Early Years

We have two early years classes at Pioneer, Dolphins and Sharks. Both classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile curriculum, which is delivered with the ethos of learning through play. The curriculum is delivered through a number of different strategies:

  • Pupils having the opportunity to make choices, using total communication strategies.

  • Pupils having the opportunity to experience free flow play both inside and out

  • Staff leading individual pupils for short learning activities at a workstation or table.

  • Small group activities that promote social interaction.

  • Whole group sessions that develop attention and group participation.


We provide each pupil with an individual education plan to support the priorities from their education, health, care plan (EHCP); which we review termly with parents. We also hold joint up planning meetings once a year with parents and other professionals (involved with the pupil) to review the priorities listed in the pupils EHCP and to set new targets for the coming year.