Life Skills provides an opportunity to learn skills and engage with real life experiences that will be essential for increased independence now and beyond school. Each pupil will be encouraged to achieve the highest level of independence possible and given the time, space and opportunity to initiate active engagement. Learners will be appropriately challenged, supported and celebrated for their achievements at all levels. The life skills curriculum teaches transferable skills that will give learners the opportunity to become an active member of their community and embed their learning in other settings. This will have a positive impact on learners’ lives outside of school and support families to achieve their own ambitions for their children.
Learners will be supported to develop skills that will play a vital role in their life outside of school, at present and in the future. This includes ensuring they have an active role in family life and are able to enjoy a range of meaningful experiences with their friends and family. Additionally, the life skills curriculum helps to provide the foundation for learning, enhance wellbeing and increase the opportunities available to learners after they leave school.
Life Skills will be unique for every learner and will be delivered on an individualised basis throughout the school day. Life skills is taught as a discreet subject but will also be embedded throughout all areas of the Silverwood curriculum in recognition of the fundamental impact this has on quality of life. Life skills will allow all learners the opportunity to self-advocate for their wants, needs and aspirations, achieve greater autonomy and achieve the highest quality of life.