Primary Curriculum

The primary team of teacher, learning support assistants, speech and language therapists and occupational therapist work collaboratively, delivering high impact, multi- disciplinary programmes via the National Curriculum.

Learning in the morning focuses on Literacy and Numeracy and Personal Social and Health Education with thematic learning in the afternoon. Specialist subject teachers deliver Science, Art, Design and Technology and PE.

Emphasis is on practical and highly visual approaches, using learning from experience, signing, pictures and symbols to support all language. Academic, personal and social skills are developed to improve each child’s confidence, independence and self-esteem as a learner.

The primary curriculum is effectively differentiated to ensure access and progression for all pupils. Teachers and therapists work together to identify the specific language concepts and vocabulary needed for a topic.

Termly Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are drawn up, involving the teacher, therapists, care staff, family and pupil (where appropriate), setting measurable, achievable yet challenging targets.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

Opportunities for teaching in these areas are planned across the topic schemes of work, and also delivered in weekly class sessions of PSHE

All pupils are expected to show respect for others and to acknowledge and value their own and others’ achievements.  They are supported in their development of a sense of right and wrong by encouraging responsibility and independence.

The termly meetings of School Councils offer pupils a voice in the running of their school and teach the values of citizenship.

There is a Celebration Assembly each week when pupils share their progress and achievements with others.

Physical Education: 

Physical Education develops pupils’ co-ordination and mobility skills while promoting cooperation, teamwork, communication and creativity.  It also develops awareness of issues relating to safety, leisure choices and health and fitness.  Pupils learn the valuable lessons of following rules in games and competitions.

sports and leisure activities available:

Ball games (football, cricket, rounders), athletics, gymnastics, yoga and swimming.

There is a heated indoor swimming pool within the secondary building and a fully equipped sports hall. The school has extensive playing fields and an outdoor all-weather adventure playground for primary pupils.  

The PE subject leader and the Occupational Therapist, plan and monitor the PE curriculum ensuring that all pupils make progress in their gross motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination, and have fun!

Sex and Relationship Education:

Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE) teaching prepares pupils for adulthood.  We ensure that sex and relationship education teaching matches pupils’ emotional and physical maturity and level of understanding.  At all stages, sex and relationship education is taught within the framework of the National Curriculum.  Staff respond to a pupil’s questions about sexual issues as they feel appropriate, taking into account the ability and needs of the pupil.  A pupil’s wish to keep some matters confidential is respected wherever this is possible and in line with child protection guidance.

Parents are fully informed of any specific sex and relationship education learning and have the right to request that their child does not participate in this teaching.

Religious Education: 

Religious Education is part of the National Curriculum.

One whole school assembly is held each week and is mainly Christian in character, giving the children opportunities to consider simple moral issues, to foster a school community spirit and to develop experiences of awe and wonder through focused attention and reflection. Diversity is respected at the school and celebrated wherever possible.

Parents’ wishes are respected if they request their child to be withdrawn from assemblies and/or Religious Education.

Downloads:

Click on the links to download the Dawn House School Curriculum and Assessment policies