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Aims of our Curriculum:

- To deliver a flexible, inspiring, fun approach to learning, encompassing all methods of learning and teaching.

- To help children to become self-motivated learners who are able to apply their skills to a range of learning experiences including solving problems, investigating and exploring the world around them.

- To provide an exciting range of learning experiences which make learning irresistible and help children to develop a thirst for knowledge.

- To make connections across the subject areas, enhancing children's understanding of the world in which they live, preparing pupils to be lifelong learners.

- To develop an understanding of how to use ICT to discover more and present findings.


At our school the International Primary Curriculum defines our approach to learning and teaching which encompasses many previously standalone subjects (Geography, History, Art, ICT, Design & Technology and Music). It focuses on the development of skills from the National Curriculum which is supported by knowledge and experiences. The creative curriculum approach encourages connections to be made across subject areas and within areas of learning to enhance children's ability to make sense of the world in which they live.

What will my child learn at Sythwood?

Learning is made real for children through first-hand experiences so we have made a commitment that during their time in our school all children will have the opportunity to:

  • take part in a field visit or an in-school workshop each term

  • work with a scientist, an engineer, an artist, an author or poet, a musician and a sports specialist

  • plant and grow a flower or a vegetable

  • bake or cook a variety of foods

  • make their own book every year

  • visit a theatre, a museum, an art gallery and a place of worship

  • travel on a bus, a train and a boat

  • visit the seaside, a river, the countryside, a farm, woodlands, a city, a town and a village

  • work on a project to improve the school environment

  • take part in swimming lessons

  • take part in an adventure activity

  • play outdoors in order to appreciate seasonal change we have been known to down tools and go outside to build a snowman!

We plan a curriculum that emphasises the basic skills of literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy (using numbers), and which is interesting and relevant to the children. We use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as a basis for our planning because we want the children to develop enquiring minds, individual creativity and the skills and knowledge that will be useful to them in the future.

We plan units of work which are designed to make meaningful links between subjects. Each subject makes a unique contribution to children's learning experiences. A unit of work on 'rivers' may include the geography of rivers in general, the history of a particular river (for example, the Nile), the science involved in understanding the water cycle and poetry, art and music relating to water and rivers, using examples from famous poets, artists and musicians.