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Academic Curriculum Content

English Lessons: The development of Literacy is a priority for ASC pupils because the relationship between oral language development and the development of reading and writing are crucial in ensuring self-esteem and academic success. There will be a Literacy programme embedded within the whole-school curriculum whereby all staff take responsibility for addressing pupil’s specific spoken and written Literacy needs. To ensure that this method is meaningful, all staff will have the same training in relation to the Literacy programme which will coincide with the marking policy. The Literacy programme will include DEAR Time. DEAR time will be linked into the timetable through Life Skill lessons whereby pupils will (Drop Everything And Read). Each pupil will have this 4 times a week whereby they will read to staff for 10 minutes per session. The sessions are recorded in the pupil’s reading record diary with notes to parents. Parents will also be prompted to support with the reading diary at home 3 times a week, ensuring that the pupil is reading every day to an adult either at school or at home. Furthermore, the Literacy programme will include weekly spellings based on the termly theme/ project within the Creative Club (timetabled Friday afternoon).

Pupils studying English will leave Life Skills Manor with Entry or Functional Skills Qualifications. For the more able pupils, there will be the opportunity to gain GCSE English.

Maths Lessons:Pupils will follow aspects of the Nation Curriculum but add value by developing functional skills. For example, pupils will learn mathematical information in familiar and realistic contexts and situations with a view to leave Life Skills Manor with Functional Skills Qualifications up to Level 2 which is equivalent to GCSE. The more able with have the opportunity to gain GCSE Maths.

Science/ Forest School Lessons:As we develop our school site there will a combination of Science lessons and Forest School visits. In time, we plan to develop our very own Forest School onsite. We view the forest school element as an integral part of our curriculum as it is proven to develop self-regulation skills, coping strategies to learn from failure, builds resilience (the skill of coping with risk and failure), provides a sense of achievement, increases motivation and improves the ability to problem solve. At Key Stage 4 the subject will be categorised within the academic curriculum and will involve Entry Level and GCSE Core and Applied Science courses.

Computing Lessons:We will embed a comprehensive ICT curriculum with computing element for all ages and learner types that equips our pupils with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully. The curriculum will lead onto our pupils gaining a Functional skills Qualification when in KS4.

Skills Curriculum Content

Life Skills Lessons: Life Skill lessons are taught every day. KS3 pupils will study the importance of life skills such as Money/ Finance, Car Maintenance/repair, CV writing/interviewing, study skills, time management, survival skills, social skills, healthy lifestyles, communication and digital etiquette. As life skills form the fundamental purpose of the school, learning in this subject will continue across the curriculum, as all staff will be expected to focus on developing pupil’s life skills in their own subject. Life Skill theory lessons will have a strong link to the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) lessons taught in the National Curriculum. For example, pupils will be taught to assess risk, make safe and informed decisions and to be taught the language associated with communicating these decisions to others. Drug education, financial education, sex education and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle will be covered within this programme. The Life Skills curriculum will be taught using a combination of classroom based lessons, practical work and visits at every opportunity, giving pupils the chance to apply their learning to real life situations.

Cooking Lessons: Pupils order, prepare and cook the school meals. The school becomes self-sufficient/ self-operational and does not require additional catering staff. A fully qualified food teacher is employed and there are TA’s and a catering assistant available to support in this lesson. Pupils would gain an array of certification and competencies. The Food Technology is linked to healthy eating.

Discovery Lessons: Lessons are designed to raising confidence and aspirations. Discovery lessons include local trips/ educational visits/ reward trips/ outdoor physical education such as rock climbing, canoeing, golf, horse riding etc. Where possible, trips or visits will be arranged at least once a week for pupils, taking them out of their comfort zone and preparing them for life beyond school. There are many museums, cinemas, theatres, tourist attractions etc. that offer special days for SEN pupils, enabling pupils to spend calm, productive time in a novel learning environment. Older pupils may benefit from residential trips to develop teamwork and independence skills within a safe, controlled environment.

First Aid Lessons: Pupils become confident and competent in dealing with first aid and life threatening situations. A St. John’s ambulance instructor is appointed on a part-time basis to lead these sessions with the support of the class teacher and teaching assistants.

Swimming Lessons: In Year 7 and 8 pupils learn/ develop skills to swim gaining badges and certificates to show different levels of competencies. Year 9 pupils learn life-saving skills. In Year 10 and 11 pupils are put onto a lifeguard course. These lessons are taught by qualified PE teachers or instructors with swimming coaching qualifications.

PE Lessons: The National Curriculum is adhered to but more essentially at KS3 Pupils are taught the importance of working as a team by playing team sports. In addition pupils are taught the importance of being healthy. In KS4 pupils, complete a sports coaching course whereby they gain Young Leaders Award accreditation.

Creative Club: KS3 pupils participate in project-based learning for subjects that are not specifically timetabled each week therefore facilitating other interests and talents that pupils may possess. These subjects will include, Art, History, Music, Drama, MFL and more. Project-based learning at KS3 will take place on Friday afternoons to supplement and broaden the school’s existing Life Skills curriculum. We will run a number of projects throughout the year, delivering a range of academic and social outcomes. Typically, activities will be linked to the National Curriculum, providing vivid learning experiences that inspire and challenge. They may, alternatively, draw on specific interests of pupils, validating who they are, and boosting self-esteem. A pupil with an obsessive interest in dinosaurs, for example, could inspire and lead a ‘dinosaur day’. Crucially, these projects will also provide an opportunity for pupils to develop new social circles, improving their sense of belonging within the school. Staff and pupils alike will be encouraged to propose appropriate projects/ themes that relate to the N.C for the Creative Club whereby final decisions are made by the SLT on the theme occupied for given terms.

Enrichment Activities: Full time teachers will offer a club choice further to their area of expertise relating to life skills. Furthermore, outside agencies/professionals will be regularly used to enrich pupil learning. There will be in school programme that runs throughout the school day to enhance the learning that exists. The enrichment programme could include supporting staff with DIY, catering, gardening and much more.