In line with current guidelines set by the Department for Education, we follow the National Curriculum in a creative and imaginative way, which is also in line with our teaching and learning policy (click for further details).
As much as possible, work at Seend Church of England Primary School is organised on a Topic Based approach, where a broad theme is taken for a period of time. The benefit of this is that it puts the children’s learning into context, giving it relevance and allows them to apply the skills they are acquiring rather than keeping their learning in separate areas. Topics are planned carefully to ensure that all facets of the National Curriculum are covered over a 2 year cycle in each class.
Each group of children experience daily English and Mathematics lessons, which take place normally in the mornings whilst all other curriculum areas are then spread out across the term. (For a parents guide to English, Maths and Science in the new curriculum, click here.)
Fuller details of the content of each term’s topic are shared on the individual class pages of the school website at the beginning of that term. As the year progresses, these detailed topic plans will accumulate but obviously they are not planned in full detail too far in advance as they are planned very much based on the level and interest of the current children in that class, and as such the teachers have to respond and plan accordingly.
We have 4 classes of mixed year groups. For this reason, we have developed a rolling 2 year programme (Year A and Year B) to ensure that no child repeats a topic in any class.To see an brief overview of the curriculum planned for each class, please click on the link below for each class. Please bear in mind that this is a new curriculum, starting September 2014, so these plans are very much works in progress at the moment as we develop our approach and fine tune. (For further information on all subjects within the New Curriculum, click here.)
The ensure thorough coverage and progression in mathematics, the school follows the Abacus Maths scheme allowing teachers to adapt plans and provide paper based and interactive resources. This also provides online learning activities that can be accessed by the children at home.
The children in reception and year 1 (and year 2 when needed) have daily phonics sessions. The school uses the letters and sounds material and Jolly Phonics to help children learn their sounds.
We have a variety of reading schemes that we use at KS1 to teach and develop early reading which include: