The starting point for our provision at Saxon is always the child. We believe primary school plays an essential part in a child's future success and are committed to working in partnership with their parents to make this aspiration a reality.
We see 'success' as a rounded concept and understand truly effective provision seeks to ensure opportunities for success on many levels are part of that provision. Whilst never veering from our absolutes that children must leave primary school with excellent literacy and numeracy skills (which will in turn enable their success at Secondary school), we also seek to offer a curriculum that is broad and full of enrichment opportunities - both in school time as well as after school - so that the chance to be successful comes in many ways.
Saxon follows a curriculum which mainly mirrors the content of the National Curriculum 2014. The content and expectations for each year group and each subject area can be found in this ‘Learning’ tab section in the left hand menu.
Learning both in and out of the classroom is designed to develop the children’s knowledge, skills as a learner and their social and personal qualities. This year, the staff are excited as we begin re-designing our curriculum to ensure the approaches that underpin the learning are carefully incorporated with the enrichment opportunities we offer.
One of the key approaches to learning at Saxon, which threads through the whole curriculum, is our ‘5Rs’; a mindful approach to teaching and learning.
We are passionate about helping children develop a repertoire of learning powers so they will be ready, willing and able to face the constant challenges of learning in the 21st Century. We want children to be inclined to learn, to question, to find out more, as well as to have the grit and determination required to persevere with their learning. This all comes under the umbrella of the 5Rs – resilient (emotional), resourceful (cognitive), responsive (social), reflective (strategic) and responsible (ethical) which we have proudly displayed within the school.
Children in Reception class follow the Foundation Stage curriculum which is divided into 2 key areas known as Prime and Specific.
The Prime areas of learning cover;
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
The Specific areas cover:
- understanding of the world
- expressive arts and design
All through the school, children are taught in mixed ability classes. They progress through the classes according to age and the teachers ensure the learning provision is planned in such a way to keep each child stretched and keen to learn more.
Year groups are categorised into what is known as Key Stages, with Year 1 and 2 being Key Stage 1 and Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 being Key Stage 2. The National Curriculum for both key stages consists of the core subjects: Mathematics, English, Science and Computing; and the foundation subjects; History, Geography, Design & Technology, Art and Design, Music and P.E. The Surrey Agreed Syllabus is used for the teaching of Religious Studies (RS).
We follow Letters & Sounds for our Phonics programme however this has been adjusted to reflect the raised expectations of the New 2014 Curriculum. Children are taught in Phases across the year groups and membership of these phases will change to reflect the progress of individuals.
The Power of Reading programme provides the foundation for our English curriculum and supports with meaningful links across the curriculum through the use of high quality children's texts.
No one reading scheme is followed to support the children's individual reading development, we ensure there is a wide variety of books for all of our children regardless of age or ability as we believe reading skills are best developed through a wide 'diet' of reading opportunities.