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Taunton Deane

Partnership College

Working in partnership with our schools



The KS1 and 2 experience is based at our Deane Discovery Centre (DDC).  This is a small setting with a classroom for Play Based Learning and another for a more ‘formal’ approach to learning.  All students are here with SEMH as a primary need, so the focus is on an individualised, nurturing approach that focusses on all needs and meeting our students where they are at in their journey. 

Play-based Learning curriculum. 



At Deane Discovery Centre, building positive relationships and providing multiple opportunities for success, is the foundation of our curriculum. Our students have complex and disparate needs, often having undiagnosed SEN and/or challenging behaviours. Mainstream settings have not been able to meet the needs of our students and therefore our curriculum reflects this. 


Through the development of our play-based curriculum, we intend to provide every child opportunity to experience learning in a meaningful and purposeful way. We understand that our students have a wide variety of educational barriers and are often disengaged with their learning. Therefore, children are encouraged to share ownership of their learning, based on exploring their own thoughts and feelings during their personalised learning journey. Our learners will build on previous knowledge and make connections in their learning within a safe and stimulating environment. Giving each child a chance to explore and overcome barriers through play, will help to develop confidence and a love of learning, whilst supporting their SEMH and SEND needs. 

Through using a play-based curriculum, we are able to embed SEMH themes throughout and prepare children for their specific exit pathways, providing them with the skills and knowledge to successfully reintegrate into a mainstream setting or specialist provision. Motivating and inspiring each child to be a happy, independent and successful learner. 



Our curriculum is delivered by qualified teachers and supported by skilled support staff. To further enhance our student’s experiences, we also offer off-site provision provided by both TDPC staff and external providers. 


All pupils have an entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Activities and subjects are delivered to ensure this is provided. However, more priority is given to English, Maths, and social, emotional and behavioural skills. Other areas of the curriculum have been carefully chosen, to target the areas most beneficial to our pupils. 


The curriculum has been carefully planned to meet need, therefore our pupils are taught in small groups, that are decided through individual needs rather than curriculum age. Because pupils have individual needs, and targets are known to staff, we are able to meet a pupil’s particular needs in whatever subjects or activities they are learning. This is done in a planned way by having targets, for example, for a pupil to develop self-control or for them to share better or to listen to others more purposefully. These transcend the particular subject and are at the forefront of staff’s thinking. Additionally, the way staff model positive attitudes and respect and interreact with the pupils throughout the taught and non-taught day is also part of our curriculum delivery. The formal and the hidden curriculum are both geared to meeting our pupils’ needs. 

As well as discrete lessons in English and Maths – the wider curriculum is carefully planned. This allows children to question and explore as well as encouraging creativity, risk taking and genuine discovery. 




Information is received from pupils mainstream schools regarding achievements in line with National Curriculum year expectations for English and Maths and EYFS. We use teacher assessments and published materials to assess English and maths, as well as tools to assess Social/Emotional/Mental Health development. 


Each pupil has a key teacher, who is responsible for ensuring timetables, risk assessments and other formal assessments are completed on a regular basis to ensure the ever-changing need of the individual child is met. Parents/carers/external agencies are invited to an academic review on a termly basis . This enables us to share both academic and non-academic targets, successes and next steps with all involved. 


We use a variety of measures to assess how well our pupils make progress and to judge the impact of the curriculum, this includes Boxall, Twinkl phonics as well as teacher observations and assessments. 


We are continually developing interventions for those pupils who aren’t achieving their targets in the ways we expect. These include academic interventions and therapies. 

Formal monitoring and evaluation of the curriculum is an on-going process. As a staff team we are constantly looking to improve the quality of the curriculum, in terms of both content and standards of teaching and learning. Curricular issues are discussed as part of staff meetings and some developments may be included in our improvement plan 









Green, Mean, Mighty Machines 

Adventures Far and Wide 

The Great Outdoors 


Term 1 


Term 2 

Grinchy Christmas 

Term 3 

Ahoy There Matey! 

Term 4 

Deep Blue Sea 

Term 5 

Growing, growing, gone 

Term 6 

The World Around Us 


Dinosaur that pooped a planet 

Story writing 

Being able to use basic punctuation successfully. 

Retelling a story 

Sequencing a story 

Nouns and adjectives 


The Grinch 

Letter writing 

Emotional language  

Retelling a story 

Christmas story  

Sequencing a story 

Being able to use basic punctuation successfully. 


The Pirate-Cruncher 

Going on a bear hunt 

Sentence structure 

Wanted poster 

Diary writing 

Character development 

Being able to use basic punctuation successfully. 



Rainbow Fish 

Non-fiction writing 

What is a fact? 

Headings and subheadings 

Basic sentence structure 

Being able to use basic punctuation successfully 




Story writing  

Basic sentence structure 

Comic book creations of life cycles 

Being able to use basic punctuation successfully 


What we’ll build 

Instructional writing 

Non-fiction writing 

Being able to use basic punctuation successfully 

Basic sentence structure 




Phase 2 – Twinkl Scheme 

Play-based activities 

Phase 3 – Twinkl Scheme 

Play-based activities 

Phase 4 – Twinkl Scheme 

Play-based activities 

Phase 4 – Twinkl Scheme 

Play-based activities 

Phase 5 – Twinkl Scheme 

Play-based activities 

Revision of sounds and formal assessment 


Number and place value 

Addition and subtraction 

Problem solving and reasoning 

Number and place value 


Problem solving and reasoning 

Number and place value 

Position and direction 

Problem solving and reasoning 

Number and place value 


Problem solving and reasoning 

Number and place value 

Measure and money 

Problem solving and reasoning 

Number and place value 



Problem solving and reasoning 


Dinosaur – food chains, categorizing of dinosaurs 

Rocks and living things 


Materials – what are they and where can we find them? 

Seasons – wild weather 

Habitats and living things 

Biology - Life Cycles and plants 


Sustainable living and being eco-warriors 



Resect and responsibilities  

Classroom expectations 

Being me!  



Circle of support 


Conflict resolution 


My personal journey 

Understanding our feelings 

Safe touch  



What do I feel in my body? 


Letter to our future selves 




History – Mary Anning 

Timeline of the dinosaurs 

Geography – climates 

Geography – Continents and oceans  


History – Explorers and famous voyages 

Geography – local study  


History – timeline of eco-friendly inventions 


Puppet show 

Clay skills  

Music workshops 



Christmas decorations 

Christmas cooking 


Music workshops 



Creating their own pirate costume 

Sea shanties 

Pirate ship  

Creating our own flag 

Music workshops 


Creating our own mini aquarium 

Fishing game  

Jellyfish painting 

Music workshops 



Plant painting 

Creating our own garden 

Water sculptures 

Music workshops 



Creating our own inventions 

Junk modelling  

Recycled sculptures 

Music workshops 




Swimming and multi-sports 

Swimming and multi-sports 

Swimming and multi-sports 

Swimming and multi-sports 

Swimming and multi-sports 

Swimming and multi-sports