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EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), Key Stage 1 & 2

Intent and implementation

Primary phase curriculum mapping                                                                                                                      

Our primary phase follow the EYFS Development Matters curriculum and statutory Early Years Foundation Stage for Reception pupils (4-5 year olds). We have considered Development Matters carefully as a curriculum for our pupils, have adapted and ‘grown’ it to incorporate up to 7 years of learning and teaching where needed to support our pupils from 4-11 years of age. Some of our Key Stage Two pupils (7-11 year olds) are able to extend their learning towards National Curriculum Year One outcomes and we can ambitiously look at end of Key Stage One outcomes (end of Year Two) for a selection of pupils by the end of their primary phase. 


Some of our pupils, those with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, follow a QUEST For Learning based curriculum and are also supported to engage with Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design through the EYFS Development matters curriculum.


  • All of our pupils are supported with bespoke Priority Needs Targets specific to individual pupils and focused around barriers to learning and development- this is in place for the whole school 4-19- to focus on prime areas of learning and development, and EHCPs. These are co-written with parents, and therapy advice/programmes.
  • Pupils working above Quest for Learning (GP1) have Curriculum targets based around Development Matters.
  • Pupils working towards year 1 or 2 outcomes have Curriculum Targets based around the National Curriculum core subjects.
  • Pupils working within Quest for Learning do not have Curriculum Targets, but have extended Priority Needs targets to include Quest Steps and a continued focus around pupils' EHCP areas.


We have enriched our curriculum with visits and visitors to the school. Our topic choices support adventures beyond the classroom and some of our regular exploratory learning visits are to: Bodiam Castle, Drusillas Zoo, local National Trust properties, Blackberry Farm, the Ashdown Forest, Crowborough Country Park and Tunbridge Wells town. Our visitors to the school include: a sensory theatre group who visit the school on a Saturday- many of our pupils attend these events; visiting zoo animals; hedgehog protection charities; a 'music man' from Butler Music; our local fire brigade; artists and musicians; and we are very excited to announce that the 'Singing Hands' company who are famous on Cbeebies and you tube are coming soon!

Please take a look at our primary phase curriculum overviews (including topic suggestions)




Our EYFS, KS1 and KS2 pupils make good progress in all areas of learning. This is evidenced through:

  • Grove Park School's bespoke levels for academic and priority needs (social and communication skills, independence skills)- measured and recorded via Pupil Asset, Connecting Steps
  • Curriculum and Priority Needs Targets linked to Development Matters and National Curriculum KS1 levels, where appropriate.
  • EHCP reviews and pupil voice
  • Early Years Foundation Stage assessments- few pupils meet the ELGs due to their SEND with the exception of some PD elements. 
  • Learning walks and observations by the leadership team.
  • Parent/care voice
  • Therapy (CITES) progress reports
  • Book and learning journal 'scrutiny'
  • Phonics (Little Wandle- Letters and Sounds) progress data. 
  • Staff discussions- pupil progress meetings


Our pupils 'achieve together' and are ready to leave the primary phase to move on to our Beeches Road, KS3 phase with confidence and the social skills needed to navigate the start to the secondary phase of their education. Some or our pupils make such good progress that they may be ready to move on for the start of their year 6: 'One school, achieving together'.

Links and further information:

Development Matters::


EYFS Foundation stage Statutory Framework:


QUEST for Learning:


National Curriculum web links are in each area of learning below for specific subjects (KS1)