At South Grove we are committed to creating learning and a curriculum which is inclusive and relevant to our pupils and community. Through our creative International Primary topic based curriculum, incorporating all National Curriculum subjects, some aspects of the curriculum are delivered daily, weekly, half-termly or during special themed weeks.
English and Mathematics are taught as discreet subjects and link to the class topic where appropriate. Phonics, Spelling and Reading are also taught as discreet subjects across the school.
Our curriculum is enhanced and supported by:
- A creative and interactive learning and teaching environment that supports and challenges individual learning, with many opportunities empowering the children to explore their own learning
- WOW days
- A timetabled programme of learning based on the National Curriculum and IPC
- Outside educational visits and trips to enrich subjects and topics
- Outside speakers, visitors and theatre groups in school
- Research projects each term to link to a topic
- Extra-curricular activities such as sports opportunities, drama productions, music and instrumental lessons
National Curriculum 2014
You can download the new National Curriculum here:
Curriculum Overview for Nursery to Year 6
EYFS – Nursery and Reception
Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum.
The curriculum is planned through different areas of learning:
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The children will experience the EYFS Curriculum through a wealth of planned and self-initiated activities, with learning taking place both inside and outdoors.
In Nursery children begin to learn their initial letters and sounds in short daily focussed sessions.
Key Stages 1 and 2
South Grove’s curriculum across the school is based on the International Primary Curriculum. This compliments and supports the school’s diverse community and Intermediate Award with developing links around the world. The curriculum provision incorporates the new National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Within each Year Group children study ‘thematic units’ each half-term giving them a rich, balanced and exciting curriculum, allowing them to explore and be part of their own learning. Developing links across the world through their topics and sharing their work and explorations will be key.
We provide many opportunities for our children to become independent learners and continue to develop our curriculum, making it much more creative in its approach. We encourage children to broaden their experiences by focussing on their interests, through discussions. Taking them on educational visits or inviting theatre companies, workshops or guests in are seen as an important link to support children’s learning experienced and enrich their understanding through real life experiences. The use of ICT and computing is embedded in the children’s work.
There is a real emphasis on developing literacy skills of reading and writing, alongside maths and ICT but the development of children’s social skills and emotional well-being is equally as important.
Within Key Stage 1 a complete literacy programme is taught, Read, Write Inc Phonics, with reading being taught using synethic phonics. Children in Reception and Year 1 read storybooks and non-fiction books matched to their developing phonic knowledge; take home books to share; learn to spell using known sounds; write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first; work well with a partner. This is also used as an intervention program for children in Year 2 or older.
Children are asked to use these skills in all aspects of their learning. We’re passionate about equipping our children with knowledge, skills and experience to become successful adults. Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design Technology, French and Music, all have a regular place throughout the curriculum provision.
We have a comprehensive PSHCE Curriculum designed to develop children’s emotional literacy skills. RE is taught within the ‘Agreed Syllabus’ of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Also, as part of the Science and PSHCE curriculum, Sex and Relationship Education will be delivered in a sensitive way and parents will be kept informed before lessons take place.
The PE Curriculum is based on a range of indoor and outdoor activities with 2 hours being provided across the week for each class. Swimming is part of the National Curriculum and is currently taught in Year 4.
We set very high expectations regarding achievement but we also recognise the success of the children is also about acquiring the skills they need to access future work opportunities and to face the challenges of the future with confidence.
You can download South Grove’s Primary Curriculum document by clicking below.
Children are assessed regularly through on-going teacher assessment. This will take the form of day-to-day marking and feedback to each child, regular dialogue about how the child is performing at an appropriate level, and what their next steps are in their learning.
They will be assessed using individual levelled targets linked to the National Curriculum standards. Staff regularly review pupil progress each half-term through Pupil Progress meetings. This helps staff to ensure that children are progressing well and helps to identify any gaps in learning. Appropriate and timely interventions are put into place if children are not making expected progress so that they can achieve the very best that they can.
Parent Consultation Evenings are held once a term so that parents and carers can be informed of their progress and next steps and how in partnership with the school can support their children.
Any concerns regarding pupil progress should be referred to the Class Teacher initially.