Expedition Class is made up or 10 students (7 in Year 12 and 3 in Year 13). The staff are Mr Powell, Ms Chesson and Ms Philips.

We will be working on Functional Skills (OCR) in Maths, English and ICT, EHCP targets and accreditation through the Welsh Joint Board (WJEC).

We will be planning and cooking a meal each week based on what the students have chosen. Shopping in a local supermarket gives us the chance to pay for things at the checkout, and develop our independence and money skills.

We aim to create a positive and productive atmosphere in class, resolving conflicts by getting to pupils to reflect on what they have done wrong and what they need to do next time.

Throughout the year we will be looking to create opportunities to help students grow in confidence, independence and communication skills as they prepare for adulthood.

Expedition class home learning Term 4

English – WJEC accredited work – Understanding Film Genres

This group will be looking at different genres or types of film, including Romance, Comedy, Action, Science fiction. They will be identifying common settings and character types for different genres, as well as simple plot lines.

You could help by watching TV or films together and discussing obvious settings, such as cafes, planets, parks. You could also use simple words to describe characters, such as kind, mean, silly or rude.

English Functional skills group.

In term 5 this group will be taking exams in Functional Skills, so this term we will be doing lots of practice questions. Functional skills provide an individual with essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work. Questions are based on real life, practical situations, and include reading, writing and speaking/listening.


The whole class will be doing Functional skills at different levels. As with the English, the work involves practical skills based on real life situations. We will be practising maths questions this term in preparation for some exams next term.

To help, you could support your child to recognise and name the value of coins. Some students will have to add the value of 3 or 4 coins (eg 1p, 1p, 2p, 5p), and they might also need to order them based on their value.

Students may also be asked to identify which items on a page are a certain shape, or they may have to name the shape.

Students will also need to practice counting and comparing objects, as well as adding and taking away from amounts.