Swimming is excellent for strengthening the mind, body and soul; and helps people of all ages. Learning to swim will enable our students to gain a valuable skill needed in life, and will also mean that they have a regular form of exercise. Swimming also holds many social benefits and students will learn to interact and develop strong friendships through our swimming program. Swimming will give the students a chance to be successful and be challenged with the support of the instructors. It is crucial that students learn in different environments, and swimming classes will provide the students with the opportunities to have experiential learning. Most importantly, our students will have fun and enjoy themselves when taking part in the swimming activity with their friends.
Horse riding teaches children to concentrate and develop better relationships in their everyday lives. Horse riding has many benefits and is mainly used to help children with concentration, coordination and most importantly has a profound effect on the child’s ability to form relationships. The students will learn to regulate their anxieties and stress through the bonds they make with the animals; these bonds help the students build empathy and compassion for other people and animals. Enabling students to develop both fine and gross motor skills, as well as emotional development, sensory development and an all-around sense of achievement from working with animals much larger than themselves. The benefits of students taking part in outdoor education activities like these are massive, and the chance to take part in experiential learning like horse riding will use all the senses the child possesses in a full-sensory rather than an abstract setting, children will learn through the process of horse riding. Horse riding will be used as an interdisciplinary approach to achieving the goals set out in our school curriculum. Through the exposure to outdoor settings, the students will learn about relationships with the natural environment, personal relationships with others and their inner self.
Dance classes will enable the students to develop a multitude of different skills. Special needs children will often find it hard to manage everyday tasks, such as following instructions in classes and communicating with their peers. The dance classes provide an excellent opportunity for the students to practice building their social and emotional skills in a fun and engaging environment. Social skills like eye contact, boundaries and appropriate turn-taking are developed. Dance will teach the students new and varied ways to follow instructions and work together. Many special needs children struggle with gross and fine motor tasks that require abilities such as balance, coordination and spatial awareness. Students learn to build these skills with the help of the instructors and learn to reproduce movements learned in dance classes in their everyday lives. Difficulties in understanding their emotions are common, and the students will learn in a group setting; dance classes provide the students with a safe and fun environment in which they won’t have to feel judged or shy, as everyone gets involved. Dance offers an excellent structure for all kinds of special needs, especially for students with needs such as ADHD and Autism.