The Harbour

“The Harbour”

 Our Learning


The Harbour is a Designated Specialist Provision (DSP) for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The Harbour provides daily support for children with a DSP place as well as providing whole school support for children with Autism with a full time Mainstream placement. The Harbour provides intervention groups for children with Autism which includes Lego Therapy, Cooking sessions, Social Skills Groups and Communication Groups.

In the Harbour children follow the whole school curriculum focusing on their key stage topic. Children then have differentiated individual targets set for core curriculum areas that link with their interests, are multisensory, visual and link into multiagency targets. Communication, Life Skills, Independence and Sensory Integration are held at the centre of all learning experiences within the Harbour. Children with a Harbour place have daily links with their Mainstream classes and attend many sessions with Harbour staff support, resources or in some cases independently after working closely with the class teacher to ensure the environment and planning is differentiated to provide ultimate inclusion for all children.                  

The Harbour takes part in offsite learning which includes Horse riding sessions as well as offsite community learning sessions so children can explore their linked topics and individual targets first hand. Children have visited many places including; The London Eye, Westminster, Greenwich Park, the local Library and supermarkets. Children have also experienced many things including; travelling on the Woolwich Ferry, the public bus, the Train, the DLR, the Tube and also commuting through the Woolwich and Greenwich foot tunnels! 

Our curriculum has a learner centred approach where every child is encouraged to love learning and value individual progress. Learners are active in their learning and take part in many hands on multisensory experiences that provide an irresistible invitation to learn and work towards being independent. Independence, life skills, learning skills communication and sensory integration are at the centre of everything the Harbour does.

Topics change half termly and the Harbour focuses on the whole school topic to ensure consistency and collaboration throughout the school. Annual individual targets are set at Annual Reviews in collaboration with parents. Termly targets are also set and reviewed every term in the form of an IEP which are written in collaboration with the class teacher, TA’s, outside agencies and parents. Children’s progress against IEP targets is reviewed termly. Children are also assessed in collaboration with the class teacher using PIVATS assessments on a termly basis. 

If you have any questions about the Harbour please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come and see Ms Luttrell our DSP Leader