Here at Fiveways the award programme we use in Class 5 and 6th Form is called ASDAN, which provides a framework of activities to develop skills within a variety of subjects and within a sensory and physical curriculum. There is an achievement continuum which we use to measure and record our young people’s learning from encounter and sensory experience through to gestural and spoken and signed help.
In Class 5 our young people work on a number of Transition Challenge modules appropriate to their interests and needs including sensory activities and those relating to independent living and personal skills, they produce a wonderful portfolio of work reflecting their efforts and receive a nationally acknowledged award from ASDAN at Presentation Evening at the end of the course.
In 6th Form we run two main ASDAN Towards Independence modules:
Multisensory Experiences where we record our young people’s physical and sensory progress, incorporating personal learning goals in each activity.
Independent Living which assesses young people for skills in planning what you are going to eat, cooking, cleaning and laundry.
Some 6th Formers will also complete the ASDAN Short Course award for Work and/or the Workright module.
Our young people will be working towards a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award during their time in 6th Form. This will be the first year we have run this award in and we will adapt the challenges to suit our needs.
We will be following the four Duke of Edinburgh strands as follows:
Skills – Young people will work on Communication and Interaction goals to achieve this strand.
Physical – Any physical activity will be recorded over the course of three months and may include sessions on Thunder, Rebound, Hydrotherapy sessions and walking in the community.
Volunteering – Any work the students do in the woodland walk will be recorded against this strand.
Expedition – Spending a night away from home to experience what it might be like to live independently.