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Curriculum Intent

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)

Learn more about each subject below. For additional information about a subject, please contact the school office and ask to speak to the subject leader.