Our long term curriculum plan follows that of the main school and this year is cycle B of the three year programme. This ensures that our topics are broad and balanced and that opportunities for integration are available.
We aim to make our curriculum as relevant to the children as possible, in terms of their needs and understanding. Our lessons are devised as relevant to the children as possible, in terms of their needs and understanding. Our lessons are devised to include lots of opportunities for turn taking, co-operation and rehearsal of vocabulary skills, sentence structure and phonetical knowledge.
Our classroom is set up with many areas of continuous provision, although these are often more guided than they would be ordinarily be in an early years setting. These areas include sand, small world, role play kitchen, construction, creative, reading area, writing and drawing and floor activities. We also always have a selection of adult led games and tasks ready for individual children to use under adult direction. These activities include fine motor games and tasks, jigsaws, computer learning games, pattern matching, threading, dominoes and a variety of learning games. During our morning sessions, at least one of our staff members will be working with children on an English or Maths activity. Our other team members will usually be working within the continuous provision areas in a variety of ways, scaffolding different levels of learning that focus on the development of different skills. Much of our learning takes place in a paired session or one to one basis.
During the afternoon, our curriculum aims to cover relevant elements of science, history, geography, music, PE, art, RE and PSHCE. We incorporate the children's individual speech therapy targets into our work too, through different areas of the curriculum and games.
There are opportunities and resources around the room for children to engage in other tasks that further develop their key skills in fine motor skills, numeracy and social skills. Here is Natalia, who worked independently to complete her Number Bond Sea Shells and Chandi, who worked with an adult to practice numeracy skills with Numicon.
One week we made strawberry and banana milkshakes and we have also made cupcakes!