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Skills For Life

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Life Skills

Students are taught to be as independent as possible in every aspect of the curriculum. Staff are trained to break down tasks, use appropriate strategies to support and then gradually withdraw support as students become more independent.


Students are taught a range of independent living skills including cooking, shopping, cleaning and washing skills.  Their progress is recorded and evidenced through our Life Skills strand on Classroom Monitor.


To accredit this subject ASDAN modules are offered which include Independent Living (Introduction and Progression). Students initially learn to make a simple sandwich or snack that they could make themselves and progress to heating food in the microwave and learning to follow the instructions on packets. Students shop for their food weekly, initially being able to find an item in a shop and behave appropriately and then may progress to planning and writing their individual shopping lists and then shopping and paying for their own ingredients independently.


Alongside the making of a meal students learn skills including where to store fresh, packet and frozen food, the safe use of appliances and equipment, hygiene associated with food preparation and safety in the kitchen and the community.


Within this subject functional maths learning includes the use and handling of money, using timing and temperatures when cooking and counting opportunities.  Reading and writing opportunities include the writing of lists, using a picture/symbol/written shopping list, writing instructions, reading packets and recipes.