“… meeting the needs of pupils of all ages and abilities …”
Early education provides the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. We believe that our children learn best in a positive, caring environment enriched with different opportunities and we aim to make your child’s time in Key Stage 1 as happy and fulfilling as possible. Following on from the successes of EYFS, Key Stage 1 continues to monitor and develop systems whereby the content and progression of the curriculum and its pace are appropriate to each students own needs and requirements. By adapting work to the interest, aptitudes and abilities of each student, the Key Stage 1 Primary department class aims to ensure that each student continues to fulfil their potential.
The main aim of our Primary Department is to provide a secure, stimulating and appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of our pupils. As in mainstream schools, most students in Key Stage 1 follow the National Curriculum (NC), which is differentiated to meet their individual learning styles and needs. Our Key Stage 1 curriculum has a tailor made cycle that tailors itself to three different approaches to learning; a more cognitive approach based on NC 2014, a sensory approach for our more profoundly disabled pupils, based upon communication and the more sensory and physical approaches to learning and development and a “life skills” curriculum for pupils to develop their self-help and independence skills through the specialised and kinaesthetic delivery of the curriculum.
Individual targets for each student are set each term and progress is assessed and monitored on a regular basis in partnership with parents wherever possible. Personalised learning programmes are developed to encourage pupils to progress and learn according to their interests and needs in order to attain their best potential. Throughout the school, the Solar ™ online assessment scheme is used to monitor progress following a teacher’s structured planning, setting appropriate targets throughout the P levels and National Curriculum levels.
Other members of the school and wider team such as Personal Care Assistants, Midday Supervisors and colleagues from other disciplines such as Health Care Professionals, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Paediatric care support, behavioural support and the educational fields’ (Educational Psychology) all work collectively to support each pupil. This ensures that a holistic approach to your child’s learning can be assured.