School program: 07h50 – 13h00
The school program focuses on basic academics (Numeracy and Literacy), life skills, as well as developing speech, gross – and fine motor skills.
We are constantly tweaking and adapting our teaching and assessment in order to suit the learners in our program. At the beginning of the year we set out clear goals for each learner as part of their IEP (Individualised Education Plan). Teaching also incorporates technology in the form of using iPads, an interactive white board and laptops with large display screens.
A healthy body equals a healthy mind is also true for special needs individuals and therefore we aim to do two physical, extramural activities a week. These activities change from term to term. We also incorporate PE (Physical Education) as part of our weekly lessons.
The school has four classes: Blue, Maroon, Yellow and Purple. Each class room has a teacher/facilitator and an assistant. Our class sizes vary; our smallest class consisting of 3 learners and our biggest class has 5 learners.
Teachers are encouraged to organise one trip per term where learners can learn and experience the subject matter first hand in a fun, practical way.
Adult program: 07h50 – 13h00
Facilitator, three assistants plus volunteers
The adult program focuses on life skills and income generating projects. It is designed to prepare the young adult for a working and living environment by identifying and building upon the individual’s strengths within their own potential.
Currently there are 15 adults in the Training Centre. A variety of projects are incorporated into the full day program, such as cooking, baking, cleaning, laundry, gardening and woodwork. Extramural activities such as horse riding, swimming, 10 pin bowling and tennis are all very popular within the program.
A lunch program was recently introduced where the adults prepare and cook meals for the learners and also for outside orders 3 times a week. Plans are to expand on this to include the sale of frozen meals. All vegetables used are grown on site.
Extra activities during school hours include:
- Horse riding
- Ten Pin Bowling
Phase 1 of the adult home is underway with phase 2 to follow within the next few months. Situated across the street from the school and Training Centre, the adult home will eventually offer a full time ‘home’ for adults who attend the UWD adult program.
Afternoon programme/aftercare: 13h00 – 16h00
We have an afternoon programme/aftercare for those parents/families who need to make use of it.
Admission to all of the above programmes is subject to terms and conditions.