Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

Thematic Units (PMLD)

Practical resources to support developing a sensory curriculum for learners (aged 3-19)

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We have developed these thematic units to support you in delivering a vibrant and motivating curriculum for learners aged 319 with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). These units are aligned with the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

You can use them to enhance the learning experiences of this unique group of learners and deliver all aspects of the curriculum at a level appropriate to your learners' cognitive ability.

To help your learners to make relevant connections, we have integrated the primary and post-primary Areas of Learning into these units. The units help embed information technology, along with communication and assistive technologies, to enrich your learners' experiences.

The Thematic Units include:


These activities adopt a process-based interactive approach with the aim of best supporting learners in acquiring, practising and establishing the early skills of communication and active involvement in everyday experiences.


  • printable information pages and worksheets for learners and/or teachers.
  • whiteboard resources which can be used for display and some can be used interactively.
  • music files in MP3 format which have been numbered as those included on the Thematic Units (PMLD) Music CD.

Guidance NotesPDF, 545KB

ConsiderationsClick to view

Learning EnvironmentClick to view

ContextClick to view

Links to Quest For LearningClick to view

AcknowledgementsClick to view