Intent

At Simonside Primary School, we are passionate about creating a curriculum with our children’s interests at the heart and where every child can achieve.  Our curriculum is designed to be exciting, creative, engaging and challenging for all of our children. We consistently seek ways to ensure all children are actively involved in their learning and provide a range of learning opportunities that inspire life-long, inquisitive learners.

Our aim is for our children to leave Year 6 with everything they need to be successful as they continue their learning journey into secondary school and beyond.

At Simonside Primary School, we have 6 curriculum drivers, which are based on the needs and background of our children, and the values we hold; they underpin and shape the curriculum we design for our children.  Our drivers encourage our children to be:

  • Respectful
  • Motivated
  • Independent
  • Confident
  • Resilient
  • A Team Player

Project Based Learning is at the heart of our curriculum; it is our intention to provide children with a range of real-life experiences, coupled with real-life audiences, to enable them to see the true value of their learning.  We want our curriculum to excite and engage our pupils to overcome the deprived backgrounds many of them come from.

Implementation

Our curriculum has been designed to create a balance between the National Curriculum statutory requirements and a range of experiences which allow our pupils the opportunities to broaden their life experiences, using the local and wider environment . Our curriculum provides our pupils with experiences and opportunities which best meet their learning and developmental needs. Through clear planning, our curriculum provides memorable experiences and is rich in opportunities from which the children can learn and develop transferrable skills.
The acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills is carefully planned to create a purposeful and exciting learning journey for every child, ensuring that milestones are met at stages throughout their primary education.
Our vibrant and rich curriculum is designed so that the subject specific skills are scaffolded within a cross-curricular theme or context each term. In order to ensure that progression and balance is maintained, the programmes of study are then developed into medium term plans which clearly highlight the learning objectives, assessment opportunities, differentiated
tasks as well as links to other subjects. Teachers plan and tailor units of work and lessons to address the specific needs of individual children, so they progress in all areas regardless of their starting point.

Impact

Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Children feel safe to try new things.  High quality visits and visitors to the school enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for writing for a purpose.

Children have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners, through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools.  Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all of our teaching and learning.

Simonside Primary School Curriculum

English

At Simonside Primary School, English and the teaching of English is the foundation of our curriculum. Our main aim is to ensure every single child becomes primary literate and progresses in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening.  

Staff at Simonside feel it is essential to highlight and be aware of the differing groups of learners and vulnerable children in their class. Once this information is acquired, teachers can plan and teach personalised English lessons which focus on the needs of each child.  Through writing children will have a clear authorial voice and can confidently write across several genres. Through purposeful, engaging and real-life writing opportunities, children will quickly identify the intended audience and can adapt their choice of layout, content, grammar and language appropriately. Through richly resourced, book-based learning we can transform children’s attitudes to reading and writing which has a highly positive impact on learning. This breadth of texts is essential in ensuring that children grow to understand, love and use their reading skills well so they can apply them effectively across their learning. Children at Simonside will be exposed to a language heavy, creative and continuous English curriculum which will not only enable them to become primary literate but will also develop a love of reading, creative writing and purposeful speaking and listening.

Maths

Mathematics is a highly creative and interconnected discipline. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. The mathematics curriculum should be bold, provide breadth and balance and be relevant and differentiated to suit the needs of all children in the modern world. It should be flexible, motivating all pupils, thus encouraging success at all levels.

By the end of KS2 we aim for all our children to possess the following mathematical skills:

  • A rapid recall of basic mathematical facts (times tables, addition, subtraction and place value)
  • To apply mathematical skills to other areas of the curriculum and to the real life
  • To have the confidence to discuss and communicate mathematically 
  • To have a positive attitude towards maths
  • To think logically and systematically when solving problems 

Mathematics in EYFS: Our Foundation Stage teachers use the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to support their teaching of mathematics in the Foundation Stage. The children have the opportunity to talk and communicate in a widening range of situations and to practise and extend their range of vocabulary and mathematical skills. The children explore, enjoy, learn about, and use Mathematics in a range of personalised situations. At the beginning of the school year, baseline assessments are conducted, these tests provide staff with a good insight into the ability of pupils. Maths in EYFS at Simonside is imaginative, relevant, and taught through a range of context. Children learn through stories, songs, and creative play.

Science

At Simonside Primary, we believe that a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and it is our intention for all pupils to be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the science National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes, all whilst gaining a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

Computing

At Simonside Primary School, we understand the importance of technology in a rapidly changing society. Therefore, we aim to develop a curriculum that ensures that pupils become digitally literate and able to use and expenses themselves and develop their ideas through
information and communication technology at a suitable level for the future workplace and life in an ever increasing digital world. It is the aim that all children will be able to leave our school understanding how to analyse and work with programs and algorithms, understand how the
internet works and able to judge the reliability of information they find, apply their digital literacy skills to create content across a number of programs and connect the skills they have learnt in computing across other subjects in the curriculum.

History

At Simonside, we allow children to develop their understanding of links between themselves and others. Children are encouraged to think like an historian; explore the connections between the past and the present and learn from actions and outcomes of the past. Through topics, our curriculum intent is carefully planned to inspire pupils to think critically and to develop perspective and judgement. In addition, pupils will develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and its events, with the intention to improve every pupils’ understanding of the world around them and their own heritage. Pupils at Simonside will receive engaging activities, trips and will be given the opportunity to have visitors in
their class; which will give all children an opportunity to question the past.

Geography

The intention of the Geography Curriculum at Simonside Primary School is to inspire children’s curiosity and interest to explore the world that we live in and its people, which aims to ignite a love of learning. We intend to equip children with geographical skills to develop their knowledge through studying places, people and natural and human environments. This seeks to deepen the understanding of the Earth’s human and physical forms and processes. Geography, by nature, is an investigative subject. Through our teaching, we intend to provoke thought, questions and to encourage children to discover answers to their own questions through exploration and research to enable them to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of the world and their place in it.

Physical Education

Simonside Primary School recognises the vital contribution of physical education to a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as the role it can play in relation to a child’s spiritual, moral and cultural development. A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.

Art

Simonside Primary School allows children to express themselves in a creative and imaginative approach through exploration, as well as allowing time to develop their ability to think critically. Our art curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and techniques to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. All children, including EYFS are given opportunities to explore and use a wide range of media and materials so they can have a sense of freedom when applying their own artistic vision to their artwork.  Art is to be taught in depth at Simonside, therefore, children are given opportunities to evaluate and analyse other artists’ work (including those that have shaped and influenced Britain and the wider world) and can use this to develop their own personal style. We develop children’s confidence through art as children are asked to critique other artwork using appropriate artistic language and have an appropriate understanding of the cultural and historical development of different art forms.

Design & Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous, and practical subject, which allows children to develop their creative, imaginative, and problem-solving skills. Since DT is an intricate part of our day to day lives, it is important that our children are taught how this subject is of great importance in our rapidly changing world. All children, including EYFS are therefore given opportunities to research, design, communicate, make and evaluate a range of products that solve real and relevant problems in a variety of contexts. Cross- curricular links are made during our DT lessons as children are required to draw on their knowledge from maths, computing, science and art. Through the study of design and technology, children combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functional and industrial practises. Through the evaluation of past and present designs, they understand the contribution that high-quality design and technology has on our world today. Design and technology gives the children the opportunity to work and think both as individuals and as part of a team. Together, they learn how to take risks, become resourceful and have the confidence for innovation, all of which supports our school drive. 

Music

At Simonside Primary School, it is our intent to inspire creativity and promote a lifelong love for music. Our objective is to ignite a passion for music by exposing our children to diverse musical experiences and moulding musicians who can use their voices and instruments creatively with increasing accuracy and fluency. Music plays an important role in our mental and emotional wellbeing as well as providing a platform to express oneself freely. We are committed to ensuring that our children receive a high-quality music education, thus developing a critical engagement with music which allows them to appraise, compose, perform and critique confidently. We aim to develop a strong understanding of music across history, styles and traditions as well as providing opportunities to develop musical understanding and emphasise the benefits of music in other subjects.

PSHE

Simonside Primary School has an embedded PSHE provision that is part of our broad and balanced curriculum.   Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is an ongoing key part of our curriculum and school ethos.  In preparing our children for their future life in our modern world, British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE, by supporting our children to become healthy and responsible members of the local and wider community, recognising their importance in societies from an early age. Our PSHE curriculum intends to maximise the children’s outcomes through providing an inclusive curriculum, accessible to all.  We provide a spiral curriculum, where the children return to themes during the year and throughout their years of learning at Simonside.  This promotes the children’s understanding and recognises the relevance of many aspects of PSHE throughout the whole year.  Through the returning of themes we allow the children to children learn, remember, then develop a full understanding of the the key concepts that are delivered.  Our discrete lessons, cross curricular links, assemblies, theme days and focus weeks develop the whole child, physically and emotionally, promoting well being.  This leads our children to become: hardworking, team-players. motivated, confident, independent and also resilient from an early age.  They feel confident in their own rights and responsibilities , whilst not being afraid to tackle issues appropriately within society. The acquisition of these skills allow our children to access the wider curriculum; within and beyond school and lead our pupils to have a value of self worth , where they and others can recognise the positive role that they have within the modern, diverse society that we live.

RE

Here at Simonside, we believe that Religious Education has a significant role for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs, and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. The principle aim of RE is to engage pupils in an enquiry approach, where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and world views in the local, national and wider global community. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences to develop empathy and respect. We use the agreed South Tyneside Religious Education syllabus as the basis for our curriculum.

MFL

At Simonside, the intention of our MFL curriculum is to develop an interest in and thirst for learning other languages. We aim to introduce the learning of the French language and the understanding of its culture in enjoyable and stimulating ways. We hope to embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.  It is intended that when children leave Simonside Primary, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multilingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language.