The aim of our school curriculum is to ensure that all children are excited and engaged in their learning. We ensure their experiences are broad and balanced with both relevant and practical activities that link school life to the children's own interests. We aim to prepare our children for adult life, ensuring that the curriculum has progression and continuity from the foundation stage through to the children about to leave for secondary school. In order to deliver this, we use the Cornerstones curriculum where all areas of learning and knowledge are offered to all children, and each area being given appropriate attention in relation to the whole curriculum. For further information about the Cornerstones curriculum, see the document at the bottom of this page.
During their first year in school children work on the areas of learning which form the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Then children in Years 1 and 2 cover Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum and in Years 3 to 6 they study Key Stage 2. Our children are taught in vertical groups ie two academic years in one class; in order to ensure the whole curriculum is taught, we have adopted a 2-year rolling progamme - children being taught certain topics in cycle A followed by different topics in cycle B.
At both Key Stages literacy and numeracy are core subjects. Our Cornerstones Creative Curriculum combines all other subjects: Science, ICT, RE, History, Geography, Art, Design and Textiles, PSHE (personal, social and health education) and Music through topic based learning. Children also participate in a variety of sporting activities twice a week during PE, and Key Stage 2 children are taught French.
At Swithland we are committed to preparing our children for life in the multi racial/multi cultural society, which is Britain today. We actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We do our utmost to make children aware, tolerant and inclusive of those with disabilities of any kind.
The Foundation Stage covers the time when a child is 3 to the end of the reception year in school. The Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning that shape children's learning and these are:
Phonics / reading schemes
The pupils in the foundation stage and Key stage one take part in a daily phonics lesson. In this school we use the LCP phonics scheme based on the Letters and Sounds required teaching . There is a colour coded reading band system in school and your child will change colour groups as their reading progresses. The books in school are not from one particular published scheme as we aim to broaden the different styles of writing, subject matter etc. We actively encourage parents to take their children to visit libraries to supplement the reading scheme within school. The pupils also have access to the school non-fiction library and enjoy choosing their own books from there.
Please see attached for a long term view of the curriculum from year 1 through to year 6; this is an outline of what will be taught during the half term. Please be aware this is subject to change and is not an exhaustive list as the class teacher will alter subjects in response to local and national events that may interest the children - and also adapt the learning in response to the children's own input.
If you feel you could contribute to supporting this learning in some way eg with resources or personal experience, then please do not hesitate to discuss this with the class teacher.
The trips are suggestions only.