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Curriculum Statement & Overview

At Southwood Primary School we recognise that all pupils are entitled to have access to a broad range of learning experiences which allow them to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for their self-fulfilment and to enable them to play a full part as responsible citizens in the 21st Century. Our curriculum aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and disabilities.

The Southwood Curriculum

  • The Southwood curriculum is designed to reflect the school’s local context by addressing typical gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills, particularly disadvantaged pupils. The curriculum offers an enriched reading experience rooted in high quality texts with a wide range of cultural experiences throughout the primary years.
  • The school follows the national curriculum and all subjects are taught. Religious Education follows the locally agreed syllabus and PSHE is enhanced taking into account local safeguarding risk factors.
  • The curriculum is enhanced through educational visits into and out of school together with the ‘Southwood 50 experiences’ which motivate and inspire pupils, giving all pupils, including those disadvantaged, ‘cultural capital’ opportunities and experiences they can draw on later in life, such as regular visits to museums and galleries in the local area and into London as well as a week-long residential visit to Wales for Year 6 pupils. Creativity is further enhanced through partnerships with local organisations such as Bow Arts with the latest art project focusing on particular decades of importance to the school’s history, such as the opening of the Becontree estate 100 years ago and living through the air raids of World War II.
  • The school’s ‘dream’ theme is brought to life through an annual Work Week which aims to motivate and inspire pupils to raise their aspirations and become ambitious about their futures. The children experience a taste of work life linked to the local area, for example Year 5 visiting an eco-construction site on the Barking Riverside development and Year 1 visiting the local fire station.
  • The curriculum is coherently sequenced and planned so skills and knowledge build on what has been taught before and key knowledge is transferred to long term memory in a sequential way.

If you want to know more about our Southwood Curriculum, please phone or email the School Office. If you would like a paper copy of any of our curriculum documents, please contact our Office Manager (Mrs T. Page) via. the details on our Contact Page. These will be provided free of charge.

School Curriculum

Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that the school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum. All state schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage and sex and relationship education to pupils in secondary education.


Maintained schools in England are legally required to follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study, on the basis of key stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils. All schools must publish their school curriculum by subject and academic year online.


All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.


The National Curriculum
The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

Please see below some of the statutory documents that support us in designing and implementing our curriculum.