FOREST TOWN SCHOOL – Senior Modified 2017
Children are propelled into the future-together we can make a difference. Initiated in 2010, the skills-based project is geared to cater for the needs of learners
that are in the Senior Modified Phase from ages ranging 12 to 18. This programme consists of a team leader and 5 teachers,4 occupational therapists, 4 speech therapists and 3 physiotherapists. The aim of this project is to create confident learners who will be part of a protected working environment, ensuring that the developmental needs are met.
The project has six areas of development
Laundry This project enables our learners to explore skills ranging from hand washing, using washing machines, sewing and knitting various garments.
Ecological Art and Recycling Eco-Art is divided into two sections –Visual Art and Recycling Visual Art – Use of recycled material Recycling encourages our learners to become aware of the harmful effects of waste. They are exposed to skills ranging from sorting, weighing and ultimately mastering the skill of social communication 2017
Gardening This project allows our learners to explore nature and encourages them to contribute to their natural environment through skills such as planting seeds, nurturing plants and ultimately selling the grown plants or fresh produce.
Consumer Studies Consumer studies encourages our learners to become aware of hygiene and safety in the kitchen. We have a sandwich project where learners and teachers order. Basic cooking skills are facilitated in this area with a view to entry into the hospitality industry.
Computer Skills This area is used specifically for the more physically change learners in Senior Modified, to allow them to become communicating members within their community. Skills such as date capturing and lable production are being developed.
Business Studies This is a new skill we have implemented this year 2017. The aim is to teach learners money skills, from as simple as adding rands and cents to filling in bank deposit slips. We will also be organizing a small
tuckshop to understand the concept of profit and loss.
Skills Educational Programme SEP The aim of this project is to empower learners with significant cognitive and physical disabilities ranging from 16 to 18 years. The programme is well organized, planned and innovative. It is self-sustaining because of the various crafts that are made and sold. The learners wear a red t-shirts and jeans as their uniform. Link to SEP page.
Learners are engaged with one or more of the above skills, depending on their ability, four times a week on a rotation basis. This exposes them to the various disciplines and allows room for their strengths to be identified.
Ultimately the project aims to create self-sustaining hubs that will provide employment for our young adults as well as offer a valuable service to the community.