Curriculum Overview Statement 2019 – 2020

A common set of values underpins SWPS’ GOLD curriculum to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and the challenges of the rapidly changing world we live and work in. While preparing our children academically for the next phase, through our curriculum, we aim to raise their aspirations through our 84 experience promise (a guarantee of one class and one whole-school experience for every half term they are at school from FS2 to Year 6):

  1. Grab and engage- a WOW factor, an experience!
  2. Organise their learning
  3. Lead and learn in innovative ways
  4. Develop their understanding

Our experience based curriculum follows our school ethos, Investing in Gold standard:

‘We want the best for and the best from everyone in our learning community.’

Click the link below to find our curriculum map. We want our curriculum to be fluid and so have not asked our teachers to plan too far in advance but rather develop their curriculum to the needs and interests of the children in their class.

Subject content is planned using the National Curriculum. You can click here to find out what each child is learning and when and more specific information can be found in our class pages.

Swallownest Primary School follow the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and Local Authority- Rotherham RE Syllabus.  Please follow the links to view our 2 year curriculum overview:

Please click here to see our whole school and class experiences for 2017-18:

We want our parents and carers to support learning at home.

Each half-term your child is invited to take part in a homework project related to their topic. Please see our homework pages for more details about our homework expectations.

Our website has plenty of things to help your child to learn. You can visit our home learning page to find games and activities for your children or you can simply support your children with their home learning projects. 

Our topic/book based curriculum is carefully designed to ignite the children’s imaginations and make learning vivid and real for them. Strong, cross curricular links strengthen the relevance of learning and provide opportunities for the children to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of meaningful contexts.

The flexibility within the national curriculum guidelines allows us to organise learning into topics where the topics are covered at different depths according to the different stages of development of the children. A rolling cycle of topics encourages team work between classes and makes learning exciting, engaging and fun.

While incorporating a progression in the acquisition of skills and knowledge, the curriculum provides frequent opportunities for the children to reinforce and apply their learning, therefore increasing understanding. Topic weeks and themed weeks also provide frequent opportunities for the children to apply their Maths and Literacy skills in meaningful real life contexts.

Each topic is enriched by the use of new technologies, visits, visitors and first hand experiences to aid understanding (WOW). The children are involved at the planning stage as we value their ideas and contributions and want them to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning. Every child is unique and different approaches are used to explore and deliver topics to ensure all our children are challenged and develop the skills they need to be confident and successful lifelong learners.

Should you wish to find out more then please do not hesitate to contact the school by clicking on the Contact us tab at the top of the page.

Swallownest Primary School uses Letters and Sounds as a programme for teaching Synthetic Phonics.

More information on Letters and Sounds can be found here

Link for document for parents to read

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