Cedar Class is a KS3 class that works alongside Pines and Limes classes. The class is led by Rosie with the support of Faye, Tracey, Ashley and Nat. Alan covers PPA on a Thursday morning.
The main aims of Cedar Class are: to build confidence, to learn how to work as a team, to increase independence and to build understanding of the world around them. We value the input of all students and work with professionals, parents and carers to ensure that student voice is heard and acted upon. The pupils sit in a designated area in the classroom but will split up when working in groups or on specific tasks. We also encourage the students to support each other in their learning and to help one another where they can. They also have the opportunity to have a say across the school by taking part in student council.
All students follow the Cornerstones curriculum, which is adapted to meet their individual needs to ensure curriculum coverage and progression. Cornerstones allows students to access the curriculum through an exciting topic based approach and incorporates a broad range of subjects. Students also enjoy PE lessons once a week, two drama and performing arts sessions a week and one art session in the studio a week amongst other engaging activities. Students also work towards their ASDAN certifications ‘Transition Challenge’ or ‘Towards Independence’ and focus on a module each term which is chosen carefully to work well with the class topic. Cedar class mixes with the other senior classes for maths and phonics or reading sessions so that the students can work with others who are working on similar learning objectives. Throughout their time in Cedar, students are encouraged to be as independent as possible and are supported to learn basic life skills in order to build a foundation of independence. This includes working on independent cooking. Each weeks the pupils prepare a smile snack or meal with minimal support including toast, microwave meals, pizza and more.
Regular outings are an important part of Cedars routine and trips are linked to the topic or to the current ASDAN module which is being followed in class. This provides opportunities for the students to apply their learning in multiple settings and gives real world experience of the theoretical learning that occurs in the classroom.