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Slinfold CE Primary School and Pre-School

Caring for each other, learning from each other, achieving with each other…guided by God

Curriculum

Our Curriculum Statement

 

Intent

At Slinfold CE Primary School we have designed our curriculum with our pupils at the centre. Our curriculum is inclusive, accessible and enjoyed by our children. Guided by God we strive to create children who care for each other, learn from each other and achieve together and they have the opportunity to succeed in all areas of school life and beyond. Within our safe, nurturing Christian environment we aim to ensure that our children understand, develop and demonstrate our school values of responsibility, respect, compassion and courage so that they become responsible world citizens who lead happy, healthy and successful lives.

 

Implementation

By providing a curriculum that is ambitious for all pupils, all of our children will flourish in their learning, regardless of their individual challenges. Our curriculum is engaging, broad, balanced and rooted in high quality texts. Through developing a love of literature our children will gain the necessary skills to unlock knowledge across all areas of their learning and will be able to confidently communicate and express their ideas. In mathematics we teach our children to make connections across mathematical concepts to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills, so that they acquire deep, long-term knowledge that they can adapt and apply. Our curriculum is coherently planned using a phased approach in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and learning is carefully sequenced and progressive.

 

Impact

Through our teaching and our core Christian values, children at Slinfold will be prepared for the next step in their education by:

  • having the wisdom to make good choices,
  • having the confidence to be self-motivated and independent,
  • having an aspirational growth mind-set,
  • being active members of our community,
  • valuing the effect of their social action,
  • understanding the importance of dignity and being respectful in our diverse world.

 

In the Autumn term of 2021 we took the opportunity to revisit our curriculum design to ensure that it closely meets the needs of our community. Throughout the next few months, our curriculum section of the website will be updated with further information.

 

If you would like to find out more about the Slinfold curriculum, please contact Mr Jowett who will happy to answer any questions you may have.

As we have mixed-age classes, we have developed our curriculum across different phases. These phases are:

Phase 1 - Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (Hamble and Medway classes)

Phase 2 - Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 (Arun and Adur classes)

Phase 3 - Year 6 (Rother class)

 

The history, geography and science are taught following a three-year rolling programme in phases 1 and 2 and we have a separate, stand-alone Year 6 curriculum.

 

The cyclical nature of our curriculum means that we are able to deliver a whole phase approach to our different topics without the children repeating any of these themes. The benefits of this include whole phase trips and experiences to enrich the topics and bring learning to life.

 

Our curriculum plans for the current academic year can be viewed below:

 

Phase 1 curriculum for 2021-22:

Hamble and Medway classes.

Autumn 2021:

Into the Woods

Please note that Reception children also carry out a short unit of learning entitled 'All around me' as part of their transition into school. (EYFS)

Into the Woods

Children will:

  • Learn about their local environment. 
  • Find Slinfold village on a map and identify key features. 
  • Draw and follow a map of the school and village.
  • Identify how Slinfold has changed over time.
  • Compare Horsham town to Slinfold village.
  • Zoom out of Slinfold and compare the village to another location in the world.

 

All around me (EYFS only)

Children will:

  • Learn about belonging in the classroom, school and local area.
  • Learn similarities and differences about themselves and others.
  • Learn about routines and expectations of school life.

Spring 2022:

Fire and Ice

Children will:

  • Identify animals from the South Pole and classify them.
  • Predict and observe changes of water in different temperatures.
  • Learn about the Great Fire of London and recall key information.
  • Compare houses over time using a timeline.
  • Learn about contrasting continents.

Summer 2022:

The Great Outdoors

Children will:

  • Identify how to look after the environment.
  • Learn about the importance of recycling, use of too much water and the impact of litter.
  • Observe plants growing over time.
  • Know what a plant needs to survive.
  • Identify and name a variety of common plants.
  • Identify key parts of a plant.
  • Observe different weather patterns.

 

Phase 2 curriculum for 2021-22:

Arun and Adur classes.

Autumn 2021:

Digging up the Past

Children will:

  • Explore the idea of prehistory.
  • Find out how historians and archaeologists work to help us find out about the past.
  • Learn about different sources of historical evidence.
  • Discover the tools and technology of the Stone and Iron ages.
  • Find out about the development of homes and settlements from the Stone Age to Iron Age.
  • Research prehistoric cultures and beliefs.
  • Find out how and why Stone Age people moved from hunting and gathering to farming.
  • Think about evolution and inheritance.
  • Understand what fossils are, consider how they are formed and know what they can tell us.

Spring 2022:

Tales from the Riverbank

Children will:

  • Use an atlas to name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom.
  • Identify human and physical characteristics of the United Kingdom using atlases and digital/computer mapping.
  • Explore how some physical aspects have changed over time.
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs.
  • Use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and keys (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build an understanding of the United Kingdom and the wider world.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of rivers.
  • Explore the water cycle and the impact that climate change has on this. 

Summer 2022:

Tombs and Treasures

Children will:

  • Learn about the dawn of Ancient Egyptian civilisation.
  • Understand how important the River Nile was to the Ancient Egyptians.
  • Make links with Bible stories and significant figures from the Bible.
  • Investigate how and why pyramids were constructed.
  • Research Ancient Egyptian beliefs.
  • Compare modern and Ancient Egypt - how has the country changed? How is is is it still changing?
  • Think about preserving Ancient Egyptian relics - considering erosion and tourism.

 

Phase 3 curriculum for 2021-22:

Rother class.

Autumn 2021:

Digging up the Past

Children will:

  • Explore the idea of prehistory.
  • Find out how historians and archaeologists work to help us find out about the past.
  • Learn about different sources of historical evidence.
  • Discover the tools and technology of the Stone and Iron ages.
  • Find out about the development of homes and settlements from the Stone Age to Iron Age.
  • Research prehistoric cultures and beliefs.
  • Find out how and why Stone Age people moved from hunting and gathering to farming.
  • Think about evolution and inheritance.
  • Understand what fossils are, consider how they are formed and know what they can tell us.

Spring 2022:

Keep Calm and Carry On

Children will:

  • This is in the process of being updated.

Summer 2022:

Explorers

Children will:

  • This is in the process of being updated.

 

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