Mayfield School - SEN Physical & Sensory Specialist School

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24th November 17
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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

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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 Magic Me, Frozen, Traditional Tales, Bears, How does your Garden Grow?, Holidays!  All these are flexible in order for us to take into account the interests and needs of our children.

KS1 and 2

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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

  • All Around the World - KS1
  • China and ShangDynasty - KS2

Spring Term

  • Super Heroes - KS1
  • America - KS2

Summer Term

  • Ahoy There! - KS1
  • Stone Age to Iron Age - 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.

Literacy and Numeracy

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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.  

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

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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'.  

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