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What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

The School Curriculum

 

Here at Swell C of E Primary we pride ourselves in providing our children with a rich, broad, exciting and stimulating curriculum with a balance of tradtional and contemporary skills taught. Through our creative and inspired planned learning opportunities based on a full range of subjects, learning the key skills is exciting and fun. Our teachers bring the National Curriculum alive by making links between individual subjects and applying them to topics.Being a Church of England School we teach and demonstrate the values Jesus taught us and are accepting of all. Our values are promoted throughout the whole of school life and are linked, where appropriate, to our learning. We believe in making the learning fun, accessible and enjoyable and promote high expectations and standards of behaviour and teaching and learning.

 

 

We have excellent Key Stage Two SATS results, with children achieving greater depth above the national average, as well as good results in the now teacher assessed Key Stage One SATS. We place an importance on the key skills of reading, writing and maths yet equally provide wonderful experiences for our children.

 

We follow the 2014 National Curriculum, which can be found at this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum. Punctuation, grammar and fluency in maths are taught in timetabled lessons in the mornings, placing an emphasis on core skills. Science and the foundation subjects are taught through exciting topics in the afternoons. We link English and maths to these topics, where appropriate, so that the children may use and apply the skills they have learned across the curriculum.

Phonics
Phonics is the primary building blocks to reading and writing. It teaches children the understanding between letters and sounds so it is really important to get it right! In school, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme of phonics as our main sheme but it is supported by the use of other programmes where necessary e.g. jolly phonics. Jolly phonics uses songs and actions to help support the children in their learning by giving them something visual or audio to help them remember. We continually improve our planning to adapt to meet the needs of our current cohorts. Additionally, we regularly assess the children's knowledge and feedback to parents so that they can continue to support their child at home.
 

Reading
As a school, we place a high importance on the value of learning to read but also reading to and with your child. Sitting down at the end of the day or before bedtime is a wonderful opportunity to spend relaxation time and enjoyment of stories together. We try very hard to listen to your child read in school on a one to one basis as frequently as possible. We also ensure that reading takes place throughout the curriculum through the whole school day. The children are encouraged to read in lesson times as whole classes, small groups, guided reading sessions or individually. We also have a well stocked  library which is visited frequently by the children through directed sessions but also for pleasure. 

 

 

 

 

As the children first start school, they are provided with picture books which we ask parents to share with the children to develop language, vocabulary, questioning and understanding of the story. As the children progress they work through a range of schemes. This exposes children to a wide variety of texts so that they become more confident readers. As the children become more confident, independent readers, they are allowed to choose from free choice books with the direction and advice of their teacher.

We also encourage parents, community and governors to come in and support your children with their reading but also run reading for pleasure workshops to ensure the enjoyment and love of reading is developed. If you would like to help our children learn to read, please do come in and talk to either a class teacher or Mrs. Morgan in the office.

 
Marking and Feedback
This plays a vital part in the development and progress of our children. We place a high value upon written and verbal marking and feedback. This is ongoing in the classroom and links to the children's learning ladders in their books. The learning ladders show where the children are in their learning and what they need to do next to improve. The children also have their personalised pencil targets to to support their individual writing needs. Please take a look at our marking and feedback policy in the NCSF key information section for further details.
As part of our commitment to a creative curriculum, children are taught and experience an eclectic mix of skills from sewing, first aid and gardening to street dance and kin-ball! We have specialist coaches join us for sports, and at other times during the week. We love to invite parents and community to come and share their skills with the children.

If you have a skill and wish to run a workshop for the children, as a one off or as a series please do get in touch!
Please see below for the long term curriculum plans. Make sure you visit the class pages for the current, termly curriculum overview.

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