Teaching and Learning
The subjects taught at Saxmundham Primary School are defined by the National Curriculum:
- Religious Education
- Design Technology
- Physical Education
- Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)
- Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
- French (from Year 3 onwards)
The same subjects are covered in both Key Stages 1 and 2 (KS1/KS2); in greater detail as the child gets older.
We also teach Environmental Education, and Citizenship, often through cross-curricular themes. We use a variety of teaching and assessment methods, choosing those that are most effective and engaging for the task at hand.
To view the curriculum maps that each class is follwing this year, please visit the class pages. If you require any further information about the curriculum, please read the national curriculum guides listed at the bottom of this page and on the class pages, or speak to your child's class teacher.
The following paragraphs provide a brief statement of our curriculum aims for all our children. In each class, as children mature through the school, learning activities are provided that support the skill and knowledge development expected for their ages and abilities.
- Children will be able to communicate confidently both verbally and in writing, using a range of effective and varied language. They should also listen attentively and respond appropriately to other children and to adults.
- Children will have the skills to write for purpose, and use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. They should be capable of producing a well-reasoned story or account.
- Children will be able to read books of their own choice for enjoyment and use reference books and other media to gain new information.
- OUR PHONICS SCHEME: PHONICS INTERNATIONAL
All staff in KS1 have been trained to deliver this scheme.
- OUR READING SCHEME: OXFORD READING TREE + FLOPPY'S PHONICS
Most children read books from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, some children read books from the Floppy's Phonics scheme.
For NEW school BOOK BAND information please click here (opens pdf file).
- Children will acquire mathematical skills and knowledge relevant to the demands of everyday life.
- Children will become confident, accurate and conversant with the four basic rules of number, including multiplication tables.
- Children will have a sound knowledge of money, time, data handling, measures and shapes, appropriate to their age.
- Children will acquire scientific knowledge based on practical investigative activities where the skills of observation, exploring, testing, classification and recording can be developed. Our school grounds and the rich local environment support the children’s daily awareness of the natural world and are a source of much understanding for them in this aspect of learning. Read about our Science Week 2016!
- Children will gain an understanding of geographical skills with emphasis on human and environmental issues. They will experience at first-hand a variety of geographical aspects, including contrasting environments and physical features.
- Children will acquire knowledge and understanding of people, places and ideas from the past through study and interpretation of historical evidence. Through visits and visitors, children will experience historical artifacts and some of the places where they would have been used.
- Children will plan, design, make, test and evaluate their own projects.
- Children will be able to develop their own ideas and skills by using a wide range of materials and methods.
- Children will become confident in their use of ICT to support curriculum studies and personal interests.
- Children will learn to appreciate quality and beauty, building a sensitive awareness of both the natural and built environment.
- Children will experiment with a wide variety of art techniques, and study work by famous artists.
- Pupils will develop skills that form the basis for enjoyment of music.
- Pupils will acquire music-making skills, including playing an instrument.
- Pupils will have opportunities to compose and perform music.
- Children will experience a balanced programme of activities including: gymnastics, games, athletics, dance, swimming and outdoor activities. These activities will give them stimulation and enjoyment and the chance to develop their skills and team spirit.
- Children will learn the importance of exercise for their development as fit and healthy people.
- Children will develop an awareness of the world around them, be introduced to some of the main religious faith groups and have a grounding in moral values based on correct behaviour and consideration for others.
- RE is taught in accordance with the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus.
- Parents may, if they wish, withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship. Please discuss this with the Headteacher, and if decided upon, put this request into writing.
- Children will learn to write and test simple programmes to solve problems, use the internet safely and appropriately, and understand and use networks for collaboration.
To read more detailed information about the new national curriculum please click on the following links:
A guide for parents: Year One (pdf)
A guide for parents: Year Two (pdf)
A guide for parents: Year Three (pdf)
A guide for parents: Year Four (pdf)
A guide for parents: Year Five (pdf)
A guide for parents: Year Six (pdf)