Our School Curriculum
At St. Sidwell’s Church of England Primary School we offer an exciting, creative curriculum through which we aim to develop a lifelong love of learning for children, underpinned by Christian values.
Our curriculum meets the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for 0-5 year olds and the National Curriculum for children aged 5-11, but it is responsive to children's interests and specific needs. It enables them to progressively develop the range of skills, knowledge and understanding that they need for success in their future lives.
Our School Curriculum is taught through a range of topics which are engaging and exciting for children and which also meet the learning objectives set out in the new National Curriculum which was introduced in September 2014.
Our school curriculum is enriched with off-site visits, themed days, visitors and practical experiences and children consolidate their learning through opportunities to apply learnt skills across subject areas and in meaningful situations whenever possible. Children are motivated to learn and are involved in directing the learning with their teachers. They are encouraged to be creative and to take the initiative.
Children have opportunities to learn outdoors, in our school grounds and beyond, and to take part in growing food and understanding sustainability in a global context. We have high expectations of children's commitment and effort and value everyone's achievements across all areas of the curriculum, building confidence and self-esteem.
The core curriculum - English, mathematics and science - is the prime focus for children's learning. We aim for all children to establish a firm grasp of the basics of reading, writing and mathematics to enable them to be successful in all areas of learning. Time is devoted to improving children’s speaking and listening skills, as these underpin effective literacy. Children are encouraged to read for pleasure and for information and to acquire good comprehension skills. Children’s writing skills are improving through increased opportunities to write for a purpose and within the context of other learning.
We have invested heavily in ICT to ensure children develop the competence to succeed in our fast-moving technological society. Children have regular use of laptops, iPads, digital cameras, movie makers, microscopes and other peripherals to support their learning across the curriculum. They learn about the benefits and dangers associated with e-learning. Parental permission is sought for working online.
The National Curriculum
The subjects of the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 are:
- Religious Education
- Design and Technology
- Modern Foreign Languages – (French for juniors)
- Physical Education
- Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
- Sex and Relationships & Drugs Education
Further details of the National Curriculum can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum.
In Foundation and KS1 the children received daily phonics sessions following the 'Letters and Sounds' programme. Further details of this can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letters-and-sounds.
Curriculum planning involves all members of the teaching staff to ensure there is progression and continuity in learning as children move through the school. Teaching assistants are fully informed of learning intentions so that they can offer children the appropriate support. We are fortunate to have dedicated staff and excellent resources to implement the curriculum fully. Policy statements are available in school.