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Our Curriculum

Free Schools such as Sparkwell are required to have a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We believe that our curriculum is a distinctive feature of our school that develops creativity, imagination and skills for lifelong learning.

Click here to see our vision, aims and values. More information on the Ethos and Values page.

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For pupils in the Foundation Stage, we are required to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
While free schools are not required to follow the National Curriculum they are required to ensure their curriculum:
includes English, maths and science; includes Religious Education
includes sex and relationship education at an age-appropriate level
In light of the curriculum freedoms we receive as a free school, at Sparkwell we are planning and delivering creative learning, within the framework offered by the new National Curriculum.  The children’s learning is embedded within a class project, following a 'REAL' curriculum that is Rigorous, Engaging, Authentic Learning.
Some key features of our curriculum are:
  • Links to the local community, e.g. a monthly visit to Dartmoor Zoo and the local church
  • Weekly Forest School activities in the local Tin Woods led by a Forest School trained practitioner
  • Regular visitors including artists and musicians
  • Visits out, e.g. Crownhill Fort, Plymouth Aquarium, local beaches
  • Modern IT resources including iPads and Chromebooks
  • 'Building Learning Power' and key values to teach skills for life
Children are encouraged to make links between subjects, developing knowledge, skills and positive attitudes to learning in a range of contexts. We use 'Building Learning Power' to teach children how to learn and to develop their confidence, capability and passion. 

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Our Curriculum statement and Teaching For Learning Policy can be found on the School Policies page. 

We base our phonics teaching on the Read, Write Inc scheme and also use the RWI spelling programme from Years 2 to 4. We use a wide variety of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star.

Staff have worked together to develop a set of 'non-negotiables' that must be covered in each year group. Click on a year group below to see this information and what will be taught in each year. Please note that our projects change termly to meet the class interests and needs and are not repeated, so there is no overview list of these.

EYFS   Year 1   Year 2   Year 3   Year 4

A project overview is on each class page and shared at a termly parents' meeting for the classes. If parents would like any additional curriculum information, please contact the school. Click here to see the KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum.