School provides a rich and creative curriculum.
National Curriculum - Parent Guide
Curriculum Policy 2021-2022
KS1 & KS2 Curriculum Overview 2021-22
Reading Vision and Overview
Phonics Vision and Overview
Writing Vision and Overview
Science Vision and Overview
Geography Vision and Overview
History Vision and Overview
Art Vision and Overview
Computing Vision and Overview
P4C Vision and Overview
MFL Vision and Overview
PE Vision and Overview
PSHE Vision and Overview
RE Vision and Overview
Maths Vision and Overview
Design & Technology Vision and Overview
EYFS Curriculum Autumn A
EYFS Curriculum Autumn B
Early Years Foundation Stage
Our children in Nursery and Reception are taught using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework. This government document sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old and ensures they learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
The EYFS framework outlines seven areas of learning and development and educational programmes. There are three prime areas of learning, which are particularly important for children’s development and future learning:
- Communication and Language
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical Development
There are four specific areas of learning, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts and design
Three characteristics of learning are also fostered to enable the best development in every child. These are:
- Playing and exploring
- Active Learning
- Creating and Thinking Critically
The EYFS framework identifies the essential role of play in children’s development including child-led play and play guided by an adult. This play based learning develops confidence and relationships with others, extends vocabulary and develops communication skills.
In our EYFS Unit, we provide a curriculum which:
- is carefully planned by the teachers and covers all areas of the curriculum, with opportunities to learn inside and outside, pursuing self-initiated and adult directed activities;
- allows the children to learn through play sometimes for extended periods;
- provides activities which allow children to explore, be active learners, be creative and think critically;
- encourages children to take responsibility for their learning;
- is planned weekly, taking into account the children’s' interests;
- meets the diverse learning needs of all the children;
- respects the cultural differences of all children and communities.
- is dependent on practitioners and parent/carers working together;
- ensures all children feel secure and confident;
- builds on what children already know and can do and takes them to the next steps
- uses varied approaches and teaching methods.
Click on the links to find out more information about the EYFS curriculum.
Key Stage 1 & 2
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 we follow the National Curriculum. We focus on English and mathematics as the foundations for all learning and these lessons are taught every day. The skills learnt in these lessons are then applied across the curriculum.
Lessons in geography, history, art, design technology, science, computing, religious education, music, physical education and Spanish (KS2) are taught as discrete lessons.
Sports coaches support teachers in the delivery of PE lessons.
We follow the Salford Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Copies of the RE curriculum can be provided to parents/carers through the school office. Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons.
We ensure the curriculum is creative, exciting and fun. Out of school visits and enrichment activities are an integral part of our curriculum and these are carefully mapped into our yearly teaching programme.
Click on the links to find out more about the National Curriculum at Summerville Primary School.
P4C (Philosophy for Children)
We teach P4C across the school. P4C is an approach to learning that was founded by Professor Matthew Lipman. P4C has developed over 35 years and is practises in approximately 60 countries.
In P4C children are taught how to create their own philosophical questions. They then choose one question that is the focus of a philosophical enquiry, or dialogue. For example the question might be 'is it ever okay to steal?'
The teacher as a facilitator, supports the children in their thinking, reasoning and questioning, as well as the way children speak and listen to each other in the dialogue. After the enquiry the children and facilitator reflect on the quality of their thinking, reasoning and participation, and suggest how they could improve, either as individuals or as a group (community).
We are proud to be a 'No Outsiders' school which teach children about the Equalities Act through story books. The aims of this initiative are:
- To promote equality of opportunity
- To teach children about the Equality Act 2010
- Create a positive culture in the school where all groups of people are welcome
- To teach children to be comfortable in their own skin while recognising and celebrating difference and diversity in others
- Reduce vulnerability to radicalisation and extremism
- Prepare children to contribute to society and life in Britain as they grow up
If parents and carers would like to know more about our curriculum please contact Miss Jordan through the school office.
Our vision for Art
We believe that through art at Summerville we will aim to nurture and build creativity. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Art will help the children lose themselves and find themselves in a creative way. Our high-quality art education will engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. They will gain a deeper understanding of colour, a design process and the thought that goes into creating a unique piece of art through various mediums. Every pupil will achieve in art.
Our vision for Computing
We believe that through computing, our children will gain the confidence and ability they need to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly changing and developing technological world. We aim to use ICT to enhance and extend the children’s learning across the whole curriculum, whilst developing computational thinking skills, which are vital in enabling children to solve problems, design systems and understand the capability and restrictions of human and machine intelligence.
Our vision for MFL
We believe that learning a modern foreign language provides an opening into other cultures and deepens the children’s understanding of the world. We want them to develop a genuine interest and curiosity about the wider world acquiring knowledge about the language, culture and traditions of Spanish speaking countries.
Our vision for Design and Technology
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. At Summerville Primary School we plan interesting, creative and motivating projects within a range of contexts. Pupils identify, appreciate and develop an understanding of the contribution that innovative design and technological advancements have in the shaping of our world. We also apply the iterative process of design and making to food technology and cooking healthy meals.
Using creativity and imagination, Summerville pupils will design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, geography, computing and art. Pupils will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Pupils will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
Our vision for English
We believe that some of the most transformative skills that we can develop in our children are having the confidence and ability to communicate their feelings and ideas and exploring those of others. Through developing their reading, writing and oracy skills, children will be able to critically explore the world around them, create and explore imagined worlds, develop empathy and have the skills which will enable them to contribute and participate fully as adults in their communities.
Our vision for Maths
At Summerville Primary School we recognise the beauty and wonder of maths and the significant contribution maths makes to everyday life. Mathematics is a universal language that enables us to understand the world. Beyond the study of numbers, shapes and patterns, it also provides important tools for work in fields such as engineering, physics, architecture, medicine and business. It nurtures the development of a logical and methodical mindset, as well helping to develop focus and the ability to solve problems.
Maths is a creative and highly interconnected and has developed over time. It is essential to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
At Summerville Primary School, we:
- Foster a positive attitude to maths and believe that, ‘everyone can do maths’.
- Teach and practice the fundamentals of maths to develop greater recall and fluency
- Solve problems using different approaches and explain our reasoning.
- Use a concrete, pictorial, abstract, (CPA) approach to maximise conceptual understanding and expose mathematical structures
- Apply our skills and knowledge in other areas of the curriculum.
Our aim is to develop deep maths mastery; where pupils can apply their skills efficiently in a variety of contexts and explain why they chose a particular approach.
Our vision for Geography
We believe that through geography our children will develop a fascination and curiosity about the world around them that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. As geographers, they will acquire a detailed knowledge of the people, places and environments that shape our world. This geographical knowledge will help the children to explain the physical features of the world they live in, how they are interconnected and how humans have shaped and changed the land over time.
Our vision for History
At Summerville we believe history is a valued part of our curriculum which allows our children to gain knowledge and understanding of the past in Britain and in the wider world. History is about real people who lived, and real events which happened in the past. History is concerned with sequence, time and chronology and is the study of evidence about the past; it gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships.
History fires the children’s curiosity about the past and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world. As historians, pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. Our history curriculum will equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement – skills which are prized in adult life.
History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Our vision for P4C
We believe that through P4C our children will grow in confidence in expressing themselves and develop higher order thinking skills which will benefit them for the rest of their lives. As they engage in enquiries, they will develop skills in active listening (caring thinking), learn how to respond to and build on the ideas of others (collaborative thinking), learn how to respectfully interrogate the ideas of others (critical thinking) and develop skills in making links between different ideas (creative thinking).
Our vision for PSHE
Through our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) curriculum we want to equip our children with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives now and in the future. We want them to become more independent, form healthy relationships, manage their feelings & emotions and stay healthy and safe. We want them to develop into well-rounded individuals who have self-confidence, are motivated to learn and be active and responsible citizens.
We want to prepare our children for the future by encouraging the development of characteristics for life such as a love of learning, resilience, integrity, team work, critical thinking and independence. We want to prepare them for the world of work and support them in developing enterprise skills and financial awareness.
Our vision for RE
At Summerville we believe that R.E offers children opportunities to develop and understand their own position and beliefs and in turn appreciate the beliefs of others.
Through the programme of study, the children will develop an understanding and knowledge of the principal religions around the world and will learn how these beliefs, values and traditions of influence individuals and communities. Pupils are encouraged to reflect upon these aspects of human life and the natural world, which raise questions of ultimate meaning or purpose, and to recognise the spiritual dimension of experience.
We also believe that religious education plays a major part in the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of every pupil in the school. They will develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different to their own; they will embrace living in a society of diverse religions and beliefs.
Our vision for Science
Science is the understanding of the world around us. Through learning facts and testing ideas we seek to develop enquiring minds who can find answers to their own exploratory questions.
In line with the National Curriculum, we aim to ensure all children develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, develop an understanding of nature, and are equipped with knowledge of scientific procedures to test and answer scientific questions about the universe we live in.
By working scientifically, we intend to explore and demonstrate how the world functions. We will observe changes, find patterns, group and classify, conduct fair tests and research using secondary sources. The children will be encouraged to draw conclusions using their scientific knowledge and evidence to explain their findings.
In our science learning, we inspire and encourage curiosity through understanding so that our confident, independent learners can make sense of the world.
Our vision for PE
‘A real education has to give equal weight to the arts, the humanities, to physical education’ (Sir Ken Robinson, Ted talk, May 2013).
At Summerville we believe that this balance and range of opportunity underpins everything we plan and deliver. Since the beginning of the human species there has always been a need to move and be active but as time has gone bye, and technological advances have been made, there has been an increase in sedentary lifestyles and the associated health problems. There is strong and consistent evidence that doing regular, moderate-intensity physical activity provides a range of physical, intellectual and emotional benefits for everyone. At our school we recognise the importance of being fit and agile and the effect it has on a child’s health and wellbeing, their ability to learn effectively and achieve in school. As a healthy school we want to promote participation in sport and physical activity and believe we have an important role in partnership with the family and wider community in promoting physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. Information on our PE curriculum, extra-curricular activities and how we use our Schools Sports Premium Funding can be found on our website.
We also aim to increase enjoyment and participation in sport and physical activity for all pupils.