, how to weigh 100g of sweets and then bag up sweets hygienically. They learn to recognise money and how to prepare the till with the float. They learn to communicate with each other by taking drinks orders, making the drinks and sitting down to socialise with each other before washing up. The students also get an opportunity to learn the skills required to clean the work space correctly using the appropriate coloured cleaning products.
The students have the opportunity to experience music sessions once a week. They have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of instruments, both tuned and untuned. Through this they learn to take turns, wait for their turn, pass on equipment to others and to enjoy the music making that they do. The students each get an opportunity to perform on their own and with others to help develop self esteem, build confidence and vocal and signing skills.
There will be other times when we have access to the soft play area, sensory room, sensory studio and hall for physical activities. Wednesday and Thursday morning is when we do P.E. with Sam Hickling. On Thursday after P.E. we focus on how to look after ourselves, including having showers. We clean our teeth every day after lunch.
In literacy we are focussing on developing reading skills and communication .We are always working towards the students being able to express themselves and encourage them to use a mixture of sounds, words, signs and symbols as appropriate. Each student has their own reading book.
In Maths we are learning how to use money in practical situations like going shopping for the ingredients for cooking. We are also learning about measures i.e. length, capacity and weight we do this through practical activities like gardening and cooking.
We have a work skills afternoon on Thursday where we focus on communication and following instructions. We have a variety of tasks like making areas of school look nice, filing, shredding, car washing and recycling.
For our independent skills we will be travel training will consist of going out and about on the school mini bus, walking and crossing roads and using public transport. We will visit supermarkets, cafes, the library, other shops and parks. We will also be learning to plan and prepare simple meals which will include deciding what we need, making a shopping list, shopping for the ingredients and then preparing the meal.
Each day will start with students organising their belongings and settling down to say good morning to everyone in class. We use symbols on the whiteboard to go through our daily timetable and students will have time to adjust if the routine has changed
Like the other 14 to 19 groups we are rewarded for good work with credits, when we successfully gain 10 we will be included in a draw with other successful pupils and have the chance of winning a prize.