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Our Current Curriculum
We currently meet the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as provided by the government. These offer our children a minimum entitlement for a broad and balanced education, while still allowing room for personalisation. In addition, we follow the syllabus for RE provided by Surrey County Council. See below for full details of our curriculum content.
 

Our Approach
To make our curriculum exciting for our children, we operate a ‘topic’ approach, which makes relevant links between subjects and provides a meaningful context for learning, with relevance to life made explicit. The curriculum is integrated with effective teaching, learning and assessment.

 

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”

 

Mark Van Doren

 

At Sandcross, teachers do not ‘spoon feed’ the curriculum to children. Rather they are the facilitators of relevant experiences which move children to the next stage of their learning. Children will often be engaged in practical, independent activity, monitored and ‘moved on’ by the teacher, who will be assessing and adapting experiences throughout. In this way, each child will be on their own, personalised learning journey.

 

All children at Sandcross experience challenge across all areas of the curriculum and are encouraged to persevere and take risks. Mistakes when we are learning are seen as a positive thing, which can be learned from.

 

Our Aims

 

Our Sandcross curriculum is designed to:

 

  • Develop motivation for lifelong learning;
  • Offer a diverse range of learning experiences, always fun, always engaging and packed with memorable moments;
  • Nurture, confident, independent individuals who are equipped and skilled for later life;
  • Recognise and develop all children’s strengths, giving everyone the opportunity to fulfil their highest potential, both academically, and in respect of their wider interests and talents;
  • Acknowledge that Literacy, Mathematics and Digital Competence should permeate all other areas of the curriculum;
  • Offer practical experience with opportunities for children to discover, use their imagination, think creatively, solve problems and develop resilience;
  • Provide for our children honest, regular feedback which helps them to overcome barriers to their learning;
  • Make full use of the local community and environment but also reach out in to the wider world to nurture global thinkers; global citizens of the future;
  • Offer the widest possible range of enrichment activities and experiences, including after-school clubs and educational visits, encouraging and enabling every child to participate;
  • Promote positive strategies which enable children to learn to behave well, while developing an understanding and compassion for others;
  • Provide expert teaching and high quality teachers who are well trained, highly motivated and well supported.

 

More information about individual subjects taught and the curriculum for each year group can be found below: 

 

Non National Curriculum Subjects: 

By Year Group:

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