Semi-Formal Curriculum

The semi-formal curriculum recognises that many of the young people have a range of severe and complex learning difficulties and disabilities; and it is this combination of two or more challenges that the curriculum is designed to meet by a personalised learning approach based on: becoming literate communicators and early readers, becoming mathematical and scientific thinkers; the acquisition of early learning skills; and personal emotional and social development and mental well-being which encompasses the development of thinking skills, play (emotional, cognition and social dimensions), creative learning and movement.

Pupils following our semi-formal curriculum, learn best when learning is related to their own experience and they are given opportunities to explore their own interests. Some may learn through play; others will learn more effectively through functional activities, and yet others will respond well to a theme-based approach.

The curriculum content extends engagement for learning, includes aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage (2013) and moves towards the formal curriculum. However, the teaching approach reflects the learning style of the pupils concerned. The characteristics of effective leaning will also form a key part of the semi-formal curriculum.   Personalised learning must include targets from the child’s EHCP.

If you require further information, then please contact the school on 01623 792671.

Semi-formal Curriculum Staff Handbook