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Curriculum
Excellence - Respect - Enjoyment

Our Curriculum Design

At Southwood Infant School our curriculum is designed to inspire a life time love for learning. We want our children to leave us as confident, capable learners who are ready for Junior school. 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 engaging topics with memorable, first hand experiences. Children study a different topic each half term and individual subjects are woven into the theme to create practical and purposeful learning experiences. Every topic has a hook to inspire the children and captivate their interest at the start of a project. We believe children should enjoy their time at Southwood and understand the purpose and context of their learning. We make clear links between subjects and teach the key knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be a responsible and caring citizen.  

All our 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 in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Writing tasks are purposeful and often have an audience.

Home learning is also linked to the topic 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. We set high standards both in work and behaviour and this is reinforced by praise and reward.