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Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum Implementation: 

All pupils have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, based on the National Curriculum, which is differentiated and modified for pupils with complex SEND. We have strong processes for assessment, planning, teaching and reviewing to help each pupil make the maximum progress in learning.  We teach through practical and highly visual approaches, using learning from experience, signing, pictures and symbols to support understanding. We emphasise developing academic, personal and social skills to improve each child’s independence, confidence, and resilience.



Our Curriculum is grouped in three Areas of Learning


 'COMMUNICATION' : Areas of Teaching & Learning

  • To experience therapeutic interventions including speech and language, animal therapy, arts therapies
  • To develop effective attention and listening skills
  • To develop an understanding of language
  • To develop effective communication skills
  • To develop lifelong learning skills and strategies
  • To have opportunities to learn through a broad, ambitious and challenging range of experiences
  • To build on prior knowledge
  • To develop transferable thinking skills
  • To acknowledge and celebrate our differences
  • To work with others
  • To express ourselves through the arts
  • To communicate through writing, drawing and different technologies
  • To read functionally and for pleasure
  • To engage with talk therapies


Discreet subject areas within the area of Communication include:

  • Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening
  • Visual art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Modern foreign languages


'PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT': Areas of Teaching & Learning

  • To enable a readiness to learn
  • To be taught Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Emotional Development (PSHCED)
  • To know more about biology; how we and our world lives and thrive
  • Physical development including PE, sports and games
  • Occupational therapy and sensory integration skills to access learning and experiences
  • Life skills - in the home and our immediate world
  • To develop understanding of our own emotions and those of others to establish and retain strong relationships
  • To take risks in learning and develop resilience
  • To develop positive physical and mental health
  • To know how to keep ourselves safe - emotional, physical and sexual health.
  • To develop strategies to overcome our individual barriers to learning
  • To develop readiness to transition to the next stage of education
  • To develop as respectful and active citizens


Discreet Subject Areas within the area of Personal Development include:

  • Personal, Social Development (PSD)
  • Mental health appreciation and support
  • Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) education
  • Sport, PE and Games
  • Cooking
  • Life Skills
  • Counselling and talking therapeutic work
  • Sensory skills
  • Behaviour management skills
  • Occupational Therapy skills
  • Relationship and sex education (RSE)
  • Citizenship
  • British Values
  • Politics
  • Religions


'UNDERSTANDING MY WORLD': Areas of Teaching & Learning

  • To be taught knowledge and skills through relevant and appropriate topics that enable the individual to build on prior learning, expand their awareness and understanding of the world we live in, leading to the broadening of this from their immediate circumstances.
  • To experience learning through individual and group teaching that ensures an anchoring of knowledge and skills are obtained through regular recapping for the application of these to new learning.
  • To be taught through project-based work that links discreet subject areas and enables relevance for the individual child with functional skills.
  • The curriculum 'routes' will enable relevance, pitch, appropriate pace and expectations of knowledge and skills as well as the application of these.


Discreet subject areas within the area of Understanding My World include:

  • Numeracy
  • Functional numeracy
  • Place and geography
  • Time and history
  • The world, space, weather and forces
  • Animal Care
  • Horticulture
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Art, Music, Drama

An example of Medium Term Planning for Middle School at St Luke's: numeracy

Skills Ladders and Topic Mapping

Skills Ladders

Topic Maps





Creative Arts (Art, Music, Drama, DT)






Relationships and Sex Education




Independence (Personal Safety, Healthy Living, Careers)




Understanding My World (Science, Humanities, RE, Citizenship)