Primary Semi-Formal and Formal Curriculum Overview

The Grove Primary Curriculum provides a broad and balanced curriculum, underpinned by an in depth knowledge of each individual student, and how they learn.

The intent of the Primary curriculum is to introduce our pupils to a wealth of  new experiences  to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

The semi-formal and formal curriculum is an adapted and modified National Curriculum which is accessible, meaningful and relevant to all students. Every lesson is planned to be challenging, enjoyable and successful for each student and there are many opportunities for practical hands-on activities and visits to places that enhance leaning and extend cultural capital, ensuring learning is fun! 

The Primary Curriculum is organised into 4 Pathways:

  • Informal Curriculum
  • The Semi-Formal Pathway 1
  • The Semi-Formal Pathway 2
  • Formal Curriculum Pathway 3

Students follow the Pathway that  is appropriate for their need and level of attainment. All pathways are thematic  and delivered in a three year cycle, termly topics within each Pathway have a similar overarching theme that allows some students to work flexibly between two Pathways. (See: Primary Curriculum Map – Pathways 1, 2 and 3).

The three year cycle provides students with the opportunity to move smoothly from one Pathway to the next, consolidate and enrich skills learnt within each theme. Themes have been carefully chosen to have a particular relevance to students and to build on and extend their knowledge and skills, enabling students to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in English, Maths, Science and other curriculum areas in a purposeful and concrete way.  Each theme is designed to be broad and balanced ensuring coverage of Humanities, PSHE /  RSHE, The Art, Technology, Music, PE and MFL. 

Students working at age related expectations follow the Pathway 3 Formal Curriculum. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the students in our school. The aim of our Pathway 3 curriculum is for students to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education. (See: Pathway 3 Formal Primary Curriculum Map)

At the Grove school Play takes a central part in our Curriculum, we see Play as being fundamental to the development of both the student and the adult that the student will become. Play is an essential part of learning, so we provide our students with a safe and secure environment, to explore and engage in Play and Leisure skills. These skills are delivered through our Semi-Formal Curriculum, which has been adapted from Equals, Play and Leisure SoW.

Our Life Skills Curriculum is not linear learning, rather, it is a broad framework in which each students works from. Our Life Skills Curriculum includes an abundant of opportunities to develop life skills through the experience of daily activities both in school and off site. There is a key focus to each topic or area taught that incorporates life skills across the day in addition to discrete sessions. The adapted AET progression framework provides an all-encompassing framework for each area of learning, alongside this framework, Equals SoW, My Independence has been adapted to compliment the AET Framework.

Thinking and Problem Solving is fundamental for our students, at The Grove we see the development of Thinking and Problem Solving not as an isolated scheme of work that should be taught discretely, but in everything we do and therefore everything we do should be regarded as an opportunity for thinking and problem solving. Our Semi Formal curriculum which has been adapted from Equals, My Thinking and Problem Solving SoW, is a holistic approach to learning, with a a 5 tiered approach:

  • TIER 1 : Memory building
  • TIER 2 : Sabotage!! Recognition of a problem
  • TIER 3 : Independent solutions
  • TIER 4 : Generalisation
  • TIER 5 : Self-belief and confidence


Primary Overview

Click on on this link to read the curriculum overview that is taught within the primary department.

The curriculum is delivered within the formal, semi-formal and informal pathways and delivered across 3 repeating cycles which aim to build and develop on previous knowledge and skills.

The Grove Primary Curriculum Overview