Our youngest pupils join us in Smart Start 1. We can offer part-time nursery placements for children aged 2 – 4 and full time school places for pupils in reception year who have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). Transition to Smart Start 1 can be gradual and is led by the needs of the child, determined by families and staff working together.
We recognise that when a child first starts school it can be an anxious time for parents and we endeavour to ensure that this goes as smoothly as possibly. Before a child starts in Smart Smart a home visit will be offered so parents can meet members of the class team and the class teacher will attend any scheduled transition meetings. Settling-in or stay in play sessions can be offered if this is required and appropriate to the needs of the child. Once a child starts school with us, the class team will use the home school chat book to relay information about their day and a coffee morning is scheduled early in the autumn term for parents/carers to meet key staff and find out more about school life.
All pupils have individual targets relating to their EHCP and these are taught through 1-1 and small group teaching opportunities. Many of these targets will relate to ‘learning to learn’ skills, developing pupils abilities to wait, turn take, engage and attend to adult led tasks. However, a key feature of smart start 1 is also learning through play and pupils have access to a range of highly engaging play opportunities throughout the day.
The curriculum is delivered through termly themes and is based on ‘Development Matters’ which identifies three prime and four specific areas.
The three prime areas of learning are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The four specific areas of learning are:
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
RE is incorporated into the area of Understanding the World through the aspect of People and Communities and is also delivered through assemblies.
We recognise however, that our pupils have their own individual learning needs and have access to a holistic curriculum which endeavours to meet their full potential academically, socially, physically and emotionally. This may include accessing aspects of our developmental (rebound, multi-sensory learning or physical development activities) or additional curriculums (a time specific intervention to enhance learning e.g. TEACCH or sensory diets).
Please direct all enquiries to the school office team, the telephone will be answered by Tanya, Natasha, Carly or Alison who will ensure the correct member of our school team responds to you. For any further information you can contact us using the details below and we will get back to you.
Phone: 01524 645 43