Early Years is made up of Apple and Willow classes.
Early Years is made up of two classes Apple and Willow that run as a unit. Children are split into small groups of about 7/8 learners according to their learning needs and styles. Teaching is delivered in a variety of ways, including formal structured and visual, sensory, kinaesthetic and play-based approach.
Phonics, Literacy, Language and Communication, and Mathematics are delivered through focus tasks. The ASD learners use the TEACCH stations in the department, while sensory learners access a sensory curriculum consisting of sessions in intensive interaction, Write Dance and dance massage. The 7 areas of the foundation stage are covered through activities to develop skills in these areas. Children have access to Tumble Tots, Swimming, soft play and life skills trips (on a rota basis); also to the school’s animals and Forest School as appropriate on a rota basis.
The children also have ‘Plan Do Review’ time, where they access the whole provision, choosing what they want to do and reflecting on it afterwards.
Read Write Inc. is used to develop synthetic phonics.
EYFS use home school books to share and communicate with parents and carers.
Key Stage 1 & 2
Key Stage 1 & 2 has five classes: Chestnut, Maple, Beech, Hazel and Cherry.
Chestnut: This is a transition class for children who are at the formal/semi-formal stage of learning. They have access to the National Curriculum, accessing Maths 6 times per week. They access English 6 times per week, with additional sessions of phonics and reading delivered through the Read Write Inc. approach. The non-core subjects are delivered in a holistic approach through topics mostly in the afternoon. Children’s learning is enriched through PE, Swimming, Music and Primary Carousel sessions. Children also have opportunities to develop their language, communication and social skills through play-based activities.
Maple: This is a sensory class for semi- and pre-formal learners. Children’s learning is mapped out against four strands: Communication, Cognition, Creativity and Physical learning styles. The environment promotes opportunities and activities for learners to develop skills from these strands in a personalised order. High emphasis is placed on the development of language and communication sessions which we engage in daily and also throughout our daily routine. Children’s learning is supported through a variety of creative and motivating activities including TAC PAC, Write Dance, Intensive Interaction and Massage. All children have access to phonics through streamed groups. Learning and physical development is enriched through PE, Swimming, Music, Cookery and Primary Carousel sessions.
Beech: Beech class is made up of semi-formal and formal learners. They have access to the National Curriculum, accessing Maths 5 times per week. They access English 5 times per week, with additional sessions of phonics and reading delivered through the Read Write Inc. approach. The non-core subjects are delivered in a holistic approach through topics mostly in the afternoon. Children’s learning is enriched through PE, Swimming, Music, Animal Care and Primary Carousel sessions.
Hazel: Hazel class is made up predominately of semi-formal learners. Hazel class supports the TEACCH approach to learning. Hazel class has access to the National Curriculum, accessing Maths 5 times per week and English 5 times per week, with additional sessions of phonics/reading delivered through the Read Write Inc. approach. The non-core subjects are delivered in a holistic approach through topics in the afternoon. Children’s learning is enriched through PE, Swimming, Music, Animal Care and Primary Carousel sessions. Opportunities such as circle time and narrative therapy are timetabled to support the development of language, communication and social skills.
Cherry: Cherry class is made up of semi-formal learners. Cherry class is the transition class for children moving from EYFS into the Primary department. The children access Continuous Provision in the afternoons, exploring and learning through play within Topic lessons. Cherry class uses TEACCH work stations, where the pupils access Maths 5 times per week and English 5 times per week. The learners access streamed Read Write Inc. Phonics groups 4 times per week. In order to develop social skills, the children access Narrative Therapy sessions once weekly and Circle Time daily. Children take part in PE lessons and Swimming lessons in the hydrotherapy pool once weekly. Most children in Cherry class take part in Tumble Tots sessions once weekly, to support development of gross motor skills and spatial awareness. Children’s learning is further enriched through Music, Animal Care and Primary Carousel sessions.
All Primary classes (i.e. Chestnut, Maple, Beech, Hazel and Cherry) take part each week in the half-termly Primary carousel, which consists of Cookery, Forest School x 2 (each with a different focus), Ball Skills and Animal Care.
All pupils take part in Enrichment sessions once per week. Enrichment sessions are designed so that pupils are offered activities and concepts to engage them that are out of the constraints of the conventional curriculum. We believe that our pupils have the right to a diverse, rich and exciting curriculum. Enrichment sessions allow us to be creative in our approach to pupils’ learning and in the use of our many resources.
*In addition to traditional Literacy lessons, all pupils have a 20 minute Literacy slot Mon-Thurs. This initiative is to give extra focus to Literacy across the school and is directed by the Literacy subject leader.
Residential experiences are offered on a rota basis.