Children also study Religious Education, following the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus and Person, Social and Health Education.
These will sometimes be taught as individual subjects and, when appropriate, links will be made to a topic.
Each class studies a topic or theme each term. This provides a focus for many areas of the curriculum and helps the children’s learning to be more meaningful and relevant.
At Southwold Primary School emphasis is placed upon basic skills taught in a rich, stimulating and attractive working environment. Through teacher’s plans for learning activities, the use of displays, visits and visitors, we try to ensure that children are interested to learn, and that their learning is appropriate to their particular needs.
Children’s learning is more than acquiring knowledge. Across all subjects we try to encourage children to question, plan, analyse and evaluate, and thus develop a broad understanding of each subject area and the links between them. We plan that children’s work is relevant to their current stage and will adequately prepare them for the future.
All pupils, irrespective of ability, ethnic, cultural, gender, religious and social differences are entitled to equal access to the curriculum. In fact, we firmly believe that the diversity of abilities, interests and understanding our children bring with them, positively add to the ethos of our school and to the community spirit we aim to encourage within it.
We aim to prepare children for life in modern Britain. AS well as acquiring the skills and knowledge required to succeed through the curriculum, we also encourage children to understand the importance of democracy through the School Council for example and to develop an understanding of the diverse society in which we live.
From September 2014 we will be introducing the new National Curriculum. Topics and arrangements for covering the curriculum will be published on class pages on our website.
This academic year, we are using ‘Big Questions’ as the basis for whole school cross curricular topics. Each year group will take the question and plan age appropriate activities for their classes using the National Curriculum 2014 guidelines.
What makes us special?
Where did we come from? Where are we going?
What is Christmas like around the world?
Can we investigate?
What’s in a story?
How can we make the world a better place?
What’s through the window
Although each topic is cross curricular, each one has a bias towards to different subject area of the curriculum. The EYFS will continue to plan activities which follow the interests of the children alongside the broader question.