Life Skills and Swimming

The teaching of Lifeskills is a very important part of the curriculum at Manor School. We have a high quality dedicated lifeskills learning environment and classes are taught by a lifeskills lead who develops programmes that help children with learning difficulties learn important safety skills and work towards living a more independent life. Lifeskills lessons are fun and experiences are memorable due to the range of provisions the school offers. Pupils are given opportunities to practise road safety skills by going out into the community; making simple snacks and drinks; experiencing working in the school garden to grow fruit and vegetables; learning how to interact safely with our school dog and our chickens; and performing daily living tasks such as washing up, making beds and clearing up. We also have a strong focus upon developing healthy lifestyles such as eating healthily, looking after our personal hygiene and taking exercise. By the time our pupils leave us in Year 6 we expect them to be able to manage some basic risks and cope with potentially difficult situations whilst in a safe environment.

The children all enjoy these practical sessions, and we ask you to encourage your child to help at home to further develop their independence.

Our older KS2 pupils run a cafe on Friday afternoons as part of their Excel sessions. The cafe is open to pupils, staff and parents. The cafe sessions support the pupils in developing their interaction skills, their money skills i.e.addition and preparing/serving food to others; all great skills for future life.


Swimming is an excellent form of exercise and also a potential life saver. This is why all pupils have a weekly swimming lesson with our qualifies swimming instructor.The ability to swim a key skill for life and is a sport/hobby that can be continued into adulthood.

Our pool and surrounding area is kept a constant heat so that pupils are always kept warm. Pupils love their pool sessions and it’s a great time to encourage interaction, social skills and communication as well.

We expect all pupils to swim each week unless they have a specific medical condition, diagnosed by a Doctor, that may prevent a child from taking part in this essential school activity. Our general policy is that if a pupil is well enough to be in school they are well enough to swim.