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.
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 in each class over a two-year cycle.
Each group of children take part in daily English and mathematics lessons, which normally take place in the morning. 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 the button below.
More extensive details of the content of each term’s topic are shared on the topics page of the school website at the beginning of that term. As the year progresses, these detailed topic plans will accumulate, although they are not planned in full detail too far in advance as they are very much based on the level and interest of the current children in that class. As such, teachers have to respond and plan accordingly.
We have four classes of mixed year groups. For this reason, we have developed a rolling two-year programme (year A and year B) to ensure that no child repeats a topic in any class. To see a brief overview of the curriculum planned for each class, please click on the links below:
Holly Class (Reception and Year 1)
Oak Class (Year 1 and 2)
Chestnut Class (Year 3 and 4)
Sycamore Class (Year 5 and 6)
Maths, Phonics, and Reading
To ensure thorough coverage and progression in mathematics, the school follows the abacus maths scheme, which allows teachers to adapt plans and use 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 materials 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. They include:
- Oxford Reading Tree
- Bug Club
- Rigby Star
- Big Cat Phonics
- Floppy Phonics
- Story World
- Ginn 360