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Curriculum

In 2014 we implemented a re-invigorated curriculum model which builds and extends creativity and thinking whilst combining subjects effectively to allow for great learning. This, alongside initiatives to build core skills in Reading and Writing, will equip our learners with transferable skills and tools for excellence.

Unit Themes

At Simon de Senlis, our teaching and learning is structured under a common theme. Within the year, two of the themes are whole school designed projects where children learn and share experiences across all year groups. This is a time when we can truly come together; staff, children, parents and the community, to celebrate our experiences.

Autumn Term:

  • On Your Marks – A 3 week unit that builds upon learning from transfer days and Summer Home Learning tasks.
  • Lets’s Find Out – 8 week unit of study.
  • Let’s Celebrate – 3 week unit of study.

Spring Term:

  • Back to the Future – 7 week unit of study.
  • When a Knight Won His Spurs – A 4 week unit with a whole school approach. In 2014 the school is visited by our trusty Knight Simon and the school went on a journey of discovery. In 2015, Simon was sent on a mission to rescue Lady Arabella after she was snatched during the banquet celebrating his knighthood.  Where will he find himself this year?

WAKWHS 2015s

Summer Term:

  • Going Places - 7 week unit of study.
  • Our World; My Future – A 5 week unit with a whole school approach, working collectively and preparing for the journey ahead to the next academic year.

Design Thinking

Our curriculum framework draws on Design Thinking, a process that affords all pupils the opportunity to develop the tools and mind-set to be creative learners.

Our projects are made up of two distinct phases. The initial divergent phase builds on pupil’s prior learning and encourages them to explore topics from a range of different angles and disciplines with an emphasis on developing a sense of empathy.

The convergent phase produces an authentic concept, problem or opportunity that is genuinely worth pursuing and provides pupils with the tools to generate lots of ideas that can be combined, refined and tested through prototyping techniques. A high- quality and planned broadcast, publication, production or exhibition showcases the final prototype and celebrates the learning journey.

To see an example of how we showcase pupil’s work, please click here to view the 2015 ‘When a Knight Won his Spurs’ Art Gallery.

Year Group Overview

Please select a year group download file from the sidebar for a further insight into the learning that will take place this year:

  • Reception : Curriculum – Reception LTP
  • Year 1 : Curriculum – Year 1 LTP
  • Year 2  : Curriculum – Year 2 LTP
  • Year 3 : Curriculum – Year 3 LTP
  • Year 4 : Curriculum – Year 4 LTP
  • Year 5 : Curriculum – Year 5 LTP
  • Year 6 : Curriculum – Year 6 LTP

The National Curriculum for Reception

In Reception, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, published in March 2014 by the DfES. This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum.

Early Learning Goals Grid

Please view the download file in the sidebar for the Early Learning Goals Grid.

Please use this link to access the standard Early Years Outcomes information from the UK Government website.

The National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6

The National Curriculum in England is currently in a process of transition.  At Simon de Senlis Primary School we are currently following the timetable for transition, between the National Curriculum (2000) and the National Curriculum (2014), as set out by the Department of Education.

English

The school has been following the objectives as outlined by the Primary Framework for Literacy.

Literacy Objectives

Please view the download file in the sidebar for the English National Curriculum Objectives.

Phonics

Our phonics journey begins in EYFS and is at the heart of everything we do! Phonics is taught systematically and actively to ensure learning is memorable and engaging. Phonics sessions are taught on a daily basis and is made up of learning sounds, using actions, playing games and reading words, following the Letters and Sounds programme.

It aims to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. There are six phases which are taught from EYFS through to Year Two. Children are taught the different sounds that letters make as well as the different combinations. In addition to this, children progress through high frequency word lists that they need to learn to read and spell. Sessions also cover how to segment words into their separate sounds as well as how to blend sounds together to make words (which also supports spelling).

In June, all Year One children will be expected to undertake a statutory Phonics Screening . The aim is to check that a child is making the expected progress in phonics and using skills to decode unfamiliar words in their reading. The check comprises of a list of 40 words, both real and nonsense, which the child reads one-to-one with a teacher. For any children who do not pass the check, extra support will be given and they will then resit the test in Year 2. If they do not pass the test in Year 2 they will receive specific phonic interventions to meet their individual needs in Year 3.

Reading Schemes

At SdS we are passionate about providing an inspiring curriculum with rich texts at the heart of learning.

We are currently revamping our Reading Scheme books so the children travel on a reading journey from EYFS to Year 6, reading engaging texts at their level of reading ability and interest.  This is all being logged onto the Junior Librarian system so we are armed with all the data we need to have a full understanding of what reading is like for the whole school.  In addition, staff are able to track the progress of the children to ensure that they are fully engaging in a rich reading environment.

At Simon de Senlis we use the No Nonsense Spelling approach (which is a Primary Teacher Awards 2015 winner).  No Nonsense Spelling provides pathways , which enables teachers to deliver active lessons for the learning of spelling from Yr2 to Yr6.  Not only do children gain knowledge, understanding and investigate key spelling patterns, they also activate prior knowledge by revisiting previous linked learning.  This is delivered through a series of well-planned and resourced sessions during the course of the year.  Where children will be introduced to new concepts then given the opportunity to practise, extend, explore and then explain and demonstrate their understanding.

Maths

The school has been following the objectives as outlined by Primary Framework for Mathematics.

Maths Objectives

Please view the download file in the sidebar for the National Curriculum Objectives for Maths

The school is structured into faculties and we follow objectives outlined by the National Curriculum.

Computing

We use the Rising Stars scheme which covers the national curriculum objectives.

Please view the download file in the sidebar for the National Curriculum Objectives for Computing.

Science

Please view the download file in the sidebar for the National Curriculum Objectives for Science.

Art

We employ a specialist Art consultant who covers the national curriculum objectives.

Please view the download file in the sidebar for the National Curriculum Objectives for Art.

Physical Education

We use the Real PE scheme which covers the national curriculum objectives – please see attached National Curriculum Objectives for Computing.

Please view the download file in the sidebar for the National Curriculum Objectives for Physical Education (PE).

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