Education and Learning in Primary

Our vision is to provide exceptional education and development outcomes to meet every need so that pupils can become the best that they can be.

Teaching and learning is creative, relevant and enjoyable, ensuring that all pupils learn and develop at a rate suitable for the individual.

Every pupil is valued and we want pupils to be successful, healthy, responsible and engaged learners.

Our curriculum focuses on the National Curriculum but is adapted to enable all pupils to access each subject in a meaningful and purposeful way.

Every child has an individual learning programme (ILP) which includes differentiated (individual) learning outcomes for linked to their EHCP.

Our pupils make progress in many ways not only through academic progress. We teach in a holistic approach with life skills throughout to help a child learn as part of a group as well as an individual. Pupils also have the opportunity to transfer their skills to other settings in the school and particularly learning outside the classroom

We offer broad and balanced programmes, rich in experiences and creativity which are delivered through a three strand curriculum approach comprising of:

  • Informal / EYFS
  • Semi-formal
  • Formal

Informal / Early Years

Our learning environment provides access to all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

There are three Prime Areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

And, there are four Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Children learn best by having hands on experiences. We create active and interactive indoor and outdoor learning environments that are responsive to their changing learning needs and engage and involve children for sustained periods.

Semi-formal

For some of our pupils with a range of complex needs, progression from Early Years to subject based learning may not be appropriate or possible. Our semi-formal curriculum ensures that pupils continue to make progress and are equipped with skills to make the most of life chances.

Our semi-formal curriculum is delivered primarily through a thematic based approach building on the ethos of Early Years. The curriculum is designed to be fun, engaging, practical and meaningful, matched to pupils’ learning and developmental needs. Children in any year may access the semi and formal curriculum as appropriate to their needs and developmental stage.

Formal

For pupils for whom subject based learning is appropriate, we offer our formal curriculum. This is based on a differentiated National Curriculum with:

Core Curriculum:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Personal Social and Health Education
  • Physical education
  • Computing
  • Religious Education

Foundation Curriculum: a topic based creative curriculum that includes:

  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography

We also focus on the supporting the development of independent living skills including personal care, and social interaction.

Whichever curriculum our pupils are following, we pride ourselves in ensuring children are ready for their next steps in education. The school is divided into Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), KS1 and KS2. However the EYFS play-based framework is not confined to children under the age of 5, but extends right across the school where children are functioning at a level below National Curriculum.