Language and communication are at the heart of the Lower School Curriculum. The curriculum in Lower School focuses on the acquisition of skills and knowledge and the development of learning and thinking skills across all National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation stage subject areas. It is designed so that our children become successful, confident learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve. The aim is for every child to be able to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives, making a positive contribution to the community and with well developed personal, emotional and social skills.
Heathlands Primary Curriculum:
- Follows the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum, PSHE and RE in line with mainstream school requirements.
- Core subjects of English and Maths are taught each morning, following the National Curriculum adapted as appropriate for the individual needs of deaf learners. Literacy and maths skills are also developed in a cross curricula way throughout the rest of the curriculum.
- Learning is enhanced through a cross curricula and thematic approaches, focusing on the development of pupil skills as well as knowledge.
- Curriculum planning and delivery is differentiated to meet individual needs and modified to suit deaf pupils.
- Language and literacy skills development is at the core of all learning.
Teaching throughout the department is by qualified teachers of the deaf supported by Learning Support Assistants with experience of deaf pupils’ learning. Classes are small with high staff, pupil ratios. Full use if made of Information and Communication Technology to ensure that classes are delivered in interactive and visual ways which engage learners.
For all pupils the curriculum is child centred, fostering personalised learning and celebrating individual achievement. There are high expectations for all pupils and our aim is that they develop as lifelong learners.
Learning is enriched through visits out, visitors in and ‘wow’ experiences linked to topic work. Special days and weeks are often organised to help learning ‘come alive’. There are also inclusion and reverse inclusion opportunities offered with our partner schools.
The importance of parents as partners in their child’s learning is greatly valued. Parents and carers are kept well informed of their child’s progress and regular contact with class teachers is encouraged through home school books. The skills learnt in class are supported and reinforced through home learning and enrichment activities.