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Curriculum Overview

Summerside’s Curriculum Intent


‘Creating excellence – Inspiring Success for all’


Our curriculum is stimulating and exciting

Through our stimulating and exciting curriculum, we develop a real love for learning and a thirst for knowledge. Our planning is informed by what our children already know, want to know and wonder, giving them more control over their own curriculum. Our engaging themes are inspired by the International Primary Curriculum which capture our children’s excitement and interest. Topic days provide a fun way to immerse the children into their theme; our exit points allow them to present all of their amazing work to their families and to celebrate their success.


Our curriculum is broad, balanced and manageable

Across the school, we teach a wide range of subjects which allow the children to develop their knowledge and interests in different areas of the curriculum. In order to allow deeper learning across subjects and progression of key skills throughout each year group, from November 2019 we will block the subjects we teach for each term and make learning as active as possible. Where appropriate, we make cross curricular links between different subject areas, while also teaching more discretely where necessary. We model a talk for learning approach in English, which inspires the rest of the curriculum too.


Our curriculum is well sequenced, progressive and memorable so children can reach their full potential

The skills that we teach are progressive and grow over time. We ensure that we build on the previous year’s learning to sequence our planning and teaching of each curriculum subject. We provide our children with memorable experiences in order to ensure that knowledge stays with them long term.


Our curriculum involves everyone

We are extremely proud of the inclusive nature of our curriculum and cater to the needs of all of our children through careful planning and differentiation. Our Special Education Needs children and Provision for Deaf Children access the curriculum which is built around them. As a school, our sense of community is strong; the community involvement we receive further enriches our curriculum, for instance our summer fair is led by the children themselves. Every half term, our parents are invited in to be a part of our curriculum through our exit points. Parents are also invited to be a part of the curriculum during special theme weeks and story-telling week. All of our supportive and caring staff are fully involved in our curriculum too.