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Curriculum

Shawlands Primary School Curriculum Statement of Intent:

The aim of the Shawlands Curriculum is to ensure that our pupils can thrive academically, creatively and socially in a challenging yet supportive environment which stimulates, maintains and develops lively, enquiring minds.  Through providing opportunities to develop and express personal opinions we aim to encourage mutual respect for the beliefs of others as well as the confidence to express their own beliefs.

 

We encourage all pupils to reach their full potential in all aspects of their development, developing a positive attitude towards themselves and the ability to acquire knowledge, the skills to learn and the talent to become active, confident and responsible members of society.

 

Through a broad and balanced curriculum to all children, we aim to develop in pupils a sense of moral values to enable them to become responsible citizens in society, respecting people’s property, ideas and beliefs, irrespective of race, gender, disability or academic achievements.  This includes developing positive attitudes towards and concern for the environment.

 

Literacy, Phonics and Drama Statement of Intent:

At Shawlands Primary School our literacy, phonics and drama curriculum encourages children to express themselves creatively through a variety of ways.  We believe in a systematic comprehensive approach to help develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. This will provide our children with sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment.  We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking, listening and performing and be able to present their work and ideas with pride.  We allow children to explore a variety of drama techniques to support our broad and balanced curriculum.

 

STEM Statement of Intent:

We believe that all pupils should have a love of learning and curiosity of the world that will enable them to be self-motivated, lifelong learners. In science, mathematics and technology, we provide children with challenges and opportunities that allow them to carry out research; naturally ask questions and to solve problems. We aim to equip them with these skills to enable them to make sense of the environment around them and adapt easily and quickly to changes in the highly complex world.

 

Music Statement of Intent:

Music facilitates the opportunity for children at Shawlands primary school to express themselves through creative learning experiences. The centre of our ethos is that exploration through music promotes confident and passionate performers. The children will explore a range of styles and genres of music as well as develop their of music skills through many practical class performances.

 

Art and Design Statement of Intent:

With an ever changing and growing technological world, here at Shawlands primary school we strive to prepare our young people to be able to apply technical and practical expertise to their own ideas. Our children have the opportunity to work creatively when designing and when making using a wide range of materials and equipment. Art and Design and Technology is able to be taught across a range of subjects including maths, science and geography.     

 

PE Statement of Intent:

At Shawlands primary school Physical education is inspiring and develops children to explore the limitless capabilities of their bodies. Our children build mutual respect, self-belief and an overall team spirit through taking part in a wide range of sports and physical activities. With specialised teachers, our children receive engaging lessons that create confident athletes and sports people.   

 

PHSE Statement of Intent:

At Shawlands Primary School personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs, to become healthy, responsible and independent members of a community.  This will provide them with the cultural capital and knowledge they need to succeed in life.  It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up in British society.  We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about what it means to be a respectful member of a diverse society.  Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

 

Literacy, Phonics and Drama Statement of Intent:

At Shawlands Primary School our literacy, phonics and drama curriculum encourages children to express themselves creatively through a variety of ways.  We believe in a systematic comprehensive approach to help develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. This will provide our children with sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment.  We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking, listening and performing and be able to present their work and ideas with pride.  We allow children to explore a variety of drama techniques to support our broad and balanced curriculum.

 

Humanities Statement of Intent :

The fundamental aim of the study of humanities is to help our pupils develop an understanding of their lives and the world in which they live. This is achieved through the study of individuals, societies, cultures and the environment. The learning of humanities promotes an understanding of the causes and consequences of change through physical and human actions and processes, also it provides knowledge and understanding of people, cultures and events in a variety of places and at different times. Humanities develops children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding, knowledge and skills. Communication skills will be developed through the introduction of new vocabulary, questioning, formulating opinions and arguments, making judgements and carrying out investigations.

 

R.E Statement of Intent :

In R.E children will develop their knowledge and understanding of principal religions and world views. The teaching of R.E will provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It will develop pupils’ awareness and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practices, and forms of expressions and the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures. Pupils will learn from the diversity of different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, whilst affirming their own faith or search for meaning. We will challenge pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. We will also encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging and enable them to flourish individually within their communities, as citizens in a diverse society and global community. R.E plays an important role in preparing pupils for adult life and employment, enabling them to develop respect and sensitivity towards others, in particular those with different faiths and beliefs, and to combat prejudice and negative discrimination.

 

The school curriculum comprises of:

  • Religious Education through class discussion, topic work and daily assemblies – unless parents request otherwise.

Core subjects -

  • English- speaking/listening, phonics/spelling, reading and writing
    • In Key Stage One we follow the Read Write Inc scheme.
    • For Phonics, we follow the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme.
  • Maths- number, shape, data, reasoning and problem solving
  • Science- investigation and knowledge of the world
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) embedded within core and topic work

Foundation Subjects- taught through topic work

  • History
  • Geography
  • Music- Thursdays
  • Physical Education- 2 hours per week plus extra-curricular opportunities
  • Art
  • Design Technology (DT)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in KS2

Personal, Health and Social Education (PHSE) and Sex and Relationship Education (KS2 only and main focus with Y6) are also taughtThe teaching in our school is divided into three Key Stages.

  • The Foundation Stage includes Nursery and Reception aged children (ages 3 to 5) – Nursery is also known as FS1 and Reception as FS2.
  • Key Stage 1 is for children in Years 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 7).
  • Key Stage 2 is for children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (ages 7 to 11).

Teaching is mainly class based, but from time to time children may be taught in bases outside their own classroom allowing for small group work or for specialist teaching.

Children’s progress is assessed regularly and formal assessments take place in the summer term each year.  At the age of 7 and 11 these assessments are based on nationally reported tests and teacher assessment.

The school offers a wide range of experiences to help our pupils to develop their personal skills and confidence.  These include residential opportunities for all pupils from Y2-Y6, various visits and reward excursions and visits to school by external providers.

The curriculum is organised in a two-year cycle.  This year we are following 'Cycle B'

For information on 'Cycle A' please click here.

 

SMSC and British Values at Shawlands.

We deliver the core principles of Spritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education as well as the core British Values through our broad and balanced curriculum.

 

Our EYFS British Values Curriculum.

Our EYFS SMSC Curriculum

Our KS1/2 British Values Curriculum.

Our KS1/2 SMSC Curriculum