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Swithland St Leonard's CofE Primary School

Inspire, Empower, Flourish

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Our Curriculum


Our school has a rich and broad curriculum which teaches the full requirements of the National Curriculum building this around a coherent curriculum offer. Adapted from the Cornerstones curriculum to meet the needs of pupils in our school, we ensure that all pupils, including those with SEN, achieve highly in all subject areas. Topics start with an engaging activity to spark pupil interest and invite pupil contribution, this learning is then built on within the topic so that the skills and knowledge a child needs in order to apply that learning are embedded. In this way, learning is scaffolded both within the topic, over the year and indeed across the whole school journey. This has been thoughtfully timetabled to meet the needs of our mixed age classes over a two year rolling programme.


Reading  - for pleasure and as a vehicle for all learning

The pupils in the foundation stage and Key stage one take part in a daily phonics lesson and in this school we use the LCP phonics scheme based on the Letters and Sounds required teaching. If you require any advice with how to support your child at home with their phonics then please do speak to the class teachers and also look out for workshops / information sessions. Our phonics results always significantly exceed national levels.


This is built on into Key Stage 2 with a daily spelling or grammar lesson, the scheme we use is called Read Write Spell.


Our reading scheme is Oxford Owl supported with the online Oxford Reading Buddy. This reading scheme matches the phonics ability of pupils to the books they are reading - ensuring that the 'pitch' of the books supports their developing phonologically awareness. The scheme runs from the point of entry at school right through to the time the children leave us at the end of Year 6; the books are a range of fiction and non-fiction.


In order to support wider reading across the curriculum, we have a well stocked school library and have bought a large range of books to support the topics taught in the wider curriculum. We actively encourage parents to take their children to visit libraries to supplement the reading scheme and library within school. 


In addition, we have whole class reading books that are shared for pleasure and to expose the children to high quality texts that they are not yet able to access themselves. 


We place a great emphasis on the importance of securing reading ability as quickly as possible - in order that our children enjoy reading for pleasure as soon as possible and in order to be able to unlock their ability to read and learn more widely. 

Curriculum Organisation

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, we teach reading, writing, mathematics and science as separate subjects, with opportunities for cross curricular overlap actively sought eg writing up a science experiment within Literacy and incorporating mathematical analysis of results. Our curriculum combines other subjects: History, Geography, Art and design, Design technology and computing, drawing on the Cornerstones resources as a starting point / vehicle for the topic focus.  PSHE (personal, social and health education) Music and RE  are taught on separate rolling programmes. 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 (see below) and we make our children aware of the Equalities Act 2010 through our work within PSHE through the Everyone's Welcome resource amongst others. We are proud of how we are preparing our children for life.


We are proud that our recent SIAMS inspection, May 2019, acknowledged 'Swithland St Leonards is an inclusive school.'


Promoting Fundamental British Values


In accordance with The Department of Education strategy,  we aim to actively promote British Values in school to ensure our pupils leaves school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is 'right' and 'wrong'. all people living in England are subject to its law.


The Key Values are: democracy, rule of law,individual liberty,mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

Foundation Stage

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:


  • personal, social and emotional development
  • physical development
  • communication and language
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design.


Area of learning and development


Prime area


Personal, social and emotional development

Making relationships

Self-confidence and self-awareness

Managing feelings and behaviour

Physical development

Moving and handling

Health and self-care

Communication and language

Listening and attending









Shape, space and measure

Understanding the world

People and communities

The world


Expressive arts and design

Exploring and using media and materials

Being imaginative




Cornerstones long term plan

Please see attached for a long term view of the curriculum from reception 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.



Cornerstones Curriculum Rationale