What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
The aim of our curriculum is to ensure that children have the knowledge and skills at the end of each Key Stage to allow them to access the next step in their learning. On leaving St Swithun’s C of E Primary Academy, our aim is to have built sufficient cultural capital to allow children to make a lasting contribution to modern society, whilst taking a love of learning into the next stage of their education.
Our intent is to create meaningful and lasting learning experiences in order to develop the whole child. We recognise the individual needs of all pupils and their uniqueness: levels of deprivation, social and emotional development, current skills, disability or specific learning needs and faith.
Our curriculum is aspirational both in terms of the knowledge and skills taught and in preparation for pupils to play a positive part in the societies they will find themselves in. Our curriculum is being designed to provide the foundations of learning from an early age so that building blocks can be cemented and strengthened through deliberate repetition and links to past and current learning across the curriculum.
We are in the process of devising vocabulary and knowledge continuums to ensure progression is secured and knowledge is retained. We teach discrete Knowledge Lessons, using a range of areas of study which are peripheral to the topic work being covered. This allows children to grow a deeper understanding of context and concept, either before new topic learning, or during.
We are developing an enhanced curriculum to go beyond the classroom, through an increasing range of experiences and opportunities to learn. Our curriculum aims to help pupils to use new knowledge and cultural capital in all aspects of their life, both now and in the future, as active participants in society.
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 English, Maths, 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 Oxborough (Foundation Stage Teachers), Mrs Myers Mrs Womack and Mrs Briers (Teaching Assistants) work together in the Foundation Stage Unit. A secure outdoor area is situated at the rear of the building providing play provision to the children in the unit.
The children in Years 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum. The subjects are as follows:
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.
Year 1 and Year 2 are taught by Miss May, who is supported by Mrs Briers (teaching assistant)
The children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 follow the National Curriculum. The subjects are as follows:
All children at St Swithun's have every opportunity in class to develop their skills in these areas. Along with exciting Knowledge Lessons, children learn more and remember more as a result of our new curriculum approaches.
Provision for extra-curricular clubs are also available and range from computing, music, karate, reading, games, Eco-club, gardening and Outdoor and Adventurous activities.
We use a variety of reading scheme books for home reading including Collins Big Cat, Project X and Oxford Reading Tree. Your child will be sent home with a book that comes from a coloured book band. The book band system is designed to help schools grade their reading books. Most reading scheme books for children aged 4 to 8 years have been given a book band colour by the publisher based on the level of reading difficulty. This means that a 'pink' book in the Collins Big Cat scheme is at the same reading level as a 'pink' book in the Project X or Oxford Reading Tree scheme.
Whilst reading at home, your child should be able to read the book with little support; this should help to build confidence and fluency. Your child will have access to harder reading material in class whilst working with their class teacher or teaching assistant.
Early Years and KS1 children follow the Letters and Sounds document (2007) which can be found here:
Phonics is taught daily and children are grouped according to the phase they are working at. These websites have a selection of free resources for parents and children and a variety of online games at each phase. (External Links)
Big Maths is a resource published by Andrell. It comprises of a carefully structured strategy designed to teach all areas of the mathematics curriculum in a logical and systematic way. It prioritises basic skills and has clear steps of progress built in. Children are taught to count in steps, learn facts by heart, apply skills they have already secured to different contexts, make links between learning and concepts and develop efficient strategies to solve mathematical calculations. It also provides resources to promote mathematical investigation,problem solving and challenge.
Assessment is built in and key to the strategy. From the youngest of ages, children can track their own progress week by week, gaps in learning are quickly identified and intervention put into place to deal with misconceptions etc. immediately.