The Horizons Programme offers extended provision for post sixteen pupils who wish to pursue up to three years of continued education beyond the statutory requirements. It is the intention that Horizons’ pupils partake in a wide range of core educational and vocational learning activities. In Horizons Post 16 there is a key emphasis placed on Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills. The use of Limavady Recreation Centre and other local facilities further enhance the experience of pupils partaking in the programme. For pupils in their first year in Horizons, one day a week will comprise of work experience, leading to two days in their second or third year.
There are three Horizons classes in Rossmar this year (2020/21);
Horizons 1 - Mr McDaid
Horizons One comprises twelve students, one teacher and two classroom assistants. Most of our class are in their first year of the course and have settled really well. Our classroom assistant, Joy has joined us recently and is a very welcome and helpful addition. The students would really love to be getting the full Horizons experience including work placements, linking with the other Horizons classes and getting out and about in the community. Unfortunately, we have had to stay in our bubbles in order to stay safe. We still manage to have fun however as you can see from all the lovely photos on our webpage. As well as the friendship and fun of Horizons we are working really hard on our Essential Skills Literacy & Numeracy as well as our other courses and we are looking forward to celebrating our achievements at our next Covid-free prize day!! (Darren McDaid)
Horizons 2 - Miss Laverty
Our class is composed of twelve pupils, one teacher and two classroom assistants. We have a mixture of pupils who are in their first year of Horizons, and some of whom this year will be their last in Rossmar. Our pupils have shown great resilience and have settled into the academic year with a new appreciation of school life. Essential Skills Literacy and Numeracy is taught each day alongside an array of vocational subjects. Although our pupils have not yet had the opportunity to gain work placements, we have still been developing their careers skills though Careers lessons. Horizons 2 have developed a fantastic attitude and openness towards newly introduced activities such as Yoga, Mindfulness and Media Studies. These subjects were introduced as part of the Recovery Curriculum in an effort to aid our pupils in settling back into school life and learning new skills to cope with any stresses and anxieties they may be carrying around. (Shona Laverty)
Horizons 3 - Mrs Hamilton
Horizons 3 is made up of SLD & PMLD pupils whose needs widely differ therefore we liaise closely with parents and outside agencies to best meet their individual needs. We create specific individualised programmes in which pupils learn life skills by carrying out practical activities to help increase their independence. These practical activities are designed to enable our pupils to engage at their ability level and engage them in learning in a fun, safe and appropriate manner. We are currently designing a new exciting scheme of work to increase the breadth of learning within Horizons 3.(Amy Hamilton)
Although this has been a year like no other, the staff in Horizons have worked to create a Recovery Curriculum to aid pupils in transitioning back into school life. That being said, there is still a key focus on Literacy and Numeracy skills. We have added a few new programmes to our curriculum and have been incorporating Zoom into our lessons to offer a broader variety of activities carried out by outside organisations.