Springwood Class

How our curriculum is implemeted.

Two Yearly Topic Cycle

We operate a two yearly topic cycle to ensure that children learn all of the skills and knowledge they require to move onto the next part of their learning journey. Topics are based on big questions, designed to unlock children's curiosity. Where possible, we invite people in, to discuss their roles, their thoughts and their opinions about in the outside world and we travel to meaningful places to give learning more purpose.

This is all designed to create a love of learning in our children.


Spoken Language, reading and writing are delivered daily through the use of rich texts and good quality resources. The children have a guided reading session in class for 30 minutes each day, as well as daily English lessons. Children are encouraged to read for at least 30 minutes a day at home and parents are also advised to listen to and share reading with their child at home.  

Examples of quality texts for reading can be found by following this link: https://www.booksfortopics.com/yeargroups.

We encourage and guide children to choose quality texts from our class library which contains novels, picture books, non-fiction books and magazines/comics.

The local libraries also offers an excellent choice of reading material (including audiobooks). You can even reserve titles and listen online. Here are the opening times for Henley and Sonning Common.


Fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills are taught through a series of small steps using the Whiterose Maths scheme https://whiterosemaths.com/ (other materials to compliment the scheme).  Our aim is for all children to be confident, flexible and engaged in learning mathmatics.  Pupils are encouraged from EYFS up to Year 6 to represent their thinking through the use of manipulatives, drawings, words and numbers.  Maths is taught daily in all classes.  The children have Sumdog accounts which they can access from home.  Times tables practice is available on Sumdog and apps on the children's individual iPads.  Children are encouraged to practise at home. CGP Daily Maths books are used by children daily as homework to revisit skills on a regular basis.

Science, Geography, History and Art & Design are taught through our Learning Challenge Curriculum where we use ‘Big’ questions to find out about the world around us. We link subjects, meaningfully, and use our literacy and numeracy skills in a purposeful way.

Computing, Music and Design Technology are taught using an online scheme of work from 'Kapow Primary'.  In KS2 children also learn to play a musical instrument (currently a descant recorder).

Religious Education is taught using the LCP scheme and collective worship is practised daily.

Physical Education is taught on both the common and off site regularly, so that the children have access to good quality venues and equipment. We use an online planning tool, called iPEP to improve our planning and assessment. Wherever possible, we take part in competitions and festivals around the county.  As we are a small school, children have the opportunity to represent the school between three and ten times a year. The topic cycles for this term are below.

French is delivered by a specialist teacher, through Linguascope.

PSHE and Citizenship is a tailored scheme using elements from different providers. Example planning is below, as well as our SRE scheme.

If you require any further information, please speak to Mrs Hilton, or Mr Steele, at the office.

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