As our EYFS profile changes year on year, we work to develop enabling and responsive learning environments which suit the needs and learning styles of each individual child.
At Hawthorns, our EYFS classrooms consist of reception children and a number of older children for whom an Early Years Curriculum remains appropriate.
To meet the needs of our pupils a range of specialist pedagogy is used to develop engagement and behaviours for learning:
- We use Attention Autism to develop skills of attention, communication and social interaction. Aspects of the Verbal Behaviour Approach program which uses motivation to form the basis of all activities are timetabled throughout the day.
- Pupils are taught play skills in 1-1 or small group situations. Key skills are taught in small groups for children who are able to access this for reading, writing and number.
- Learning is linked where possible to a theme or children’s interests, which is changed on a half termly basis, and is age appropriate.
- The activities are planned with clear learning foci, which aim to develop and consolidate key skills.
- The acquisition of skills, demonstrate small skill progression and are taken from the EYFS Framework and our EYFS progression of skills document.