Curriculum Intent

Curriculum Intent

Explorers: Oceans

Pupils begin their learning journey following the EYFS curriculum in Reception.  The focus is on developing the three prime areas on the EYFS curriculum: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal and Social Development whilst developing the specific areas through the thematic curriculum.  This is a developmental curriculum, which not only focuses on pupils achieving their early year’s goals but will also prepare pupils for the curriculum moving forwards, a readiness and desire for further learning.   Additionally children will develop curiosity, independence, resilience, risk taking, relationship and belief in themselves.


Seekers: Starfish and Oysters

Pupils continue with development towards their Early Learning Goals and prepare them for either the Discoverer’s Pathway (life skills learning) or Early Enquirers Pathway (subject specific learning). Additionally children will develop curiosity, independence, resilience, risk taking, relationships, a belief in themselves, and a genuine and lasting love of learning.


Early Discoverers: Octopus and Puffin

This curriculum recognises that many of our pupils have a range of complex learning difficulties and disabilities; and it is the combination of two or more of these difficulties that the curriculum is designed to meet through a personalised learning approach.  Pupils learn best when learning is related to their own experiences. Some pupils may learn through structured play, this approach encompasses engagement and the development of thinking skills, creative learning and movement and is designed to be developmentally appropriate.   Where there is a need for specialist provision such as sensory approaches to learning, targeted speech and language sessions and where relevant, occupational therapist support.  It enables all pupils to take part in activities that are engaging, meaningful to them and provide relevant and challenging goals. 


Discoverers: Dolphin and Otters

Pupils are working fundamentally on a life skills approach to their learning, they are beginning to follow some subject specific learning at the lower developmental levels as we aim for pupils to become a literate communicator, a mathematical thinker as well as acquiring early learning skills, pupils will learn more effectively through functional activities and topic-based approaches.  There will be opportunities to complete accredited courses where relevant, and where there is a need for specialist provision such as sensory approaches to learning, targeted speech and language sessions and where relevant occupational therapist support.


Early Enquirers: Penguins and Coral

This is the beginning of subject specific learning, pupils will be developing their early skills on the learning ladders through practical application.  Through the thematic curriculum pupils are developing their skills in phonics, reading, fine motor skills and developing their key concepts in Math’s.

Pupils are given extended time in PSHE to develop their early life and social skills.


Enquirers: Sea Lions, Lobsters, Seahorses, Manatees, Seals and Stingray

Developing on from the Early Enquirers to show greater depth of learning through the learning ladders  of each subject specific area of learning.  There continues to be a strong emphasis on PSHE and pupils at this stage begin their Careers program.


Enquirers KS 4: Orca and Manta

Accreditation will enable pupils to gain qualifications across the curriculum in areas where they have mastered skills to prepare them for further education and employment.  The two classes represent two ability groups reflected in the different accreditation.  The careers programme includes; transitions, college visits, careers interviews and work experience also helps to prepare them for their next steps

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Flu Vaccinations Postponed

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Flu Vaccinations

08 Oct 2021

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08 Sep 2021

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Transport -Monday 6th September

04 Sep 2021

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Covid Testing

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03 Feb 2021

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29 Jan 2021

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Update - Continued Whole School Remote Learning

28 Jan 2021

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