Headteacher: Mrs Anita Whitehurst BA (hons), PGCE, NPQH
Tel: 01767 680692

Our curriculum and topics

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
Year 6  Out of Africa  Full Power  Being Human  Look Hear!  AD900

At the beginning of each topic parents/carers are sent information about what their child will be learning.  To find out what each year group is studying this half term please press follow this  link to topic sheets for each year group

The School Curriculum

Early Years Curriculum

Please click on the links below to see what the children in each class will be studying during this Academic Year.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

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.

Reading Schemes
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.


We currently have vacancies for Nursery children, please contact the school office for further information.

Next week is half term - Children return to school on Monday 28th October 2019.