The Koa curriculum takes a holistic approach that considers each young person’s unique aspirations, and takes account of their individual complex needs. In order to achieve this, we aim to:
- Offer a breadth of experience that will give each student the opportunity to learn and develop throughout their lives
- Approach learning in an individualised, flexible, and creative way that enhances the young person‘s engagement with the world and allows them to achieve their full potential
- Recognise that our students must be empowered so that they can make decisions that will have an impact on their learning, family and community.
- Prioritise the development of the senses as fundamental in enabling our students to understand and interact with the world around them as well as with each other.
Each student is set individualised goals which are regularly reviewed, focusing on four key areas of development: My Communication, My Thinking, Myself and My Body.
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.
Topics for the this academic year
Autumn 1 – Australia
Autumn 2 – Enterprise
Spring 1 – Narnia
Spring 2 – Circle of life
Summer 1 – Treasure Island
Summer 2 – We’re all going on a summer holiday