At St Swithun’s we use the International Primary Curriculum to offer our children the opportunity to study a creative curriculum. The units are blocked into a series of weeks and children are immersed into their new topic with a ‘WOW’ day which will excite them and also provide opportunities for the teachers to find out what the children know and what they would like to find out.
During their time at St Swithun’s your child will study the following topics.
|Year group||Topics studied|
|EYFS||All change||Lets pretend||I spy patterns||Awesome animals||Who what wear?||Seaside|
|Year 1||Time travelers||Say cheese||Toys and games||What’s it made of?||A day in the life||Environment|
|Year 2||The stories people tell||Super humans||Earth out home||People from the past||Hooray lets go on holiday|
|Year 3||Chocolate||Difference lives, different places||Digital gamers||Bright sparks||How humans work||Scavengers and settlers|
|Year 4||Shake it||Saving the world||Living together||Inventions that changed the world||Temples, tombs and treasures|
|Year 5||The Great, the Bold and the Brave||Fascinating Forces||Making New Materials||What a Wonderful World||Extreme Survivors|
At the beginning of each topic parents/carers are sent information about what their child will be learning.
Please click on the links below to see what the children in each class will be studying during this Academic Year.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)
Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6)
The school uses Sounds Write for teaching phonics. The children will be introduced to phonics and hearing sounds when they start Nursery.
When children begin learning their phonemes, they will have a reading book which contains the phonemes they are learning. This will help them to be a successful reader from an early age. Children will also learn the high frequency words.
The school uses a range of reading schemes to support the teaching and learning of reading and comprehension:-
- Oxford Reading Tree
- Rigby Star
- Sounds Write
- Talisman Series
- Dandelion readers
The children will be matched with a text appropriate to their reading age. Parents are actively encouraged to be involved in the process of reading with their children and books are regularly taken home to be enjoyed together.
The development of English is fundamental in all areas of the curriculum and therefore is given high priority. The four interdependent language modes are:
- Speaking and listening
- Writing (including Handwriting)
A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
Speaking and Listening
Spoken language underpins the quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak. It is vital for developing pupils’ vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing. As a school we will ensure the continual development of pupils’ confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills. Children are given opportunities for exploring their thinking skills through discussion, debate, drama and role play. In order to do this the basic skills have to be mastered and the practise of them must be consistent, progressive and well balanced in line with the National Curriculum.
Reading is the most vital skill learnt in the early years of school. Through reading pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. There are two strands of reading, being able to read words and being able to understand the meaning of words and sentences. Our school aim is for pupils to be fluent and independent readers by the time they leave us, with a love of literature and books. The children also have access to bug club which offers a wide range of online books and reading comprehension activities.
We aim to make children competent, confident writers, to enable them to use the written word to communicate effectively. Opportunities for writing occur throughout the curriculum, as well as specific English lessons, and the children are taught the many different genres, for example, lists, stories, diaries, dialogues and accounts. In this way they begin to understand that writing takes different forms for different purposes, for example, children are actively involved in developing the school’s newsletter for parents and children. We actively seek to provide opportunities for outside visitors to visit our school to stimulate and enthuse our learners in the writing process.
Handwriting is taught weekly to develop the children’s letter formation. Children are encouraged to be able to join their letters by the end of Year 1 and this is encouraged within every lesson throughout the school. By Year 5 children will be able to use a pen.
Spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
Children follow our structured Sounds-Write scheme from entering school in Nursery . This scheme teaches children to blend, segment and manipulate sounds in words independently. There are many different spelling strategies that we teach children to help them to decode spellings effectively. Spellings are also used to enhance children’s vocabulary and the children are encouraged to use these newly found words in their everyday writing. Each week children are given weekly spellings to learn at home and to investigate spelling rules.
There is also a focus on grammatical structures and punctuation. We encourage children to edit and improve their writing, focusing on their spelling, punctuation and grammar. The children use Grammar Bug to explore these aspects.
At St Swithun’s our aim is that children will become fluent in the essential elements of mathematics, following the 2014 National Curriculum. This will be achieved through varied and regular practice with progressively more complex problems over time. The result is that children will develop a deep conceptual understanding and be able to recall and apply their knowledge quickly and efficiently.
Mathematical development begins initially through daily play and practical activities in the Early Years, this will then advance into a daily hourly maths lesson in years one to six. Progression across year bands is supported using the Rising Stars Framework alongside the Classroom Monitor assessment system to track the children’s development. Children are encouraged to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, developing their ability to test out their solutions and explain their thinking, using an increasing bank of mathematical language. This is achieved using a variety of teaching methods including whole class, group, paired and individual work. Children work practically using resources to help them build a concrete experience of a concept or process, before being given support to record their thinking in a more formal way. Opportunities to use ICT in both teaching and learning are sought and cross curricular links are made wherever possible.
At St Swithun’s our pupils experience the foundations of the scientific disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Following the latest national curriculum guidelines, pupils are encouraged to explore the world around them; making observations to predict what might happen and draw conclusions based upon what they have discovered. Every year our pupils’ progress to the next year group and this progression continues as they revisit and broaden their knowledge of key scientific concepts.
All children have regular opportunities for a variety of physical activities which form an integral part of the timetable. We expect all children to participate in PE sessions and staff work hard to make any necessary adjustments to include all pupils in their care.
In Reception, the children gradually progress and develop skills throughout the year to enable them to apply these skills to game situations by the end of Reception.
Children in years 1 to 4 follow a balanced and varied programme which utilises the hall, the field (weather permitting) as well as small and large apparatus. They have the opportunity to learn gymnastics, dance, kwik cricket, tag rugby, football, rounders, benchball, athletics as well as a range of invasion games. We employ a qualified sports coach to work alongside the teaching staff to develop key skills and confidence for all. The sports coach will work with all children and staff at some point during the year. The children really benefit from this as do the staff.
The school sports days are an annual event and are enjoyed by parents and pupils alike.
All children take part in music lessons as part of the curriculum. They are taught to sing, to play simple percussion instruments and compose music. We use the Music Express music scheme and other resources to enhance this area of the curriculum. Children are taught to appreciate and evaluate music. Music and singing form part of our weekly worship.
Children in Key Stage 2 take part in the ‘inspiring music sing up sing out’ programme and experience singing in front of an audience and also learn a music instrument. In 2016 the children enjoyed samba drumming. In 2017 the children will learn the ukulele.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
All our classrooms are fitted with ‘Clever touch’ screens. ICT is an ever changing subject and we are developing our provision all the time, adding both hardware and software to our systems. Children have an opportunity to use ICT, not only to support the curriculum, but as a tool for learning. All our classrooms have access laptops that are connected to the internet and we have a bank of tablets for our children to use in order to support their learning. These tablets are timetabled throughout the school to maximise the children’s exposure to new technology.
Within the Early Years the children are introduced to historical enquiry by incorporating their understanding of other subject areas and how these can be applied to the passage of time.
In Key stage one, learning is focused on changes within living memory and goes on to consider changes that have happened beyond the children’s living memory. They begin to develop an understanding that significant people in history have changed our lives today. Children also learn about the history of their locality including events, people and places.
At Key Stage 2 the children continue to develop a sense of chronology while studying various periods of history including the Stone Age, Ancient Greece, The Roman Empire and additional themes in British history beyond 1066. Children build on previous years of learning about the history of the local community and deepen their understanding by considering periods in history that have shaped the locality.
Learning Geography in the Early Years is closely linked to other subject areas through an overarching topic. Children are encouraged to think about their immediate community, local area and the people within it.
In Key stage 1, children begin to learn about seasonal changes, local and global climates and how these affect the people and animals that live within them. Children develop their observational skills and are encouraged to use simple fieldwork to study the school and school grounds, plus the surrounding environment. Children begin to compare contrasting areas in the UK and abroad.
At Key Stage 2 work is designed to provide a growing awareness of geographical facts and the development of concepts. Learning is focused on European countries and natural events such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.
Art and Design
At St Swithun’s, we consider that creativity is a way of thinking which involves the ability to see things in new ways, think unconventionally, make something unique and individual. Creativity is fundamental to successful learning. Children are taught skills that will enable them to become adept in drawing, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Children will also learn about artists, crafts people and designers throughout history and study the art form and its cultural development. Alongside this, they will learn to evaluate and analyse works of art including their own and those of their peers.
Design and Technology
Design and technology forms an important part of each child’s curriculum, pupils must use their creativity and imagination to design and make products. They follow the design process; identifying need, designing, planning, making and evaluating across a variety of situations. The children work with various materials, including food, textiles, wood and pliable materials. Design technology draws upon other curriculum areas; mathematics, science, computing and art. Pupils are challenged to solve technological problems and understand the importance of design and technology on our daily life and the world around us.
French is taught through a weekly lesson. Lessons include understanding and responding to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. Children learn to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation. Children discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French.