Swindon Academy Primary provides a well-balanced, challenging and stimulating education that will benefit all and allow children to be the best they can be through the highest standards of teaching and learning.
We follow Government statutory guidance and have used research to develop a curriculum which is informative, educational and challenging. Our aim is to engage and inspire every child. Educational visits and visitors to school enable us to provide real opportunities to reinforce learning, widen horizons, develop new knowledge and skills and engage in new experiences.
Our curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS). At the end of each key stage, your child’s teacher will formally assess their performance to measure your child’s progress.
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
Each area of the Foundation Stage curriculum has equal weighting and children are given opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in all these areas through a wide range of learning opportunities and continuous provision. Through careful observation and assessment staff move children on in their learning and encourage them to participate in identifying the next steps for their learning.
Learning opportunities are developed through:
- Play which is structured at times to enable new skills to develop
- Allowing children to make their own decisions and choices
- Providing a range of stimulating resources that children are encouraged to explore freely and through direction from staff
- Incorporating role-play and talk into sessions
- Offering very high-quality pastoral care so that children feel confident, valued and secure
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
At Swindon Academy we believe that language skills are essential for participating fully and actively as a member of society. Our aim is to teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. We aim to inspire pupils to gain pleasure and develop confidence within their writing, wherever possible for genuine purposes and real audiences. Our Writing curriculum will help pupils to develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Talk for Writing
The core principle in the Talk for Writing Approach is that telling stories is a great way to learn about language, communication and ideas. Listening to stories fills the listener up with words but learning to tell that same story moves those words and phrases from the passive to the active language part of the brain; the new elements of language become ready to be used. Storytelling internalizes patterns of language and plot that the storyteller will then be able to use actively, both in speaking and later in writing.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
In Key Stage 1 we use Read Write Inc for our grammar, punctuation and spelling alongside our own overviews for the year. In Key Stage 2 we use No Nonsense Spelling to supplement our yearly overviews.
We use the Read Write Inc handwriting scheme to develop handwriting in our pupils from Reception to Year 6. Any child who continues to require further support for handwriting is picked up in additional sessions throughout the day.
At Swindon Academy we believe that developing children’ positive attitudes to reading from the earliest stage is of paramount importance. Through reading, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We believe that literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised. Swindon Academy teachers are passionate about reading and seek to develop a love of reading and writing in their pupils. We strive to foster positive attitudes to reading by providing lots of reading opportunities and time to talk with children about their experiences and feelings.
In EYFS and KS1 we follow Read Write Inc to teach the children a systematic approach to reading. From Year 1 we supplement our reading curriculum with Daily Supportive Reading. Children enjoy daily independent reading in small groups matched to their independent reading level, led by a trained adult. In Key Stage 2 we use novels to support and develop a love of reading, whilst also developing children’s reading skills and fluency.
At Swindon Academy our mathematics curriculum focuses on developing the following:
- Fluency of the four basic mathematics operations (+, -, x and ÷) underpins a pupils’ ability to progress and develop the ability to tackle increasingly difficult Mathematics. By regularly focusing and extending these operations in lessons, pupils will develop the skills they need to be successful mathematicians.
- By asking pupils ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’ and by providing daily reasoning practice through exit tickets and weekly ‘Convince Me’ tasks, we will develop our pupils’ ability to reason mathematically by identifying patterns and using logic and proof.
- The ability to use mathematics to solve problems in the real world underpins all that we do in the classroom. Problem solving forms a central theme to our mathematics teaching and is part of every lesson for everyone, enabling our pupils to achieve mastery of the subject by being able to apply their skills in both familiar and unfamiliar situations.
- We use the Maths No Problem curriculum to develop a mastery curriculum for Year 1 through to the end of Key Stage 2.
To read about how we teach reading, oracy, writing and direct support reading, please click on the relevant link below:
How we teach reading
How we teach writing
How we teach oracy
How we teach Daily Supported Reading
How we teach Phonics
At Swindon Academy, children develop their knowledge of history and geography through 3-6 units core units of work a year. Our knowledge curriculum provides a detailed guide to the subject matter that will, year-by-year, give your child the fundamentals of an outstanding education. With the use of knowledge organisers, children learn key facts, dates and vocabulary through reading a wide range of material and quizzing.
To see the Curriculum Map for this academic year please follow the relevant links at the bottom of this page.
While learning science at Swindon Academy, children develop their knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills while relating these to their everyday experiences, through a series of units. All children have lots of opportunities to participate in practical activities, developing their investigative and experimental skills. Children learn how to observe, collect and sort data, make predictions, ask questions and record and interpret findings. Each half term the children are taught a new Science unit. Please see the curriculum map for a breakdown of the units taught in each year group (please see relevant overviews at the links at the bottom of this page).
At Swindon Academy, we believe that Physical Education (PE) is a vital part of the curriculum. It develops children’s knowledge, skills and understanding so that they can perform a range of physical activities with increasing competence and confidence. PE promotes children's understanding of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills, and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle thus enabling them to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.
Foundation stage: In the Foundation Stage, the physical development of a child is designated a Prime Area of the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework. At Swindon Academy, we provide children with the opportunity to take part in a range of activities that offer physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of equipment and resources as they work towards the Early Learning Goals in this area. Teachers use the age-related statements in the Development Matters document to assess pupil progress and plan appropriate activities.
Participation: All pupils are expected to participate in PE lessons. Pupils who are not able to take part due to sickness or injury will require a note from their parents/guardian. If this involves a long-term injury or ailment, then a doctor’s note or medical evidence will be required.
If you require more information about the school curriculum, please contact the Primary Headteacher, Mrs Hodgson.
Curriculum Maps 2019-2020
Below you can access full details of the KS1 and KS2 curriculum for 2019/2020
Primary Maths Curriculum
Primary English Curriculum
Primary Wider Curriculum
Primary PSHE Curriculum
If you have any queries relating to the curriculum at key stage 1 or key stage 2 please contact Mrs Hodgson.