Lady Seaward’s V A C of E Primary
Our Curriculum intent - Learning through life in all its fullness
Love of learning
At Lady Seaward's we pride ourselves on creating a creative curriculum matched to children's interests. Children in all classes are actively involved in the planning process for their learning.
Our core focus is to ensure children have gained the skills, concepts and knowledge needed in Reading, Writing and Maths for each year group expectation. See the Parent's guides below for Curriculum information for each year group.
Making our curriculum and learning meaningful is extremely important to use and classes base their learning around Topics that bring together the wide range of subjects taught. Rockies and Himalayas cover one topic per term and Alps Class covers one topic each half term. We take on a holistic approach to children's learning meaning that in one session children may be covering Literacy, Art and ICT objectives or indeed a range of other subjects.
See our curriculum pages for more in depth information about each subject.
Please see Class Planning documents below which outline the learning which will take place each term.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on seven areas of learning:
These seven areas are all based around promoting learning to support each child's development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development. These areas of learning are further split into Prime and Specific categories:
Prime Areas of Learning
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
Specific Areas of Learning
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
The EYFS curriculum is planned to meet the specific needs of each child with all our pupils learning by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking, which takes place both indoors and outside.
Teaching of Early Reading and Phonics
The importance of reading cannot be over-emphasised. In order for children to access other areas of the curriculum need to be able to read. Pupils have opportunities to take part in guided and independent reading as well as joint reading sessions with their peers and ‘reading buddies’.
Phonics is taught daily from Year F. We use Phonics Bug (Bug Club) and Letters & Sounds to bring a variety of teaching resources to support children with their phonics learning. Please take a look at our Phonics workshop booklet further down on this page, for information on how you can support your child at home.
Children are encouraged to read a wide variety of texts and genres, for enjoyment and information, developing skills to become critical and independent readers who value and respect books.
Children are taught about spelling, grammar and punctuation (SPaG). In KS2 this replaces phonics teaching and SPaG lessons are taught daily. In addition to this, children are taught about text structure and organisation and how to write a fluent, joined handwriting style. We use the 'no nonsense spelling' scheme in KS2 to ensure that spelling strategies are maintained as well as the year 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists as outlined in the new curriculum.
We emphasise to our children that the quality of their writing, in terms of presentation and content, is equally important in English lessons as in all other learning opportunities; history, geography, RE, science etc. Pupils are given regular writing targets and individual 'pupil conferencing' with an adult so that they have a clear idea of the 'next steps' required to further improve.
Writing is often linked to the Class topic in any given term, we believe that if we can engage the children they are far more likely to want to write about their learning. Therefore, whenever feasible, we 'bring writing to life', providing pupils with real-life experiences which they can then relate to in their writing. As part of our commitment to providing an engaging and stimulating curriculum we run a series of enrichments giving specific purposes to the children's writing as well as other subjects. Just a few of these experiences have led to pupils providing written pieces such as: information texts linked to Golfing sessions; persuasion pieces linked to Car Dealerships and Estate Agencies; creative stories linked to Forest school sessions as well as instruction manuals linked to Cookery sessions.
Our aim is develop our pupil's enjoyment and interest in Science. We encourage the children to effectively communicate scientific ideas using scientific vocabulary. We also encourage the children to develop their understanding of key scientific concepts and skills. To support this, Science is taught with an emphasis on the children engaging in practical enquiry.
The science curriculum covers fours areas of study:
R.E. is taught in accordance with the Devon Agreed Syllabus and reflects the fact that the religious traditions in the UK are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principle religions represented in this country.
The approach to teaching R.E. also incorporates teacher led planning adapted from the 'Understanding Christianity' schemes of work. This promotes a sense of questioning within our pupils as well as deepning their understanding of the key teachings of Christianity.
R.E. at Lady Seaward's C of E Primary School is closely linked with PSHE. Our aim is to develop pupils 'knowledge, understanding and awareness of Christianity and to promote spiritual, moral and cultural development to prepare our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. We link back to our core Christian Values in the school, chosen by the pupils, frequently. These values underpin how we treat each other on a daily basis and are found below:
Friendship and Trust
Thankfulness and Joy
Perseverance and Justice
Peace and Forgiveness
We also deliver all other Curriculum subjects through a varied and creative cross-curricular approach, matched to children's interests. Examples of how our pupils access the broader curriculum through these learning topics can be seen through the Curriculum mapping documents that are devised each term for our different classes.
You may be interested in the documents below which give you more information about the new National Curriculum introduced in September 2014.