Key Stage 2 (Lower School)
In the Lower School, the primary department uses the National Curriculum as its framework. We maintain a strong focus on the core areas of Literacy, Numeracy, Science, PSHE and Computing. This learning is complemented by integrated teaching of foundation areas such as Humanities, Art & Design, Music, Drama and PE.
Learning is planned with each individual child’s needs in mind. Half-termly themes and activities are derived from curriculum objectives and focus on academic and skills development.
Core learning is differentiated according to the needs of our pupils. The curriculum is designed through a carefully structured progressive scheme of work which builds on learning year by year. This allows us to break down targets into small and manageable steps to ensure success.
Children often begin each morning and afternoon with an exercise session or some other physical activity. Opportunities for regular exercise and play breaks throughout the day also help to keep the children energised and focused.
Our school multidisciplinary team supports the Primary curriculum with a range of therapy interventions. These are delivered on an individual basis and threaded into the curriculum throughout the day.
Heavy emphasis is placed on our Social Skills programme, which is taught both as a whole class and with a focus on individual targets. This is integrated throughout the school day. It plays a vital role in helping a child to develop friendships, as well as positive interactions and self-image.
The Primary curriculum allows for the generalisation of skills and knowledge, as well as the development of functional skills. Encouraging independence and life skills are central to what we do at THSL. Within the Primary Department, we also have a 'Transition Class' for year 7 students who would benefit from an enhanced preparation period for secondary education. In the Transition Class, students begin to be taught by a wider range of subject teachers but retain an overall primary based model.
The curriculum is enhanced through off-site educational visits linked to class topics.