We believe that deafness, in itself, is not a barrier, or obstacle, to learning and that every pupil deserves to have the highest of expectations for achievement.

The curriculum offered to Primary pupils includes

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Deaf Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Swimming
  • Religious Education
  • Personal, Social, Health Education (SEAL)
  • ICT
  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music

We aim to develop strategies to meet the needs of all our pupils including those with additional needs.

Key Stage 1

At Key Stage 1 we follow the National Curriculum and continue with phonics sessions.  The delivery of the curriculum is similar to the Early Years approach where the children have adult-led activities in writing, reading and maths, then time to complete independent activities based around a theme which cover all the foundation subjects of the National Curriculum.  

Key Stage 2

The Primary curriculum follows the framework and guidelines of the National Curriculum designed to develop skills at every level. 

Literacy

Pupils learn in small groups. Most mornings begin with Phonics. Many pupils have benefited from the introduction of Visual Phonics by Hand© which was developed at Longwill School in Birmingham and supports the teaching of Phonics to give greater access to deaf children. Using the two-handed fingerspelling alphabet as a starting point, it capitalises on the ability many young deaf children have. It offers a quick tool to show the phonemes in English speech and spelling.

Every primary classroom has a reading corner and reading is encouraged throughout the school. 

Literacy is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum. Progress is carefully monitored. Parents are welcome to arrange to meet staff and discuss planning and assessments.

We direct extra resources and attention to initiatives which will specifically help our pupils to fully function with all practical aspects of reading and writing.

Shape coding is used to support pupils literacy and is a system designed by Susan Ebbels to teach grammatical structures.  It has proved valuable as many of our pupils preferred language is BSL with its own syntactic structures.

We have started to use PSP consoles in Key Stages 1 and 2 as a learning tool to help pupils’ language development. The use of PSPs also supports home-school BSL communication and spelling homework.

Literacy and Phonics are closely supported by our Speech Therapist.

Numeracy

Numeracy is also delivered in accordance with the National Curriculum.  Hands-on experiences are invaluable to our pupils in their learning.

Numeracy goes beyond the recall of number facts. Confidence in mental calculations helps pupils to transfer strategies to new situations.  Pupils are encouraged to question and discuss mathematical concepts to develop their own thinking as they tackle a range of maths problems.

We aim to challenge our pupils in numeracy and have high expectations, irrespective of ability.  Pupil assessment guides help teachers set work for each individual pupil so they are challenged and progress through the curriculum levels.

If a pupil is struggling to make progress, we are able to provide some additional maths intervention lessons to keep them on track. 

We believe that literacy, numeracy and IT skills are fundamental to lifelong success.

Science 

Science is an essential underpinning to modern society and an exciting way to understand and learn about the world. All our pupils participate in science lessons and we hope to give them a wider awareness of how many parts of life work - from ourselves and our bodies to the latest technology - as well as promote the curiosity and questioning that will allow them to be confident and informed citizens in adult life.

In Key Stage 2 science the children learn the safe working and practical skills involved in investigating and measuring that are important for becoming curious and capable scientists when they move up to the Secondary School. Working together in small groups and using a properly equipped laboratory and specialist science teachers, lessons are made as enjoyable and as hands-on as possible, developing pupils' curiosity and broadening their understanding and vocabulary, underpinned by highly visual learning. 

Useful websites for KS2 science:

Humanities (Geography and History)

We offer opportunities in geography for the primary children to gain an understanding about their surroundings and the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth's surface. The experience of pupils stimulates a sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them.

Geography helps children develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat and enhance their sense of responsibility for the care of the Earth and its people.

Our geography visits extend classroom learning. Pupils learn about the physical and human features of their own environment. We encourage children to ask questions and develop their geographical enquiry skills.

In Key Stage 1, history is about the lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events in the more distant past, including those from British history.

In Key Stage 2, history is about people and important events and developments from recent and more distant times in the locality, in Britain and in other parts of the world.

Music

Music can have enormous benefits for deaf children.  Fun musical instruments enable every deaf child to be able to make music for themselves. It is based on visual cues where they can ‘see’ sounds and many pupils can feel the vibrations.

In music lessons pupils enjoy instrumental sessions or using exciting interactive whiteboard activities.

Music offers deaf children the opportunity to engage and respond to sound. It  gives them stimulating opportunities such as:

  • developing their understanding and appreciation of a wide range of different kinds of music, extending their own interests and increasing their ability to make judgements of musical quality.
  • acquiring the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make music, for example in community music-making.
  • developing skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other subject areas and are needed for life and work, for example listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others.

Art and Design

During Key Stage 1, art and design is about developing children's creativity and imagination through providing art, craft and design activities that relate to children's own identity and experiences, the natural and man-made objects and materials with which they are familiar and the locality in which they live.

Pupils will:

  • explore the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes and begin to understand and use colour, shape, space, pattern and texture to represent their own ideas and feelings
  • focus on the work of artists, craftspeople and designers by asking and answering questions like: 'What is it like?' 'What is it made from?' 'How is it made?' 'What do I think and feel about it?'

During Key Stage 2, art and design is about developing children's creativity and imagination by building on their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials and processes through providing more complex activities. Children's experiences help them to develop their understanding of the diverse roles and functions of art and design in the locality and in the wider world.

Pupils will:

  • improve their control of materials, tools and techniques and become more confident in using visual and tactile elements, materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think
  • increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art in different times and cultures by commenting on works and asking questions like: 'What is this work about?' 'Why was it made - for what purpose?' 'What visual and tactile elements are used?' 'How are they combined and organised?' 'What materials and processes were used to make it?' 'How are these matched to the purpose of the work?' 'When and where was it made?' 'What do I think and feel about it?' 

Design and Technology

Pupils work in a fully equipped workshop with a high staff to pupil ratio and enjoy designing and making for a wide variety of projects. 

Aims and purposes of design technology                                         

Design and technology offers opportunities for children to:

  • develop their designing and making skills
  • develop knowledge and understanding
  • develop their capability to create high quality products through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding
  • nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making
  • explore values about and attitudes to the made world and how we live and work within it
  • develop an understanding of technological processes and products and their manufacture and contribution to our society.

Content of design and technology at Key Stages 1 and 2

In design and technology, children acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of:

  • materials and components
  • mechanisms and control systems
  • structures
  • existing products
  • quality
  • health and safety. 

Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE)

PSHE in Primary is supported by the SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme. This is a structured framework and resource for teaching social, emotional and behavioural skills to all pupils.

Social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) programme in Secondary Schools