Sytchampton Endowed Primary School

Curriculum

Sytchampton School has adopted Curriculum 2014 which is outlined in the document below (further information can be found on the Government website).

If you wish to learn more about our curriculum, please don't hesitate to contact our Headteacher, Mrs Richards, by email or telephone.

At Sytchampton we have mixed year bases. As a result we have decided to complete a 2-year topic cycle linked to the Curriculum. Our termly calendar outlines key festivals to provide rich experiences and focus children’s learning.

Our topics link to key humanities skills.

History - we provide a coherent understanding of Britain’s past, and the wider world, through inspiring pupils to think critically, compare evidence and develop perspective. History, should help to understand the process of change, diversity of different societies and relationships between different groups of people . As Historians children will develop a clear understanding of concepts such as chronology, vocabulary, continuity and change, cause and effect and how evidence is used to make historical claims.

The key concepts to think like a historian are investigating and interpreting evidence, connections in world history, chronology, historical communication.

Geography - we aim to inspire curiosity about the world and its people by studying natural and human environments together with the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As a geographer children learn how these processes interact and bring change over time. They understand how to collect and interpret data,and a range of sources eg. maps, photographs and communicate geographical understanding in a variety of ways and understand key terminology.

Teaching to encourage greater depth and to reflect a sequence of learning and thinking, (in line with Blooms taxonomy):

Basic Name, describe, follow instructions, complete, recall., measure, list, tell, label, illustrate, arrange, define, memorise, calculate, recite, draw.
Advancing Apply skills to solve problems, explain methods, classify, infer, identify patterns, organise, modify, predict, interpret, summarise, estimate, compare, experiment, practice, arrange, point out, graph, separate, begin to justify their reasoning.
Deep Solve non- routine problems, appraise, explain concepts, hypothesise, investigate, design, create, justify, recommend, discover, evaluate, revise, conclude, formulate, construct, develop, prioritise.

Each Humanities topic will include:

  • A WOW factor moment to launch the topic eg. Object found in school grounds, parcel/letter delivered, visitor.
  • Each topic to include either a visit to a relevant site or visitor to engage the children in their learning.
  • All topics to start with an Art/DT focus making things to display in class to eg. Roman mosaics, shields.
  • All Humanities themes supported by topic boxes and have a key text to focus on.
  • All Humanities link with project based homework which forms part of the final presentation to parents.
  • Humanities are skills and knowledge driven with children asking questions, investigating and making links.
  • Planning should evolve around key questions and involve pupils in planning their learning.
  • Projects to last 6-8 weeks.
  • One class per term (one per year) completes a ‘BIG’ project which involves a presentation to parents to celebrate and showcase the pupils’ learning. This can include IT presentations, drama, song/dance, exhibition of work.

Look for cross curricular links:

  • History > Art/DT > Literacy
  • Geography > Art/DT > Maths
  • Science > PE/Outdoors > Maths
  • PSHE > RE > School Ethos/Assembly
  • MFL > Music > Drama

Areas of overlap in all subjects and computing, music, art and DT and use our specialist staff eg. Anna Martin will support during our Friday sessions.

Phonics and Reading

In Early Years and Key Stage 1, pupils take part in daily phonics and reading lessons. Our Phonics Planning follows the Letters and Sounds Programme.

Curriculum Progression Documents