Southminster’s Curriculum


Southminster’s Curriculum is underpinned by our Values and has been designed with our Christian ethos embedded into all that we do.

The Curriculum has been created so that children are educated in the knowledge and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives. It is a progressive curriculum which builds on experiences and sets ambitious goals to encourage children for later life, irrespective of starting points.

The area surrounding Southminster is socially diverse and rural, with ongoing residential developments. Children enter our school, with limited social and cultural experiences. Therefore, within our school, our curriculum aims to promote and broaden children’s knowledge of the world around them. We put a focus on ensuring children acquire a base for lifelong learning, through extra-curricular activities, such as Forest Schools. Children apply this learning to their schooling; their home lives and the wider community.

Children often enter Southminster with limited knowledge of the wider world or areas outside of their local area. We recognise the importance of developing children’s cultural awareness through our Curriculum. This includes topics based on cities, such as London and areas around the world, such as the Rainforest.

At the heart of our curriculum, we want to enrich children’s lives to promote learning and personal growth. Our vision and values underpin every interaction of school life; everyone has a role in modelling, showing and sharing them. These values are intended to include every aspect of school life, so that we develop children’s spiritual and Christian believes. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others, so that they can achieve their full potential.

At Southminster, we have a Year A and Year B theme overview and medium term overviews for curriculum coverage of Foundation and Core subjects. These deliver progressive learning and skills from EYFS through the Year 6. This is based on Development Matters for EYFS and the National Curriculum and The Learning Challenge Curriculum which is an enquiry based approach.

Our curriculum uses a cross-curricular approach with themed units of learning. This results in the development of knowledge and subject specific skills, which are built on, explored and applied to new learning each year. In designing the curriculum, teachers and learners are using a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question, as the starting point. Using the information gained from pre-learning tasks and the school’s context, a series of subsidiary challenges in the form of focused lessons are then planned.

Teachers use medium and short-term plans to deliver lessons and opportunities tailored to the needs of their class and the school community. Lessons develop children’s knowledge of the world around them, our Christian Values and provide opportunities for children to celebrate success.

Early Reading skills are of high importance at Southminster and Phonics is delivered through the Read, Write, Inc programme which is adapted to meet our needs as a school. Children access this curriculum from EYFS upwards to support life-long engaged readers, as well as fostering a love and passion for reading.

Maths skills are highly valued at Southminster; we use White Rose as a supportive resource to embed children’s mathematical understanding and problem-solving skills.

At Southminster, we use Learning Ladders as an ongoing assessment system to track all children’s progress and ensure that we are continuously providing an accurately pitched and challenging curriculum. We consider the needs of all our learners and these assessments are used by both SLT and teachers to provide an effective curriculum for all.


The impact of Southminster’s curriculum is demonstrated both within our academic achievements and children’s own personal developments. This can be seen in pupil’s work and outcomes, as well as their social and emotional development.
SLT and stakeholders regularly monitor the impact of the learning. We evaluate the progress and action next steps on our school improvement journey.

Whole School Long Term Theme Plan Year A