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Curriculum and Work Experience

Curriculum
Academic subjects
  1. AET Mathematical Literacy (level 1-4) and AET Communication in English (level 1-4)
The purpose of these subjects is to expose learners to an academic element and help develop and maintain basic academic principles, based on individual capabilities. This program compliments and facilitates learning in the functional and vocational subjects. AET is a nationally recognised outcomes-based program, which provides proficient learners basic learning tools, knowledge and skills in the fundamentals of Mathematics and English. Learners write external examinations when they have demonstrated competence with the required level outcomes. 2. Maintenance English and Math This program is for learners who are unable to cope with the AET outcomes and examinations. The focus is on developing and maintaining fundamental academic principals in English and Maths for functional, rather than examination purposes. Functional subjects The purpose of these subjects is to expose learners to a set of learning experiences that provide them with skills for more effective participation in everyday life, the workplace and educational settings.
  1. Functional English: A synergy of skills across the functional subjects, focused on the practical elements such as completing forms, grocery lists, menus etc.
  2. Money Matters: Introducing learners to basic business skills such as profit, loss, expenses, slips, invoices etc, as well as working with money practically as a tangible daily living skill.
  3. Life skills: Effectively managing the demands and challenges of everyday life. The focus is on problem-solving and critical thinking as well as self-awareness, and interpersonal/social skills. Core outcomes are the ability to care for themselves, others and animals; appropriate behaviour; healthy lifestyles and relationships.
  4. World Knowledge: A combination of History and Geography (integrated studies), closely linked to current affairs which ensures that the learners are aware of what is going on in the world around them and how it may impact them. 
  5. Computer skills: Basic I.T. related skills using the accredited  Knowledge Network Program.
  6. Home Management: Skills associated with independent living such as cleaning a home, doing laundry, basic first aid, home maintenance and managing household routines.
Vocational subjects The purpose of the vocational subjects is to expose learners to a variety of tasks, projects and responsibilities that hold relevance to the different faculties of work. These opportunities facilitate the development and consolidation of core work place skills and behaviours.  
  1. Hospitality: Equipping learners with the fundamental skills involved in preparing meals for themselves. For learners who display aptitude for and interest in the subject skills are developed in preparation for work in the hospitality field.
  2. Enterprise: A creative subject which is project driven where learners manufacture a variety of products using specific machines and software with the purpose of selling them.
  3. Administrative Skills: Organizational skills, filling, planning, compilation of check lists, appraisals and basic entrepreneurial skills.
  4. Gardening: Exposing learners to the concept of working in nature, caring for the environment and providing for oneself. Learners experience the process of planting seeds to harvesting and the majority of produce grown is used in the Hospitality recipes.
  5. Woodcraft: A creative subject which is project driven where learners manufacture a host of different wood products with the purpose of selling them. Learners are taught how to use specific tools and to become competent with basic handyman / DIY tasks.
Additional Subjects (where applicable)
  1. Art
  2. Library/Supported Reading
  3. Drumming
  4. Sport
 

Work Experience

From Year 2 or 3, students are placed into real working environments based on their interests and abilities with the purpose of gaining essential work skills, improving their social appropriateness and becoming more employable. Suitable opportunities are sourced and analysed and students are matched to experiences. A job coach from the Academy provides awareness training and ongoing support to the student, employer and colleagues. Each student’s performance is regularly assessed and job tasks are adjusted accordingly. Work experience days increase each year so that by Year 5 learners are working 3 days per week.

Therapy and Parent Workshops

Occupational Therapy groups are offered for the Induction class to introduce them to the functional demands of Year 1. Learners practice new life skills using different methods which include but are not limited to creative tasks, writing, acting and going on outings.

If necessary students are referred to a psychologist or psychiatrist for further diagnosis, assessment or treatment. This is not covered by the school fees.

Monthly parent workshops are held to provide tools and support to parents with the aim of reinforcing skills at home and encouraging independence.  

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