Curriculum Overview

Southwold Curriculum 2020-21

We use the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum as starting points to build a Southwold Curriculum that is broad, balanced, exciting and engaging; we aim to offer all of our children a wide variety of memorable learning experiences.

Our curriculum is delivered through ‘Project-based Learning’. We start with the needs of our children and their interests to develop cross-curricular projects that are based around an essential question – E.g. ‘Are Zoos Ethical?’, ‘What Makes a Hero?’, ‘How Would You Survive on a Desert Island?’. We follow the principles of REAL learning in our project-based curriculum: rigorous, engaging, authentic learning.

The children learn through their engaging and stimulating projects and have their learning supported by class trips, visitors into school and also class novels linked to their project. Children present their learning to parents and expert visitors at the end of each termly project.

Our projects are taught in a cross-curricular way. However, we maintain daily shared reading, phonics, English and Maths lessons, which are related to class projects and real-life situations whenever possible. In Early Years, we also maintain a focus on learning through play to embed the prime and specific areas of learning. Writing is project based and shared reading novels and stories relate to the class projects. Mighty Maths Missions are linked to class projects.

We use elements of the Nottingham Maths Project and also Mastery Maths to deliver the Maths curriculum in EYFS. Across Key Stages 1 and 2, we deliver a Maths curriculum based on reasoning and problem solving using elements of Maths No problem, White Rose Maths and also Maths Mastery documents to support our learning. In English, we use the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ and ‘Letters and Sounds’ documents to support our phonics teaching and learning across school, however our Southwold Phonics Policy does not follow a daily scheme. We have daily Shared Reading lessons and use a range of reading schemes: Oxford Reading Tree; Read, Write Inc; Floppy’s Phonics and Rigby Star. Our reading books are book banded across school.

Please download the documents below to find out more about our School Curriculum. To find out more about the curriculum that Southwold follows, please contact our School Office via email at or by calling 0115 9155756.

Download EYC Policy 2020 21

Parents Guide For EYFS

Download Early Years Foundation Stage Parents’ Guide

Curriculum policy-2020-21

Download Year 1 Curriculum Map

Download Year 2 Curriculum Map

Download Year 3 Curriculum Map

Download Year 4 Curriculum Map

Download Year 5 Curriculum Map

Download Year 6 Curriculum Map

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