In Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) the pupils work through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is play based with short focus activities in small groups.
During the autumn and spring terms in Year 1 this approach continues and the content of the work is gradually developed into the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum 2014 so that by the Summer Term pupils are undertaking far more class based lessons.
From Year 2 upwards pupils follow the National Curriculum 2014 and study all the subjects thus involved. A foreign language (Spanish) is introduced in Key Stage 2, which starts in Year 4.
Pupils are rigorously taught phonics through the Read, Write Inc. scheme, reading and spelling in a manner suited to their age and ability. Phonic knowledge is screened using a national test in Y1. All children, other than those with very significant special educational needs, take SATS (national tests) at the end of Year 2 and at the end of Year 6
Southwark Primary School has Specialist Teachers for English, Maths, PE, Art, and Science. These expert members of staff work alongside class teachers to provide high quality provision for these subjects as well as continued development opportunities for our teaching staff to ensure we are delivering the very best provision for our pupils in these areas.
English and Maths specialists support teachers at the planning stage to ensure the English and maths curriculum taught across the school is broad and pitched to both support and challenge all pupils. Specialist teachers also offer support for pupils who may require further help and intervention in addition to their English and maths lessons.
Children in Years 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 benefit from PE specialist teaching. We also enrich our pupils’ PE provision with a range of expert coaches employed across the school, particularly in Years 2 and 3.
Art and Science specialists work with children from Year 1 upwards throughout the year, providing and enhancing our curriculum. Specialist music sessions are available in Year 4 to all children, where they learn to play a brass or string instrument. Children can choose to continue this in subsequent years through small group lessons.
If you wish to find out more information about the school’s curriculum, please feel free to make an appointment with Mrs Hale or Mrs Stringfellow, our school curriculum leaders.