At Southfields the staff and Governors strive to create an environment where children can develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally. We endeavour to enrich the curriculum for our children by offering a wide range of learning both within and outside the classroom. We work hard to provide a first class broad education that offers many opportunities.
The staff work hard to provide a bespoke curriculum which is split into year groups where pupils access age appropriate materials and experiences. Our curriculum is designed specifically for Southfields pupils considering their interests, gaps in learning or experiences as well as providing opportunities to develop good learning behaviours.
The school has a statutory requirement to provide a broad and well-balanced curriculum. Within the classroom, we have structured the curriculums statutory requirements in a progressive nature across Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2). In addition, we have implemented a cross-curricular approach within each year group. This approach encompasses all core and non-core subjects in an interlinking manner, which provides pupils with more opportunities to develop their writing skills for different purposes, teaching and learning skills in a transferable curriculum which ensures a broader and deeper understanding.
Aims of the curriculum
The curriculum provides pupils with the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The curriculum is just one element in the education of our children. There is time and space planned in our curriculum during each school day, week, term and year to extend learning beyond the national curriculum specifications. Our curriculum outline core knowledge which teachers have developed exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
We teach English and Mathematics daily as well as Guided Reading and whole class reading. In addition to this, we have medium term planning for the Humanities (Geography and History), RE (Peterborough Agreed Syllabus), The Arts (Music, Art and Creative Design, Dance and Performance), STEM (Science, Technology, Electronics and Mathematics), Computing, PE and Sports and SMSC (PSHE, SRE and British Values).
English encompasses writing, grammar, punctuation, spelling, DEW (Daily Exercise in Writing), handwriting and presentation.
The subjects are developed throughout the school allowing pupils to recap as well as gain new knowledge and experiences.
At Southfields we aim to foster ‘Learning for Life’, providing a curriculum that inspires a lifelong love of learning and equips our pupils with the key knowledge and understanding, skills and personal qualities they will need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. As part of this we are committed to developing a growth mindset in all members of the school community and encouraging learning behaviours that support this.
Children need to be prepared for an ever-changing world. The teaching of mindsets builds resilience, a desire to learn, to challenge themselves and to encourage others – all of which are necessary for children’s future success.
The teaching of growth mindsets has had a huge impact in our school: it has raised standards, built resilience and created a culture of collaborative learning in both the classroom and the staffroom.
We plan our curriculum carefully considering Bloom's Taxonomy which provides a good foundation from EYFS to Year 6 focusing on developing a good mindset and thinking skills.
We believe that our extended curriculum develop the whole child. This also includes opportunities such as:
➢ School clubs – run by staff, who strive to share their hobbies, and specialised coaches.
➢ Competitions - national, regional and local sports and academic events
➢ Community links - within Stanground, Peterborough and in shared regional and national communities including charity work, developing relationships, understanding of different religions and beliefs, projects and innovations and eco work.
➢ Educational visits related to various areas of the Curriculum – whereby pupils are given the opportunities to reinforce classroom work and provide immersive experiences beyond those possible within school.
➢ Residential visits – aimed to extend school activities, which are not practical within school ie:- canoeing, climbing, cycling, archery, rock climbing, visits to the theatre, museums, art galleries, tourist attractions, different locations, zoo's and farms, seaside resorts, boat trips and bowling. These visits extend the curriculum and also provide unique opportunities for pupils to develop friendships and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education, preparing them for adult life and extending their life experiences.