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Primary Informal Curriculum


The ASSK curriculum is designed to target and develop the individual needs of the students relating to their diagnosis of Autism. This curriculum
is intended to teach students the necessary skills to allow them to be successful students, and later, adults within their community.


As highlighted in the Whole Primary curriculum overview, ASSK is delivered at 2 points in the school day. On arrival to school primary school children are encouraged to partake in breakfast within the classroom where a range of functional skills, overseen by an Occupational Therapist, are targeted to develop independence. Following this children will have the opportunity to engage in a sensory motor programme. The students then attend sessions related to their individual targets, this may be further functionals skills, Speech and Language intervention,

Attention Autism and THRIVE

The school day ends with an ASSK session, these may be a teacher devised learning sessions or published programmes/interventions to develop the students' social and communication skills whilst developing a self awareness and understanding of how to keep themselves and others safe.
This is delivered through;
? 2 Talkabout sessions,
? 2 PATHs lessons (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) and,
? 1 PSHE lesson following the ‘Fiona Spiers PSHE programme for Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorders’.
Each Primary class have one lesson a week named ‘Learning through Play’. This is supported and overseen by an Educational Psychologist. Each half term this session has a focus that builds on the previous. This session is designed to allow students to apply, extend and embed skills learnt through the ASSK curriculum.

The National Curriculum, formal curriculum, is delivered in a way that allows students further opportunities to apply these skills.

Students that are unable to access the formal curriculum have a bespoke informal curriculum designed by the class team alongside the Clinical team. The ASSK curriculum is used to develop a range of skills including learning to learn, emotional and physical regulation in order to support them moving towards a formal curriculum.

Example Timetable


The ASSK curriculum is organised into 5 strands and area is linked to a baseline/assessment tool to ensure that progress can be monitored and development areas identified. 

Area of ASSK Curriculum Assessment tools 
Communication and Interaction


Social Interaction and Communication Continuum

Reasoning and Understanding Continuum

Sentence Structure and Narration Continuum

Cognition and Learning

Learning to Learn Continuum

Autism Education Trust Progression Guidance – where appropriate for those not accessing the Formal Curriculum

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Emotional Wellbeing Continuum


Individual GAS goals relating to PBS plans

Sensory and Physical

Sensory Processing Continuum

Individual GAS goals relating to individual Sensory or Physical needs.


Learning Through Play

Term  Theme
Autumn 1  Turn taking and following rules
Autumn 2  Managing winning and losing 
Spring 1  Initiating play and responding to it
Spring 2 and Summer 1  Developing curiosity and exploration 
Summer 2   Evaluation through free play

PSHE and Safeguarding Curriculum – to link with the Formal Curriculum

At The Wherry Primary School, we use Zones of Regulation and PATHS to support the children’s Social and Emotional development, these are taught and used throughout the curriculum and school year. Below is an overview of our Safeguarding curriculum that includes PSHE, RSE, E-Safety and PREVENT. The PSHE and RSE curriculum is taught using ‘A PSHE Programme for Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorders’ by Fiona Speirs. 

Year group   Coverage

Module 4 Me and My Emotions 

To be used alongside ZoR – start of the academic year

Module 1 Me and My appearance

Module 2 Me and My Personality

Module 3 Me and My Body Up to Page 113

Public/Private section from Module 5 Me and My Behaviour 


PREVENT – KS1 - Respect http://www.preventforschools.org/index.php?category_id=62 


 Module 4 Me and My Emotions

To be used alongside ZoR – start of the academic year

Module 3 Me and My Body from Page 114

Module 5 Me and My Behaviour

Module 9a Me and Others – Differences

Module 9b Me and Others – Autism 


PREVENT – KS2 – Rich Tapestry http://www.preventforschools.org/index.php?category_id=62

Year 5

 Module 4 Me and My Emotions

To be used alongside ZoR – start of the academic year

Module 6 Me and My Relationships (Further information available prior to this module being taught)

Module 8 Me Staying Safe and Healthy

Module 10 Me and My Life Skills 


PREVENT – KS2 – Everyone has the right http://www.preventforschools.org/index.php?category_id=62

Year 6

 Module 4 Me and My Emotions

To be used alongside ZoR – start of the academic year

Module 8 Me Staying Safe and Healthy

Module 10 Me and My Life Skills

Module 7 Me and My Sexual Expression (Further information available prior to this module being taught) 


PREVENT – KS2 – The Growth of Culture http://www.preventforschools.org/index.php?category_id=62 

Primary ASSK

 Informal Curriculum ASSK at The Wherry School