Our school curriculum
Pear Tree prides itself on having developed a curriculum that meets the extremely individual needs of all of our pupils. As the needs of our pupils is ever changing, so too is our curriculum, ensuring that we continue to strive towards our whole school community achieving the very best we can in everything we do. Our recent Ofsted report noted that “Leaders and managers have skilfully managed the evolution of a curriculum that inspires learning and supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development outstandingly well.”
Our Curriculum aims
To meet the individual needs of all pupils through a personalised curriculum which enables pupils to acquire new skills, make as much progress as possible and achieve the very best they can.

To recognise and value each pupil as an individual and develop each pupil’s level of personal independence and achievement. To provide equality of opportunity irrespective of gender, race need or religion.

To promote the moral, spiritual, social, cultural, intellectual and physical development of pupils and of society.

To prepare pupils for adult life and support them to develop the necessary functional skills to be as independent and successful as possible once they leave Pear Tree.

To work in partnership with parents, involving them in their child’s education and welcoming their involvement in the daily life of the school.

Provide opportunities for learning at home through regular homework activities.

To promote opportunities for inclusion within and outside of school.

To provide learning opportunities for children who are too poorly to attend school.

To continue to develop and evolve our curriculum to ensure that the changing needs of our children and young people are fully met.

Early Years Curriculum
Our Early Years class follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Teaching and learning focuses on the Prime Areas of Learning and Characteristics of Learning initially with a gradual shift to include the Specific areas of learning as children become ready. Learning is centred around child initiated and child led play with planned opportunities for focused, adult directed learning. The Early Years team plan weekly to take into account the interests and achievements of children.
Key Stages 1, 2 and 3
Within our lower school department, teachers plan and deliver a creative curriculum. The creative curriculum theme is changed termly and teachers plan and incorporate core and foundation subjects into this theme. A half termly planning meeting with teachers and TA3s ensures that there is a progression of activities between classes and opportunities for outdoor learning are identified. During this planning process, lesson activities are differentiated and personalised learning opportunities identified to ensure that the curriculum meets the individual needs of all learners.
The Wider Curriculum
Throughout school, the emphasis is placed firmly upon maximising opportunities for every pupil so that each child accesses the National Curriculum at an appropriate level and that they have access to a much wider curriculum that meets their very individual needs.

Our wider curriculum reflects the diversity of needs of our pupils and is flexible so as to adapt to any changing needs of individuals. As a forward thinking school, we are always looking for ways to improve and extend our wider curriculum to ensure we meet the needs of our pupils. Our wider curriculum at present comprises of:

Sensory learning

Sensory integration

Rebound therapy

Aquatic curriculum



Postural management

Care plans


Inclusion with local mainstream primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.

Inclusion links with other special schools

College link courses

Work experience

Developing life skills in the community

Theme weeks/days

Learning for leisure e.g. outward bound courses, bowling, cinema, restaurant visits

Aesthetic and creative experiences e.g. performers, artists, shows, musicians

Residential school visits

School trips/holidays

Curriculum areas
To view the latest curriculum mapping documents for individual curriculum areas, please click on the links below and download the relevant documents.

16-19 Study Programme

Curriculum Mapping -Art

Curriculum Mapping – PE

Curriculum Mapping – RE

Curriculum Mapping – History

Curriculum Mapping – Geography

Curriculum Mapping – Numeracy

Curriculum Mapping – PSHE, Citizenship and SEAL

Curriculum Mapping – 14-19 Delivery Model

Curriculum Mapping – Design Technology

Curriculum Mapping – Science

Curriculum Mapping – Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Mapping – Computing

Curriculum Mapping – Literacy

Contact Us

For Information on how to contact us see below:
Pear Tree School
29 Station Rd, Kirkham,

Phone: 01772 683609

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