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Junior Department

Junior Department: Year 3 – Year 8 Complex MLD

The Junior Department at The Parkside School has five classes in total. The department crosses two key stages (Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3).

  • Shark, Dolphin and Turtle follow the Early Years/National Curriculum alongside more bespoke learning to meet their EHCP outcomes.
  • Jellyfish and Octopus follow the National Curriculum alongside more bespoke learning to meet their EHCP outcomes.
  • All five of the classes in the Junior Department follow a semi-formal pathway.
  • Our semi-formal pathway emphasises the importance of:
  • The trajectory through the Junior Department helps prepare our pupils for more formal learning in our Senior Department.
    • Turtle and Dolphin class complete their learning activities with 1:1 support or within a small group. These classes have continuous provision activities available that they can access independently as well as a sensory room, which the pupils can use as break out spaces for regulation or to meet sensory needs.
    • Shark, Octopus and Jellyfish class complete their learning activities as a whole class group with individualised support.  These classes have outside areas, which are used for regulation, to meet sensory needs and to develop interests.
  • In the Junior Department, independence is encouraged throughout the school day, we focus on encouraging and developing independence in the following areas: