Life skills underpin all our curriculum learning. These are the skills that pupils will use all their lives. They are present in all our learning and cover many aspects of life, some examples are:
- Eating, cooking, dressing, cleaning, washing, using the toilet, shopping
- Behaving appropriately, social skills, taking responsibility,sharing, coorperation, making friends
- Independence, Safety, confidence
- Communication skills, physical skills
These key skills are based on the needs of the pupils. They also form a basis for target setting for the each pupil. See, left, communication, physical skills, Independence for some more details.
There is a focus on communicating with a purpose and using skills in the real world. See Communication for more details.
Pupils learn to use their skills in differnt situations. Skills like counting, reading and communicating may be learned in a numeracy or literacy lesson, but we use them all the time. Pupils learn to use these skills in the supermarket or if differnt lessons. Counting at the supermarket or in a P.E. lesson, reading in the cafe and communicating to an unfamilar adult in the community.
‘very impressed with the school’s clear sense of purpose in preparing its students for life after school. ’
‘Pupils' relationships with adults are excellent, and they learn respect and appropriate behaviour from the staff. Pupils are accepting of each other’s varying needs, and show pleasure in each other’s successes.’