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Lower Phase Curriculum

Organisation of the Phase

There are four classes in the Lower Phase which include Butterfly, Bumblebee, Ladybird, and Giraffe Classes. Butterfly  and Bumblebee are Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) classes whilst Ladybird  and Giraffe are Key Stage 1 classes. Pupils are grouped according to similar needs and therefore, classes may be mixed age.



Butterfly,  Bumblebee and Ladybird Classes follow an Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. There are seven areas of learning and development which include three prime areas; communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development and four specific areas; literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. Each area of learning and development is implemented through daily routines, play, adult-led and child-initiated activities using both indoor and outdoor learning environments. There is a two year rolling theme plan.


Giraffe Class follows the National Curriculum. There is a two year rolling theme plan. See National Curriculum overview page.


Lower Phase pupils have the opportunity to use the facilities in different areas of our school including the swimming pool, sensory room, soft play room, computer room, gym, library, cookery room, music room and the outside learning areas. Each class is timetabled to use these specialist rooms / areas as appropriate to the needs of the pupils. Forest School is timetabled for each Lower Phase class on a fortnightly basis and this session is led by our Forest School Leader.

We work closely with our parents and a range of professionals to meet the needs of our pupils.


Theme overview



2017 - 2018

2018 - 2019

Autumn term

All about me


Spring term

Nursery Rhymes

Gardening & Growth

Summer term

People who help us

Out and about




2017 - 2018

2018 - 2019

Autumn term

Celebrations &

Religious Festivals



Spring term



Summer term

Food & Drink




Enrichment activities

Off-site Education is timetabled for each Lower Phase class once every four weeks to support and enrich aspects of the curriculum and to provide integration into the wider community. Pupils may visit local parks, libraries, shops, garden centres, indoor play zones, farms, the cinema, Sycamore Green Adventure Centre, Dudley Zoo, West Midlands Safari Park, Sea Life Centre and other suitable venues.

Other enrichment opportunities include Sherborne, Rebound, peripatetic music specialists, P.E. coaches and visiting theatre companies. In addition, EYFS classes have colour theme weeks and Key Stage 1 classes have Modern Foreign Languages days. All pupils experience enrichment activities for theme days supporting charities such as Children in Need, Comic Relief, Christmas Jumper Day and Bring your Bear to School Day.



Lower Phase pupils have the opportunity to attend clubs at lunchtime including Mr Tumble club (Makaton) and soft play club.


S.M.S.C. and promoting British values

Curriculum and enrichment activities support the development of S.M.S.C. and the promotion of British values in the Lower Phase. Pupils are supported to develop relationships with adults and peers, learn and follow boundaries and routines, learn about themselves as individuals and other people in their world. Total communication is used to support pupils to know which class group and phase they belong to. Pupils attend primary, whole school, well done and theme assemblies. Each class has a School Council representative. Termly themes are covered for ‘Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning’.

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