We are a mixed age class (EYFS to Post 16). We are young people who may need a more sensory and ‘small steps’ approach to learning. We have a safe and supportive environment that can cater for our more complex learning and care needs. We spend time in Maple classroom but also with our peer groups in other classes throughout the school.
We have a supportive team who help us be safe and make sure we are having fun learning! On different days there are different adults who help us. Our teachers at the moment are Rebecca, Ruth and Sara. Our lovely teaching assistants are called Anna, Margaret, Emma, Mel and Jayne. The adults are fully trained to support us with all areas of development and care, including our medical and therapy needs.
Maple Class is a total communication environment to aid our development, understanding, and awareness of the world. We are supported to engage in a wide range of experiences and opportunities to support our learning. This includes; intensive interaction, sensory awakening, Tacpac, cause and effect activities, use of objects of reference/symbols/photographs/makaton, on the body signing, massage therapy and music therapy.
We can learn in our classroom or in other rooms around the school including The Studio (sensory room), dark room, soft play or even the hydrotherapy pool. Through this wide range of approaches the adults are able to provide true experiential learning tailored to each of our specific needs, enabling us to enhance our learning opportunities and long term life choices.
To support our needs holistically we have other adults who help us. These include the school nurse, the therapy team (Physio/Occupational/Speech and Language Therapists) along with outside agencies (including. vision, hearing and dietetic support services).
Most of all we just love to have fun when we are learning!
We are known as L2L pupils in school (learning to learn).
The adults in our school and the other schools in our Special Partnership Trust have created a L2L policy and curriculum framework - to make sure we are learning what we need to and when!
Our most previous topic was 'Oceans and Seas'.
We really enjoy taking part in lots of multi-sensory activities learning about oceans and seas. One of our favourite activities was ending our term with a trip to Newlyn fish market. It was cold, rainy day and the fish were really smelling but we really enjoyed the opportunity to go out and experience our topic 'in context'. We went on this trip with our friends from Palm Class.
We had a guided tour of the fish market and learnt about lots of types of fish, before exploring the harbour and meeting someone from the RNLI who taught us all about the RNLI life boat.
Please see some lovely photos below of us learning.
Please find below some links to resources and activities I thought you would find useful (and those I have been sent by services such as the communication and visual impairment team). I'll keep adding to these as I find more things! I'm missing the young people very much but I hope you are having fun and keeping safe at home.
You can find these at the bottom of this page - scroll all the way down!
Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, I can help in anyway or if you want to share any lovely photos or updates with me. I'll keep touching base regularly but in the meantime keep safe and hopefully see you soon :)
(Maple Class Teacher)
Here is some information about our curriculum offer:
Our curriculum framework sets out our ambitious aims determined for all L2L pupils; this framework is fully informed by the process we follow to secure & embed personalised learning for pupils between (Yr2 – Yr11). We recognise that as our pupils move through our provision & into P16, our offer will need to reflect on their post school placement; we have therefore, identified an additional offer to meet such needs.
The L2L curriculum enables our Trust schools to identify what we aspire for our pupils to learn building on this learning using information gathered via a pupil engagement profile & assessment of core areas of learning via the B² Engagement Steps. To translate this framework over time & to secure it holds meaning/relevance we have developed a structure for its implementation; this secures our offer is equitable in pupil access to the National Curriculum (‘vehicle’ for delivery) remains personalised. Such personalisation enables our schools to evaluate the progress pupils make in their concepts, knowledge & understanding can be evidenced ensuring all future learning is part of a well-planned sequence.
We recognise that our curriculum offer needs to prepare all learners well for their next stage, making sure pupil progression builds upon their current skills/ abilities developed (progress data). The design of our curriculum map evidences breadth/ depth in areas of study in the knowledge that all pupils will access this curriculum at different starting points based upon their engagement profile & EHCP outcomes.
The L2L Curriculum Offer will use whatever specialist techniques, teaching approaches, advice & guidance received which will motivate (interest led), support the needs/ improve access of any individual pupils. (Accreditation begins at Key Stage 3 and evidenced via the Trusts accreditation map).
Here are some photos of us doing our home learning with our families: