Safari Class is made up or 9 students (3 in Year 12, 2 in Year 13 and 3 in Year 14). The staff are Mr Burford, Mrs Walters, Mrs Loasby and Mrs Birchmore.
The Students will be working on EHCP targets on Maths, English, Cognition and Communication and accreditation through ASDAN personal progress modules.
We will be planning and cooking a meal each week based on what the students have chosen and new skills which they need to learn and practice. Shopping will be in a local supermarket which gives the students the chance to pay for ingredients, and develop their independence and money skills.
We aim to create a positive and productive learning environment in the classroom. Throughout the year we will be looking to give students the opportunities to help grow in confidence, independence and communication, preparing them for adulthood.
Terms 3 and 4 in English we are looking at writing skills and expanding conversations with the use of adjectives and metaphors, We have been studying and reading various popular texts using different forms of media. These have included Charlie and the Chocolate Family and the Wizard of Oz. The students have explained some of the feelings that some of the Characters are experiencing and students have been encouraged to explain their feelings in both social and difficult situations. It would be very useful if the students could practice explaining how they are feeling about something by either writing words or indicating using symbols e,g, a smiley face or sad face. In the New Year we are exploring different countries and using English skills to gain information. We will be working on conversations and open talking on topics about these countries. It would be helpful if the students watch News items on Television or look at Newspapers and these are discussed. This will improve expression and opinions.
Within Mathematics we are looking at place value, odd and even numbers and counting skills up to 100 which will lead on to recognising and using money within our Life Skills lessons. When shopping would you please involve the student in payment and ask them what value the coins are.
We will also be investigating 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. It would be useful if, when handling objects, you ask the student to tell you the shape of the object.
In all lessons we are encouraging the students to express their feelings, wants and needs. Initially this will be by using symbols but the aim is for expression in words. If there are examples of this happening at home, would you make a note of this in the school diary.
Any road safety practice would support PSHE lessons.