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Curriculum Statement


At St Swithun’s we plan with the intention of engaging all pupils with a curriculum which nurtures a curiosity about the world around them.  Through this we will promote learning and personal growth so that all children regardless of their starting points, grow into positive, responsible adults.  Our children will be able to cooperate with others and develop their skills and knowledge, in order to achieve their full potential. 

Lessons are planned using The International Primary Curriculum (IPC).  The IPC covers all of the programmes of study within the National Curriculum and is organised into a series of engaging and creative learning experiences.  Staff use a variety of teaching methods to enable children to benefit from different learning styles.  We encourage all learners to reflect and assess their own learning so that they can begin to understand their next steps. 

We believe that our curriculum sets the firm foundations needed to ensure that there is progression over time, and that children can make the necessary links between subject areas. 


Planning is focused on a sequence of skills and knowledge which is differentiated to meet the needs of all learners.  All subjects within the National Curriculum are prioritised to ensure that learning time is maximised.  Through quality teaching of knowledge, skills and vocabulary across core and foundation subjects, all children will be challenged to ask questions, be independent and be able to apply the skills they learn to new experiences. 

Teachers use assessment effectively to check understanding and identify misconceptions, and this is used to plan next steps so that knowledge is gained, applied and consolidated.   Quality questioning guides pupils’ learning and deepens understanding. 

Our curriculum is enriched through a wide variety of educational experiences.   This includes outside learning, visitors and educational visits.  Purposeful links are made between subjects ensuring deeper learning.   We work closely with parents by providing home learning tasks which help to consolidate learning at home. 


As a result of our effective curriculum planning , assessment and teaching and learning, pupils leave St Swithun’s as confident, reflective, independent and passionate learners who have made progress across all subject areas.  Pupils have a rich and varied vocabulary.  This is reflected in the results achieved at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. 

The children leave our school in Year 6 with a strong foundation in knowledge and skills, ready to move onto Secondary school.  They are academically, physically and spiritually developed.  Children are guided by a strong moral compass, showing an understanding of the importance of being resilient, respectful and compassionate. 

If you would like to find out more information about our curriculum then please speak to the subject leaders or the Headteacher.