Curriculum

Curriculum

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Subjects and Skills

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Al Karamah School and Training Institute is creating a world of opportunities for autistic learners and aims to be aspirational, positive, enjoyable, friendly, courageous, and innovative. These values permeate every aspect of school life. AKTI’s socially inclusive education approach enables all students the opportunity to be part of a community.  We celebrate diversity and allow all members of this community to develop an understanding and recognition of these differences. 
 
Our curriculum focuses on Preparing a young person for adulthood.  There are four main categories that we focus on.  
 
  • Higher Education and/or employment – this includes exploring different employment options, such as support for becoming self-employed and help from supported employment agencies.
  • Independent living – this means young people having choice, control and freedom over their lives and the support they have, their accommodation and living arrangement, including supported living.
  • Participating in society – including having friends and supportive relationships, and participating in, and contributing to, the local community.
  • Being as healthy as possible in adult life. 

All young people need to learn independent living skills.  To live independently there are a set of skills that make every day easier and all students at AKTI are given the opportunity to learn the following:

  • Time management
  • Memory and concentration skills
  • Self organisation skills
  • Basic cookery skills
  • Personal care
  • Travel training
  • Travelling to chosen places
  • Complete routine household tasks
  • Complete forms and other documents
  • Managing money and understand budgeting.
  • Understand what is happening and make decisions.

A fundamental aspiration for all young people is to have good health.  For young autistic people this could include:

  • Develop strategies for managing stress.
  • Enjoy being active and taking part in activities.
  • Move around safely.
  • Have a healthy and nutritious diet.
  • Eat and drink safely.
  • Look after personal care needs.
  • Breath safely
  • Take all relevant medication safely.
  • Be free from pain.
  • Keep themselves and others safe from harm.
  • Manage personal health.
  • Know how to access support for mental health and wellbeing.

Friendships and relationships are important, but to both develop and maintain them independently we may want to support young people to focus on these skills for the future:

  • Be safe and enjoy the company of others.
  • Enjoy taking some risks and being safe.
  • Go out a lot, enjoy being active and taking part in activities.
  • Look forward to new people and new places.

The responsibility for ensuring good preparation for adulthood extends beyond just schools and good relationships should be developed with Social Care and health professionals as well as the local community to support a young person reach their goals.  Parents are central to supporting their son/daughter to transition successfully into adulthood and positive relationships are vital to ensure a young person’s goals can become a reality. Al Karamah School and Training Institute strives to be a world class centre of excellence for autism, which provides outstanding education and care in a safe, positive, and stimulating environment that enables each young person to excel in life. 

Qualifications and/or Employment 

Independent Living

Health

Participating in Society

Functional Numeracy skills

Functional Literacy skills

Functional Arabic skills

Work experience/ Internships

Meeting role models.

Talk about different careers and education options

Build a personal profile of interests and ambitions

Learning about different types of careers

Access to workplace coaching

Time management

Organisational Skills 

Memory and concentration skills

Washing/brushing teeth

Telling the time

Paying in shops (supervised/
unsupervised)

Sleepovers and residential trips

Cooking at home and school

Understanding money – paying for snacks at school

Moving around the school and AKTI independently

Travel training

Transport and road signs

Making decisions about what to spend money on

Making own food

Diet – making choices

Dentist visits

Physical exercise

Managing minor health needs e.g., asthma

Obesity check

Articulating pain/health problems

Know how to access support for mental health and wellbeing

Immunization

Managing more complex health needs.

Understanding what the Dr can help you with.

Annual check with Dr

Mental health and wellbeing

Managing stress - zone of regulation

Developing friendship groups and other key people in their network.

Support given in developing friendships

Socializing supervised/
unsupervised in town/local community

Enjoy an activity/hobby/course at home/in the local community.

Volunteering in the local community

Functional Numeracy skills

Functional Literacy skills

Functional Arabic skills

 

Hamad’s communication skills have improved significantly through his work experience at Mubadala. With adaptations, he is also able to use different software, send emails and take phone calls; this are skills which have integrated very well into his day-to-day life and schooling. He really enjoys his placement and would like to work at Mubadala full time.

At AKTI we deliver Employability skills which will provide learners with the skills, attributes and behaviours that are needed to enter and succeed in the world of work. We focus on personal development linking in literacy, numeracy, and ICT skills. There are also focus areas on work related units to help the learners develop sector specific skills.

The students participate in the following units to gain an Award in Employability skills:

  • Action planning to improve performance
  • Building confidence and self esteem
  • Following instructions in the workplace
  • Using ICT equipment in the workplace

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يَهدف برنامج اللّغة العربيّة الوظيفيّة في معهد الكرامة للتّدريب إلى :
1- تطوير مهارات الطلاب التواصليّة باللّغة العربيّة المعاصرة .
2- تحقيق درجات اكتساب مهارات التواصل استنادا إلى حاجيات المتعلمين اللغوية والاجتماعية.
3- اِكساب المتعلمين مهارات وظيفيّة للغة العربيّة و ذلك بربطها بوضعيات تواصليّة يقع تحديدها مسبقا في ضوء مقامات تواصليّة مدروسة
4- تحقيق أقصى درجات التفريد في التعليم ضمانا لخصوصيّة كلّ طالب و حاجياته التواصليّة المختلفة عن غيره من الطلاب.
5- ربط الصلة بين برنامج اللغة العربيّة في المعهد و الإطار المرجعي لتعليم اللّغة العربيّة وفق وزارة التربية والتعليم مع مراعاة خصوصيّة طلابنا والغايات من التعلم والاكتساب.
6- الحرص على على ربط برنامج اللّغة العربيّة بالقيم الاِجتماعيّة والدينيّة لدولة الإمارات العربيّة الماحدة.
7- ربط الصلة بين مهارات العربيّة الوظيفيّة وبقيّة المواد التي يدرسها الطالب أو درسها مثل التربية الاسلامية والدراسات الاجتماعيّة والرياضيات.
8- تعميق القيم الاسلامية والاجتماعية وترسيخها في سلوك الطالب اليومي مثل قيم السنع الإماراتي.a
9- تحقيق أقصى درجات الجودة في التعليم والتعلم وذلك بتطبيق آخر ما توصّل إليه علم التعليميّة والتقييم في الصفوف الدّراسيّة.
10- الحرص على تحقيق الانسجام والتوازن بين الأهداف التعليميّة المتعلقة باللّغة العربيّة ومهاراتها والأهداف العلاجيّة المحدّدة لكلّ طالب في ضوء خطّته العلاجيّة المحدّدة من قبل الأخصّائي العلاجي.
11- تطوير مهارات الطالب الوظيفيّة في ضوء خطته الفرديّة و امكانياته الوظيفيّة والتواصليّة.

المقاربة المنهجيّة:
نعتمد المقاربة بالكفايات كطريقة في تحقيق تطوّر المهارات عند الطلاب وتنقسم هذه الكفايات إلى أربع مهارات وهي :
1- مهارة الاِستماع و فهم المسموع.
2- مهارة التعبير الشفوي والمحادثة.
3- مهارة القراءة وفهم المكتوب.
4- مهارة الكتابة والتعبير الكتابي .
ولتحقيق هذه الأهداف تروم المقاربة بالكفايات التركيز على جملة من الأعمال اللّغويّة التي نروم إكسابها إلى الطالب من خلال مجموعة من الأنشطة الإجرائيّة والتطبيقيّة مثل آداب المجالس في السنع الإماراتي و سلوك الشاب المسلم و مهارات الحياة المختلفة التي يحتاجها الطالب في حياته الأسريّة والاِجتماعيّة والمهنيّة لاحقا.
مواضيع متنوعة و مرتبطة باحتياجات الطلاب.
لقد ارتبطت المواضيع التي يدرسها الطلاّب بحياتهم الاِجتماعيّة والدينيّة، لعلّ أبرزها السنع الإماراتي في جوانبه المختفة من آداب المجالس والحديث والتعامل و قد ارتبط هذا المحور الكبير بالمناسبات الاجتماعية والدينية مثل شهر رمضان المبارك الذي خصّصنا له حيزا مهمّا من الوقت لتعزيز المفاهيم الاِسلاميّة مثل أركان الاِسلام الخمسة و فوائد الصوم و الشهور القمريّة و الزكاة والصدقة و الدعاء وغيرها من المفاهيم الاِسلامِيّة.

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Learners are guided to identify and use these elements in the appreciation and creation of pieces of art in preparation for exhibition.

In the Art Studio at Al Karamah Training Institute students begin with an introduction to the language and elements of art, which include and exploration of Lines, Shapes, Space, Colour, Tone, Texture and Form.

Learners are guided to identify and use these elements in the appreciation and creation of pieces of art in preparation for exhibition.

Learners look at and take inspiration from the work of famous artists such as Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso.

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The institute is designed to empower Students of Determination – specifically those with Autism – with future pathways for independent living and employment opportunities.

Al Karamah Training Institute provides learners with opportunities for enjoyment and achievement through a differentiated curriculum matched to abilities, interests, aptitudes and needs. Our English and Maths curriculum programmes of Study have been developed to support pupils to improve communication skills so that they can interact with other people, make choices, follow instructions, and access the key concepts needed for learning. The English and Maths curriculum Programmes of Study have been developed to support pupils to:

  • Improve communication skills so that they can interact with other people, make choices, follow instructions, and access the key concepts needed for learning.
  • Establish key skills in numeracy with a focus on number skills used in the workplace.
  • Develop reading and writing skills which can be used across all curriculum subjects.
  • Achieve a NOCN qualification in English and Maths through the completion of appropriate units.

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Hamda lights up when there is any mention of her work experience in the café. Her confidence has grown both inside and outside the café and it has been fantastic so see her progress. She enjoys making different drinks and is quickly becoming a valued and helpful member of the team at Il Caffe Di Roma. She is excited to see where this role will take her.

Our Culinary Skills workshop aims to foster, encourage, and develop independence and essential life skills for our young people. The high-end, purpose-built kitchen is stocked with all the equipment that students interested in making a career of culinary arts would need.

All learners are taught basic culinary skills based on an international curriculum. There is also a focus on hospitality and the art of food presentation. Our students thoroughly enjoy these lessons from our passionate in-house and visiting chefs.

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We prepare learners for immediate integration into industry and respond to professional market demand.

The Electronics department aims to educate and train learners to have knowledge of electronics and technical skills by using the right tools for the given tasks in a correct way. This will prepare learners for immediate integration into industry and respond to professional market demand. The Electronics Workshop supports social skills, fine motor skills and focusing abilities, which facilitate learners to be aware of theirs’  and others’ safety.  

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Students develop core skills in detailed observation, critical thinking and taking care of living things.  This links to their development of taking responsibility for being able to live independently.

Students are exposed to 21st century agricultural techniques, along with understanding the science of growing and cultivating crops, in a hands-on and practical way.

The UAE is championing sustainable farming and is a pioneer in the production of organic produce.

Students develop core skills in detailed observation, critical thinking and taking care of living things.  This links to their development of taking responsibility for being able to live independently.

The students are working towards vocational qualifications in land-based studies.

Career pathways include horticultural related industries, agriculture, farming, and retail floristry.

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The café is based on site at Al Karamah Training Institute in the grounds of Al Karamah School, the new skills development scheme offers a wide range of vocational hospitality training programmes.

The café forms part of a new hospitality training programme for Students of Determination studying at Al Karamah Training Institute. The café is based on site at Al Karamah Training Institute in the grounds of Al Karamah School, the new skills development scheme offers a wide range of vocational hospitality training programmes. AKTI students training at the café will get career opportunities at the other Caffe di Roma branches.

The café is open 8am – 10pm to welcome customers, the café enables students to engage with customers, take and prepare orders to further enhance their social skills and promotes engagement and inclusion in their community.

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Khalifa has thrived during his work experience placement with Creative Labs at TwoFour54. He has been able to experience various aspects of in-real-life media production, building on his experiences in the media production studios here at Al Karamah Training Institute. He will be undertaking further On-The-Job training during his work placement, and will be well positioned to make informed choices about his future and occupation based on his aptitudes, abilities and preferences in the working world of media production.

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In the Media Studio, learners follow an international curriculum in Media Production.

Learners study the use of a variety of media and broadcast equipment. Learners also study presentation skills, sound and video editing skills and broadcast planning skills.

E-Sports and Gaming

In the E-Sports laboratory students take part in E-Sports tournaments, learning to communicate, co-operate and compete.

As well as developing crucial social skills, students’ enthusiasm for Gaming channels into learning about the staging and production of the tournaments they compete in.

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If colour is used in printed text, it can improve a student's learning comprehension, especially for students who struggle with focus.

What does the printing industry do?

The printing industry includes establishments primarily engaged in printing text and images on to paper, metal, glass, and some apparel and other materials.

What is the importance of printing to the world?

Be it advertising or packaging, print is essential to support the functioning of various sectors. It's an important channel that increases reach and helps in spreading information.

Why do we need digital printing in school or institute?

And reading from print can speed up the learning process as print readers can read up to 30% faster than readers who are viewing digital text. If colour is used in printed text, it can improve a student's learning comprehension, especially for students who struggle with focus

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  1. This workshop allows students to develop highly specialized skills in using hi-tech equipment.  All organizations have some form of printing requirements, and so the demand for skilled operators is high.
  2. They also develop a range of cross curricular skills, especially IT
  3. The work that students complete here contributes to their vocational qualifications.  For example, one of the units they need to complete is to create a product.
  4. Students can access a range of careers related to printing, retail, and marketing.

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Students regularly take parts in special Olympics events such as badminton, table tennis and swimming.

In Sport and Physical Education, students take an international qualification teaching them to identify and take part in different types of sporting activities to maintain and improve their health. Students regularly take parts in special Olympics events such as badminton, table tennis and swimming. Students also take part in sports days which include various sport activities such as basketball, football, gym and water-power in the swimming pool. 

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