Miss Kim Wilson
Head of Primary department.
The Primary Department focuses on a Prime & Specific Curriculum. Those pupils functioning at P.Level 3(ii) and below will study a Prime Curriculum which ensures that they cover all the fundamental areas that are important for their development. For pupils who are at P.Level 4 and above they will study a Specific Curriculum which ensures that they are covering a broader range of subjects.
Topics – All pupils in primary follow a termly topic. The Foundation Stage follow a 2 year rolling programme and Key Stage 1 & 2 follow a 4 year rolling programme.
Long Term Plans – All teachers have produced long term plans for their subject areas. These are all stored on e.Schools under Primary Curriculum.
Medium Term Plans – Medium Term planning is complete for the 4 year rolling programme and teachers need to review, monitor and update this. Medium Term planning is all on e.Schools under Primary Curriculum.
Short Term Plans – All teachers complete a weekly planner and upload this to eSchools by 9am on a Monday.
Communication & Language / Literacy – This is taught on a daily basis by all classes.
Numeracy – This is taught through Communication & Language for the Prime classes and taught as a discrete subject 3 / 4 times a week in the Specific classes.
Science - This is taught through Communication & Language for the Prime classes and taught as a discrete subject once a week in the Specific classes.
ICT - This is taught through Communication & Language for the Prime classes and taught as a discrete subject once a week in the Specific classes.
PSED – This is taught 4 times a week in the Prime classes and once a week as a discrete subject in Specific Classes
Physical Development / PE – This is taught daily in the Prime Classes to ensure that pupils get sufficient time for physio and MOVE Programmes and twice a week in Specific classes which includes swimming / water confidence.
Music – This is taught weekly to all classes.
Flexi Days – These cover our foundation subjects for the Specific classes. Flexi days are one afternoon a week over a 4 week period. The subjects that are covered are: Geography, History, RE, Art, Dance, DT, MFL & Drama. These fit into the Specific areas of Understanding the World and Expressive Arts. We have 1 subject leader who monitors all the foundation subjects and writes all the flexi day planners.
Phonics – Phonics from year 2 to year 6 is taught in preferred learning groups. Therefore pupils are in a separate phonics group on a Mon, Tues & Weds.
The evidence and feedback shows that the Prime and Specific curriculum gives all pupils the opportunity to study an appropriate and relevant curriculum for their level. The teachers and support staff who work with pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties felt that this curriculum enabled pupils to have a greater focus on MOVE, physical development and appropriate PSED topics rather than study topics that are not particularly appropriate to the developmental age and abilities of their pupils.
Pupils in both Prime and Specific classes follow a termly topic/theme and this is used in the Prime classes primarily for their communication and language sessions and in the Specific classes for literacy, flexi days, science and PSED where appropriate.
Due to the positive feedback and evidence from the data that the Prime/Specific curriculum is working well for our pupils, with no negative impact on assessed pupil progress, the curriculum for this academic year has remained the same with just some minor changes to timetabling.
Pupil progress data supports the high impact of the Prime and Specific curriculum on pupil outcomes.