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Curriculum - Curriculum


At Shawley we work hard to ensure our curriculum is exciting, engaging and linked to the children’s interests. We use our aims as ‘curriculum drivers’ and plan topics with these aims at the heart of the learning experiences. Over the course of a year, children experience a range of different topics where individual subjects are woven together. This enables them to make links in their learning. We regularly review our curriculum to ensure it’s up to date and relevant to our ever changing world.  Please click here to see our curriculum updates.

At Shawley, these things 'drive' our curriculum:
Communicate with clarity, confidence and consideration.
Problem Solving
Use knowledge and understanding to ask questions and solve problems with resilience.
Understanding the World
Develop knowledge of and respect for the world in which we live.
Believe in our potential, experience new things and be motivated to achieve

Learning across the school
As a primary school, we educate children aged from 4 to 11 covering the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Foundation Stage (Reception, 4-5 year olds)
The Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. Here children are taught a well-planned and resourced curriculum which allows them to develop the skills and knowledge needed to confidently move forward to the next stage of their learning.

The areas that make up the Foundation Stage Curriculum are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

The outdoor environment is also a special part of the Foundation Stage curriculum. As such, it is carefully planned for and available each day. The reception classes have their own specially equipped outdoor area which is in continuous use.

Key Stages 1 and 2
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2, ages 5 - 7)
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6, ages 8 - 11)

Children are grouped in mixed ability classes according to age. We aim to keep all class sizes below 30. The curriculum is taught mainly through a topic approach and there is a carefully planned two-year cycle of topics which cover all aspects of the curriculum. Some curriculum areas, especially English and mathematics are also taught as separate subjects. Depending on the activity taking place, children work as individuals, in groups or as a class. The children are taught by their own class teacher for most of their work but, at times, will be taught by other members of staff when appropriate.

The core curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 comprises:

Children also study the subjects below as part of the National Curriculum. These are called Foundation Subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Design  and technology (DT)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Languages (French taught in Key Stage 2)

Religious Education
We teach religious education following the Surrey syllabus. We aim to foster sharing and caring and to develop a respect for the beliefs of others. We also try to give children an understanding of their responsibility as members of a wider community. Children are encouraged to appreciate the contribution which religious and spiritual values give to the individual’s search for meaning in life. We aim to develop knowledge of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Britain – Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE should they so wish. If parents do not want their child to be taught the agreed syllabus then they are asked to discuss this with the Headteacher so that suitable alternative arrangements can be made.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
Aspects of PSHE are taught across the school both as a discrete subject and linked to other curriculum areas where appropriate. Our provision for PSHE is outlined within our long term plans for each phase of the school.

Home Learning
Children throughout the school are encouraged to read at home for at least ten minutes on a daily basis and we ask that this is recorded in their Home Learning Diaries. Each term a range of home learning activities are set by teachers to complement and enrich the learning that is happening in class on a daily basis. This includes spellings, numeracy activities and a wide range of other activities linked to different areas of the curriculum. Details of our expectations are sent to parents at the beginning of each school year, explaining how home learning operates at each stage of the school.

Educational Visits
Visits play an essential role in supporting children’s understanding of a range of subjects and are a vital part of school life. Our visits vary from places in the locality such as the library, St Mark’s Church and the local parks and allotments to residential trips for children in years 5 and 6.

Shawley School Award Winners

We have recently started awarding children with VIP (Very Important Pupil) Lanyards when they have excelled at something. We are particularly looking for children who promote the school values and are excellent role models to others in terms of following the school rules.

Our most recent VIP awards have gone to:

Skarlett (Chestnut) - for always being kind, thoughtful and caring towards everyone. She is a supportive and encouraging learning partner who is always polite and helpful.

Georgia (Fir) - for the kindness she shows to others. She has a thoughtful nature, beautiful manners and is friendly to everyone. Georgia displays an excellent attitude towards learning and takes pride and care with all aspects of her work. 

Hannah (Oak) - who has been recognised for being consistently hard working, polite, helpful and kind. She is an excellent role model and a delight to have in Oak class!

Ollie (Fir) - who demonstrates an excellent attitude to learning. He is a kind and thoughtful learning patner who stays focussed and on task.

Amy M (Elm) - who treats everyone with respect. She is thoughtful and consistently kind to others. Amy always endeavours to produce her best work and should be incredibly proud of the standard of work she achieves. She is a real delight to have in class and all adults who have been teaching her have noticed her for her efforts!

Keeley-Rose (Fir) - has been recognised for being an excellent learning partner and showing kindness to all.  She is a thoughtful friend and is an excellent role model in the way that she follows the school rules. Keeley-Rose always completes tasks to the best of her ability.

Molly (Beech) - is a great asset to her class. She is always enthusiastic and keen to learn and puts 100% effort into all of her work. Molly is always kind and caring towards her peers, is a supportive learning partner and is helpful around the classroom.

Ella (Fir) - has been recognised for being an excellent role model in the classroom. She is caring, thoughtful and always ready to help when needed. Ella takes her learning seriously and applies a hard working approach.

Ellie-Mae (Elm) - has been recognised for the support she offered during the girls football tournament last week. She was such an encouragement to others, picking up players who were down and reassuring them if they had not scored or not saved a goal. This thoughtfulness to others was a pleasure to see, thank you Ellie-Mae.

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What parents are saying about us

Shawley is a caring environment where every child is known to all, even from the early days of the Reception year. The older children are taught to respect the little ones; the little ones know and trust the older ones. Personal and emotional development, as well as academic progression, are intrinsic to the success of this warm, secure school which, although located in the heart of Epsom Downs, retains a "village-like" feel.

John & Glynis Wheeler, Parents

Shawley has given our son the best possible start in school life. All the teachers throughout the school seem to have a real passion and enthusiasm for teaching. The school has an enthusiastic and thriving Fundraising Committee, consistently striving to raise funds for extra equipment and facilities for the children.

Charlotte Elson, Parent

Both my children really enjoy coming to school. They are excited to learn new things and find their classes both interesting and challenging. As a parent, I feel the staff at al levels are helpful, friendly and approachable. My whole family loves Shawley Community Primary School!

Charlotte Crossley-Lo, Parent

Shawley provides a stimulating curriculum and my son loves to share his new found knowledge at home.

Almarie Groves

A great school. We have only happy memories from our time at Shawley

Rose and Holly

A friendly, caring school, set in lovely grounds, which is always striving to improve for their students, teachers as well as parents.

Vickie Nimmo

We are really impressed with the education our son receives at Shawley Community Primary School. The school has a warm and friendly feel about it with all staff giving 100% to each pupil.

Joseph Sanders

The teaching staff have been very supportive of our family's religious convictions and beliefs, and has provided alternative arrangements in his class so my son does not feel excluded.

Asa King

My children have enjoyed their time at Shawley and love the school. They have grown in confidence both socially and academically. The staff are approachable, friendly and caring. There is a sense of community within the school.

Gautham & Saathana Emmanuel

Shawley is a friendly, caring school. My son has been happy there from the first day he started and has developed a great enthusiasm to learn. Both my children are very happy at the school and we are happy with their progress.

Hilary Neville

Such a happy, friendly school. Miss Harmer has really brought out the best in Charlotte.

Charlotte Hathorn

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