Excellence Through Outdoor Learning
How do we teach our curriculum?
At South Molton Community Primary School we use a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
Every half term children have a journal to record all of their work from across the curriculum. These books give children the creative opportunity to express and present their ideas and share the knowledge and skills that they have been learning.
Each project is split into four parts to engage pupils, develop new ideas and knowledge, innovate new ideas and express their learning in a purposeful way. We invite parents into school every half term for an 'Express Event' to see the work the children have been doing and spend time taking part in an activity with the children.
Details of our school projects, subject areas taught and class planning can be found below.
More information about how we teach each area of the curriculum...
The National Curriculum has three core subjects- English, Maths and Science- Details of these subjects can be found on their individual pages.
The other foundation subjects are; History, Geography, Computing, Physical Education, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music, Modern Foreign Languages, PHSE and RE.
Each area of the curriculum has a lead teacher who supports teachers to deliver these lessons effectively across the school. Below you can find details of how each subject is taught and the skills, knowledge and progression for each subject area.
Art and design is fundamental to cultural engagement and personal development. The subject fosters creativity, imagination and develops confidence skills that are transferable to other subjects; promotes diversity and respect, shows that making mistakes can be liberating and opens up new opportunities. This in turn, encourages our children to look at details, evaluate and form interesting creative journeys.
At our school, we would like children to create, enjoy and value different forms of art. We teach art in a cross-curricular way through our exciting ‘Imaginative Learning Projects’. Our curriculum allows children to explore a range of skills, artists, styles and genres. We use working artists for projects in school and are regularly involved in community art projects. Our aim is for children to understand that art is made by all sorts of people, in a variety of ways. Each year we have an ‘Arts Week’ which provides a brilliant opportunity to explore different art and design themes as a whole school. The natural environment is one of our biggest stimuli at our school. The children are encouraged to use and explore our amazing grounds to observe, explore and inspire their art. We use journals and KS2 children use sketchbooks to record our art journey within each topic as well as in class art folders for larger pieces.
We are proud that we have been recognised by Artsmark and awarded our first Artsmark Silver Award. We will be aiming for our Gold in the near future.
‘SMCPS have clearly demonstrated that you are promoting arts and culture values; that children and young people can develop their skills over a longer period; that a senior leader drives and develops provision across all phases, and that art is showcased and displayed effectively and clearly evidences the whole setting’s planning for arts and culture.’
Design and technology gives children the skills to engage positively with the world around them by designing, making and harnessing the benefits of technology. They learn how products are designed and manufactured, how to be innovative and how to creatively use of a variety of resources, to help improve the world around them.
At our school, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real life problems within a variety of contexts. We teach design and technology in a cross-curricular way through our exciting ‘Imaginative Learning Projects’. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Children are taught the knowledge and skills required to investigate, explore, design, make and evaluate products. Their finished products are linked to the class topics and are proudly shared with other classes, parents and family members.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
Be taught to sing, create and compose music
Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
Music plays an important part of school life here. The intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
Our music curriculum is taught in a cross-curricular way through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) each half term. We also use Devon Music and Charanga Music School to enhance our music curriculum. In addition to this the children get to learn a new instrument every half term through weekly whole class instrument teaching. We hold a weekly singing assembly, children can join our popular school choir which takes part in lots of community and inter-school events and children can choose music clubs or take advantage of the singing, piano and flute peripatetic teachers who come into school.
At South Molton Community Primary School, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society.
The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this they will have the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of PSHE, RSE, BV (British Values), and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) is taught in their year group. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. PSHE i
We have developed a PSHE curriculum that incorporates the understanding of RSE so that children know more, remember more and understand more. As a result children will know how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives. We have designed, and resourced, an RSE programme of work within the PSHE curriculum which enables pupils to explore the complexity of the relationships they will have both now and throughout their lives.
Teachers use a range of teaching and learning styles, including activities such as discussion, role-play, games, investigations, circle-time, problem-solving activities and outdoor learning. Teachers encourage children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship e.g. fundraising and planning of school events. At South Molton Community Primary School, children are provided with frequent opportunities to have their voice heard and because of this; they play an active part in school life. Children are able to express their opinions and views through a variety of mediums including suggestion boxes, questionnaires, school council discussions, various elections and comments on various correspondence throughout the year e.g. reports, SEND support profiles, focused reviews, annual questionnaires, work and homework. Children have the opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as health workers, firefighters, police, and representatives from the local church and community.
Religious Education (RE) contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RE they learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.
RE is a statutory part of the curriculum. In RE children learn about diverse religions and worldviews, including Christianity and other principal religions. We use the Devon Agreed Syllabus for RE (2019-2024) as a framework to support teachers with RE planning and we use weekly multicultural assemblies, collective worship, whole school celebrations and school trips to enhance the curriculum.
More information about RE, our long term planning and policy can be found below.