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Early Years

Our Early Years Department continues to grow, and we have now moved into the Woodlands area of the school. We have two functioning Early Years rooms to meet the needs of different developmental stages. Maple is our sensory/play based room where the children are exposed to tailor-made activities to meet their sensory needs. These children will be taught all the basic stems of Literacy and Numeracy through play and movement. All the activities will encompass the core subjects which the EYFS curriculum requires but delivered in a manner accessible for the students. The students will have frequent movement breaks and regular Occupational Therapy in their daily routine to aid their communication and social skills.

Ash is a combined Reception and Year 1 class. It encompasses both the EYFS and National Curriculum, whilst working under the umbrella of our ASC approach, READY. Ash class staff place great importance on igniting childrens' curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. The curriculum is catered for individual children’s interests and we are proud of the differentiated and tailored approach that we provide. The Ash classroom has been set up following the TEACCH approach. The physical layout of the classroom is important and gives the students’ visual cues, so they can associate what is happening in each area. The learning areas have been arranged to allow the students to work with minimal distractions. A balance of structured play and focused tasks, ensure an equal equilibrium of all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, Year 1 Curriculum and the students’ ASC needs. There is huge importance placed on explorative learning and play, which is modelled and shaped by the staff. The timetable also offers many physical and sensory play activities; the children enjoy regular PE lessons alongside therapy and sensory sessions. With a 14 acre site to explore, Ash class use the natural environment to enhance their learning experiences and learn in a new way. A qualified Forest School practitioner leads a weekly session which allows the children to attempt new challenges that they would not face in a classroom.

Our Early Years Department aims to help our children develop as unique individuals who constantly learn, develop resilience and are capable and confident. We help the children to develop, play and learn in enabling environments in which their experiences respond to their individual needs. The key factor is that our children in Maple and Ash learn at their own rate. The start of school is such a vital part of children’s development and provides the tools to transition throughout the school years with ease and enjoyment.

 
  1. Curriculum Map Ash 18-19
  2. Curriculum Map Maple 18-19