SANDHILL PRIMARY CURRICULUM
At Sandhill Primary School we aim to provide a broad, balanced, well-differentiated and inclusive curriculum that all children can have access to and which stimulates and challenges them to learn.
The long term plan is based on a 2 year cycle that is continually developed and modified as appropriate to reflect any new, national developments or identified school needs; flexibility is encouraged to maximise the interest and motivation of different children and teachers.
Objectives for all National Curriculum subjects are taken from the 2014 National Curriculum, and have been purposefully allocated to year group cycles to ensure there is sufficient coverage and progression across the school.
All year groups work in pairs using a themed curriculum approach; a system of basing the theme around a main Literacy Driver (text) has been adopted to improve the children’s knowledge of text and how texts are written.
In each year group, specific subjects and basic skills are taught in isolation where necessary and where appropriate, are supported by specialists to enhance the learning provision.
Enterprise projects are determined using a Personalised Learning approach; encouraging the children to take responsibility for an aspect of their learning.
Literacy and Mathematics planning uses the objectives of the new National Curriculum, specific to each year group (2014).
Mathematics objectives are linked together to include both the teaching of skills and knowledge and the application of these. Where appropriate, these are linked to the text driver; additional objectives are taught discretely.
Literacy objectives are planned around different genres of text, linking in appropriate skills and knowledge. These units form the basis of the curriculum theme; whilst fully embracing the cross curricular approach, this enables us to have a full focus on reading and writing. Additional skills such as handwriting, spelling or grammar may also be taught discretely, when necessary.
The teaching of phonics is addressed through following the Letters and Sounds document and tailoring to the needs of our children where appropriate. Our aim is to support children to become early readers and writers. We place great importance on application and experience and aim to get children making informed spelling choices from a young age. These skills are further developed through 1:1 reading and guided reading sessions.
The cross curricular approach to the curriculum provides opportunities for the application of ICT skills across all subjects; we try to ensure that we take on board new technology as it emerges, ensuring that the children have the skills that they need for the future.
If you require any more information about our school curriculum please contact Mrs. Kitson