Mayfield School - SEN Physical & Sensory Specialist School

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Lakes Department

All pupils in the Lakes Department follow a Thematic Curriculum.  Teaching staff in the department continue to work together to create a differentiated curriculim that meets the need of our children and young people.  The aim is to access our children and young people into a creative, broad, balanced and challenging curriculm and to allow for continuity and progression as children move up through the Department.  The Thematic Modular Curriculm allows for more cohesion, creativity and cross curricular links.  Much use is made of our fantastic Sensory Studio which is an extension to the classroom to create specific themes which will further enhance the topics being studied.

Early Years


There are several areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings.  All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.  Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.  These three areas, the prime areas, are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

At Mayfield we also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.  The specific areas are:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

When planning and guiding children's activities, we reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in our practice.  Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things and 'have a go'
  • active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements
  • creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.

This year our themes include Me and You, You and Me, Down in the Jungle, Once Upon a Time, Creeping and Crawling, On the Farm and All at Sea!  All these are flexible in order for us to take into account the interests and needs of our children.

KS1 and 2


The initial curriculum maps and schemes of work for KS1 and 2 use the exemplar from "The New Primary Curriculum".  This year our topic's are:

Autumn Term

  • Journeys - KS1
  • Space - KS2

Spring Term

  • Famous People - KS1
  • Rainforests - KS2

Summer Term

  • Carnivals - KS1
  • Anglo Saxon and Vikings - KS2

Relevant QCDA and Schemes of Work for KS1 and 2 are adapted and matched to each subject module to form the basis for teaching and learning.  The themed modules are designed to provide opportunities for assessment, differentiated learning, educational visits, community and parental involvement.

Key Stage 3


The curriculum maps and schemes of work we have developed have encouraged 'A Creative Curriculum' for our KS3 students.

This year our topic focus is:

  • Autumn Term - Conflict.
  • Spring Term - Islands.
  • Summer Term - Pre 1066.

Relevant QCDA and Schemes of Work for KS3 are adapted and matched to each subject module to form the basis for teaching and learning.  History, Geography, RE and PHSE are taught under the umbrella of Humanities.

Students will also have the opportunity to experience 'Enterprise' through group work and various educational trips will be based around topics studied.

Literacy and Numeracy


In KS1 and 2, teaching and learning for Literacy and Numeracy uses The New National Primary Framework as a starting point.  The topic focus for Literacy allows for progression from EYFS to KS2.  Topics will use stories and fairy tales supported by props, symbols and individual communication aids.  In KS3 in addition to continuing to develop basis skills, report writing, persuasive writing and media production are taught.  Topic books are used to develp a love of the classics such as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest, Harry Potter, CS Lewis, Anne Frank and local Lakeland Poets.

Teaching and learning for Numeracy uses the teaching blocks contained in The New National Primary Framework for Mathematics as a starting point and covers Number and Calculations, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics.

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare


Pupils are encouraged to try their best to help others in the best way that they can.  Using our school song "We're so proud of our school" as a focus, pupils have decided to name their good behaviour award 'The Magic Dust Ticket'.  We are proud that since September 2016 already 69 pupils have received a certificate.

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