Phase 1 at Milestone Academy is currently made up of 80 pupils ranging from 3 – 8 years old. The students are grouped into classes which meet their individual learning needs. This means the students receive a differentiated Foundation Stage Curriculum/National Curriculum delivered at a pace that is appropriate for them. Within the phase there are classes for students with profound and multiple learning difficulties and those that follow a very sensory approach enabling us to deliver a highly personalised and individualised curriculum. The classes at Milestone Academy provide a warm and welcoming environment for the children.
Active learning is the key to all experiences in the Phase 1 classrooms and access to structured programmes provides for the development and generalisation of these skills. Within this environment additional emphasis is placed on the development of the child as an active communicator with the development of mobility and self-help skills to enable the child to become as independent as they possibly can.
There are currently eight Phase 1 classes based on the main site at New Ash Green.
We are very keen to provide a broad range of learning experiences which include our children sharing their learning with local primary schools. Opportunities are sought and planned for those children who will benefit from the experience of inclusion, such as Milestone children accessing part of their learning in a different setting and mainstream children visiting us to broaden their learning.
I hope this has given you a flavour of the opportunities for our children within Phase 1. We always welcome visits from parents to discuss in further detail how the provision can support individual pupils.