At The Southwater Infant Academy, we follow all the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 however, we are proud to offer a much broader curriculum with a large focus on preparing our children to be successful, respectful, resilient, tolerant and resourceful global citizens of the 21st Century.

The National Curriculum provides us with the outline of knowledge, skills and understanding that we are required to cover at The Academy. We choose to teach much of this through creative, cross-curricular themed units. The curriculum has a strong commitment to our four key drivers; ‘Ambition, Wellbeing, Enterprise and Environment’, they are at the forefront of all we do. The work of UNICEF and Rights Respecting schools is a huge priority to us and we are proud of our achievements as a ‘Level 2 Rights Respecting School’. Eco-schools, Global Citizenship and Community are also thoroughly embedded as core areas within our curriculum.  

A revised National Curriculum was introduced in England in September 2014. Whilst delivering this curriculum The Academy continues to ensure very high expectation of our children, monitoring impact, achievement and progress throughout this significant period of change. Our schemes of work have been revised in light of the national changes and progression and coverage is continuously assessed and monitored across the academy through lesson monitoring, work scrutinies and regular curriculum staff meetings.

We aim to teach our curriculum in an engaging, interesting and stimulating way primarily through a thematic approach. In planning learning for children, every teacher ensures that learning is fully differentiated, engaging and where possible embedded in real-life skills that promote life-long learning.

In order to ensure that children have entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum we have used the eleven subject areas and developed four key drivers (ambition, well being, environment and enterprise) and four core areas (Community, PSHCE, Eco Schools and Global Citizenship) which underpin our planning.

There are ten subjects in the National Curriculum plus Religious Education. These are identified as core and foundation subjects:


Art and Design
Design and Technology
Physical Education
Religious Education

Click EYFS, YR1 and YR2  to view each year groups curriculum,The National Curriculum can be viewed here.