Primary Curriculum

All pupils have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, based on the National Curriculum, which is differentiated and modified for pupils with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs. Strong processes for assessment, planning, teaching and reviewing ensure that each pupil makes the maximum progress in learning.

Primary long term overview

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Play is actively developed to encourage social interaction skills via playtimes, extended days, residential activities and the holiday project. Learning through play can be a successful teaching style of a primary pupil’s programme.

How we organise our classes

There is one primary class with a core team of class teacher, SLT and at least one learning support assistant.  

Children generally stay within their class group for teaching and therapy.  However, mixed groups of learners may be organised for small group therapy sessions according to need.

Specialist teaching is offered in science, CDT and food technology. Pupils access the specialist facilities within the secondary building for these subjects. 

Approach to Phonics and Reading Scheme

When a pupil is learning to read they are learning to convert the written words into spoken words and are then able to understand the meaning of what they are reading. If they are unable to read one or more of the words then there are different methods of helping them to de-code what the word is other than simply telling them. They may:

  • Find clues in the pictures and illustrations
  • Use their knowledge about the structure of phrases and sentences (grammar)
  • Use the context of what they are reading to identify the word
  • Use their knowledge of spellings and sounds in the words and keywords that they can already read and spell (phonics)

The approach we use to teach reading at Dawn House School follows the THRASS programme. It is a fun way of teaching literacy skills which engages all of the learners.

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Dawn House School Primary Sessions

9.30 – 3.30 Monday
9.00 – 3.30 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9:00 – 2:00 Friday

Pupils have a 15 minute break each morning and a lunch break of 50 minutes daily.