We deliver WACI as a weekly lesson, and as threads that weave through other subjects including our learning outside the classroom offer. We believe that by focusing on the areas of wellbeing, achievement, communication and independence, our students will be well-prepared for their life beyond Limpsfield Grange.
We have created a comprehensive assessment framework used to record progress and plan lessons tailored to the skills our students need to develop.
Our WACI curriculum focuses on four areas:
We teach students to develop an understanding of their own physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, so that each student is healthy and self-aware, which enables them to participate in wider society and fulfil their potential. This includes:
- Basic First Aid
- Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking
- Health and Prevention
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Online Safety
- Physical Health and Fitness
- Relationship and Sex Education
- Relationships, including Friendships
- The Changing Adolescent Body
Good communication skills are important for enabling our students to understand and be understood by others. We teach students how to interact with their peers and with both familiar and unfamiliar adults. Students develop social communication and interaction skills so they can engage confidently and meaningfully in a range of different scenarios.
Developing independence skills enables our students to manage their own lives and make their own decisions. Most functional life skills can be learnt at home, so our focus is on developing skills for the workplace, managing money and understanding how to be a responsible and active citizen. This includes:
- Careers Education Information Advice & Guidance
- Financial Literacy
Parents and carers can support their daughter at home by:
- Promote the importance of self-awareness by encouraging and developing hobbies and interests.
- Encourage self-care by exercising, eating a balanced diet, drinking water, having a regular bedtime and having limited screentime.
- Develop an understanding that every day is not perfect and encourage resilience to cope with the ups and downs of everyday life. Confidence comes from doing.
- Take an interest in your daughter’s online activities. Talk about social media and gaming.
- Recognise achievements and let us know about anything your daughter has taken part in outside of school. Celebrating success develops self-esteem.
- Encourage your daughter to communicate with staff at school rather than waiting until she gets home. Your daughter’s tutor team can help. Communication can be through email as well as verbal discussion.
- We will provide parents and carers with a Home Independence Assessment Framework which details the skills that can be learnt and practised at home. We ask you to update the framework to show progress and return it to school at regular intervals, when requested.
- Open a bank account with your daughter and encourage her to monitor her own spending.
- Encourage your daughter to use a self-checkout at the supermarket.
- Support your daughter to develop the skills to travel on public transport.
- Encourage your daughter to pack her own school bag and make sure she has the correct equipment for every school day.
- Encourage your daughter to foster her own beliefs and opinions by discussing world events and issues.