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Oaklands School

Making Learning Fun

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Oaklands School

Making Learning Fun

Independence and Life Skills

Whole School Intent

  • Build independence to the greatest degree possible.
  • Improve understanding of the world around them.
  • Develop self-advocacy skills.

 

Independence and Life Skills at a glance

 

Whole School Implementation

  • Functional and cross curricular reinforcement
  • Specific and engaging.
  • Mastery approach.
  • Use of real resources.

Across the Pathways

Willow

Cherry

Chestnut

Intent

  • Developing self-awareness
  • Encourage increased independence in personal care
  • Encourage and support interaction with the world around them.

 

Implementation

  • Sensory experiences
  • Mastery approach
  • Targets set through OPAL and link to EHCP outcomes
  • Exploratory approach to independence and life skills
  • Life skills woven throughout the curriculum.
  • Learning powers: Explore, Connect and Persevere.

Intent

  • Developing self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Support understanding of the world around them.
  • Encourage independence in personal care.

 

 

Implementation

  • Short activities
  • Functional and active learning opportunities.
  • Repeated opportunities to practise skills.
  • Mastery approach
  • Targets set through OPAL and link to EHCP outcomes
  • Learning powers: Explore, Connect, Persevere and Feel

Intent

  • Generalisation of life skills for use in everyday life.
  • Developing self-advocacy.
  • E safety and travel safety are key.

 

 

 

Implementation

  • Functional and cross curricular links
  • Whole class or small groups
  • Mastery approach
  • Targets set through OPAL and link to EHCP outcomes
  • Learning powers: Explore, Connect, Persevere, Feel and Reflect

Curriculum Content

  • Cookery Curriculum: We intend for our learners to leave Oaklands having mastered a good range of cookery skills built up over time, through their weekly Cookery lessons, which teach a progressive set of basic skills and related recipes.
  • Growing Curriculum: Making use of our converted garden area. We want all of our children to be healthy and have a good diet and understanding of how to feed themselves well, as well as build a bond with nature and gardening that had been shown to support good mental health.
  • SoSafe: This is designed for use with SEND learners and is a very clear rules-based approach to social safety. It uses a standardised framework of symbols, visual teaching tools and concepts to teach strategies for moving into intimate relationships in a safe and measured manner, and provides visual communication tools for reporting physical or sexual abuse.
  • Life Skills: We have identified a number of life skills that can be taught explicitly in school.  These are Eating & drinking, Personal hygiene, Dressing & undressing, Road and travel safety in the community, Out & About Life events and Basic health & safety.
  • Curriculum overviews and planning have been developed as appropriate for each pathway. The typical time budget for each pathway, including embedded pratice and ‘teachable moments’ is as follows:

Willow

Cherry and Chestnut

1 hour per week of Cookery

1 hour per week of Growing time

3 hours per week of explicit I&LS sessions

SoSafe! is interwoven into other areas of the curriculum

1 hour per week of Cookery and

1 hour per week of Growing time

2 hours per week of explicit I&LS sessions

1 hour per week of SoSafe!  (3x 20 minute sessions)

Resources, Training and CPD

 

Staff CPD-see staffshare & OneDrive CPD folders: 

Planning and advice guides linked to dressing, eating and drinking, hygiene, personal hygiene, road safety, sleep and toileting.

Strengths

  • Staff have a strong understanding of the needs of their students
  • Staff teams are able to create engaging and purposeful curriculum for their pathways.
  • Repeated revisiting of life skills in different contexts and with cross curricular links.
  • Students are making progress in their OPAL ladders.

Areas for Development

  • Developing the growing curriculum
  • Completing the Independence & Life Skills Curriculum Map for Cherry and Chestnut pathways
  • Setting up a SIT team so that teams can improve their depth of knowledge and share this with the whole school

 

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