Formal Curriculum

The Clare School Curriculum

Formal Curriculum

The formal curriculum consists of adapted National Curriculum subjects, combining life skills, Learning Outside the Classroom and creative subjects. The Formal curriculum is for those pupils who may have a range of needs, but who are cognitively able to access many aspects of a more formal curriculum framework, modified in line with pupil’s developmental level and additional needs. Pupils experience the formal curriculum through a discrete subject based approach that aims to develop thinking and independent learning skills enabling us to build learning capacity and lifelong skills. At The Clare School we have adapted subjects to reflect the needs of our pupils, whilst ensuring they provide ambition, challenge, and progress.

The formal curriculum, which includes a rich diet of both core subjects and more diverse subjects, works to ensure that the experience of learning is smooth, as well as contextualised opportunities for application. Subjects taught underpin the core values through explicit references; practical subjects are designed to support fine and gross motor skills as well as providing pupils with very real opportunities to develop skills for independent living and work beyond school. All subjects are designed to develops pupil’s ability to communicate effectively, and to learn about their own and other communities, countries, and cultures. If pupils require a more bespoke curriculum, we adapt and tailor it to the needs of the individual. Where pupils show an aptitude in a particular area, they are encouraged to develop this to the highest level.

The formal curriculum at The Clare School goes beyond the academic and focuses on developing skills for life, where pupils have the opportunity to practice and rehearse these skills in different contexts. Everything we do is there to support every child towards an independent as adulthood. We recognise that for each pupil, this will present different challenges and opportunities, therefore thorough preparation and practice is essential in every subject area as well as incidental learning opportunities. We pride ourselves on the responsive and adaptive curriculum we offer every pupil at The Clare School.

Our Core Curriculum Areas

Our curriculum is split into 4 core areas. Then within these 4 areas we have detailed what content will be covered for our formal learners. Please see the illustration below:

Subject Delivery

At The Clare School learners on the formal curriculum will access a subject based curriculum. This will involve learners being taught by a range of subject specialists and at times learners will move round to different classrooms. We have mapped out our long term plans for the different subject areas which details content that will be taught. Please see the link below for an example of a subject area Long Term plan across Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4.

How assessment supports our curriculum

The ongoing process of assessments ensures that every pupil is kept at the very centre. Every pupil on the Formal pathway has got a Learning Support Plan (LSP) in place that is updated on a termly basis. LSP’s are set by the teachers in collaboration with other professionals and parents to ensure that all key stakeholders are involved in this process. 

We have developed our own bespoke Assessment Frameworks using ‘B Squared’ and other key documents, alongside our views on what is appropriate for our cohort. Evidence of pupil progress is uploaded to Earwig and tagged against the different Assessment Frameworks. Frameworks are detailed in terms of subject areas. Earwig is a safe online platform that captures achievements using multimedia evidence. This is shared with parents, carers and families regularly throughout the school year, and allows parents to upload significant events if they wish. 

There is a statutory duty to report end of Key Stage data for all pupils who are at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 – this is in the form of Pre-Key Stage standards. The standards look at three strands:

  • English (Language and Comprehension)
  • English (Writing)
  • Mathematics
Where it is deemed appropriate learners can take part in the phonics screening check in Reception or Year 1, however this is dependent on each individual and we look at the appropriateness of this each year. Where it is not appropriate learners will be disapplied from the check.
Intent, Implementation and Impact

Please see the link below for an in depth look at the ‘Intent’ for the Semi-Formal Curriculum, how we ‘Implement’ it and it’s ‘Impact’.