Children in all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6 are taught the National Curriculum, while children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Children are creatively immersed in their learning of all statutory subjects, either discreetly or through carefully planned cross-curricular topics. History, Geography and Science are our main topic drivers and other subjects will be linked where appropriate.
We have specific pages with lots of information about some of the core areas of the National Curriculum:
The wider curriculum includes the Foundation Subjects, which we value greatly as part of our broad and balanced curriculum offer:
This subject is divided into the following sections:
- Working scientifically
- Biology (plants, animals including humans, habitats, life cycles and evolution and inheritance)
- Chemistry (the properties of materials, the states of matter)
- Physics (light, sound, forces and magnets, electricity)
- The Earth and space
Science is a great subject to incite curiosity and to encourage children to develop enquiring minds. Pupils gain knowledge to answer questions about the world around them, but also are inspired to extend their knowledge through further enquiry. You can find out more by clicking here.
This is a rapidly changing subject as technology develops at such a fast pace. Our ICT team work hard to keep our curriculum relevant and up to date. We have an increasing number of laptop trolleys in the school so children are able to use computers to enhance their learning across the curriculum as well as a fantastic ICT Suite. We also have sets of iPads which the children regularly use. Children are also taught explicit skills in ICT for example using digital media or controlling devices. Click here to find out more.
Through this subject, pupils examine the natural and human worlds. They develop their knowledge of places and environments throughout the world and encounter different societies and cultures. They learn to read maps and use atlases, as key geographical tools.
In History children learn about past societies and consider how the past influences the present. They build a chronological framework based around significant events and people. Pupils gain an understanding of people and their experiences, which can influence their personal choices, attitudes and values.
Design & Technology
Through Design & Technology pupils are encouraged to solve problems creatively. They combine practical skills with an understanding of specific requirements for a product. It is a subject where children learn how and why things work and have a chance to use that knowledge to create something new.
As they progress through the school, children develop their artistic skills in drawing, painting, 3D, textiles, printing, collage and ICT. Art is a subject that lends itself well to topic-based learning and so frequently you see other subjects ‘come to life’ through art.
At Saltdean, we teach the agreed Brighton and Hove syllabus for Religious Education where different religions are explored through key themes. Schools must provide Religious Education but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. This area of learning permeates the everyday life of Saltdean School, where we are constantly working to develop pupils for lives as purposeful adults. We use the Brighton and Hove Programmes of Study to provide a robust framework for this important area. More information can be found here.
Modern Foreign Languages
The Modern Foreign Language taught at Saltdean is French. These lessons are delivered by Mrs Boulaich across Key Stage 2 and the children enjoy learning basic French vocabulary and being able to converse about various topics. It is taught in a fun, interactive way using music and songs, games and challenges to engage pupils.
Saltdean School has a number of safe playground spaces that classes use for their outdoor PE sessions, as well as our field. Indoor PE lessons (gymnastics and dance) take place in the North and South halls.
At Saltdean we are keen to encourage a healthy lifestyle and children are made aware of the vital importance of being active. PE also provides a great opportunity for pupils to build up their teamwork skills. Click here to find out more.
Music is an important part of our curriculum. Lessons are delivered by the class teachers using the Charanga music scheme. Children learn to play various pitched and unpitched instruments, as well as to sing; to compose pieces of music; and to appreciate different styles of music from different historical eras.
Should you have any further questions or queries about the curriculum, please email the school and we will be happy to help you.