The curriculum at Sandford Primary School is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives. We strive to provide an equitable experience for all our students, regardless of need, and inclusion is at the very heart of everything we aim for.
The curriculum ensures that academic progress, creativity and problem solving, resilience, responsibility, determination and kindness, as well as physical development, emotional well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning and life.
The curriculum celebrates diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of our supportive community while nurturing the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Curriculum Statement September 2018
At Sandford Primary School, we offer a curriculum which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the individual pupils; the aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills, confidence and self-esteem to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
Pupils can still be working on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond, all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the Letters and Sounds Programme and developing their fluency in reading through our weekly reading project, as well as with the help of our parent and trained volunteers.
The National Curriculum is delivered using a creative, topic-based approach and assessed using various published schemes, as well as our comprehensive tracking system, as a basis to ensure rigorous coverage and progression throughout the school. Milestones at the end of Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6 ensure that children are meeting – or exceeding - expectations in their learning. All children are challenged in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values (Compassion, Honesty, Tolerance, Courage, Justice, Humility, Resilience / Grit and Self-discipline) and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.
The English curriculum and the mathematics curriculum are supported through a framework developed by our highly-experienced, specialist teachers and moderators, many of whom work for the LA supporting other schools to do the same. These subjects are taught in mixed ability classes throughout the school; in all year groups, there are small group interventions – that take place during the afternoon so as not to disrupt the Quality First teaching of core subjects - in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.
Specialist teachers and instructors support music, physical education and the teaching of French. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Wow days, suspended curriculum, theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed – and will continue to be so over the next two years - so they can enrich different curriculum areas, particularly science. Our hard-working PTA fundraise tirelessly to augment this area even further.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based assemblies and exhibitions, performances, competitions and cluster events with other local schools. Discovering their passions whilst developing their independence and motivation to be the best they can be – as well as their sense of responsibility as future citizens - is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.