Group 5 is one of the five 14-19 classes and is part of the Pathway 1 within the Academy. At present there are 4 students within the group: one female and three male, all aged 14-18 years.
The students are working on Entry Level 1 accreditation in English, Maths and Science.
The students in Group 5 have additional needs related to communication, social interaction, learning difficulties and independence skills. Each member of the group brings a unique personality, helping to create a lively and vibrant environment in which we treat each other with dignity and respect, caring for each other in times of need and celebrating each other’s successes.
There are three members of staff. Two teachers who share the timetable: Daniel Lee and Heather Bromley; and one Teaching Assistant, Kerry Riley.
The curriculum in the classroom is based on the students’ various needs ensuring they gain the skills needed to move on into adult life and further education, while also giving them opportunities for a variety of positive experiences we hope will stay with them for a long time.
This year students will continue with the Preparing for Adulthood curriculum which develops skills, knowledge and understanding within Employment, Community, Independence and Health.
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 expected behaviour whilst out in the community, working with money and shopping lists and many more.
In Health and Independence, we will be working on hygiene skills such as showering and maintaining good hygiene in the kitchen as we practise cooking simple recipes. We will also be visiting shops and other places in the community. We will use these to developing our English and Maths skills for everyday use, such as writing shopping lists and following a recipe.
In the core curriculum we will be focusing on developing basic Maths and English skills: working towards OCR units such as working with numbers and developing our communication and writing skills. These will all be taught in a cross curricular and stimulating way to ensure that not only do our students develop these skills which will beneficial in the future but also have an enjoyment for learning.
Throughout the rest of the curriculum the students in Group 5 have Physical Education sessions focusing on different aspects of fundamentals of physical activity. In Art this year they will be working towards a group project which they will participate in choosing. They will be identifying and engaging with different examples of technology in computing and developing performance skills in Creative lessons.
A typical day in Group 5 consists of arriving to the classroom and being supported to put away belongings and practice personal hygiene. Students spend tutor time practising individualised tasks or their motor skills. Students greet each other and their staff: working on communication and interaction skills by asking how everyone is and if they had a nice evening. 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 regulation 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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