The Koa curriculum focuses on the individual needs of the learner ensuring activities and topics that motivate and engage equipping with what they needto learn and experience to ensure they are ready for life beyond Oak Grove College . Our curriculum is therefore focused on the following four areas in a holistic way that recognises that these four areas of development are intertwined and happen together, not in isolation.
We ensure that there is ample opportunity for developing the key skill of communication across the curriculum and that Koa is a multi- commutative environment that is structured and safe for our learners and their preferred methods of communication.
We ensure our curriculum gives learners opportunity to experiment with ideas, take the initiative, learn from mistakes, work collaboratively and take control or share control of their daily living skills. We focus on the learner’s ability to solve everyday problems that will ensure that they are as independent as they can be in their adult’s lives. The experiences they are presented with must be relevant to their individual needs as well as being rewarding and motivating.
Enabling our learners to develop an understanding of themselves physically, socially, economically and sexually is central to preparing them to take increasing responsibility for their choices and behaviours and equip them for their transition into adult life.
Much of our learners life’s are controlled by others, so for them to explore and develop understanding about their own mind and behaviours will enable the young person to develop as an individual, express who they are and have a voice that is listened to in a wider society.
Each student will have a personalised timetable based on their individual needs. This means that they will have access to the experiences that would most benefit their development and enjoyment. The students Key Learning Goals which are focused on the four area of the curriculum, and if appropriate their timetable are reviewed at the end of each term to see if they still fully meets the individual’s learning needs.
The topics for the this academic year are:
Autumn 1 – Our Community
Autumn 2 – Let’s Celebrate
Spring 1 – Extreme World
Spring 2 – New Beginnings
Summer 1 – Time Traveller
Summer 2 – Olympics