The Early Years Department at Woodlands School includes pupils beginning in Nursery, at age 2, through to those in Year 2.
The department gives a broad and balanced curriculum package to pupils within these age groups. This is achieved by working on both the Early Foundation Stage Curriculum and incorporating elements of the Woodlands Life skills Curriculum where appropriate. This means that pupils in the Early Years Department will be working on topics and themes similar to those being studied throughout the school, enabling our youngest learners to be fully involved with whole school activities where appropriate.
The department has a clear focus on specific areas of learning. These areas are chosen as those which we feel are most vital for ensuring that children with a range of Physical and Developmental difficulties are equipped with a variety of skills which will allow them to be as independent as possible, in Woodlands School and eventually beyond. The majority of learning is child led and play based, however we also run specific communication sessions on a daily basis tailored to individual pupil’s communication needs, and these include Read Write Inc, Braille and signed sessions as appropriate.
In addition to school based learning the department also offers a range of family sessions during the afternoons, allowing them to come in with their pre-school children and enjoy swimming or playgroup focussed on the needs of children with a physical or sensory addition need. These sessions can be seen in more detail in the ‘Wider Woodlands’ section of the website.