One World Curriculum
Smallwood Primary School is a happy, vibrant and friendly inner-city school. We are an inclusive school with a strong sense of community, where all children are treated equally. We celebrate their right to be different and to reach their potential in different ways.
At Smallwood, we recognise the value our pupils add to our world today and in the years to come. We recognise that our pupils’ futures will be in a rapidly ever-changing and diverse world - a world that must value, celebrate and protect our surroundings, our environments, our cultures and ultimately our planet. Our pupils will become adults in a world where jobs will be created to solve problems that currently do not exist. Our pupils will need to be flexible, adaptable, critical and creative thinkers as well as being resilient. Our pupils will need to have the confidence and ability to shape the world around them in order that they positively impact the wider world and our planet.
We have a full understanding of the context of our school and the wide range of experiences this brings for our children. Careful consideration has been given to these experiences and this has helped us to design a curriculum which celebrates their strengths whilst helping them to overcome any challenges they may face. As a result, we will:
✔ Provide all pupils with a wide range of challenging and ambitious learning experiences
✔ Develop children’s language skills, with a focus on vocabulary development
✔ Personalise learning, where necessary, to meet the needs of individuals
✔ Ensure our curriculum reflects the diversity within school
We are passionate about designing and engaging our learners in a language-rich, inspiring and relevant curriculum that challenges them to connect with the world around them in different ways, and supports their development of knowledge and skills, setting them up to become positive and influential citizens of the world.
Our school motto of ‘Learning Together, Learners for Life’ reflects our commitment to instilling a love of learning that we hope will stay with our children long after they leave Smallwood. Our school values ensure that every member of our community has the skills and tools they need in order to be successful lifelong learners.
Through our curriculum, children will leave Smallwood as:
✔ Successful Learners
✔ Confident Individual
✔ Responsible Citizens and
✔ Effective Contributors
These are manifested in our school values of:
- Never Give Up
- Believe in Yourself
- Everyone is Equal
- Always Take Part
Our learning is organised into the subject areas as laid out in the National Curriculum (2014) for Key Stages 1 and 2 and the Early Years framework (2017).
We teach our subjects through a thematic approach to learning, ensuring that meaningful links are made between subjects in order that our pupils gain a deeper understanding of what they are learning; our school values are threaded throughout our curriculum so that our pupils leave Smallwood with a greater sense of what it means to be a ‘Leaner for Life’.
We have designed and planned our curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a full, rich and broad curriculum.
There are 8 key components to our curriculum that will enable our pupils to succeed when they leave us:
1. An understanding of our voice, place and responsibilities in our Smallwood Community.
2. An understanding of our voice, place and responsibilities in our wider community of Tooting.
3. An understanding of our voice, place and responsibilities in our city - London.
4. An understanding of our voice, place and responsibilities in our world.
5. Our school values.
6. The importance of looking after our natural world.
7. Confidence in articulating and expressing our views and emotions.
8. The importance of understanding both positive and negative mental health and the impact this has on us.
Subject leaders have designed progressive curriculum maps which ensure children gain the key knowledge and skills in every subject from our Early Years through to Year 6. Our teachers endeavour to ensure that every child is included in all subjects by making necessary adaptations.
We are also passionate about our world and plan opportunities for our pupils to engage in meaningful discussions and debates that lead to positive actions. Our pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 engage in a variety of committees that enable them to become citizens of the world using our incredible outdoor space to enhance their understanding.
These ensure that our pupils are able to understand the current challenges our planet faces and supports them in taking positive action and making positive change. They also provide opportunities for our pupils to become leaders and have a voice in our school.
As well as this, we place a heavy importance on fostering and developing pupils’ emotional and physical wellbeing. We believe that by getting this right, our pupils will be better placed to engage in their learning and therefore be more successful.
We are proud of our school and the diverse community we serve and delivering a curriculum that enables each and every one of our pupils to be happy and have the ambition to succeed is at the heart of everything we do.
Smallwood Curriculum Overview