All classes provide a learning and teaching environment which is orderly, structured and attractive and provides developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. They promote independent thinking, active learning, a “can-do” attitude and an active, inquisitive imagination, that fosters self-confidence and social competence.
The curriculum is supported through a range of practical learning experiences because young children respond well to direct sensory experience, manipulation of materials and physical motor activity. Play is also crucial in helping them form concepts, generate ideas and produce symbolic representations.
The key principles on which we work are:-
- To develop communication skills supported as appropriate by signing, symbols and the use of augmentative communication aids
- To develop skills for independence
- To encourage decision and choice-making
Our pupils are encouraged to:-
- Pursue their interests and ideas, making decisions about what to do and how they might go about it
- Learn to work and play cooperatively and safely with others
- Exercise a wide range of intellectual and physical abilities
Pupils at Cliffdale Primary Academy who are of Reception age follow the Early Years Curriculum as appropriate to their individual stage of development. The imaginative, exciting and fun curriculum is tailored to the interests of the children and makes creative use of the outside learning environment. There is a high emphasis placed upon the importance of structured play throughout the curriculum.
Lower School: Year 1 to Year 3
Pupils follow the planned curriculum at the level appropriate to their development. Each class has a specific timetable constructed to ensure coverage of the curriculum as well as including time for meeting the specific needs of pupils as outlined in their EHC Plans. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) forms a significant part of the curriculum and as such is high priority. The focus for PSHE in Lower School is the development of personal self-help skills and social skills.
Upper School: Year 3 to Year 6
As pupils progress through into the Upper School they are encouraged to become increasingly independent. They access an increasing range of specialist curriculum areas and benefit from the expertise of a number of specialist teachers. They also have opportunities to support their learning and development through experiences at Year 5 and 6 such as taking part in a national dance event (JRock) and the school’s residential trips.