All pupils at the Royal School for the Blind are offered a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum.
This is offered through access to the National Curriculum taught primarily through Individual Educational Programmes which take account of each pupils’ sensory and learning abilities.
Teaching programmes are developed using either non-visual or low vision methods which encourage the pupils to develop their tactile skills and any residual vision. As well as print enhanced by visual aids, a few pupils will use braille as a reading medium and others will use the MOON tactile system.
A ‘Moon Room’ has been developed which provides a wide range of Moon activities to help develop early literacy skills.
Pupils are class grouped according to age. The classes are small with a high staff ratio. Learning is achieved through both individual and differentiated group work.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) permeates all aspects of learning in the Royal School for the Blind and is considered to be a very important aspect of the curriculum. We strive to help all our pupils acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes that they can use to lead an interactive and, as far as possible independent life, within their own homes and community.
From the early years, pupils are provided with opportunities to control features of their environment, Self help skills are nurtured and as pupils move through school, environments which reduce dependency are fostered.
All areas of the National Curriculum are offered to the pupils through an appropriate and differentiated approach. Many subjects are taught through a topic-based approach offering plenty of ‘hands on’ experience.