At Sutton Road Primary School the children enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each phase of their journey at our school. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education. Our approach is to teach using skills to enthuse and interest the children to make meaningful links between the subjects. Where possible outside links, educational visits and experiential learning are planned for and take place. Each year group from Foundation (Reception) through to Year 6 has a new theme each term.
The National Curriculum covers a range of subjects as follows:
- English (Reading and Writing)
We teach Phonics using ‘DfE - Letters and Sounds’ which teaches the children in a structured way - starting with the easiest sounds, progressing through to the most complex. We compliment this with Jolly Phonics resources.
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology
- Languages (French for KS2 children)
- Physical Education
Alongside our PSHE teaching, in Upper Key Stage 2 we also follow a programme focusing on puberty, sex and relationships (SRE) and the delivery of the TRIP programme. As a result, we provide a varied range of opportunities to educate our pupils to keep children safe.
In addition to the above subjects, we focus on children’s spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development (SMSC) through enriching the curriculum in a variety of ways, including involvement in the local, national and international communities.
Each year group has created an overview of the topics to be covered. Within each topic a range of skills will be taught and assessed in a variety of contexts
RE and Computing are delivered through discrete sessions throughout all school years in accordance with the Agreed Nottinghamshire Syllabus.
Children from across the school have access to a range of various extra-curricular activities which include sport, music and the creative arts.
Throughout school we go on trips to supplement our taught curriculum. Previous visits have included visits to: the seaside, Brackenhurst, Chatsworth House, National Justice Museum and Eureka! Children across Key Stage 2 have the opportunity each year to access a residential visit to Bamburgh. We also participate in an exchange visit with a school in Finland to help develop our understanding of the world around us.
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
Our Foundation Stage Curriculum builds on what many of our pupils have already learned at home and focuses on the following key areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Within the Foundation Stage, children are encouraged to learn and practice their skills through child-initiated activities with experienced facilitators guiding them to reach their potential. More information on each of these key areas can be found on the Nursery and the Foundation 2 pages.
In the Foundation Stage Curriculum, all children have access to Forest Schools. This is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning. It is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.
Challenge by Choice
One of our new initiatives this academic year is ‘Challenge by Choice’. This involves removing caps placed on children’s learning, so as not to restrict their understanding. This approach offers children more ownership over learning as well as giving them the opportunity to learn without limits.
Challenge by Choice offers children four different options to a learning intention, with each option referred to as a ‘chilli’. Each chilli builds on the previous one offering different levels of application. The options (chillis) are:
|Tongue Tingler||Nose Runner||Eye Waterer||The Beast|
|Involves practising the skill with scaffolding.||Involves the practising element in a more independent manner.||Involves the application of the skill.||This is a mastery level activity where children are expected to use and apply deeper thinking.|
Our School in our Community
Within our collaboration, we are committed to improve the quality of education we provide to ensure our children achieve their potential and attain high standards.
We actively encourage parents to become involved in their child’s education and are totally committed to the parent school partnership. We know that children learn best when the school works in close partnership with parents and we have a range of ways of ensuring this partnership continuously develops. For example, a termly curriculum newsletter is sent home by each class teacher to inform parents of what their child will be covering during the term. Classes are involved in creative homework projects which encourage parental involvement in the learning process and are tailored to enable children to learn through their preferred learning style. Weekly newsletters ensure parents are kept up to date with all curriculum/extra- curricular activities.
The range of experiences we offer to pupils
In line with our Teaching and Learning Policy, we believe that children should have access to a range of teaching styles - direct whole class teaching, learning groups, group work, paired or individual work and a variety of approaches which allow children to engage with their preferred learning style – visual, auditory and kinaesthetic.
Whole school themed weeks/days are incorporated into the curriculum we offer.
The school’s curriculum does not only take place during lesson times, as we also offer our children a wide range of ‘extra-curricular’ activities including: football, dance, multi-skills, Judo, Mathletics and running club, to name a few. Such activities can be run by school staff or outside providers and are dependent, at any time, on the interests and enthusiasm of individual teachers with the co-operation and assistance of parents and the availability of outside providers.
We also believe children learn much from residential visits. All children are offered the opportunity to attend a residential visit in Years 3, 4, 5 or 6. Residential visits offer children an opportunity to develop their confidence and independence. Each visit offers children a contrasting experience.
If you would like to find out more about the curriculum we follow at Sutton Road Primary School, please contact the school office on 01623 455920 with your specific enquiry and a member of our teaching staff will provide more details.