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EYFS at Milestone

Personal Social and Emotional Development


Children show an understanding of their own feelings and those of others.  They begin to regulate their behaviour, beginning to focus their attention on instructions aiming towards a simple goal

Managing Self

Children begin to feel confident to try new activities, showing independence, resilience and perseverance.  They begin to know what is right and wrong and manage their own personal needs.

Building Relationships

Children form positive attachments, working and playing co-operatively, taking turns and showing sensitivity to self and others

Communication and Language

Listening and Attention

Children listen attentively and respond, beginning to make comments, engaging in back and forth exchanges with others


Children participate in joint communication, using relevant vocabulary, expressing their ideas using the most appropriate form of communication available to them

Physical Development

Gross Motor Skills

Children negotiate space around them being aware of their on physical abilities and begin to demonstrate strength, balance and co-ordination leading to more energetic movements

Fine Motor Skills

Children use a range of tools, working hard to use writing instruments, showing accuracy and care when drawing



Children demonstrate an understanding of what is being said and begin to anticipate key events using acquired vocabulary

Word Reading

Children begin to use phonic knowledge to say letter sounds and read simple words


Children begin to make marks forming some letters and words



Children begin to have a deep understanding of numbers to 10

Numerical Patterns

Children compare quantities up to 10 within different contexts.  They begin to explore patterns within 10, including odds, evens and doubling

Understanding the World

Past and Present

Children begin to understand people around them and their roles.  Differences about the past and present, drawing on their own experiences and those shared with them through events encountered through storytelling.

People Culture and Communities

Children communicate about their own environment through their own observations.  They begin to explore religions through their own experiences and those relayed to them in class.  They explore differences and similarities in this country and others through practical experiences shared in class.

The Natural World

Children explore the natural world around them, similarities and differences and understand some processes and changes in the natural world.

Expressive Art and Design

Creating with Materials

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.  They share their creations.  Make use of props and materials when role playing characters.

Being Imaginative and Expressive

Children begin to invent, adapt and recount narratives and stories with peers.  They begin to relay familiar nursery rhymes and songs. They gain confidence in performing songs and rhymes with others.  They enjoy music and begin to move in time.

Upper Phase 1 (Year 1-4)

Brook Curriculum

  • Pupils follow the same transdisciplinary theme as the pathways in their phase, but focus on the four main areas of learning; Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Personal and Social and Physical Development, in line with their individual needs.
  • The transdisciplinary theme is incorporated in a sensory, appropriate level to ensure all pupils are accessing their learning, whilst being included in the phase community by following the same transdisciplinary theme.
  • Work is personalised and all pupils follow an individual learning plan, where targets are broken down into small, realistic steps.
  • Physical Education is taught throughout the Phase through PE lessons, Aqualearn, Dance, Specialist led sports and gymnastics clubs and Rebound (where appropriate).

Stream Curriculum – Higher Need ASD

Subjects Taught

  • Self help
  • Social Skill
  • Science
  • Maths – number
  • Maths – geometry
  • Maths –measurement
  • English – reading
  • English – writing
  • English – communication – expressive
  • English – communication – receptive
  • Physical – motor skill
  • Functional – Citizenship


Group lessons taught with links to Phase transdisciplinary theme-based curriculum.

Independence skills – through personal care, hand washing, carrying dinner, making choices, showing preferences.

Physical Education is taught throughout the Phase through PE lessons, Aqualearn, Dance, Specialist led sports and gymnastics clubs and Rebound (where appropriate).

River Curriculum – ASD

  • 3 Year transdisciplinary theme-based curriculum incorporating Science, History, Geography / History and Re.
  • Linked into National Curriculum Guidelines for Key Stage 1


Transdisciplinary themes

Year 1 Cycle

  • Term 1 – Me and My School 
  • Term 2 – A Special Time of year 
  • Term 3 – The wild, wild west
  • Term 4 – Let’s go on an adventure
  • Term 5 – Food Glorious Food
  • Term 6 – Stomp Stomp Roar 

Year 2 Cycle (Current 2021-22)

  • Term 1 – Me, Myself and I 
  • Term 2 – Time to Celebrate 
  • Term 3 – Once upon a time
  • Term 4 – Are we there yet?
  • Term 5 – Do you believe in Magic
  • Term 6 – To infinity and beyond

Year 3 Cycle

  • Term 1 – Fighting Fit 
  • Term 2 – Lights, Camera Action!
  • Term 3 – All at Sea  
  • Term 4 – Come rain or shine
  • Term 5 – When I grow up 
  • Term 6 – Thank you for the Music