Curriculum Intent

Our Golden Thread

At Southwold, we believe that our curriculum is driven by 6 key golden threads that provide a framework for learning and help us deepen the children's understanding of what is being taught. These threads are big, transferable ideas that have a real meaning and help children make sense of the world around them. These threads can be revisited within and across year groups so that children can build upon their existing knowledge.

Diversity & Inclusion

We want to develop a culture of equality and diversity so that everyone feels proud of their identity and can participate fully in school life. We encourage children to be inquisitive and be the best they can be. At Southwold, we enjoy reflecting and celebrating families' cultural, religious, and linguistic diversity in our school. This can be seen in our curriculum, the way lessons are adapted, wall displays and achievements of all learners. We want Southwold to be a safe learning environment for everyone.

Our children are taught to question prejudice and bullying and support others to reach their full potential.

Children learn about the concepts of democracy and power throughout the school where we model this through our Pupil Leadership Team.

Our sports premium ensures all children have access to after school clubs and a range of sporting activities.


Our intention is to ensure each child becomes the best citizen they can be by embracing and developing a shared set of values to prepare them for life in an ever-changing, modern world. We actively promote British values (Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of different faiths) through everything we do at Southwold and actively challenge views contrary to this. We want our children to respect each other's well-being and have strategies to help themselves as well as others in need.

Language Rich

Our curriculum is planned to include high quality texts and experiences that expose children to a rich and varied vocabulary whilst providing opportunities to regularly use in meaningful ways. We incorporate a range of pedagogical approaches for language development such as collaborative learning, children leading learning, and reciprocal teaching.

Knowledge & Skill Based

We follow a knowledge rich approach to planning, teaching, and learning. We regularly check the knowledge that children have retained and encourage them to reflect upon this through a wide range of questioning, experiences, and activities to support and challenge children at all levels.

Active Lifelong Learners

Our aim is to develop children into lifelong learners who are reflective, inquisitive, resilient, and independent. We want children to actively participate in their learning to keep them motivated and embed meaningful experiences to support long term retention. We use growth mindset throughout, to develop their learning power.

Community Cohesion

Southwold School is enthusiastic about tapping into our communities near and far. We want to enhance our children's learning experiences to demonstrate how skills learnt in school and from others can be used in their future careers and everyday life. We strongly believe in immersing our children into a variety of cultures, religions and national or local events to appreciate, take responsibility and respect everyone's individuality. We want children to gain widespread knowledge and experiences that will benefit them and may even inspire them to take part in a future adventure!

We actively encourage parents and our wider community to take part in our events.

All children leave our school with a sense of belonging where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections, and become good citizens.


At Southwold School, we follow an enquiry-based curriculum. Each term, there is a whole school ‘big question’ that is then broken into topic areas for each year group. These topics are based around a book, where possible, and ensure complete curriculum coverage through the academic year.

For more information, please click the button below to view our full curriculum overview. Alternatively for further details please contact Mrs Wollington or Mrs Palser via the school email: [email protected] or telephone: 01869 324069.

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Curriculum intents, implementations and impact.

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