All children in the Lower School benefit from the offer of music, drama, swimming and PE lessons weekly.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Pupils aged 3-5 years follow the Early Years Foundation Stage 0-5 curriculum.
Each child is allocated a teacher and a Level 3 Teaching Assistant; these are their key workers. The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum covers the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Language and Physical Development, adapted to offer a balanced learning experience, focused on a play based approach which aids the development of physical skills and communication.
Learning Targets are set for pupils annually, observation of pupils at play and informal work sessions provide a pivotal opportunity in termly assessments and enable professionals to ensure lesson plans are relevant. Parents are invited to their child’s Annual Review, where all key workers report on experiences, achievements and outline targets for the following year.
Every Friday, Nursery and Reception parents are invited to ‘Family Fun Friday’; an opportunity for parents to join in activities with their children, meet other parents and discusses their child’s progress with teaching staff.
Lower School: Key Stages 1 and 2
In KS1 and 2, pupils study the National Curriculum, adapted with appropriate learning experiences for each child’s age and ability.
Many subjects are taught through our Creative Curriculum via a play based or themed approach and core subjects of English and Maths are taught daily in finely tuned needs-led pathway sessions.
Throughout the academic year, pupils are provided with opportunities for educational visits in relation to their learning and throughout their learning experience at Perseid School, an emphasis is placed on developing independence, communication skills and knowledge in a stimulating manner.
The majority of Lower School pupils transfer to the Upper School Campus at the end of Year 6. To ensure the transition period is smooth and unsettling, pupils have a series of visits to the Upper School in their final term in order to meet new teachers and assistants, familiarise themselves with the school and their new timetable.