The KS1 curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, with a focus also on the Early Years Foundation Stage. We focus on the three prime areas of learning: communication and language, physical and personal, social and emotional development. Other specific areas of learning include English, mathematics, science, R.E, Geography and History, and all are covered through a variety of topics. The topics are chosen to reflect on the pupils own lives and those of others and each one will have an emphasis on a different area of the curriculum.
We have also planned our curriculum to provide opportunities to play, develop physical skills and improve communication skills and social interaction. Pupils in KS1 are encouraged to be as independent as possible, taking as much responsibility as they can for making choices, their own personal needs, their own possessions and their own learning. We use a multi-sensory approach and all learning is broken down into small steps. Understanding in all areas of the curriculum is supported by signing and symbols as well as clear spoken language.
Children in KS1 are placed in classes according to need rather than age. The curriculum for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties is based on individual targets and includes a wide range of sensory activities such as Tac Pac. There is a sensory class which follows a TEACCH approach and again uses a multi-sensory and individualised approach.
Topics are planned on a two year rolling programme and include such exciting themes as: All about me, In the neighbourhood, Our Senses, People that help us, Healthy eating, Our School.
A topic starts with a special introduction and these range from dressing up days (for example a circus day), carousel of activities (Our senses) or special visitors (All creatures great and small when a company brought in a range of animals). The topic has an end activity and can be a celebration or concert with invitations for parents, an outing or a special activity just for the class.
We have created opportunities for outside learning as many of our children love being outdoors. We have an exciting outside learning area just by our classrooms, where activities are set up on a daily basis, often linked to our theme/ topic.
We think of the activities in terms of : S.P.I.C.E.S.
KS1 is a very happy place where the Children learn, play and take part in new experiences.
Key Stage 1 Leader
Key Stage 2
The Junior department comprises 6 classes all named after different Geographical features. Each class is needs led and pupils are all of KS2 age. The curriculum we follow has been specifically designed on a topic based approach and is a modified and differentiated version of the National Curriculum.
Our topic based curriculum is delivered in a 2 year rolling cycle. Each termly topic is divided into upper and lower key stage two and further differentiated into levels of ability. The children in Coast class follow a two year rolling multi sensory curriculum with similar themes and topics. The children in Forest and Valley follow our topic structure with aTEACCH approach.
Our curriculum is adaptable and can be personalised for each class and from year to year to suit all abilities and meet individual needs. Activities we do in school have a strong practical and multi-sensory focus and are linked by termly topics which underpin the curriculum subjects.
PHSE is a key focus in KS2 and the curriculum promotes and addresses the need to provide quality teaching and learning opportunities for pupils to develop communication, social, independence, personal and life skills. All of our children access specialist lessons such as Music, Dance and PE. All have regular swimming or Aqua Learn sessions and the older children go horse riding in groups throughout the year. All children participate in regular off site activities and community participation.