At Woodstar School we base all teaching on our Learning for Living active curriculum.
We take everyday experiences and break them down into small, manageable components that the children can learn and get used to, so they are well prepared and able to cope.
We plan this process over a number of weeks, involving the children in every step of the process and rehearsing it, so that they understand and feel comfortable when they undertake the activity.
A vital way to help children build their confidence
We teach the children everyday skills in school, such as washing up and finding out bus schedules. They get to do and make things that form a part of everyday life. It’s a vital way to help each child:
- practise the skills they’re learning in their lessons and sessions in real-life situations and
- build up their confidence.
The process also helps develop problem-solving and logical thinking skills, which help the child to be as independent as possible in all areas of life.
We also take the children on field visits to the local woods to explore nature, to local shops to try out their numeracy and communication skills, to the local library and further afield in London. We invite entertainers to the school and take part in days such as International Book Day and World Cerebral Palsy Day. The highlights of the year are our Sports Day and Graduation Assembly and Christmas festivities.
Our planned new landscaped grounds and outdoor facilities will even more scope for formal and informal learning opportunities in different settings.
Learning for Living in action
As part of their lessons about Healthy Eating, the children made hummus. First, they discussed what ingredients they needed, learning about their sizes, shapes and properties such as flavours, and made a list. They planned and rehearsed their journey to the shop, interacting with people to find the ingredients and paying for them. One the day of the trip they went to a local shop with their teachers. They found the items on the shelves and paid for them. Then they came back to school and made the hummus.
A simple shopping trip, which provided lots of real-life Learning for Living.