Here you will find out about our appraoch to the curriculum.
Please see individual class pages for specific curriculum overviews for this academic year.
At Swanland Primary School, our vision statement
‘Value, Nurture and Fulfilment through Support, Harmony and Praise’
is an integral part of daily life. The everyday things that we do, such as Praise and Award assemblies, lunchtimes, playtimes, recognising and praising individual achievements, individual responsibilities and a wide range of cross curricular and curriculum enriching visits and visitors mean that the children at our school are encouraged to become caring, understanding and knowledgeable citizens. Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development of the children at our school is woven in to all we do. Through assemblies, whole school events, PSHCE lessons, circle time and across our whole curriculum, we value and provide opportunities for children to become good communicators, develop teamwork skills, make informed choices, be kind, caring and respectful of others. Consequently, they are well equipped for the next stage of their education and to live life in the 21st century.
At Swanland Primary School we pride ourselves on the delivery of a curriculum which provides children with an enriching, diverse and stimulating education. Through carefully planned topics, themes and a variety of teaching styles, children receive a range of learning opportunities which will enable them to achieve the best possible progress and standards. In turn this allows for all children to participate in learning which they enjoy. Swanland’s approach to curriculum delivery ensures that pupils are encouraged to use their learning across a range of subjects and where possible from a first-hand experience.
Our Curriculum intent is to develop the whole child through the 5 areas (Creative, Progressive, Challenging and Accessible to All, Develops Curiosity for Learning, Meaningful and Encourages Skill Application Across the Curricululm) which are listed below.
Please click on each area to find out more.
Our curriculum includes lots of hands on learning from Reception to Year 6. The curriculum is designed to have opportunities for art, music, drama, visits and visitors to make the children’s learning interesting and relevant. Teachers are allowed the flexibility to create a curriculum that is child centred and suitable to their interests and needs whilst still being progressive.
Progressive, Challenging and Accessible to all
The curriculum is designed to build on prior knowledge and all teachers know the end point the children are working towards by the end of each academic year and ultimately the final end point in Year 6. The curriculum is designed to be broad and balanced to ensure coverage across the school. Lessons are carefully planned to ensure that challenge is appropriate and subject leaders review the learning taking place to ensure progression. We are inclusive in all we do and all children are included in the lessons regardless of ability, as support and differentiation are used to ensure the best outcomes for all.
Develops Curiosity and a Love of Learning
Through well planned, creative, and hands on lessons, children at Swanland School develop a love of learning. The curriculum is designed to foster curiosity and a desire to find out more. Often, the children bring in artefacts and information that they have learnt at home because their imaginations have been captured. The curriculum is designed to encourage our children to be problem solvers, independent learners, communicators and leaders.
Where possible, the curriculum is designed to be hands on. In Science, investigations are planned and carried out, in history, visitors come to talk to the children and artefacts are handled, in literacy the children are given a purpose for their writing. These are just some examples of how the curriculum is made meaningful to the children.
Encourages Skill Application Across the Curriculum
We ensure that the subject specific knowledge and skills are learnt, embedded and developed across the school using a thematic approach to teaching where relevant. This enables the children to make links between their learning, for example when learning about ‘How Volcanoes are formed’ in Geography, links are made with the Science topic of ‘Rocks and Soils’ and the History topic of ‘Romans’ with a link to Pompei. Some subjects can not be taught in this manner and they are planned to develop skills that can be applied in future learning as well as a broad knowledge. For example, in maths, the mastery approach is used to develop skills and problem solving in this area. These skills are then applied across a range of subjects where appropriate. This is also the case in reading, writing and spelling. Skills in these areas are developed and embedded across a range of lessons once they have been taught to the children.
Phonics and Reading
The teaching of phonics is undertaken comprehensively, ensuring that pupils are able to tackle the reading of unfamiliar words. In Early Years Foundation Stage 2, 'Letters and Sounds’ is used as a systemic approach to teach the early stages of reading with elements of 'Jolly Phonics' used to support the teaching. As the children progress, they move on to ‘Letters and Sounds’. As children become competent in their phonic knowledge they are able to apply this understanding to reading from the reading scheme, which includes ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ and ‘Ginn’.