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Early Years

Staff teach children early reading skills effectively, and they are taught well. They provide highly imaginative teaching of letters and sounds to which children respond exceptionally well.


Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a fully inclusive class for pupils aged 2 and a half (rising 3’s), Nursery (aged 3-4 years) and Reception (aged 4-5 years) with a diverse range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We work as a large multi-disciplinary team including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists to assess pupils who may require an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Our curriculum follows a highly differentiated and bespoke version of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile which focuses on the 7 prime and specific areas of learning;

Personal, social and emotional development

Communication and language

Physical development



Understanding of the world

Expressive arts


Our pupils learn via 1:1 and small group teaching and learning with an emphasis on indoor and

outdoor learning

through play. We have a strong focus on literacy, maths and functional communication. We use a range of daily

formative assessment opportunities culminating in our summative Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and

bsquared assessments.

Reading and phonics are given high priority in our school with daily sessions in the Early Years and Primary department. We use Read Write Inc programme to support our teaching of these early skills. Children are encouraged to take books home to read and share with their parents and carers to extend their learning.

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