In Phase 1, we follow the Engage Curriculum. Pupils aged 2 to 9 years and learn through an individualised Early Years Curriculum where the focus is on Specific learning areas including Literacy, Maths, The World, Art and Music alongside Prime Areas focusing on Communication, Personal Care / Hygiene, Social skills including making relationships, Fine and Gross Motor skills, and Managing Feelings and Behaviour.
The Phase 1 Curriculum focuses on creating exciting and engaging experiences where each child’s interest in learning can grow and develop. Children will learn through a balance of adult directed and child led learning where children will have access to both inside and outside environments.
Adults will follow children’s interests to help them learn new skills and consolidate previous skills, whilst also encouraging them to try new things and take risks in a controlled and safe setting. Adults will promote independence at every opportunity in the school day.
We work closely with parents in Phase 1 to support each child’s individual progress of the curriculum, EHCP objectives and overall wellbeing. Parents are encouraged to evidence learning observed at home alongside staff evidencing learning in school. Parents can also attend a ‘Stay and Play’ session each term where they can experience how their child learns and uses skills in their classroom setting.
We focus strongly on learning outside as well as in the classroom environment. We create many opportunities for children to use outside environments for them to explore and enhance their learning. For example, learning outside the classroom allows the children to explore the different seasons, natural materials and leading their own learning through play.
As well as PE lessons where the children develop their gross and fine motor skills, Bumble Bee and Caterpillar Classes attend weekly swimming sessions where they focus on learning about safety and developing their confidence in the water. It is a great opportunity for children to improve their independence with changing and dressing.
Throughout the year various trips will be planned including to the park, farm, forest, and shop. We also encourage visitors into school to enhance their learning such as a fire engine and a variety of different animals.