Educational & Therapy Programmes
The school follows the National Curriculum Statements (NCS) that is being implemented in all schools in South Africa. The main focus at Bel Porto is on the learning areas that are being taught in the Foundation Phase (Grade R to 3) of this curriculum. Most learners do how ever still need support in skills needed to meet the assessment standards of Grade R.
The educational programme therfore includes the following subjects:
The educational aims of Bel Porto School for Specialised Education are summarized as follows:
The occupational therapists at Bel Porto support the teachers by running therapeutic groups in and out of the classrooms. They design and make aids and adaptations to enable maximum learner participation in the classroom. They are part of the assessment team and are involved with vocational training.
The physiotherapists treat the children individually using NDT principals. Other forms of therapy provided by the physiotherapy department are horse riding, sports for the disabled and hydrotherapy. They are involved, together with the occupational therapist, in the assessment of aids and seating adaptations needed by the learners in order to enable them to perform at their optimal level. They are part of the admission team and are involved in the initial and ongoing assessment to evaluate the suitability of each learner at the School
Certain pupils visit the SARDA facility near Constantia.
Learners up to Grade !2 are being taught basic water safety skills in our indoor heated pool. To cover the cost of this programme the school has an Aquatots Franchise www.aquatots-swimprogram.com called the Bel Porto Aquatic centre where instructors teach babies from 3 to 36 months water safety according to the world renown Aquatots programme.