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Curriculum Overview

St Swithun Wells is a Catholic primary school and our curriculum is based on our faith and the teachings of the Church. At St Swithun Wells we believe that every person is a child of God, uniquely valued.


Therefore the curriculum enables us to meet our School Aims and offers children interesting and relevant learning experiences, appropriate to their individual needs. It enables each child to learn at their own pace and make good progress and equips them with skills for life. The curriculum is firmly rooted in the context of a developing relationship with God and celebrates our love for God and recognises Him at the centre of all that we aim to achieve.


Children learn best when learning is active and relevant, an approach which helps to develop their understanding and is supported by the acquisition of basic skills. The curriculum goes far beyond the legally required elements of the National Curriculum documentation and involves the rich fabric of spiritual, creative, cultural, sporting and intellectual opportunities that St Swithun Wells’ offers. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true  potential


Our curriculum aims to


  • Support effective learning
  • Promote each child’s self-esteem
  • Develop confident individuals and responsible citizens
  • Prepare children for life in the 21st century
  • Help children recognise the awe and wonder of God’s creation and develop spiritually.


In order to achieve our aims the school will


  •  Provide a curriculum which is broad, balanced, relevant and purposeful. Promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning.
  • Build on pupils’ prior experiences, skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • Enable all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability.
  • Strive for our children to experience and demonstrate continuous progress and achievement, wiith opportunities for regular assessment to inform their learning needs
  •  Make explicit what is taught and how the intended teaching and learning takes place, planning will show clear objectives and strategies to inform everyone.
  • Ensure provision for Religious Education, equal opportunities and cultural diversity.
  • Make provision for the individual learning needs of pupils with additional needs as identified by their Individual Education Plans.
  • Provide a stimulating and secure learning environment.
  •  Help children develop into independent and confident learners, who view themselves positively and show respect for others.
  • Encourage children to be creative and flexible thinkers through activities that promote investigation, enterprise, research and problem solving.
  •  Help children to learn to understand others; to value diversity while promoting shared values, and to
    promote awareness of human rights.
  • Enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others.
  • Create effective partnerships with carers, parents and other professionals.
  •  Provide opportunities for pupils to celebrate success and achievement.
  •  Provide opportunities and activities for children to develop good communication skills through speaking and listening, writing and the effective use of technology.
  • Develop reading skills so that children can read accurately, fluently and with understanding and instil in them a love of books and reading.
  • Ensure children are numerate and can confidently apply mathematical skills and knowledge to a variety of real-life problems and investigations.
  •  Encourage scientific learning through a practical, hands-on approach that allows children to investigate and enquire.
  • Provide opportunities for children to experience their own environment and the wider world, both past and present.
  • Develop creative skills, through art, music and drama.
  • Use new technologies to problem solve, communicate effectively and to research and be aware of the strengths and dangers of new technology.
  • Develop and enhance physical skills, through games, gymnastics and dance.


Organisation and planning

In order for pupils to be successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens the curriculum is organised so that there are opportunities for children to develop enterprise skills; an awareness of the environment; a global awareness; a spiritual and moral understanding and a sense of community and collaboration. These principles underpin and influence curriculum planning, especially in relation to the foundation curriculum and themes that are taught.


The curriculum is planned in three phases. 
A long-term plan for each key stage. This indicates what topics are to be taught in each term, and to which groups of children. It is reviewed on an annual basis.
Medium-term plans give clear guidance on the objectives and teaching strategies that are used when teaching each topic. For English and Maths the school has adopted the Primary Framework and takes the medium-term planning from the guidance documents which is adapted to meet the needs of all pupils. Other core and foundation subjects are based on skills development and include a cross-curricular approach. Religious Education is taught using the Diocesan programme “God Matters.
Short-term plans are those that the teachers write on a weekly or daily basis. They are used to set out the learning objectives for each session, and to identify what resources and activities we are going to use in the lesson. Each week an English, Maths and weekly overview planning sheet is written.