Key Stages 1 and 2
The curriculum is inspiring, engaging and designed to meet the needs of all our children. We aim to develop creative, confident and inquisitive learners who are provided with excellent opportunities to achieve their full potential. Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2, links are made across the curriculum wherever possible. This is in keeping with our holistic teaching methodology, which recognises that the learning experience is greatly enriched when subjects are not taught in isolation. The curriculum is closely monitored to ensure that there is a natural progression for children moving from one year group to the next. Specialist teachers deliver the ICT, Art, Music, PE, Spanish/French (Years 3-6), STEM, Arabic and Islamic Studies programmes. English, Math, Science, History, Geography, Moral Education and Social Studies are taught by the class teacher.
We use the British National Curriculum as a guide to genres and to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the key features of a text. We also encourage children to be confident talkers and to have a sense of excitement about becoming writers. Teachers model reading and writing within all subject areas to ensure that children are motivated and inspired. We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme to give us a structure and ensure progression across the school. Alongside this, letter formation and handwriting are brought to life using methods such “Squiggle While You Wiggle” whilst techniques, such as ‘Big Writing’ (Ros Wilson) ensure that we give children the ingredients to success, using vocabulary, connectives, openers, and punctuation. Reading within all expansive range of inspiring books to cater for all abilities and tastes. Grammar and spelling are also taught in context. All students will be supported and challenged as required, based on their individual ability.
Our Maths curriculum teaches our students how to make sense of the world around us by developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in Maths lessons. Sometimes we do this through whole-class teaching, while at other times we engage the children in an enquiry-based research activity. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding mathematics. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations.
At SVS, we believe that for students to learn Science they have to ‘do’ Science. The students at SVS will have ample opportunity to partake in scientific enquiry and practical investigations in the dedicated Primary Science laboratory. Our students will be encouraged to explain ideas effectively through the use of scientific writing.