Mayfield School

Campus Whitehaven, Red Lonning, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 8UG

01946 691253


Lakes Department

All pupils in the Lakes Department follow a Thematic Curriculum. Teaching staff in the department continue to work together to create a differentiated curriculim that meets the need of our children and young people. The aim is to access our children and young people into a creative, broad, balanced and challenging curriculm and to allow for continuity and progression as children move up through the Department. The Thematic Modular Curriculm allows for more cohesion, creativity and cross curricular links. Much use is made of our fantastic specialist rooms that include sensory room, soft play, dance studio, art, music, food technology and science room, immersive room, relaxation room alongside the rebound and hydrotherapy pool facility. 

Early Years

There are several areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

At Mayfield we also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

When planning and guiding children's activities, we reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in our practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things and 'have a go'
  • active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements
  • creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.

Alongside these areas of learning we put specialist provisions in place such as communication, MOVE and development of social skills and understanding. This means out early years classes remain structured and routine based like the rest of the school to give the children a good understanding of their day and enable them to predict familiar events. 

Our themes this year are

Autumn Term 1- Magic Me

Autumn Term 2- India

Spring Term 1- Traditional Tales

Spring Term 2- Bears

Summer Term 1- Castles

Summer Term 2- On the Farm



Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Pupils are encouraged to try their best to help others in the best way that they can. Individual reward systems may be used such as Golden Time and a Golden Swim alongside postcards sent home to celebrate achievements. 

Keystage 1 and 2

Keystage 1 and 2 also follow a thematic curriculum that is designed to interest and inspire the pupils to learn through a variety of approaches and media. This year our topic's are:

Autumn Term

  • KS1 - Witches and Wizards
  • KS2 Lakes 6-8 Term 1 - All About Me
  • KS2 Lakes 6-8 Term 2 - Special Times
  • KS2 Lakes 9-11 Term 1 - Kings and Queens
  • KS2 Lakes 9-11 Term 2 - Myths and Legends

Spring Term

  • KS1 - Fairy Tales
  • KS2 Lakes 6-8 Term 1 - Growth
  • KS2 Lakes 9-11 Term 1 - Healthy Eating/Growth

Summer Term

  • KS1 Term 1 - Under the Sea
  • KS1 Term 2 - Jungles and Rainforests
  • KS2 Lakes 6-8 Term 1 - In the Woodland
  • KS2 Lakes 6-8 Term 2 - At the Seaside
  • KS2 Lakes 9-11 - Weather/Local Transport

The themed modules are designed to provide opportunities for assessment, differentiated learning, educational visits, community and parental involvement.


Literacy and Numeracy

Topics will use stories and fairy tales supported by props, symbols and individual communication aids.

Teaching and learning for Numeracy covers number and calculations, measurement, geometry and statistics.  Each aspect is taught to each pupils individual learning styles.

Assessment is measured via our Mayfield Steps on Solar or through the early learning goal in 2Simple 2Build a Profile that allows us to have a flexible approach to individual learning needs.