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Primary

In our Primary School, the academic curriculum is geared to Key Stage 2. We employ high quality teaching to constantly build upon your child's chance of success. As each pupil is looked upon as an individual, the curriculum is not set in stone but is planned around the needs and potential of each individual in Years 4 to 6.
 

An independent Primary School in West Sussex

Slindon College is an independent school in West Sussex, open to boys from Year 4 and upwards. Our education focuses on multi-sensory lessons tailored specifically to meet the needs of our pupils.

At Slindon College, we see every boy as an individual with their own unique strengths. Class sizes are limited to a maximum of six boys, so our teachers can provide personalised learning and support to ensure every child receives the attention they need to grow and develop. We believe in developing independent learning and encouraging every child to achieve and develop a personal love of school and education.

Find out about our Primary School Term Times.
 

Curriculum

In the primary school at Slindon College, we focus on the Key Stage 2 curriculum. Our staff treat every child as an individual, and by building upon their unique strengths, create a comprehensive and nurturing learning environment. You can get a better look at how we focus on each child’s needs with our primary school curriculum.

In addition to literacy and numeracy support every morning, we also focus on listening skills, team games, and group Yoga during sensory breaks throughout the school day. Take a look below to see how our days at Slindon College are organised.
 

Core Subjects 

In our Primary School, the academic curriculum is geared to Key Stage 2. We employ high quality teaching to constantly build upon your child's chance of success. As each pupil is looked upon as an individual, the curriculum is not set in stone but is planned around the needs and potential of each individual in Years 4 to 6.

English & Literacy

Our aim is to nurture a love for both reading and writing. Our KS2 curriculum focuses on ensuring that our pupils are equipped with the necessary skills required to decode language, as well as an understanding of grammar and punctuation. Our rigorous teaching can equip each pupil with the necessary tools required to understand how to write for the many varied formats that each pupil will experience. Our small classes and differentiated programmes of learning ensure that each pupil learns at a pace appropriate to their ability. Whole school English events such as our annual 'World Book Day', help cement a love for learning. Primary pupils take part in additional morning Literacy on a rotating daily basis. This is to cement the importance of these skills, with staff on hand to boost the confidence in this area. In the afternoon, the same care is given to reading.

Maths & Numeracy

We seek to give our pupils a firm foundation of numeracy skills and strategies. We cover a wide range of topics, with work differentiated to ensure that support or extension work is available as appropriate. Whole school Mathematics events such as 'Pi Day,' aid our pupils learning as they develop a love for Maths. Our pupils have a range of technology at their fingertips. Primary pupils take part in additional morning numeracy on a rotating daily basis. This helps to cement the importance of these skills, with staff on hand to boost the confidence in this area.

Science

We adopt a 'hands-on' approach to encourage interest in experimentation, utilising our interactive technology, our on site animal habitats within our farming facilities, as well as additional school trips to local areas and attractions. The school is equipped with three Science laboratories, complete with all apparatus to aid the pupils to make the leap to KS3 when the time arises. Our termly Science topics range from discovering the dinosaurs to venturing out amongst the stars within our universe. Periodically, pupils are involved in whole school Science events such as 'Moon Day' where they have the opportunity to mix with older pupils.

Academic Overview 

In our Primary School, the academic curriculum is geared to Key Stage 2. We employ high quality teaching to constantly build upon your child's chance of success. As each pupil is looked upon as an individual, the curriculum is not set in stone but is planned around the needs and potential of each individual in Years 4 to 6.

Programmes of Study for Primary

  • English & Literacy
  • Mathematics & Numeracy
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Religious Education
  • Personal, Social and Health Education and Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • PE & Games
  • Design Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Forest Schools

A range of after school Enrichment Activities and trips complement the daily curriculum.  These may vary from term to term.

Most subjects are taught by class teachers in the Primary area.  Art, DT and SEAL are currently taught by staff in our Secondary School, enabling the pupils to get a taste of life in the main school.

Our School Day 

The school day is planned to best provide for the individual needs of the pupils.  Lessons are divided into small units of work and timers allow the pupils to know how long they have to focus, with task sheets informing the pupils about the content of each session.  We base work around individual interests where possible and try hard to encourage independence within each lesson.

Whole class teaching happens around a group table and individual work is carried out in our 'work stations,' allowing the pupils to remain focused and free from distractions.  Each pupil has their own daily visual timetable and tray; and box systems allow the pupils to keep track of their work and equipment. Visuals are used throughout and there are frequent exercise and sensory breaks for those requiring Learning Support.

For more information on our Learning Support, please see our section here.
 

Enrichment Activities / End of the School Day

We offer a selection of enrichment activities at Slindon College under three categories:

  • Monday: Personal Development Activities, including SaLT & Mindfulness (in Houses)
  • Tuesday: Subject Specific Activities: including Swimming, Art & Drama (own choice)
  • Wednesday: House Activities

Pupils can usually change their one 'own choice'  activity every term if they wish, however, there may be exceptions when activities are chosen specifically by staff for a pupil in order to strengthen their progress in a particular area. On Thursday and Friday, the school day ends at 15.30pm.

Enrichment activities at Slindon College include:

  • IT
  • Swimming
  • Choir practice
  • Greenpower cars

Enrichment activities are perfect for growth and development since they allow primary and secondary school children to mix in a fun and shared learning environment.

Pupils can usually change their activity every term if they wish, however, there may be exceptions when activities are chosen specifically by staff for a pupil in order to strengthen their progress in a particular area.

The Primary team lead at least one external visit per term expanding the understanding of their pupils and linking their learning to real life experiences.

Forest School

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers primary school pupils regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees such as Slindon College.  Click here to find out more!
 

Greenpower Events

Slindon College pupils compete at Greenpower events in the UK. Greenpower Education Trust is a UK based charity helping to ignite pupils’ enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths. For more information, click here.

House Period

All pupils are registered throughout the day. Our vertical House system however, means that pupils can mix with peers of other ages for a short period in the morning and after lunch. These are also the houses in which competitions and our House Point System stem. The colour of the pupils tie correlates to the House they are placed in: Richmond (Red), Sussex (Blue), Norfolk (White) and Cowdray (Yellow).

Find out more about the school houses here.

Literacy & Numeracy Time & Reading Time

Primary pupils and Secondary pupils take part in Literacy or Numeracy every morning, and on a rotating daily basis for the older pupils. Staff are on hand to boost the confidence of our pupils in these areas. In the afternoon, the same care is given to reading. Pupils are assessed in these areas by the relevant teachers and feedback is given. These take place in form groups unless additional support is arranged by the SENCo.

Friday Church / Friday School Assembly

Primary pupils have their assembly on Wednesdays at 15.00. Secondary School pupils have assembly either as a school, or in small groups at school or church at nearby St Mary’s, Slindon every Friday on a rotating basis. These are led by the Headmaster, Heads of Year, our local vicar or with an outside agency. Assembly is around 25mins at the start of the day.

Great food to fuel your son

All meals are cooked on site by our fantastic catering staff and are eaten in the dining room. The staff sit with the pupils at meal times which enables them to chat informally over the meal. Special dietary requirements for allergies or religious reasons can be met provided we are advised in advance. In such cases our First Aider should be provided with full details so she can ensure that your son’s needs are met. Take a look at our menu of upcoming lunch options for the next 1-2 weeks by clicking the utensils icon on the right of the screen.

Break Time Snacks

All Primary pupils and Secondary School pupils are offered a free snack and drink by the kitchens here at Slindon College! Fruit, Homemade biscuits, cheese straws and more! Pupils can help themselves to water or a cup of tea if they wish. This is supervised by the member of staff on duty.

 

Reports and Parents' Evenings

All parents are invited to parents evenings during the Autumn and Summer Terms, however there is always the chance to liase with teachers informally at the end of each school day. There is also the opportunity to meet staff from our Secondary School at 3.30pm each Friday over a cup of tea. At Slindon we welcome parents’ involvement in their son's education and invite you to phone or use our Portal emailing system if you would like to meet with a member of staff at any other time.

Comprehensive reports are produced at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms.
 

Friday tea with parents

We believe in nurturing strong and lasting relations with parents to create communications which help your child make the most of their time with us and develop as they learn. Every Friday, we invite parents in to meet the teachers and senior leadership team in the dining hall, so they can have a chat about the week. There’s also a selection of tea and coffee, and homemade biscuits on offer from our wonderful kitchen.
 

Caring for your son

During the day, our First Aider oversees the health and wellbeing of all our pupils. When necessary, the school doctor is consulted and boys are taken to the local surgery by the First Aider, or the doctor visits the school. You will be contacted at the earliest opportunity in all cases of injury requiring a hospital visit. Please ensure that all medical forms in the parents’ handbook have been completed and returned to the school office before the beginning of your son’s first term.
 

Contact Slindon College

Sitting in the beautiful county of West Sussex, Slindon is a peaceful village, located just four miles west of Arundel and six miles north-east of Chichester.

To find out more about Slindon College and what we can do for you and your son, please get in contact with us today.