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Curriculum

 

The Swallowtail Federation of Church Schools

Curriculum Statement 2014

 

Governing bodies are required to produce a curriculum statement annually. This replaces the requirement under the School Framework and Standards Act 1998 for a curriculum plan.

 

From September 2014 there is an expectation from the government for all mainstream primary schools to deliver the new National Curriculum. We have therefore adapted our School curriculum accordingly to ensure that we meet the current aims and statutory requirements.

 

Curriculum Provision the schools of the Swallowtail Federation of Church Schools

 

Our curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014). We enhance this with planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum - learning is always exciting and in a meaningful context for children.  At the Swallowtail Federation we have a rich and varied curriculum, following the National Curriculum 2014 and EYFS Frameworks. We provide additional experiences and opportunties, for example outdoor learning sessions capitalising on our fabulous outdoor learning environment.

 

At Swallowtail we teach Maths and English both as discrete subjects – we often make links with our half termly humanities and science topics.

 

In English, in order to help us meet the Curriculum Objectives, we have embraced the Talk for Writing concept, championed by Pie Corbett, which helps the children to internalise text structures, before being able to invent their own version of a fiction or non-fiction text.  It also encompasses a variety of learning styles as children 'act out' and repeat the text by following a visual story map, exploring vocabulary and making use of props to enhance their understanding. 

 

In our EYFS and KS1 Classes children follow a synthetic programme of phonics known as Letters and Sounds.

 

For your information, your child may use a range of vocabulary when talking about their phonics learning, for example:
Blend (blending) this is when your child draws individual sounds together to pronounce a word, e.g. h-e-l-p, blended together, reads help
Phoneme: the smallest single identifiable sound, e.g. the letters ‘sh’ represent just one sound, but ‘fl’ represents two (/f/ and /l/), There are 44 phonemes in the English language. Click here to hear how they sound.
Grapheme: a letter or a group of letters representing one sound, e.g. sh, th, igh, ious.
Digraph: is when two letters make one sound, e.g. sh, ch, th, ph.
Vowel digraphs are two vowels which, together, make one sound, e.g. ie, oo, ai, ee


Across the schools, we also teach separate handwriting, spelling and grammar lessons, as well as embedding these skills within all other subject areas wherever appropriate. 

Within each school, formal handwriting skills will be taught regularly and systematically through the use of the PENPALS Handwriting scheme (Cambridge University Press).  Click here to view the handwriting guide for parents.

 

At the schools within the Swallowtail Federation children develop a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to a respect and understanding of people who have different characteristics to themselves, whether that be age, disability, gender, race or sexuality. A rigorous, well planned curriculum, delivered by excellent staff in an ethos of care, love and support enables our pupils to be well rounded, empathetic young people who have a thirst for learning and respect for all around them.
The skills of computing are applied across the curriculum.
Religious Education is delivered through the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus.

 

The curriculum at the schools within the Swallowtail Federation aims to:

 

  • Inspire children to develop a love of learning.
  • Embed skills to prepare children for further learning and productive adulthood.
  • ake learning beyond the classroom.
  • Develop children to become reflective learners who have a sense of responsibility for their own learning and development.
  • Build confidence and motivation within our children.
  • Grow children who understand the importance of perseverance, resilience and tolerance.
  • Enable children to use their acquired skills and knowledge to observe, question and think.
  • Learn to value others, their views, cultures and beliefs.

 

For age or stage appropriate resources which would help support your child's learning further, please visit your child's school pages where you will find more information about what your child is learning.