The learning at Southfield is a careful balance between the basic skills of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, and all other areas of study from the National Curriculum.

We provide a creative, connected curriculum which is broad and balanced and is appropriate for all pupils, at all stages of their development. This exciting and diverse curriculum is carefully planned to enable all children to reach their full potential and to develop their talents, experiences, interests and skills.

We plan 6 themes a year, one every term. These themes are then taught across the whole school allowing us to make logical connections in learning and to stimulate the interest of the children.

We support pupils who may need some additional or alternative provision; we also extend pupils all our pupils.

We share curriculum information each term to keep you fully informed about the intended learning and so that you can also support your child’s learning at home.

2018-19

Term 4 – Dynamic Data

This theme has a Maths and Science emphasis. All children will be identifying, gathering, sorting, presenting and analysing information!

Please see the weekly newsletters for more Curriculum Information.

At Southfield we use a mixed approach for the teaching of reading including Synthetic Phonics, (understanding the relationships between sounds and their written representations), fluency, guided reading, vocabulary development and comprehension.

We also want to develop a love of reading: Our English curriculum is based on sharing high quality texts, teachers read to pupils and classes visit our well-stocked library.

Our youngest pupils learn to sound out words by learning synthetic phonics using an approach called ‘letters and sounds’ as well as having a wealth of experience of real books through class stories, reading to adults and using texts for learning individually and in groups. We also encourage and reward home reading and offer structured reading through dipping into a range of reading schemes as well as using our extensive library.

In Key Stage One, pupils continue learning to read through a balance of phonics and real books. The children then learn to sound out and recognise new words. Pupils begin reading comprehension activities. Frequent guided reading sessions also take place for all children.

In Key Stage Two, our pupils work on developing their comprehension and broadening the range of texts read. At school and at home, pupils also use an online program called Reading Plus where they are provided with a personalised reading scheme which helps develop their reading fluency and stamina, vocabulary, comprehension skills and confidence.

Southfield pupils take part in the Brackley Summer Reading Challenge for local schools. In the last 5 years, our school have been 2nd once and have won 3 times!

Learning to write is one of the most important things that a child at primary school will learn. As well as writing across the curriculum, writing also gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world.

For a child, learning to write can be a tricky business, not least because good writing involves handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation not to mention what we want to write and who we are writing for.

In Reception, children will start to learn how to form letters correctly. They will be encouraged to use their knowledge of phonics to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. By the end of the year, they will be expected to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.

In Year 1, children will be taught to write sentences by saying out loud what they are going to write about, put several sentences together and re-read their writing to check it makes sense. They will also be expected to discuss what they have written and to read it aloud.

In Year 2, children learn to write for a range of purposes, including stories, information texts and poetry. Children are encouraged to plan what they are going to write and to read through their writing to make corrections and improvements.

In Years 3 and 4, children are encouraged to draft and write by talking about their writing. They will continue to learn how to organise paragraphs and, if they are writing non-fiction, to use headings. When they are writing stories, they will learn to use settings, characters and plots. Children in Years 3 and 4 will be expected to use what they know about grammar in their writing and to read through what they have written, to find ways to improve it.

In Years 5 and 6, children will continue to develop their skills in planning, drafting and reviewing what they have written. Children learn to identify the audience for and purpose of their writing. They will be expected to use grammar appropriately. In non-fiction writing, children will use headings, bullet points and other ways to organise their writing. They will be expected to describe settings, characters and to use dialogue in their stories.

Maths Mastery – A new way of thinking and teaching

Time to think deeply about the maths

Students are given time to think more deeply about the maths and really understand concepts at a relational level rather than as a set of rules or procedures. This slower pace leads to greater progress because it ensures that students are more secure in their understanding and teachers don’t need to revisit topics as often once they’ve been covered in depth.

Builds self-confidence in learners

In a traditional primary school maths lesson, children are put in different groups and given different content based on their anticipated ability. This means that from an early age children are classed as those who can and can’t “do maths”. Teaching maths for mastery is different because it offers all pupils access to the full maths curriculum. This inclusive approach, and its emphasis on promoting multiple methods of solving a problem, builds self-confidence and resilience in pupils while ensuring that there is appropriate support and challenge for all pupils.

Differentiates through depth rather than acceleration

Though the whole class goes through the same content at the same pace, there is still plenty of opportunity for differentiation. Unlike the old model, where advanced learners are accelerated through new content, those pupils who grasp concepts quickly are challenged with rich and sophisticated problems within the topic. Those children who are not sufficiently fluent are provided additional support to consolidate their understanding before moving on.

Children are also encourage to learn their times tables, up to 12 x 12, for Key Stage 2 pupils, there is a times table challenge every week.

Curriculum

Curriculum Topics
TERM 1
2015-16
2017-18
2019-20
Perfect PatternsCentral
Associated
Discrete / absent
Art, Design, Maths, Computing, Music
English, RE, Science, History, PE
Geography, French, PHSE
TERM 2
2015-16
2017-18
2019-20
Important PeopleCentral
Associated
Discrete / absent
RE, History, RE, PSHE
English, Computing, Science, Geography, Art, Music
Maths, Design, PE, French
TERM 3
2015-16
2017-18
2019-20
Living LanguageCentral
Associated
Discrete / absent
English, Computing, Music, French
Maths, Art, Design
RE, Science, History, Geography, RE, PE, PSHE
TERM 4
2015-16
2017-18
2019-20
Super SettlementsCentral
Associated
Discrete / absent
History, Geography, English, Design
Computing, RE, Art, PHSE
Maths, Science, Music, PE, French
TERM 5
2015-16
2017-18
2019-20
Terrific Trees & Amazing AnimalsCentral
Associated
Discrete / absent
Science, English, Art, Design
Maths, Geography, Computing, Music, PHSE
History, RE, PE, PHSE, French
TERM 6
2015-16
2017-18
2019-20
Sports StarsCentral
Associated
Discrete / absent
PE, English, Maths, Science
History, Geography, Computing, Design
RE, Art, Music, French
Curriculum Topics
TERM 1
2016-17
2018-19
2020-21
Brilliant BooksCentral
Associated
Discrete / absent
English, RE, Art, Design
History, Geography, Computing
Maths, Science, Music, PE, PHSE
TERM 2
2016-17
2018-19
2020-21
Wide World Central
Associated
Discrete / absent
Geography, English, RE, History, Music
Science, Computing, Art, Design, PHSE, French
Maths, Science, Music, PE, PHSE
TERM 3
2016-17
2018-19
2020-21
Marvellous MaterialsCentral
Associated
Discrete / absent
Science, English, Maths, Design
Geography, Computing
History, RE, Art, Music, PE, PHSE, French
TERM 4
2016-17
2018-19
2020-21
Dynamic DataCentral
Associated
Discrete / absent
Maths, English, Science, Computing
Geography, PE
History, RE, Art, Design, Music, PHSE, French
TERM 5
2016-17
2018-19
2020-21
Wonderful WaterCentral
Associated
Discrete / absent
Geography, Science, English, Maths, Design
History, RE, Computing, Art, Music, PE, PHSE
French
TERM 6
2016-17
2018-19
2020-21
Fabulous FaithCentral
Associated
Discrete / absent
RE, English, Geography, History, PHSE
Computing, Art, Music
Science, Design, PE, French

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