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Drumbeat School & ASD Service

Post 16 Curriculum Framework

INTRODUCTION

At Drumbeat school 6th form the role of staff is dedicated to delivering an age appropriate individualized curriculum specifically for learners on the autistic spectrum. The focus is on independence skills and it is apparent in all aspects of the 6th form, from the environment to the activities and opportunities on offer, that there is a shift in emphasis and priorities to young adulthood through developing students indivdualised pathways to become well rounded young adults when they leave at 19.

We will deliver this curriculum focusing on a stimulating and relevant timetable made up of several key areas

  • Numeracy and Literacy
  • ICT
  • Creativity
  • Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Appropriate Accreditation
  • Work experience
  • Life skills - daily living skills e.g. cooking meals/housecraft skills etc
  • Leisure choices – PE/horticulture etc
  • Personal and Social Development
  • Travel training

Students will follow a blend of group work and individual learning pathways. All areas of the curriculum reflect the significant step from pre 16 to post 16 Education. Education in Drumbeat 6th form will be context based, in which knowledge at all levels of ability is applied to everyday situations in preparation for young adulthood. There will be an emphasis on supporting students to make sense of the wider world using tried and tested ASD strategies.

We aim to prepare students to be active participants and contributors to society and to achieve the highest degree of personal independence they individually can.

VALUES AND AIMS

In all areas of 6th form life we focus on individuality, independence, self- confidence and partnership. We aim to foster meaningful relationships with families and liaise with a broad range of professionals with specific expertise in supporting young people with ASD.

Personal and Social Development 

Aims:

For students to learn how to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

For students to learn to make a positive contribution to society.

For students to recognize and respect their rights and responsibilities within a diverse society

Skills for Life and Learning 

Aims:

For students to apply skills functionally when interacting within the wider community.

For students to be able to use functional communication, functional numeracy, and functional ICT in everyday life.

Vocational Based learning 

Aims:

For students to identify skills and knowledge needed for a range of real life working environments.

For students to actively contribute to planning and evaluating their own enterprise schemes.

Subject based Learning 

Aims:

For students to develop their skills, interests and knowledge of a broad range of areas including Creativity, Media, PE and Leisure Skills.

Timetables

Each class will have a regular weekly timetable. Individual students may follow pathways that include variations including work experience and other specific activities.

Specialist teachers will deliver some sessions including PE, Music and ICT/Media sessions.

A weekly school council for 6th form will meet. They will meet up with the Downham site school council once every half term

6F1/6F2/6F3/6F4 will plan, budget, purchase, prepare and eat their own meal once a week.

Classes will also have sessions of PE/Creativity (Music/Art) /Travel Training/IEP work/Numeracy and Literacy/PSHE & PSD/Accreditation pathways/ housecraft and project work as part of their week.

Students will be supported to set up Person Centred Plans where they set the agenda, their aspirations and are helped to develop personalised pathways.

Vocational based learning will cover a variety of areas including café work experience at the ‘ Meeting House’ café / Horticulture, grounds maintenance and other opportunities.

Options may include specific sports, beauty, aerobics, media/ICT or others depending on requests

6TH Form Curriculum Focus Areas

COMMUNITY BASED LEARNING

  • USE OF SHOPS/LOCAL FACILITIES
  • EDUCATIONAL VISITS
  • TRAVEL/USE OF LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
  • ACCESS TO COURSES/TRAINING

CITIZENSHIP

  • CONFLICT RESOLUTION
  • DIVERSITY AND IDENTITY
  • RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT

  • MUSIC
  • DANCE/DRAMA
  • ART/CRAFT

ICT/MEDIA

  • UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWLEDGE
  • SKILLS
  • INFORMATION SHARING
  • SAFETY

DAILY LIVING SKILLS

  • MEAL PLANNING/BUDGETING
  • COOKING SKILLS
  • PERSONAL MANAGEMENT
  • HOME MANAGEMENT

PSD/PSHE

  • SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION
  • KNOWLEDGE OF BODY AND SELF
  • APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR

WORK BASED LEARNING

  • MINI ENTERPRISES
  • CAREERS
  • WORK EXPERIENCE

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

  • HEALTHY LIFESTYLES
  • SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
  • LEISURE ACTIVITIES