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Our Curriculum Design

Children at Southwood Infant School receive a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum, based on first-hand experiences, which engages and challenges their learning. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum for Key Stage One, which covers Years 1 and 2.

Our curriculum is underpinned by our school’s core values

Excellence – Respect – Enjoyment.

We have an integrated approach to planning our curriculum, so that where possible we combine individual subjects into interesting and engaging topics. Children study a different topic each half term and individual subjects are woven into the theme to create memorable and purposeful learning experiences. Every topic has a hook to inspire the children and captivate their interest at the start of a project. It is vital that children enjoy their learning and understand the purpose and context regarding why they are learning about something. We make clear links between subjects and teach the key knowledge, skills and concepts required.

The topics have a balance of subjects across the whole year to ensure appropriate coverage of the National Curriculum. Having English as a lead in all topics is fundamental to enable the children to develop skills for reading, writing, speaking and listening. Writing tasks can be linked and purposeful and often have an audience.

Home learning is also linked to the project and encourages children and their carers to work together on a project at home.

Children’s achievements are recognised and celebrated in class and in our weekly Celebration Assemblies. This encourages self-esteem and creates a climate of aspiration.

We strongly believe in equality of opportunity for all and both respect and celebrate each child’s unique qualities. Our goal is for the children to achieve personal excellence in all aspects of school life.

We set high standards both in work and behaviour and this is reinforced by praise and reward.