Inspiration — we want our curriculum to inspire and excite children to be lifelong learners. Interesting and engaging learning opportunities are part of a rich, varied curriculum.
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)
In Key Stages 1 and 2, we follow the National Curriculum, which is designed to be ambitious and ensure that all our children develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in life. The core curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 comprises:
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
- Modern Foreign Languages (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. Aspects of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) are now a statutory requirement to deliver across the primary age range and therefore is included within our PSHE curriculum at Shawley. 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 learning spellings, maths activities and 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.
Curriculum Intent - What are we trying to achieve with our curriculum?
In ensuring we deliver the curriculum in school in such a way to meet our individual context, we have organised the learning as follows:
- With a PAN of 45, we have mixed age classes across the school (Y1-6) so organise the learning for each phase on a two year curriculum rolling programme to ensure that children do not miss out on aspects of the curriculum or repeat the same topics as they progress through the school
- The curriculum is planned so that there is clear progression in each subject in terms of knowledge and skills as the children move through the phases of the school. Children revisit and build upon previously taught learning and connections between old and new learning are made as well as between individual subjects.
- Much of the learning is taught through linked topics so as to enable the children to immerse themselves more fully in their learning whether this an in depth study of a historical time period or a geographical theme. Our children enjoy this cross-curricular approach to learning, although we are careful to ensure that each individual curriculum subject is valued and their distinct characteristics recognised by organising learning so that each subject has its own place in the timetable.
- At Shawley, we believe that our curriculum should offer children not only the National Curriculum but life skills and experiences beyond this. We have spent time considering the needs of our children and, when planning learning opportunities, deciding on the approaches that will ensure our children have the best chance at succeeding in life and developing the cultural capital needed to thrive. Below are our ‘Curriculum Drivers’ which are constantly considered when deciding how and what is taught to ensure our curriculum offer is enriched and personalised to our children and their families.
Shawley Curriculum Drivers
To prepare, equip and empower them in their lives, it is important that our children work hard and understand the role knowledge has in learning about the world. We need children to understand the considerable value of knowledge and apply it to their learning. Through deliberate practice, repetition of key skills and planning for progression, we want children to try hard to remember what has been taught and use that to deepen their understanding across the curriculum.
Developing Confident and Respectful Communicators
It is vital that our children develop the skills necessary to communicate their thoughts, ideas and feelings successfully in a wide range of different forms. Children need to know how to speak and listen with respect in a variety of different situations. They need the ability to read well and read widely as this broadens horizons, develops imagination and provides a rich vocabulary through which they build knowledge and understand the world. Being able to write clearly, competently and where necessary concisely in many different forms is a key skill and it is essential that we maximise opportunities to develop this ability.
Valuing Diversity and Appreciation of the Wider World
Our children, staff and families are a small representation of the wider world. We believe it is important to ensure our children understand that the world we live in is diverse. We would like to ensure our children receive a curriculum that celebrates diversity and provides first-hand experiences. We want our children to recognise and value the things we have in common across a range of different cultural, religious, ethnic and social-economic communities.
Our children need to become resilient to be able to deal with different challenges across the curriculum and in the wider world. They need to develop the ability to solve problems and ‘have a go’ without giving up. Developing the skills to work independently and become resourceful will be key to this.
Each half term we share a curriculum overview with parents so that they know what is being covered in the curriculum during that half term and can support the learning further at home. These curriculum overviews can be found here.
For further information regarding the school curriculum, please contact Mrs Milner via the school office.
Telephone: 01737 350344