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Welcombe Hills School

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Semi-Formal Curriculum

The semi-formal curriculum recognises that some young people have a range of 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.


Our semi-formal curriculum is delivered through a thematic based approach using the ethos of Early Years - unique child; positive relationships; and enabling environments. 


The curriculum is designed to be fun, engaging, practical and meaningful and matched to pupil learning and developmental needs. Regardless of the physical, emotional and learning challenges faced by the pupils due to their special educational needs and disabilities, teaching through our semi-formal curriculum captures the interest and imagination of our pupils. 

What our semi-formal curriculum classes get up to.

Our semi-formal curriculum is currently being developed. We currently have the following areas embedded into classrooms:


Semi-Formal Curriculum

Personal and Social Development:

  • Social Interaction:
    • Responding to Others
    • Working with Others
  • Emotional Development:
    • Emotions
    • Behaviour Regulation
    • Confidence and Risk Taking
  • Independence for Learning:
    • Engagement and Self-motivation
    • School Routines
    • Self-help and Personal Independence





Communication Skills:

  • Social Communication:
    • Conversations
    • Greetings and Social Conventions
  • Expressive Communication:
    • Communication Choices
    • Language and Concepts
    • Storytelling and Narratives
    • Communicative Functions
  • Receptive Communication:
    • Following Instructions and Requests
    • Listening and Responding
  • Functional Literacy:
    • Reading
    • Writing


Thinking Skills:

  • Thinking Skills:
    • Memory and Routines
    • Making Connections
    • Problem Solving
    • Creative Thinking
    • Patterns and Properties
  • Functional Numeracy:
    • Using Numbers
    • Mathematical Thinking












Independence and Play are also areas that have been introduced.

Example of how a key stage theme is adapted for our semi-formal learners.