At Shawley we work hard to ensure our curriculum is exciting, engaging and linked to the children’s interests. We use our aims as ‘curriculum drivers’ and plan topics with these aims at the heart of the learning experiences. Over the course of a year, children experience a range of different topics where individual subjects are woven together. This enables them to make links in their learning. We regularly review our curriculum to ensure it’s up to date and relevant to our ever changing world. Please click here to see our curriculum updates.
At Shawley, these things 'drive' our curriculum:
Communicate with clarity, confidence and consideration.
Use knowledge and understanding to ask questions and solve problems with resilience.
Understanding the World
Develop knowledge of and respect for the world in which we live.
Believe in our potential, experience new things and be motivated to achieve
Learning across the school
As a primary school, we educate children aged from 4 to 11 covering the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Foundation Stage (Reception, 4-5 year olds)
The Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. Here children are taught a well-planned and resourced curriculum which allows them to develop the skills and knowledge needed to confidently move forward to the next stage of their learning.
The areas that make up the Foundation Stage Curriculum are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
The outdoor environment is also a special part of the Foundation Stage curriculum. As such, it is carefully planned for and available each day. The reception classes have their own specially equipped outdoor area which is in continuous use.
Key Stages 1 and 2
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2, ages 5 - 7)
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6, ages 8 - 11)
Children are grouped in mixed ability classes according to age. We aim to keep all class sizes below 30. The curriculum is taught mainly through a topic approach and there is a carefully planned two-year cycle of topics which cover all aspects of the curriculum. Some curriculum areas, especially English and mathematics are also taught as separate subjects. Depending on the activity taking place, children work as individuals, in groups or as a class. The children are taught by their own class teacher for most of their work but, at times, will be taught by other members of staff when appropriate.
The core curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 comprises:
- English (Please click here to view our English provision)
- Mathematics (Please click here to view our Maths provision)
Children also study the subjects below as part of the National Curriculum. These are called Foundation Subjects:
- Art and Design
- Design and technology (DT)
- Physical Education
- Languages (French taught in Key Stage 2)
We teach religious education following the Surrey syllabus. We aim to foster sharing and caring and to develop a respect for the beliefs of others. We also try to give children an understanding of their responsibility as members of a wider community. Children are encouraged to appreciate the contribution which religious and spiritual values give to the individual’s search for meaning in life. We aim to develop knowledge of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Britain – Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE should they so wish. If parents do not want their child to be taught the agreed syllabus then they are asked to discuss this with the Headteacher so that suitable alternative arrangements can be made.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
Aspects of PSHE are taught across the school both as a discrete subject and linked to other curriculum areas where appropriate. Our provision for PSHE is outlined within our long term plans for each phase of the school.
Children throughout the school are encouraged to read at home for at least ten minutes on a daily basis and we ask that this is recorded in their Home Learning Diaries. Each term a range of home learning activities are set by teachers to complement and enrich the learning that is happening in class on a daily basis. This includes spellings, numeracy activities and a wide range of other activities linked to different areas of the curriculum. Details of our expectations are sent to parents at the beginning of each school year, explaining how home learning operates at each stage of the school.
Visits play an essential role in supporting children’s understanding of a range of subjects and are a vital part of school life. Our visits vary from places in the locality such as the library, St Mark’s Church and the local parks and allotments to residential trips for children in years 5 and 6.