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What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

Foundation stage

 

In the Foundation Stage the children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning.  The first 3 (personal, social and emotional development, physical development and communication and language) are the prime areas and most children develop these first.  As the children progress they move into the 4 specific areas which are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.  These areas, and the knowledge and understanding that the staff have about each child, are used to plan the children’s learning and activities.


At St Swithun’s our curriculum is led by the interests and developmental needs of the children.  We are keen to ensure that their learning takes place through an enriched environment of investigation, exploration, enjoyment and reflection with a team of supportive staff.  Learning takes place through playing and exploring both indoors and outdoors.  The children are encouraged to access resources and equipment freely and independently to support them in their learning.


We teach Literacy, Numeracy, Phonics (letters and sounds) and Number to the children in F2 and phonics (letters and sounds) and Number to the children in F1.

 

Mrs Mitchinson and Mrs Liddement (Foundation Stage Teachers), Mrs Briers and Mrs Womack (Teaching Assistants) with Mrs Longstaffe (Personal Care Assistant) work together in the Foundation Stage Unit. Miss Womack works in the morning with the Foundation 1 children. The unit was created in 2006. A secure outdoor area is situated at the rear of the building providing play provision to the children in the unit.

 

Key stage 1 curriculum

 

The children in Years 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum. The subjects are as follows:

  • English/Literacy
  • Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Science
  • ICT
  • Art and Design
  • History
  • Geography
  • PE
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • RE

 

We ensure that all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. They are all given opportunities to develop their own skills at their own pace. The children all have numeracy and literacy lessons (including daily phonic sessions - following letters and sounds) and then complete topic work which covers the National Curriculum Objectives from all the other subjects.

 

Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, which is also supplemented by other real books.

 

Year 1 and Year 2 are taught by Mrs Taylor, who is supported by Mrs Brelsford (teaching assistant)

 

Key stage 2 curriculum

 

The children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 follow the National Curriculum. The subjects are as follows:

  • English/Literacy
  • Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Science
  • ICT
  • Art and Design
  • History
  • Geography
  • PE
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • RE
  • Modern Foreign Languages

 

All children at St Swithun's have every opportunity in class to develop their skills in these areas. Provision for extra-curricular activities are also available.

 

Year 3 and Year 4 are taught by Mrs Preece.

 

Year 5/6 is taught by Mrs Robson.

 

 

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