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Southtown Primary School Curriculum Statement


The curriculum at Southtown Primary School comprises all the learning and other development opportunities that pupils experience at the school. We aim to provide our pupils with a broad, balanced education, develop them to fulfil their potential and nurture them into good citizens, conscious of their responsibilities to each other, their family, society and the world of work. British Values underpin our entire ethos and curriculum.

We believe that education, at home and at school, is a route to moral, social, cultural, spiritual, physical and mental development, and thus the well-being of the individual. Education should also reaffirm our commitment to the virtues of truth, justice, honesty and sense of duty.


At Southtown, we also believe that:

  • Each pupil is entitled to receive the best education possible and to achieve the highest standards
  • The curriculum should prepare children for secondary school and beyond
  • The curriculum should meet pupil’s individual needs
  • Pupils learn best from a broad and challenging curriculum
  • The curriculum should involve first-hand experience and be taught in ways which make sense for pupils
  • Achievement in a range of subjects across the curriculum and beyond improves pupils’ confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to tackle more challenging work and develop a positive attitude to school


We aim to teach our broad and balanced curriculum in an engaging, interesting and inspirational way primarily through a skills based, topic approach. In particular, we are using the Cornerstones Skills Based curriculum as the basis for our cross-curricular topics.  Most subjects, including writing are taught through this Cornerstones Curriculum but Mathematics, PSHE and Religious Education are taught using other programmes or schemes.  Where possible, however, links are made to embed the learning in the subjects in order to improve pupils' ability to acquire and to retain new knowledge and skills.  Our pupils lie at the heart of this thematic learning and play a large part in planning what they would like to learn as well.  Every topic begins with a session to find out what the pupils already know and what they would like to find out. This approach provides a rich diversity of exciting themes that appeal to our children while still covering all the separate elements required by our National Curriculum.


We are passionate about providing children with opportunities to apply their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum and we offer a range of trips and visits to enhance their learning in school. Our comprehensive Visits Plan offers children opportunities to develop and explore the local area as well as visiting places of interest further afield. We provide a number of residential visits each year, which are exciting, varied and a fantastic opportunity for relationship building.

We have very high expectations for attainment and progress in all subject but we also offer a wide range of art, musical and sporting opportunities throughout key stage one and two. Children are given opportunities to participate in after school clubs linked to these curriculum areas and are often invited to participate in competitive events such as sports tournaments and singing groups.


If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, please refer to the National Curriculum:

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