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Curriculum Guidance

Please see the bottom of this page for links to each year group’s curriculum.

The curriculum is at the heart of learning. Over time we have been developing our own skills based thematic curriculum which is regularly reviewed and adapted. In line with our mission statement our aim is always to make learning ‘fun, real, relevant and memorable’ so that:

  • Children become motivated and enthusiastic self-learners who enjoy coming to school
  • Children experience a wide but balanced range of learning activities
  • Children are confident readers, writers and mathematicians
  • Children make good progress and have high levels of achievement
  • Children learn the key skills of communication, cooperation, team work, understanding, tolerance and confidence
  • Children are able to learn through creative first hand experiences and have high quality visits and visitors to inspire learning
  • Children are ready for the next stage of their learning journey

As an academy we can choose whether we follow the National Curriculum, we largely do, particularly in areas such as English, Maths and Science.

Reading, Writing and Maths

At South Benfleet Primary School we are proud of our academic standards but we recognise that it is by parents, teachers and children working together that the best results will be achieved. We need your help and support with learning so that the best possible outcomes can be achieved for all children.

Phonics and spelling

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 (Infants) and lower Key Stage 2 we make use of a daily structured phonics programme called ‘Letters and Sounds’. This is supported by published materials such as ‘Bug Club Phonics’, ‘Phonics Play’ and ‘Jolly Phonics’. Daily bursts of phonic activity help the children to know letter sounds and build common words- this helps with both reading and writing. Children are taught in groups according to which phonics phase they are working at.

In Key Stage 2 children are taught to spell using a structured programme based on ‘Support for Spelling ‘incorporating word lists from the latest National Curriculum.

Reading - ‘An important key to learning and life!’

We use a variety of reading materials in school, including at least one reading scheme- ‘Oxford Reading Tree’, to help ensure progression. We also have a wide range of books outside of published reading schemes in classrooms and in the library- including non-fiction texts. We encourage all children to take a book home daily which they should read/ share with an adult as part of daily home learning. We also ask that all parents read regularly to their children. We provide a detailed home school reading record book for parental comments on reading and other issues. The record book has several sections aimed at helping parents e.g. with phonics, grammatical terms and with ideas of questions to help gauge understanding of texts. We want our children to develop a love of reading for life.

Writing

We provide opportunity for the children to write regularly and promote writing in all areas of the curriculum. We want all children to become confident writers through daily literacy lessons which focus on a variety of essential skills including spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting. Our thematic curriculum which makes use of visits, visitors and practical learning experiences promotes opportunities for real writing and the use of quality texts to inspire writing.

Maths

We teach the latest National Curriculum Programmes of Study largely through the ‘Abacus’ scheme. During their time in school children develop good mental calculation skills and are able to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills to solve real life problems and challenges. As a school, we are well resourced to promote good mathematical learning so that children develop mathematical understanding built on solid foundations.

Other Curriculum areas

We teach all areas of The National Curriculum. Where possible we do this through our themed approach to learning. Other subjects have to be taught separately- such as RE, PE and French in Years 5&6.

We publish termly curriculum plans for each year group outlining what your child will be learning. If you require any further information please speak initially to your child’s class teacher.

Links to Year Group Curriculum

Year 1 Curriculum - Autumn Term 2016

Year 2 Curriculum - Autumn Term 2016

Year 3 Curriculum - Autumn Term 2016

Year 4 Curriculum - Autumn Term 2016

Year 5 Curriculum - Autumn Term 2016

Year 6 Curriculum - Autumn Term 2016

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