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Longcause Community Special School Learning for Life

Phase 1

Phase 1

Phase 1 Leader: Faye James


Phase 1 is made up pupils from EYFS-Year 6. All pupils within Phase 1 follow the EYFS areas of learning, that focuses primarily on developing the pupils' functional communication skills. Pupils within the Phase 1 benefit from small class sizes with a high level of small group and 1-1 work. This promotes high levels of differentiation, enabling our team to target specific pupils' needs and enrich their curriculum through the range of provisions and interventions we have to offer. Further information regarding approaches to teaching and learning can be found here. 


One unique provision that we celebrate within the Phase 1 is our Family Project. If you would like to find out more about our project you can find this here


Our Early Years Foundation Stage


Our EYFS class is our pupils first step in their school journey towards developing these important skills. In our EYFS class we offer a broad and balanced education that meets the individual needs of the child building in the experiences that they have already had, increasing on their cultural capital. At Longcause School we want to support all pupils with SEND to develop the skills and attitudes to lead fulfilled lives. Our ethos is to support the children’s personal, social, emotional and communication development so that they feel safe and can begin their journey to readiness for learning.

Pupils within the Early Years are usually in mixed key stages due to the small number of children of this age in school. Eaely Years pupils access the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and throughout the curriculum staff reflect on the characteristics of effective learning. In addition to this, pupils will also begin to follow our Longcause Learning for Life Curriculum and therefre follows the statutory guidance for schools in regards to the delivery of Relationships, Sex and Health Education.


We have three aims which link with developing pupil’s physical and mental well being that underpin what we do. We aim for pupils to be-

  • Ready to learn:  We want the children to be positive and confident when learning. We do this by building on their interests, developing curiosity and forming nurturing relationships, we ensure sensory and physical needs are met. We ensure we support the development of the child’s expressive and receptive communication.

  • Resourceful: We want the children to be spontaneous and to show initiative. We do this by teaching the TEACCH learning cycles, by creating opportunities for exploration, awe and wonder and problem solving. 

  • Resilient: We want to prepare children to persevere and stay involved in their learning even challenges occur. We do this by giving strategies to ask for help, building nurturing relationships, encouraging learning in real life situations, setting ambitious expectations and  beginning to introduce the language and culture that is used elsewhere in the school of “yet”.


Through the EYFS seven areas of learning and development we provide topics that engage the children, building on their own interests and experiences in order to develop an awe and wonder of the world around them. We recognise that each child comes into our setting with varied experiences and ensure that the learning opportunities provided widen their awareness and deepen their knowledge of the world.


The principles that guide our work in the EYFS are grouped into four themes: 

  • A unique child

  • Positive relationships

  • Enabling environments

  • Learning and development


The EYFS curriculum consists of seven areas of learning and development, which are split into prime and specific areas. These are- 

  • Prime: Personal Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical development. 

  • Specific: Maths, Literacy, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design. 


RE is incorporated in Understanding the World and through our engagement in the whole school RE days. Pupils are also immersed in these skills through daily worship, our weekly school family breakfast and church celebrations. Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development is firmly embedded in our curriculum.