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.
Teaching and learning the Arabic language holds an integral place within our curriculum. We aim to enable each student to develop a good understanding of the language and eventually, to be able to speak and write Arabic fluently. To enhance the children’s ability to understand, utilise different teaching methods like playing Arabic games, drama, arts and crafts, and projects for our students to complete.
Our aim is to teach all Muslim students the Pillars of Islam, Islamic faith, and morals, enabling them to efficiently apply them to their lives. We also pay attention to the religious occasions such as Eid-al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, so that the children realise their importance and value. At SVS, we encourage our Islamic teachers to go beyond the textbook and use a variety of resources and hooks to engage the students.
At South View School, we seek to educate and develop the whole child, and Physical Education forms an integral part of the whole school curriculum. It allows students to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. They learn to work as part of the team, to recognise the abilities of others and to have an enjoyable learning experience. We believe that the health and well-being of our students is an important factor in ensuring they achieve their full potential. We promote this through endless sporting opportunities, provided by qualified sports teachers. One of which is peripatetic tennis programme provided by Los Atletas Tennis Academy, which offers specialist lessons both within and outside the school day. All students receive two Physical Education lessons a week plus there are many extracurricular sporting activities available to our students. These activities are open to all qualified physical abilities. Students will also have the opportunity to compete with other schools as part of a competitive sports squad.
Science and technology are advancing at a faster rate than ever before, so it goes without saying that it is imperative that our children have access to the most up-to-date equipment and learning tools from an early age. Our resources and facilities that have been expertly designed to ensure that our students can begin to fully embrace 21st century learning and prepare themselves for their future careers, whatever they may be.
Students at SVS are taught 21st century ICT skills to prepare them for their life-long learning journey and future careers. The vision at SVS is to improve learning outcomes through the cross-curricular application of Computing to prepare students with the process skills to deliver success for an ever-evolving global environment of information and technology.
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL):
At SVS, we offer all students from Year 3 onwards a choice of Spanish or French, as their MFL. Through the study of these MFLs our students gain a high level of language competence to prepare them successfully for life in the international workplace where linguistic ability will be increasingly important. Our students thrive in their language classes because of highly engaging teaching and a creative curriculum which stimulates learning and challenges students of all abilities. At all times the teaching staff endeavour to support the needs of all students, by providing more challenging work our student’s language learning. These include songs and rhymes, stories, classroom and online games, fun activities such as interviewing and writing diaries, as well as role-play.
The primary music room is well equipped with a variety of musical instruments to enhance the learning experience. Music students at SVS students are provided with many opportunities to perform and showcase their skills. All students are inspired and challenged by our inclusive Music curriculum.
Students at SVS are taught Art by a specialist art teacher in an engaging, purpose-built Art Studio. The studio is resourced with a plethora of tools and equipment to enable the students to be creative and imaginative.