Curriculum Vision

Children thrive when they are in a secure, caring and stimulating environment and here at Sandown, children are challenged to reach their potential through a well-planned and inspiring curriculum, designed to meet the needs of all pupils to ensure they have a quality education.

Our mastery approach to the curriculum ensures literacy, including maths literacy, is at its heart. This is continually emphasised through:

Expressive language

Models and images

Reasoning skills

Problem solving

Appropriate vocabulary

Clear presentation in speech and writing

A breadth of reading


Specifically, the curriculum is designed to:

Embody the Community Commitment

Be filled with rich, purposeful experiences

Raise awareness of significant current events and have an eye on the future, as well as the needs of future citizens

Go beyond the classroom to embrace our outdoor learning spaces

Involve real people with first hand experiences

Strengthen partnerships locally, nationally and internationally


At Sandown, the curriculum remains a work in progress and is subject to constant development. This empowers subject leaders to enthuse the community in their curriculum areas.


The Curriculum

As a maintained school, we use the following documents:

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework as well as Development Matters in the Foundation Stage
  • The National Curriculum in England for Key Stages One and Two
  • The East Sussex agreed syllabus for Religious Education (RE) and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Click on the buttons at the bottom of this page to learn more about each subject. For additional information about this subject, please contact the school office and ask to speak to the subject leader.

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