Catch-Up Curriculum following the Impact of Covid
Due to the impact of Covid disruptions, we have made the decision to modify the delivery of our curriculum to help the children to catch up on missed learning. At present, we have decided that a heavier weighting of lesson time is best used to focus on basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. To provide enough time to increase the focus on reading, writing and mathematics skills, some of the other subject areas have been condensed or will be taught in blocks. This means that we have modified the normal structure of starting and ending a half term with a theme week.
Every subject is highly valued at Southcoates Primary Academy. We feel that, if we can make accelerated progress with reading, writing and maths skills across this year, this will help all of our children to access all subject areas with more success as they move through their time at our school.
Our children are still accessing a broad and balanced curriculum, following the long term plans that can be found on our website. Each year group has modified their timetable to specifically suit the needs of the children in their classes. If you would like more information about the adaptations that have been made to your child's timetables, your child's class teacher will be happy to speak to you about this.
Curriculum Organisation and Intent
At Southcoates Primary Academy, we have devised the SPA Curriculum: a knowledge-based curriculum in line with the knowledge promoted in the National Curriculum (both declarative and procedural). We have chosen to deliver this knowledge through a whole school themed approach:
The flowchart below gives an overview of the documents that detail:
- The content and structure of our curriculum;
- The themes that drive our curriculum;
- Areas that take our curriculum beyond the academic, vocational or technical.
All of these documents can be viewed or downloaded by navigating the tabs along the top of the page, or by navigating down the menu bar to the left.
Our aim is that, over their journey at Southcoates, our children will
In Y1 through to Y6, the four foundation subjects of history, geography, art and technology are taught in weekly blocks. These weekly blocks are referred to as ‘theme weeks’. History and art are taught in the first and last week of one half term; geography and design technology are taught in the first and last week of the second half term, with this structure alternating on a half termly basis.
Enrichment and Wider Development
To enrich the learning experiences for our children, as well as covering objectives linked to the National Curriculum through classroom based learning, Southcoates Primary Academy have developed a Cultural Passport which outlines the experiences that we aim to provide for each child over the course of their time at Southcoates. Southcoates Primary Academy gained Silver Level Artsmark status in September 2018. When surveyed about children’s cultural experiences, in June 2018, we received positive comments from parents such as: “So much effort is put into the children and the things they enjoy. It is a really great place of learning and experiencing new things for children.” Upon being awarded Silver Level Artsmark status, a Senior Officer at Artsmark commented: “Southcoates has succeeded in drawing out the arts elements within teaching and learning and finding ways that celebrate their impact and effect.” Since this date, Southcoates Primary Academy has started a new Artsmark journey and are working towards achieving Platinum Artsmark Status. We are also working as a Royal Shakespeare Company Lead Associate School. For more information, please navigate to the ‘Enrichment and Wider Development’ tab.
Our Long Term Plan consists of two cycles: Cycle A and Cycle B. Each cycle spans one year. The Long Term Plan provides the following information:
- The half-termly whole school theme;
- Each phase’s focus within the half-termly whole school theme;
- An overview of how cross-curricular links are made between the theme subjects and reading and writing lessons.
Each half term is structured to begin and end with the following blocked theme weeks:
- Geography theme week or history theme week;
- Art theme week or design technology theme week.
All of the other subjects are taught on a weekly basis in-between the theme weeks.
(More information about the specific objectives being taught in each subject area can be found on the Medium Term Plans, Progression Documents and the Subject Overviews.)
Long Term Plan
Reading, Writing & Maths Medium Term Plans
The reading, writing and maths Medium Term Plans outline the specific objectives to be taught in each year group. The progression of objectives ensures that the children build on prior learning, and it is in line with the expectations of the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and the National Curriculum.
Reading Medium Term Plans
Writing Medium Term Plans
Maths Medium Term Plans
The following Medium Term Plans specify the declarative and procedural knowledge taught in each phase, each half-term, for all of the remaining subjects. The objectives repeat on a two year cycle to ensure that all children have been taught all of the objectives before entering the next phase.
Early Years Medium Term Plans
Year 1/2 Medium Term Plans
Year 3/4 - Medium Term Plans
Year 5/6 - Medium Term Plans
Teaching at Southcoates is underpinned by three signature pedagogies:
- Say it: we highly value the role of talk in the classroom. Teachers use a range of strategies to support children to orally rehearse answers, share ideas and opinions and practise their reasoning skills. Children are encouraged to ask and answer questions to deepen their understanding in every lesson. Talk strategies are used from the Early Years through to Year 6 to encourage active participation from all children, in every lesson.
- Power through it: teaching and learning at Southcoates is enhanced by the explicit teaching and modelling of the BLP (Building Learning Power) skills. BLP skills are introduced in the Early Years and are built upon in each phase of the children's time at our school. The development of these learning dispositions help our children to become independent, confident and focussed learners.
- Assess it: continuous assessment for learning (AfL) is used by all of our teachers to ensure that the correct levels of support and challenge are given to help all children to achieve. Various strategies are used throughout lessons to assess children's understanding, with timely interventions put in place for those who need more support or extra challenge. AfL techniques help our teachers to pitch work appropriately, and adapt it where necessary, to ensure that all children are making progress.
Extra details about our signature pedagogies, including our rationale behind choosing these as our key pedagogies, can be found in the Signature Pedagogies document below.
BLP Whole School Plan
The SPA Curriculum is designed for coherent and sequenced progression, so that children’s learning builds year upon year. The curriculum is designed to ensure the following in each subject area:
- Progression of declarative and procedural knowledge;
- Progression of vocabulary.
The progression of objectives can be seen on the Progression documents for each subject.
The Subject Overview documents show how areas of learning repeat over time to give opportunities to recap and build on prior learning.
Art and Design
Art and design teaching at Southcoates Primary Academy aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences;
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, and textile/collage;
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design;
- know about great artists, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. (Each phase has a focus artist per term, as outlined on the subject overview document.)
The key skills of drawing, painting, printing, creating 3D form, textiles and collage are repeated in each phase, with objectives progressing in difficulty and depth as the children move through school. This repetitive approach gives opportunity for prior learning to be recapped and built upon.
Southcoates Primary Academy celebrate the work of all children through the biennial Southcoates Primary Academy Open Exhibition, and entries to the Ferens Junior Open Exhibition are made each year.
Art and Design Leader: Miss K. Prethero
Southcoates Primary Academy follows the Enquire Learning Trust Computing Curriculum. We believe that it is vital for all of our pupils to learn from and about Computing and Technology, so that they can understand the world around them. Through teaching the Enquire Learning Trust Computing Curriculum, we aim to equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information as well as having the skills to manipulate, develop and interpret different forms of technology in an ever-changing world. The Enquire Learning Trust bespoke computing curriculum offers a cross curricular scheme of work for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 presently which is congruent with the National Curriculum. The curriculum looks at the progression needed for all pupils to develop and embed skills and knowledge within the strands of: digital literacy, E-Safety, coding, computing and app specific learning. The curriculum is designed to support teaching and learning and the acquisition of subject knowledge in all areas. Children will have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communication, cyber-bullying, online safety, security and social media.
Computing Leaders: Mr G. Kendrick and Miss R. Williams
Design and Technology
Design and technology teaching at Southcoates Primary Academy aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world;
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users;
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others;
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
The design and technology declarative and procedural knowledge, as outlined on the progression documents, cover the following areas:
- Food technology
Within each of these key areas, a continued cycle of designing, making, evaluating and improving is carried out. The key areas of learning repeat as the children move through school, allowing them to recap and build on prior learning.
Design and Technology Leader: Mrs D. Knight
Geography teaching at Southcoates Primary Academy aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of places, seas and oceans, including their defining physical and human characteristics;
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time;
- are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- Collect, analyse and communicate using a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork;
- Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs;
- Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps and writing.
As shown on the progression document for geography, as the children move through the phases at Southcoates Primary Academy, they will recap and build on key areas of learning, such as mapwork skills. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge provides the tools and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Geography Leader: Miss E. Hepple
History teaching at Southcoates Primary Academy aims to ensure that all pupils know and understand:
- the history of Britain up to and including the modern day and be able to order key historical events chronologically;
- how important events in people’s lives have shaped the nation or created significant change;
- how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world;
- significant aspects of the history of the wider world including the nature of ancient civilisations;
- appreciate historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence and similarities and differences. Pupils will be able to use these concepts to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, ask historically-valid questions and create their own structured written accounts of historical events;
- methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims;
- understand why there are contrasting arguments and different interpretations of the past;
- begin to develop historical perspective by connecting events. This could include connecting local, regional, national and international history.
Key skills, such as producing timelines to evaluate chronology, are covered across every phase of the school, allowing children opportunities to recap and build on prior learning.
History leader: Mrs K. Smith
After consultation with parents, pupils and staff, it was decided that Spanish should be the main language that is formally taught to children at Southcoates Primary Academy. Spanish is taught to all children in Key Stage 2.
Language teaching at Southcoates Primary Academy aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak a second language with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity
- can find ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions
- continually improve the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
Language teaching is supported by a yearly Spanish week, where children learn about Spanish culture and experience Spanish food, meet Spanish visitors and take part in Spanish dance activities.
Spanish Leader: Mrs S. Seville
Music teaching at Southcoates Primary Academy aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Listen to and appraise, explore, discuss, sing, play, improvise, compose and perform a wide range of genres, styles and traditions styles of music;
- Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence;
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including the Interrelated Dimensions of Music: pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation. These dimensions are at the centre of all the learning.
Supplementing the music curriculum, children at Southcoates Primary Academy also take part in a yearly carols performance to parents, and Nativity, Harvest and Easter performances at the local church.
The music provision at Southcoates Primary Academy is further enriched by our partnership with the Hull Music Service, who deliver glockenspiel lessons each week to the children in Year 4.
Music Leader: Mrs S. Simpson
At Southcoates Primary Academy we will promote and teach:
- social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning;
- emotional and social learning through a mindfulness approach;
- anti-bullying, safeguarding and equality.
This will enable pupils to become healthy, mindful, independent and responsible members of society. Southcoates Primary Academy follows the Jigsaw scheme which is comprehensive programme for primary PSHE, including statutory relationships and health education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.
With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw 3-11 properly equips schools to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
PSHE Leader: Mrs C. Rhodes
Southcoates Primary Academy provide a broad and balanced programme of physical education. We believe that activities should be enjoyable, vigorous, purposeful and regular. Through providing positive experiences, a lifelong interest in physical activity is encouraged. The range of physical activities is wide and includes athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and outdoor education. The skills and knowledge that children learn build as the children progress through their years at Southcoates.
In addition to the children’s weekly PE lessons, we have engaged with the Hull FC School Sports Partnership who provide specialist coaching to all year groups across the year, working with children from the Early Years to Year 6. The children have access to high quality sports equipment to enrich sports provision during break times and lunch times, and this has shown a positive impact on children’s collaboration and application of sporting skills.
Since the uplifting of some Covid restrictions, we are now able to enter a variety of competitions to ensure that children are given the opportunity to engage in competitive and non-competitive events, widening their cultural experiences. These events will be accessible for all pupil groups; Southcoates values inclusivity.
PE Leader: Mrs L. Wilmot
The aims of religious education at Southcoates Primary Academy are to help all pupils to:
- Learn about religions and develop understanding to learn from those religions;
- Understand the nature of the beliefs and practices of Christianity and other world faiths and develop an awareness of how those beliefs influence the lives of faith members;
- Develop positive attitudes of tolerance and respect and to challenge prejudice towards people of different faiths;
- Celebrate and value living in our multi-cultural, multi-faith and multi-lingual society;
- Reflect upon their own needs, experiences and questions and to confront what are sometimes referred to as ‘ultimate questions’;
- Develop open minds to new and different concepts and form their own opinions based on evidence and argument.
- Provide first hand experiences of places of worship and people of faith using local religious communities.
Southcoates Primary Academy follows the Discovery RE Scheme. The Discovery RE Scheme comprises of 64 enquiry based modules, taught from the Early Years to Year 6, covering Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism that provide engaging and challenging learning.
RE Leader: Miss H. Brown
Science teaching at Southcoates Primary Academy aims to ensure that all pupils:
- are focussed, interested, involved and excited by science;
- are asking questions to direct our learning and find the answer;
- participate in first hand experiences as part of practical activities and experiments;
- investigate by looking closely to make observations about the real world;
- are able to apply their knowledge to real life situations;
- use appropriate scientific vocabulary fluently and accurately;
- initiate learning through our own interests;
- are learning new things and gaining new knowledge.
As the children move through the years at Southcoates Primary Academy, they will cover units such as Animals Including Humans, Plants, Forces and Properties of Materials which will repeat in each phase so that the children can revise and build on prior knowledge. Full details of the progression of declarative and procedural knowledge can be found in the science progression document.
Science Leader: Miss L Wright
Phonics at Southcoates
Your child is learning to read and write through the “Read, Write, Inc” phonics programme. This begins in Nursery where children start to learn single letter sounds. In Reception they learn to recognise more sounds and then to blend these sounds together to make words. They quickly develop their word reading and move on to reading simple story books.
The children are taught in small storybook groups where everyone is reading at the same level. In Read Write Inc, the children are assessed every 6 – 8 weeks to ensure they are in the correct group and make rapid progress. They move through the storybook groups and learn to read longer, more complex books. They read an interesting range of fiction and non-fiction books.
Every Read Write Inc lesson includes a range of reading activities to help develop fluency and comprehension. As well as this children complete spelling, punctuation and grammar activities and apply these in writing tasks linked to the storybook they are reading.
We are recognised as a Read Write Inc accredited school. This shows that we raise standards in reading and writing for all children and help the most vulnerable children with intervention and support. We have regular training sessions and visits from Ruth Miskin coaches to update our knowledge of Read Write Inc.
If you would like to find out more information about Read Write Inc and how to support your child with phonics and reading please visit the websites below:
Full details about the progression of reading from the Early Years through to Year 6 can be found on the document attached below.
Reading at Southcoates
Reading lessons at Southcoates follow a systematic sequence of teaching, starting in Nursery and running through to Year 6. The details of our reading structure can be seen in the documents below:
- SPA Reading Structure: this document outlines how reading is taught through each year at school. This document also gives information about the support in place for those children who still require systematic phonics teaching as they move to Key Stage Two.
SPA Reading Structure
- Reading Assessment Structure: this document gives an overview of how reading levels are determined, with regular assessments ensuring that children are making the required progress through the reading levels.
Reading Assessment Structure
- Inference Structure: when the children have completed the Read, Write, Inc. phonics programme, they transition to a teaching sequence which we call the Inference Structure. This document gives details of how reading is taught when the children move to this sequence of teaching.
- Southcoates Primary Academy Reading Levels Progression: this document shows the progression of book band levels. When the children have moved through the RWI levels, they will transition to the Oxford Level book band scaling. Please note, turquoise band is not noted on our progression document, but some children may be sent home with this book band if they have completed the RWI programme but are still working on their fluency. The turquoise band sits just below the purple Oxford Level book band.
Reading Levels Progression
The 3-Read Challenge - Home Reading
All children at Southcoates are expected to read at home at least three times a week.
In the Early Years and Key Stage One, the home reading books directly correlate with the Read, Write Inc. scheme being taught in school, ensuring that the books that children have access to directly link to their phonics knowledge. Once the children have completed the Read, Write Inc. colour banded books, they progress to further banded books until they are assessed at the 'free-reader' level.
Reading diaries must be signed by parents/carers each time the child has been listened to at home. If the child has read three or more times in a week, they receive a point on their class reading chart. Every Friday, the number of children meeting the challenge in each class is sent to the Principal and revealed in assembly. Each time a pupil meets the challenge five times they win a prize. If a child reads 3 times a week for 10 weeks in a term they are entered into a draw for a mystery prize.
As well as taking home their levelled home reading book, children have access to high quality books from our two school libraries. They are welcome to borrow books from our libraries to read at home.
In addition to the book-banded home reading books, Southcoates Primary Academy is proud to have developed a bespoke reading list that spans from the Early Years through to Year 6, to enrich children's exposure to high quality texts. Staff have carefully selected 10 'must read' books for each year group at school. By the end of their time at Southcoates, if each child has read all of these books, they will have read the Southcoates 70: 70 books that include fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays. Children are welcome to borrow these books from school to read at home. Each child has a personal bookmark that the teacher will sign each time they read one of the Southcoates 70.
Each year group's Southcoates 70 texts can be viewed below.
As reading is extremely important at Southcoates, each of the half-termly themes are based around a key text. This ensures that children have access to high quality texts throughout their time at the academy. The key text and author of the half term for each phase, each half term, is detailed on the document below.
English Subject Leader Audit
Southcoates Primary Academy is proud of the range of experiences and activities offered to enrich our children's development.
Southcoates Primary Academy gained Silver Level Artsmark status in September 2018. When surveyed about children’s cultural experiences, in June 2018, we received positive comments from parents such as: “So much effort is put into the children and the things they enjoy. It is a really great place of learning and experiencing new things for children.” Upon being awarded Silver Level Artsmark status, a Senior Officer at Artsmark commented: “Southcoates has succeeded in drawing out the arts elements within teaching and learning and finding ways that celebrate their impact and effect.” Since this date, Southcoates Primary Academy has started a new Artsmark journey and are working towards achieving Platinum Artsmark Status.
Royal Shakespeare Company Lead Associate School
Southcoates Primary Academy is a Lead Associate school for The Royal Shakespeare Company. The Associate Schools programme is a long-term partnership programme with schools, regional theatres and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Southcoates Primary Academy started working in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2017, undertaking CPD to learn how to use rehearsal room techniques within lessons to improve children's speaking and listening and literacy skills. Trained Southcoates practitioners are now sharing this practice with other schools, including Eastfield Primary Academy, Buckingham Primary Academy, Springfield Primary Academy, Wellholme Primary Academy and Humberston Cloverfield Primary Academy, with showcase events being held at Southcoates Primary Academy to show good practice in action.
Working in partnership with and Hull Truck Theatre, the CPD programme revolves around using rehearsal room techniques within schools to improve children's attainment. This year, we are working towards our Year 5 children writing and performing their own play, along with children from our partner schools. Keep an eye on our school newsletter to find out more information later in the year!
Southcoates Primary Academy values and promotes the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. These values are promoted in the following ways:
- Within the school curriculum;
- Through the House system;
- Through the School Council;
- Through the Cultural Council;
- Through the Eco-Committee;
- Within assemblies;
- Through enriching reading material directly linked to equality and diversity, promoted in the Early Years area, the Key Stage One library and the Key Stage Two library.
It is our aim that every child at Southcoates has access to high quality, enriching experiences. Our Cultural Passport outlines the non-negotiable activities that each child has access to throughout their time at Southcoates.
Southcoates Primary Academy offers a range of inclusive clubs to all children at Southcoates Primary Academy. Through listening to pupil voice and feedback from parents, we aim to provide clubs that children may not have access to outside of school. Many of our clubs are run by trained coaches, giving our children access to high quality extra-curricular learning and experiences. Our current clubs include:
- Breakfast Club (this is free to all children). Please contact the office if you would like more information.
- KS1 Football;
- KS1 Team Building;
- KS2 Team Building;
- KS2 Dodgeball;
- KS2 Football;
- Tag rugby.
Keep an eye on the weekly newsletter for any changes or additions to clubs. If you would like any more information, contact our Parent Links worker, Ms Jackson.
For more information regarding our Curriculum contact:
Miss H Boba