Topic outline

  • About the Primary Department

    The children in the Primary Department range in age from four to eleven years.  The Infant Department has three classes with an age range of four to seven.  For information about the Infant Department please see here

    The children in the Junior Department range in age from seven to eleven years.  Each child learns and develops through following a personalised curriculum to accommodate their individual needs and strengths.

    There are six classes in total, three of which are specifically for pupils on the autistic spectrum.


    • Our Day


      Say Good Morning to each other.

      We talk about what we will be having for lunch



      The children all eat lunch in the school hall.  They can either have a packed lunch or a delicious school dinner cooked on site by Nikki, our cook.  The children sit at round tables which gives  them the chance to develop their social skills.  They also learn to take turns, queue up for food and clear away when finished.



      Play Times

      There are three play times each day.  One in the morning, one at lunch time and one in the afternoon.  There is a large playground with table tennis, a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), Trim Trail and trampolines.  There are also Go Karts which are used at lunch times.  There are also markings on the playground.

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      Snack Time

      After morning playtime the children have snack time.  We promote healthy eating and the children have a choice of fruit and vegetables with the occasional biscuit. 

      • How we work

        The children are given opportunities to play with ideas in different situations both indoors and outside and with a variety of resources, individually and with adults to support and extend their thinking and to help them make connections in their learning.

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        We adapt resources to support and provide opportunities for children to use all of their skills in a range of situations and to ensure equality of opportunity, recognising the unique skills and abilities of each child. This includes providing a variety of methods of communication to aid their understanding including pictures, Makaton non-verbal communication, signing photographs, visual timetables, visual prompts and symbols.

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        We encourage children to be as independent as they are able and to support children's emotional well-being to help them to know themselves and celebrate what they can achieve.

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        We plan activities for working outside and we are aware that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.




        We provide an enabling environment that has first hand experiences to explore and discover, developing a positive disposition for learning.

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        We provide work stations and areas of learning where pupils have space to work on self initiated activities and teacher led activities allowing them opportunities to sustain their concentration for extending periods of time.

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        The three classes specifically for pupils with autism work slightly differently.  The follow the TEACCH principles to help develop understanding (  Generally people on the Autistic Spectrum are visual learners so we ensure that teaching and learning is as visual as possible and use these visual clues throughout their school experience.  We also use Makaton to assist our communication.  The pupils have their own individual work space which is screened off to help them concentrate and a group table to help develop social skills.

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        • Schedules

          Schedules help pupils to understand and prepare for what is happening that day.  Willow, Birch and Yew have a schedule of the activities the class will be doing that day, whilst Hawthorn, Sycamore and Beech (the Autism specific classes) have individual schedules.


          We have a mixture of independent tasks, working with an adult, group times, free choice and choosing activities.  Independent work allows pupils to practice the skills that they have learnt, whilst working with an adult develops knowledge and understanding.  Free choice is used as a motivator.

          • Our Lessons and other school experiences

            We have a literacy and numeracy session every day and listen to the children read 1 to 1 regularly.  Science and Computing are taught discreetly once a week, although we use every opportunity to exploit these aspects of the curriculum in all we do.

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            Once a week pupils have a Dance Movement Psychotherapy session with our school therapist.  (Find out more here about DMP)

            They also have a session in the Multi Sensory Room each week in small groups and our new sensory room with a "Magic Carpet".

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            Each class follows a rotation of activities which gives them the opportunity to have specialist drama teaching, go horse riding, swimming, use the sports hall and the playing field.

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            Horse Riding

            Dance performance

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            Trampoline Trim Trail on playing field Cookery in Food Technology Room

            • Trips Out and Visitors

              Throughout the year we provide ample opportunities for the children to experience educational trips out and to engage with visitors to our classrooms that enhance our topic learning.

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              Owl visit Pagham Church

              Kid's Afloat

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              Roald Dahl Day

              Park Refuse Collector
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              • Clubs

                There are several clubs that pupils can choose to attend during lunch breaks or after school.  There is a small fee for the after school clubs.  These include Library, Makaton, Dance, Computer, Choir, Swimming and Games.

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