Curriculum Overview

Sythwood Primary and Nursery School

Curriculum Statement



Sythwood's curriculum is designed in order for our vision to be achieved.

By the end of Year 6, Sythwood children will:

  • Be proud of their achievements and unique talents
  • Be happy and secure in who they are so they are able to contribute to the wider community
  • Have mastered the core skills in reading, writing and maths to be ready for their next stage in education
  • Have a thirst for learning and have high aspirations for their future
  • Have been developed as a whole child to be independent, resilient and courteous
  • Be confident communicators
  • Be aware of their own health and well-being and that of others


At Sythwood, we have an emphasis on mastering basic skills in reading, writing and maths and developing a wide range of vocabulary to be confident communicators.  As well as mastering the core skills, we believe in developing the whole child through providing a broad and balanced curriculum through delivering the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).  We are passionate that children experience a wide range of first-hand, engaging experiences so frequent trips, visits and workshops take place as well as an extensive enrichment programme.

Journey and next steps

Since 2017, Sythwood has reviewed the curriculum and evaluated the impact of all elements.  There has been a focus on ‘back to basics’ in reading, writing and maths to drive standards in the core areas.  Standards at KS2 have successfully been raised to above National Average. 

Through our curriculum action plan, over two years, we are currently reviewing the delivery, impact and coverage of foundation subjects to ensure the same rigour is applied in these areas.


Our curriculum is delivered and taught in the following way (see individual subject areas for more detail):

  • Writing – Talk 4 Writing
  • Reading
  • Phonics
  • Maths 
  • International Primary Curriculum – with a main emphasis on History, Geography and IT
  • Science
  • Music
  • RE
  • PSHE
  • PE
  • Art
  • Computing


Our approach to curriculum leadership takes the form of curriculum teams and individual subject leadership.

Curriculum teams are used to add capacity and drive improvement for core subjects and foundation subjects which are a current priority.  Curriculum teams meet on a half termly basis and have a clear action plan driving their team.  Teams are comprised of an overall leader who facilitates the sessions and measures impact across the school and then one teacher from each year group sits on the team.  This teacher is responsible for the progression, delivery and evaluation of this curriculum area in their year group.


We believe passionately at Sythwood School that children are given a wide range of opportunities to offer a broad and balanced curriculum. 

We are fortunate at Sythwood that we have a large enrichment team, who are able to offer these experiences outside of our broad curriculum.  These include a forest school leader, music teacher, French teacher and P.E. specialist team.

At Sythwood School we also know how important first-hand engaging opportunities are to our children so provide a wide range of trips, visits and workshops. 


We measure the impact of our curriculum using a range of methods:

  • Pupil outcomes in national tests
  • Internal assessment systems
  • Progress from cold to warm tasks in core subjects
  • Progress in knowledge harvest
  • Pupil voice
  • Parental voice
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