Pupils learning is carefully planned to meet the needs of each individual child.

The school makes its curriculum as real as possible using a visual and multi-sensory approach.

Castlebar School strongly promotes 3 key skills:

  • Communication
  • Socialisation
  • Independence
The entire school uses the 7 Areas of Learning as a framework for delivering the curriculum.

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Prime areas

 Personal, Social and Emotional Development Communication and Language Physical Development
PSED Curriculum Map    Speaking and Listening Curriculum Map PD Curriculum Map

Specific areas

Reading and Writing Mathematics  Understanding the World & Religious Education Expressive Arts and Design
 Reading and Writing Curriculum Map  Numeracy Curriculum Map   UW Curriculum Map          RE Curriculum Map   EAD Curriculum Map

The school has high expectations and supports its pupils every step of the way e.g. with termly Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and with Annual Reviews (ARs).

Pupils learn to read simple books and to develop speaking and listening skills. They are also helped to develop social skills (e.g. turn taking) and independence skills (e.g. counting money). Communication skills are also developed through drama, role play and social skills games.  Castlebar School follows supports teaching of phonics with a wide range of resources in order to interest the pupil and reinforce work covered.  Full details are given in the Communication, Language and Literacy policy on our Policies page.

Please click here for our Parents’ Guide to PIVATS, P-Levels and the National Curriculum

Additional information is detailed in our subject policies and curriculum statement that are published on our Policies page.