A broad and balanced curriculum

The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum that seeks to develop the academic, moral, cultural, spiritual and physical needs of each child.

All schools now follow the objectives of the National Curriculum.

This consists of three core subjects:

And eight foundation subjects:

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.

Curriculum Overview


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.



Other Events

What makes me special?
KS1 Who inspires us? (History/Values link)
Where did we come from, where are we going? (4 weeks and then into the next term) (History/Values link)
British Food Fortnight
Where did we come from? Where are we going? 3/4 weeks (History Values/link)
How do we celebrate? (RE/Values link)
Black History Month
National Walk to School Month
Children in Need (17/11)
Anti-Bullying week (13/11)
Let’s investigate? (Science/Computing/DT/Values link)
Values week
STEM week (05/03)
Safer Internet Day (06/03)
Science Festival (08/03)
Sports Relief (16/03)
What’s the story? (English/Values link)
Bike to School Day (02/04)
What makes the world a better place? (Geography/Cultural/RE/Values link)
Maths Week
Bike to school day (02/04)
SATs (14/05)
What’s through the window (Art/Values link)
Arts Festival
Phonics (11/06)
Arts Festival (12/07)
Bicester Film Festival

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.


Southwold Primary & Nursery School
Holm Way
OX26 3UU

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