Children in Reception and Year One follow a carefully adjusted EYFS curriculum with a substantial focus on the Prime areas of learning -Communication and Language, PSED and Physical Development. In their first year at Rodney House children are assessed by the Speech and Language therapist to develop the most effective way to aid their communication, with the aim that this supports the child to access the curriculum as fully as possible.
Children are supported to access and engage with a wide range of active learning experiences. The specific areas of the EYFS curriculum (Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design) are delivered through a mixture of outdoor learning, play and group learning sessions such as 'sensory make' cookery and dance.
A gentle approach to continuous provision has been adopted ensuring children have regular access to learn through play, scaffolded by adults in the class. Regular short group sessions without distraction supports children develop readiness to learn, concentration and joint attention as appropriate to their own learning profile.
EYFS pupils are placed in a class most appropriate to their needs, with Zebra class the main EYFS curriculum class.