Throughout the key stage the pupils are given an opportunity to participate in horse riding sessions at Barrow Farm riding for the disabled (RDA).
RDA Riding Programme is used to develop, increase and improve:
- Physical abilities: Muscle tone, balance, coordination, muscle strength, flexibility, fitness, posture, gait (ability to walk), respiration, circulation, metabolism, sensory perception and integration, independence: self-care and mobility.
- Psychological abilities: Concentration, problem solving and decision making, insight, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, learning/practicing concepts e.g. letters, numbers, colours, distances, shapes etc.
- Social abilities: Communication and social skills, learning appropriate behaviour and manners, interaction with peers: individuals and groups, human/animal contact and bonding, building relationships, consideration for others and taking on responsibility.
- Recreational/sport/vocational abilities: Equestrian skills and horse management, develop interests, broaden experiences, stimulation and/or relaxation, integration and community participation.