Foundations for Life (F4L)

INTENT

Our Foundations for Life (F4L) pathway focusses on acquiring relevant communication skills, functional skills in English and Maths and independence skills for life. The pathway incorporates cross curricular learning alongside everyday personal and social skills. 

 

The Foundations for Life Pathway aims to develop the children’s skills for life in the following ways:

Functional Communication:-

Ensuring development of functional communication to express needs and wants and communicate socially with others. Promoting the development of receptive communication to understand information from others to access learning, leisure and keep themselves safe.

Functional Mathematics:-

Develop functional mathematics skills to manage daily living skills such as spatial organisation, use of measure in every day skills (weight, size, capacity) understanding money and exchange when shopping.

Independence:-

Develop independence in skills of self care, daily living skills in the home and community, personal organisation, accessing community and leisure opportunities.

Social interaction:-

Develop social interaction and social communication skills to engage with others effectively.

Emotional regulation:-

Develop strategies to self regulate emotions with as much independence as possible to ensure optimum mental health and well -being through life.

Early Reading and Early Writing:-

Develop early reading and writing skills to access functional literacy for life skills, leisure, and wherever appropriate work opportunities.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

The Foundations for Life Curriculum teaches units of study related to everyday life experiences and are grouped into the following areas:

  • My Communication
  • Living Skills (myself and others)
  • My Thinking
  • How my World Works  
  • Me and my Community              

Adaptation of learning environments are required to provide natural learning opportunities and we have invested in kitchen areas, created leisure and work focused areas to ensure daily practise towards competence and independence around daily living skills can be taught.,

Trained staff will be dedicated to the modelling of new skills and continued rehearsal to lead to maximum independence for learners. Pupils will have opportunity to practise community life skills within the school setting regularly and improve independence, leading to application of these skills in community settings.

Many of our children find the sensory pressures of being out in the community difficult to cope with. Parents often feedback to us about finding it difficult to take their children out, so we aim to support them through community experiences to build the children’s tolerances and allow the children to experience the wider world around them with the support of our highly trained staff teams and transport provision.

Our Family Services Team provide targeted support for families across the F4L pathway.

Our intensive behaviour support team offer specialised support for identified pupils with behaviours that challenge. All staff have dedicated training to implement low arousal approaches to managing challenges for all pupils within F4L which follows the principles of positive behaviour management which is at the core of Hedgewood’s ethos of positive experiences for all children.

 

IMPACT

Progress in securing skills in the strands of the Foundations for Life curriculum, enable pupils to lead lives with maximum independence and well-being. Skills in communication and social interaction are key to accessing opportunities in both personal relationships with others and accessing wider community opportunities. Young people will be able to apply skills learned to confidently access shopping, eating out, leisure activities, health care needs (doctors, dentist,  opticians) and where relevant work opportunities with as much independence as possible.

There is opportunity for young people to extend their learning further and access some areas of the core curriculum. This may happen due to the spikey learning profile many of our young people with autism have e.g. a particular strength in maths may enable a young person to access more formal maths provision providing future opportunities in this field.

 

See below for our Foundations for Life Curriculum Maps and Content

INTENT

Our Foundations for Life (F4L) pathway focusses on acquiring relevant communication skills, functional skills in English and Maths and independence skills for life. The pathway incorporates cross curricular learning alongside everyday personal and social skills. 

 

The Foundations for Life Pathway aims to develop the children’s skills for life in the following ways:

Functional Communication:-

Ensuring development of functional communication to express needs and wants and communicate socially with others. Promoting the development of receptive communication to understand information from others to access learning, leisure and keep themselves safe.

Functional Mathematics:-

Develop functional mathematics skills to manage daily living skills such as spatial organisation, use of measure in every day skills (weight, size, capacity) understanding money and exchange when shopping.

Independence:-

Develop independence in skills of self care, daily living skills in the home and community, personal organisation, accessing community and leisure opportunities.

Social interaction:-

Develop social interaction and social communication skills to engage with others effectively.

Emotional regulation:-

Develop strategies to self regulate emotions with as much independence as possible to ensure optimum mental health and well -being through life.

Early Reading and Early Writing:-

Develop early reading and writing skills to access functional literacy for life skills, leisure, and wherever appropriate work opportunities.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

The Foundations for Life Curriculum teaches units of study related to everyday life experiences and are grouped into the following areas:

  • My Communication
  • Living Skills (myself and others)
  • My Thinking
  • How my World Works  
  • Me and my Community              

Adaptation of learning environments are required to provide natural learning opportunities and we have invested in kitchen areas, created leisure and work focused areas to ensure daily practise towards competence and independence around daily living skills can be taught.,

Trained staff will be dedicated to the modelling of new skills and continued rehearsal to lead to maximum independence for learners. Pupils will have opportunity to practise community life skills within the school setting regularly and improve independence, leading to application of these skills in community settings.

Many of our children find the sensory pressures of being out in the community difficult to cope with. Parents often feedback to us about finding it difficult to take their children out, so we aim to support them through community experiences to build the children’s tolerances and allow the children to experience the wider world around them with the support of our highly trained staff teams and transport provision.

Our Family Services Team provide targeted support for families across the F4L pathway.

Our intensive behaviour support team offer specialised support for identified pupils with behaviours that challenge. All staff have dedicated training to implement low arousal approaches to managing challenges for all pupils within F4L which follows the principles of positive behaviour management which is at the core of Hedgewood’s ethos of positive experiences for all children.

 

IMPACT

Progress in securing skills in the strands of the Foundations for Life curriculum, enable pupils to lead lives with maximum independence and well-being. Skills in communication and social interaction are key to accessing opportunities in both personal relationships with others and accessing wider community opportunities. Young people will be able to apply skills learned to confidently access shopping, eating out, leisure activities, health care needs (doctors, dentist,  opticians) and where relevant work opportunities with as much independence as possible.

There is opportunity for young people to extend their learning further and access some areas of the core curriculum. This may happen due to the spikey learning profile many of our young people with autism have e.g. a particular strength in maths may enable a young person to access more formal maths provision providing future opportunities in this field.

 

See below for our Foundations for Life Curriculum Maps and Content

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about Hedgewood School please do not hesitate in contacting us.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Hedgewood School
Weymouth Road, Hayes
Middlesex, UB4 8NF

Phone: 0208 8456756

Email: office@hedgewood.org

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