Our curriculum in the Secondary phase of school [KS3-4] is a pre-formal and semi-formal model. This model focusses on learning for students who are yet to work within a traditional subject led curriculum i.e. history, geography, PSHCE, design technology. The pre-formal curriculum learning areas are: my communication; my cognition; my physical; and my care and independence. This curriculum is for students whose learning is in the very early and sensory/motor stages of development. The semi-formal model encompasses the four areas above plus my world and my creativity. This enhanced curriculum model supports students whose learning is moving towards symbolic conceptual understanding. Students have MAPP [Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress] individual learning intentions which underpin all their learning areas. Learning behaviours are supported and developed through the Engagement Model and this further enables the provision to meet personalised need. Each term has a distinct and engaging theme which forms the basis for that term’s learning activities. This incorporates the young people’s interests and all those ‘suitcase for life’ experiences that childhood should contain.
School has recently introduced a secondary [KS3-4] formal curriculum model for the academic year 2021-2022. This pathway offers a subject based curriculum using creative curriculum and national curriculum models. Curriculum areas are, humanities, science & technology, creative, English, mathematics, pe/physical, PSHE. This pathway is for pupils who have reached a symbolic level of understanding/functioning and are moving towards or on DfE national curriculum pre key stage standards. MAPP personal learning intentions are at the centre of all our curriculum models and are the key driver in supporting personal progress within the context of curriculum areas. Our ‘suitcase for life’ offers curriculum enrichment activities to support age-appropriate experiences and are linked to termly curriculum themes or seasonal events.