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.
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:
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:
EYFS Foundation stage Statutory Framework: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/974907/EYFS_framework_-_March_2021.pdf
QUEST for Learning: https://www.pmldlink.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Quest-for-learning-Guidance-amp-Assessment-Materials-Profound-amp-Multiple-Learning-Difficulties.pdf
National Curriculum web links are in each area of learning below for specific subjects (KS1)