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Redwood Park Academy

Life Skills

Life Skills at Redwood Park Academy is seen as a vital part of our pupils’ curriculum. It is based on the four areas of their EHCPs: Education, Employment, Training and Work Experience, Participation in Society, Independent Living & Being Healthy. It also encompasses units on Financial Literacy, put together using advice from a number of sources including those from Barclays Bank, Young Enterprise and a nationally recognised scheme of work from Swiss Cottage school in London.  Our aim, as a school, is for pupils to function independently and have the essential life skills to be responsible, engaged and active citizens.  

Life Skills

 

The curriculum was developed in 2019 in response to calls from parents and staff to provide children with a more functional curriculum that would enable pupils to be better equipped for adult life.  Units taught within the subject are various but include: dressing, cooking, road safety, looking after money, interacting with others and nutrition. The curriculum for Life Skills will continue to develop and adapt as the needs of the pupils change. For example, as the pupils’ needs become more complex, more focus may be required on the basic skills such as personal hygiene and basic safety.  Life Skills is an exciting, experiential and functional lesson which pupils enjoy. The parents also state at annual reviews that they are very happy with the content of the curriculum and see improvements in their child’s ability to apply the skills at home and in the wider community.  

 

Lifeskills

 

Life Skills is delivered in a single lesson per week for Key Stage 3 and in a double session for Key Stage 4. It is almost always taught by the class teacher. The lessons are varied in style from hands-on, experiential learning to offsite trips and visits. Engagement is generally very high from pupils. As a school we have a number of rooms which are used for Life Skills lessons (cooking rooms x2, DT room, Room 16). Resources such as irons, washing machines, clothing, hairdressing equipment, money, cooking equipment are available and are constantly being added to. The sequence of learning is carefully planned to ensure coverage from year 7-11. Although kept broad to allow for the differences in abilities of pupils, there is always progression from one year to the next.