An extended curriculum can be thought of as learning which is planned to make use of the unique opportunities provided by the residential accommodation and other resources to support and extend skills acquired by the students, so optimising their learning experience. Rather than just seeing the 9.00 – 4.00 provision as learning time, it acknowledges and develops all experiences from waking to going to bed as potential learning opportunities.
The extended curriculum gives the students opportunities to practise those skills they have learned through the day in the more formal setting, in a different environment. This not only gives them a chance to improve their skills, so boosting their confidence, but it also supports them in practising transfer of skills which will help them when they move on to their future lives.
On an evening in residence students will take part in preparing meals as appropriate, looking after their personal belongings and keeping their rooms tidy. Students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of social and leisure activities including swimming, bowling, cinema, nights out and pamper evenings. All of these prove to be very popular and lots of fun.