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Marshfields School

A Positive Choice


The Bungalow

The bungalow is a purpose built home for teaching students the life skills that they need to succeed in the future, long after they have left Marshfields School. The bungalow helps students to gain true life skills in the correct setting which can’t always be created in the classroom.

Marshfields School offers students in Key Stage 4 and 5 a unique and exciting opportunity of gaining Independent Living Skills. This is one of the four outcomes recommended by the Preparation for Adulthood (PfA) document to support our SEND students. (

We are lucky to have a purpose built bungalow which offers our students a real life setting to practise and learn skills required for the future.

After the students have been to the bungalow we encourage parents to help continue with these skills at home as it is through repetition the skills can be mastered.

Our programme ‘A typical week in the life of the Bungalow’

Day 1
  • Health and safety in the home, using a telephone, contacting emergency services, home address.
  • Choosing foods for own meals and three course meal for guests, making up a menu, shopping list from menu, shopping for items from shopping list.
  • Using public transport.
  • Selecting goods in a supermarket from shopping list, locate sell by, use y dates, check quality of cheaper goods, use the self- scanner , Pack shopping correctly, select the correct storage for food.
  • Set table, eat lunch
  • Prepare chosen meal, set table, eat lunch, clear table, wash and dry up remembering the correct order for washing dishes
Day 2
  • Looking at cleaning products, check products for warning label, discuss what they mean, safe storage of cleaning items.
  • Choose a room and decide what jobs need to be done to make the room clean and tidy, carry out the cleaning of a room using the appropriate cleaning products.
  • Prepare and serve chosen lunch, wash up, dry up, tidy away.
  • Looking at washing labels in clothes, using the washing machine, selecting a programme, What could go wrong, how to dry your washing, using the tumble dryer, pegging out washing, matching washing symbols to their meanings.
  • Any pre meal preparations  for tomorrow
Day 3
  • Discuss timings and make up a whiteboard for all jobs that need to be done ,essential for planning
  • Set up the table for guests, fold serviettes clean glasses clean cutlery, prepare the meal according to your plan
  • Use recipes when required, relate weighing and measuring to numeracy, make sure the meal is ready to serve to guests at appropriate time.
  • Collect guests from reception, welcome guests to the bungalow and serve drinks, serve each course when required, when finished clear, clean dishes and tidy.
  • Quiz on things you have learned, bringing together a reflective discussion.