Sheddingdean Community Primary School

Sheddingdean Community Primary School

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Ofsted 2011: "Parents and carers are very supportive of the school and one parent's comments sums up the views of others"
"The children are known as individuals and their educational needs are quickly identified and catered for."
"We view education as a partnership between home and school, a continuous process. We aim to involve parents/carers closely throughout the child's whole time at school."

Notices:

The Curriculum

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It is our aim at Sheddingdean to engage and inspire all our children through a vibrant curriculum providing a rich tapestry of experiences. The curriculum at Sheddingdean provides pupils with the introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens and engenders an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, emotional and physical development of pupils at the school. Our curriculum prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life and how they can make a positive contribution to the wider community. It includes the requirements of the national curriculum combined with the range of enrichment activities which make up our own school curriculum. 

 The aims of our school curriculum are:

  • To enable all children to learn and develop to the best of their ability
  • To promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning
  • To teach children the basic skills of English, maths and computing
  • To enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking
  • To teach children about their developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time
  • To enable children to be positive citizens in society
  • To fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education
  • To teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to understand right from wrong
  • To help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all
  • To enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others.

 

Maths

At Sheddingdean, we believe that children need a creative and active approach to maths. We ensure that children become fluent in the fundamentals of maths through varied and frequent practice in order that they have the skills to face increasingly complex problems over time. We ensure that key maths vocabulary is referred to often and used clearly and explicitly in teaching. Children‘s counting skills are developed daily and children are required to be active and physical in these sessions. We encourage children to reason mathematically- to talk about what they are doing and how they are going to set about solving a problem. Our mathematics ensures that children are challenged to test their methods by using different apparatus and strategies.

 

English

At Sheddingdean our vision is to provide a curriculum where each individual is challenged and inspired to reach his or her full potential in English. We aim to develop pupils' abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.  Pupils will be given opportunities to apply, consolidate and extend these skills within a broad and balanced English curriculum.

At Sheddingdean we strive for children to be successful in all areas of English. We aim for a child to be able to:

  • Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self monitor and correct.
  • Have an interest in books and read for enjoyment.
  • Have an interest in words, their meanings, developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
  • Understand a range of text types and genres - be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
  • Become confident communicators- who can express their own ideas, question others and develop a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
  • Develop the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.

 

Handwriting

Click here to view the handwriting script we use in school.

 

Phonics and Early Reading

At Sheddingdean, the systemic teaching of synthetic phonics begins in Foundation stage (EYFS). The children are assessed and grouped according to their phonic knowledge.  They participate in structured, daily phonics lessons. Diligent and concentrated phonics teaching continues throughout Key Stage 1. Pupils are given opportunities to apply what they have learnt through reading – including time to read aloud to adults to practise their decoding skills – writing and comprehension of what they are reading. We use Letters and Sounds to deliver our phonics programme.

Children are regularly assessed and move rapidly to acquire the skills and knowledge required for them to become confident readers and writers. Furthermore, children participate in shared and guided reading sessions appropriate to their age and ability.

 

Science

At Sheddingdean, we aim to inspire curiosity in all children through engaging, practical lessons covering the disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology. Lessons are structured to provide children with vital opportunities to explore the world around them and share their explanations of the phenomenon that they identify.  Through practical investigations and discussion, children are helped to develop their scientific vocabulary and skills to clearly articulate scientific concepts.

In addition, a wide range of external professionals and experiences are used to enable children to flourish. Moreover, we endeavour to ensure that links are also made with English and maths where possible so that the children gain a deeper understanding of the subjects.

 

Learning Journeys

At Sheddingdean we have a creative curriculum. It maps out the content of the new Primary National Curriculum along with a focus on progression. The subjects (art, DT, history, geography, music and computing) are taught under the umbrella of our ‘Learning Journeys’ in order to make purposeful and cohesive links for the children. Moreover, we endeavour to ensure that links are also made with English, maths and science where possible so that children gain a deeper understanding of the subjects. A wide range of additional visits/ experiences are offered- through our ‘Stunning Starts, Magnificent Middles and Fabulous Finishes’- in order to enable children to flourish.

For our ‘Learning Journeys’ we follow a 2 yearly cycle which means two consecutive year groups follow a similar ‘Learning Journey’. These are taught along with the curriculum content and skills to be learned by each year group. Learning Journey Overviews are added to year group pages and shared with parents and pupils.

The information provided here is merely a starting point on your child’s journey and we hope you will be active partners with us in the years ahead.

Click on the icons below to view each class' current learning journey.

 

Cycling Proficiency

Cycling Proficiency is offered to children in Year 6. With parental permission, the older children (in years 5 and 6) may cycle to school as we have cycle racks. The school cannot however accept responsibility for the security of the bikes or safety of children cycling to school. Please obtain a permission slip from the school office.  If younger children wish to cycle to school, parents will need to take the cycle home as we do not have enough space in the cycle racks.

 

Swimming

Children in Years 3 and 4 receive tuition once a week throughout the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms at St Wilfrid's Catholic School, Burgess Hill. The emphasis is on developing safety and confidence in the water as well as the acquisition of the fundamentals of certain swimming strokes.  Children learning to swim at this age are more likely to become confident swimmers later. We would encourage all parents to take their children swimming at the weekend and during holidays.