Lady Seaward’s V A C of E Primary
Our Curriculum intent - Learning through life in all its fullness
Love of learning
- Children are encouraged to be intellectually inquisitive with the aspiration that our pupils become learners for life.
- Children are encouraged to become ‘reflective learners’ so that they can develop their own preferred learning styles and independence.
- Our learning topics are relevant and inclusive for all, providing a platform for educational, physical, emotional and social growth.
- Learning journeys are mapped out so that each child progressively builds a body of knowledge, skills and understanding across core concepts.
- Pupils are led to see the shared value of their learning by participating in shared learning pursuits and enrichments which support their local community.
- Learning opportunities are designed so that pupils can collaborate together, share ideas and develop effective teamwork, enterprise skills and creativity.
- Learning is pitched at a level so that pupils are encouraged to thrive on a sense of challenge and demonstrate perseverance towards individual and shared goals.
- Pupils are encouraged to take their learning outside the classroom and into the wider school community allowing them to see first-hand the impact of their achievements.
Our vision in action
A child's journey at Lady Seaward's will include a rich diverse range of experiences which will enable them to grow as learners as well as feeling a sense of belonging within our school community. We aim to ensure that during their time here they will experience the following:
- Regular opportunities to share achievements in assemblies such as Learner of the week/ Family point Certificates / Bug Club Reader / Writer of the Week, Lady Seaward's Ethos and Prefect Awards. These will be celebrated alongside those achievements our pupils experience in whole school competitions, festivals and out of school events they partake in.
- Regular opportunities to contribute towards their learning and be involved in decision-making that affects the whole school through School Council, Parent Forum and Pupil Surveys all focussed around enhancing the educational offer at Lady Seaward's
- Opportunities for all abilities to represent the school through ethos / art /sporting and musical/dramatic events.
- A breadth of extra curricular clubs and activities that align to the interests of our children.
- Additional Workshops ensuring our pupils are 'Healthy Living' and Online/Social media advocates.
- The opportunity to play a musical instrument and to join our school orchestra or choir and perform to community audiences at our church festivals and community events.
- Opportunities to collaborate with the local community including our local church, charities, industry groups and parents.
- The opportunity to be a peer mentor, where older pupils may support younger pupils with reading or at lunchtimes or as a Mental Health Ambassadors.
- The opportunity to learn about road safety and cycling proficiency within our Bike Ability group
- Opportunities to learn through practical, hands on, investigative activities including learning such as essential first aid, outdoor art and sculpture, pottery, gardening and cookery.
- Activities promoting enterprise and leadership such as designing and making products for community events.
- Opportunities to collaborate and share their learning with children of all ages in our Lady Seaward's Family Groups
During your child’s time with us, they can expect to experience the following visits and visitors to the school:
- A residential visit in Year 4 and Year 6.
- A visit to Parliament as part of our learning about democracy and citizenship
- Educational visits that are linked to learning.
- Additional Workshops and guest visits who provide specialist information and learning linked to our learning foci.
- The opportunity to host and participate in inter school sports/arts/ethos events and tournaments.
- Planned opportunities to interact with parents through shared learning experiences alongside parents during our curriculum open events
Please now visit our individual subject pages which will provide more in depth and specific information about how learning is organised. These pages will also articulate how the specific intent of each subject is implemented across the curriculum.
The Reading for Pleasure Vision at Lady Seaward’s
At Lady Seaward’s, we believe that reading should be a pleasurable and inspirational experience. As part of our vision and values for reading, we want our children to be enthused by books and grow into adults who will actively choose to read. We believe that children who read for pleasure deepen their understanding of the world around them and develop their compassion towards others. All of our children have access to books and we strive to promote a thrill of reading. Reading for pleasure at Lady Seaward’s aims to establish each child as a lifetime reader. Research has highlighted the importance of reading for pleasure for both educational as well as personal development. These studies show that promoting reading can have a major impact on children, their future and their life chances. Reading for Pleasure, although linked to our English Policy, stands alone in its promotion and encouragement of reading, as a pleasurable activity. It is used to engrain the philosophy, for a wide range of reading within the fabric of our school.
- Access to a wide range of texts/books for all children.
- Provide regular time spent reading aloud by teachers, support staff, volunteers and reading buddies (peer-to-peer reading).
- Teachers and support staff actively encouraging a love of reading; promote reading of a wide range of texts/books.
- Display reading material around the school environment.
- Promote and nourish an understanding and enjoyment of different text/book types.
- Provide opportunities for children to read self-chosen texts/books during the day.
- Promote a culture where texts/books are discussed in structured and unstructured ways, e.g. teacher to teacher, teacher to child and child-to-child discussions.
- Teachers and support staff support children with their choice of texts/books through recommendations and a knowledge of individual preferences.
- External visitors discussing their interest and/or occupation linked to reading.
- Communication via newsletters and the school website to support parents/guardians in promoting reading for pleasure.
British Sign Language School Focus
Maths open morning parent resources November 2018
White Rose Maths Yearly Overviews
Our reading vision
Highly recommended reads and discussion points
100 Recommended reads
Home reading Record
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.
Real life writing
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:
- Science Enquiry
- Life Processes and Living Things
- Materials and their Properties
- Physical Processes
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
Lady Seaward's phonics and early reading workshop presentation
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.
Lady Seaward's Summer term curriculum mapping
Lady Seaward's Spring Term Curriculum mapping
Lady Seaward's 2017-18 Autumn term curriculum mapping
Maths morning presentation and Calculation progression document
2017 Summer term Curriculum planning maps
2016-17 Autumn term Curriculum mapping
Curriculum Guides for Parents
General information about the National Curriculum
You may be interested in the documents below which give you more information about the new National Curriculum introduced in September 2014.