Archdale Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 1PL


Archdale School

Our Curriculum

The Archdale School Curriculum has been under review. Since September 2019, teachers have planned using one of three curricula. We continue to use Development Matters in the EYFS for our youngest pupils. From Year 1, we have reshaped our curriculum offer and pupils now follow either an Informal or Semi-Formal Curriculum, depending on their learning pathway.   Pupils’ learning through the curriculum is individually tailored and linked directly to EHCP outcomes.

Please refer to the following diagrams for a brief overview of the curricula at Archdale School. Should you require further information about the Archdale curriculum, please contact the school directly.



Placing the unique child centrally, the curriculum is personalised to address the following areas:

Play, discovering and encountering

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development

Communication and Language




Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

Informal curriculum

Engaging, linking and responding

 Pupils with complex learning needs at the earliest stages of learning


My physical development and independence

My thinking and problem solving

My communication

My creativity

My well-being

Semi-formal curriculum

Engaging, real life learning opportunities developing long lasting skills

 Pupils with severe learning difficulties supporting key areas of learning, and challenging pupils to meet their full potential



My communication

My thinking and problem solving

My play and leisure

My Creativity (music, art, drama, dance)

My world

My citizenship and personal development

My physical well-being and independence


  Informal curriculum overview

My Communication

  • Responding: noticing and reacting
  • Expressing and communicating
  • Interacting: relationships and exchanges

My Thinking and Problem-Solving

  • Problem solving and cause-effect
  • Awareness and attention
  • Exploration and connections

My Physical Development and Independence

  • Gross motor skills and mobility
  • Fine motor skills
  • Body awareness
  • Personal care routines
  • Eating and drinking

My Creativity

  • Music
  • Art

Incorporating music and drama

My Well-being

  • Developing and communicating preferences
  • Being a part of a community
  • Social interactions and developing a sense of self and others


Semi-formal curriculum overview

My Communication

  • Receptive language and communication
  • Expressive language and communications
  • Appropriate interactions and social behaviours

My Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Memory and sequencing skills
  • Solving a problem
  • Establishing links and connections
  • Using equipment

My World

  • Understanding the environment
  • Making links and connections
  • How things work

My Creativity

  • Music
  • Art

Incorporating dance and movement and drama

My Physical Well-being and Independence 

  • Fine motor skills
  • gross mobility skills
  • Dressing, dressing and personal care
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Eating and drinking

My Citizenship and Personal Development

  • Voicing an opinion
  • Development of self and body awareness
  • Being part of a community
  • Social relationships
  • Looking after myself

My Play and Leisure

  • Making choices
  • Developing friendships
  • Exploring new interests


 Teachers plan around a termly theme. Religious Education and RSE are incorporated into the themes over the course of the year and addressed through whole school approaches to SMSC.



What is EYFS?

A child’s experience between birth and the age of five is vitally important for their future life chances. At Archdale School we believe that:

  • Every child deserves the best possible start in life and should be given the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.

  • A secure, safe and happy childhood is important for every child no matter what the child's individual needs may be.

  • A holistic approach of high-quality early learning provides the foundation a child needs to make the most of their abilities and talents.

For the EYFS:

  • We will provide enabling environments which caters for the unique needs of the individual child

  • We will create a happy, caring and enthusiastic atmosphere

  • We recognise and celebrate all cultural and religious backgrounds

  • We will provide a caring, respectful and happy environment in which all children no matter their needs and their families feel safe, secure and welcome

  • We will offer an adapted EYFS curriculum for each individual child with learning through play, exploration and first-hand experience in a multi –sensory way being at the heart of all we do

  • We will promote communication, physical development and social and emotional well-being

  • We will work as part of the wider school team in growing together

If you need more information about the EYFS curriculum please contact the school office.


EYFS topics (whole school rolling programme of themes)



Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 1: 2021-22

All about me and my body

All around the world

Now and then: sequences in time

Year 2: 2022-23

All about me and my community

The universe and beyond

The United Kingdom

Year 3: 2023-24

All about me and my environment

Land and sea life



Curriculum Intent Overview

Curriculum intent/aims:

Pupils will communicate effectively using their preferred communication styles


Pupils will make progress on their personalised learning journeys, making simple links and focusing their attention 

Pupils will be happy and engaged with learning and will develop a curiosity in their surroundings

Pupils will develop as much independence in all aspects of their day to day lives

Areas of need:

Communication and interaction

Cognition and learning

Social, emotional and mental health

Sensory / physical needs

Core focus areas for learning:

Communication systems in place and opportunities to develop personalised communications in as many ways as possible

To be able to solve  simple problems in own day to day life and develop organisational skills

Relevant, skills for life that enable confidence and independence

Multisensory approach placing the child and their physical and emotional well-being centrally

Three core curriculum:

EYFS Foundation Stage Development Matters

Informal curriculum

Semi-formal curriculum