Welcome to Sutton Primary School's curriculum page, where you can find information about what your child will learn in their time with us in school.
A Purposeful and Enriched Curriculum
“Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.”
1 Timothy 6:18
At Sutton CE Primary School we are a learning community – all here for the common purpose of growing as individuals and collectively - both in knowledge and skill as well as spiritually; we work together to rise to challenges – helping and encouraging one another to flourish; taking joy in and celebrating our successes.
When Ofsted visited us in March 2019 they reported that:
“Much of the curriculum is taught through a topic approach, where artwork and creative writing are flourishing. In key stage 2, recent work on the Romans has produced some intricate mosaics, and fenland watercolour paintings on display are carefully executed and illustrate increasing artistic control. Writing on themes such as the Littleport riots and plastics pollution that have been developed through topics, demonstrates that pupils are making links between their learning and are capable of thoughtful work across a variety of subjects.”
When SIAMS visited us in October 2019 they reported that:
We are now developing our curriculum to ensure that it is broad and balanced and provides opportunities for pupils develop and apply their growing knowledge and skills in greater depth for a purpose, in a variety of contexts – both creative and real life.
We are designing our curriculum to ensure that: all our children nurture a respect for all God's children and love of our local and global neighbours, developing a sense of personal and collective responsibility to contribute towards the world God intended for us.
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
In Reception, pupils follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
In EYFS there are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form friendships and thrive.
These three areas are known as the Prime areas and include Communication and Language (CLL), Physical Development (PD) and Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED). The other four areas are known as the Specific areas and include Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
We initially focus upon the Prime areas when children enter the class as these skills are needed to become successful learners. The children have daily phonics, English and Maths lessons accompanied by well planned activities for children to access during their own independent learning time, honing their skills through play.
Adults observe the children during their play, asking questions, challenging their ideas and identifying next steps for individuals. Weekly planning takes account of individual needs, interests and the stage of development of each child whilst also recognising that children learn in different ways. We provide indoor and outdoor activities across the areas of learning. Opportunities for creating and thinking critically, playing and exploring and active learning are also planned for.
Children are encouraged to discuss how their activities went using this terminology to recognise how they learn best. To ensure your child’s transition into our school is as smooth and happy as it can be, we make links with your child’s pre-school settings and provide several opportunities for your child and yourself to visit school and become familiar with our staff.
For more information please see the Reception class pages.
The Core Curriculum in Key Stage One and Two
The curriculum aims to promote high standards of language and literacy, by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love for literature through widespread reading for enjoyment
The National Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Read easily, fluently and with understanding.
- Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions of reading, writing and spoken language.
- Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
- Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
- Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
- Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
It is our intention that all children receive quality first English teaching on a daily basis and activities are differentiated accordingly. This time will be allocated as English lessons including grammar, punctuation, reading, spelling and handwriting sessions. In addition, it is expected that cross-curricular links will contribute to pupils learning in speaking and listening, reading and writing.
Please see further details here
Over the last 14 months we have been developing ways pupils learn and acquire vocabulary though oracy and speaking and listening work.
We are developing this further this year, both by continuing to take part in the ‘Power of Words’ project with the Morris Education Trust, as well as introducing ‘Talk for Writing’ approaches over the next 18 months.
Pupils have access to a wide range of writing opportunities that include:
- Modelled writing
- Shared writing
- Guided writing
- Independent writing
- Writing different text types and narrative styles
- Writing in different curriculum areas
- Handwriting practice
- Collaborative writing
- Writing related to own experiences and enjoyment
- Writing from a variety of stimuli
- Planning, drafting, editing and presenting using ICT
Our aim is to develop children into confident mathematicians who are able to use mathematics as a tool in a wide range of activities both in and out of school. Throughout the school the children are involved in mathematical activities which cover the 5 key areas identified within the National Numeracy Strategy: Number and the Number System; Calculations; Solving Problems; Measure, Shape and Space and Handling Data.
A high priority is given to teaching children mental strategies and written methods to support their ability to calculate independently and use both basic and more advanced numeracy skills as they move through school. The use of calculators and computers is vital to the children’s learning, therefore all children have opportunities to explore and use these teaching resources to enhance their mathematical knowledge and understanding.
We use the White Rose approaches and resources to plan and deliver Mathematics teaching which is underpinned by extensive research into the most effective ways pupils learn and acquire knowledge, understanding and skills. You can find more information here: https://whiterosemaths.com/
For more information, please see our Calculations Policy* or you can get in touch with Mr Jamie Sewell, our Maths Lead.
Learning about, understanding and having respect for the different religions in our world is a valuable part of our school curriculum. Religious Education has two dimensions – learning about and learning from. Learning about can be considered as looking through a window – learning from what we see, hear and experience. Learning from is more like a mirror – learning that encourages children to ask questions about what is this reflecting to me and how can I respond.
The school follows the Cambridgeshire Syllabus for RE, Understanding Christianity. Each unit begins with a key question to provide enquiry based learning.
We use the 'Understanding Christianity' resources to underpin our Christian RE teaching and a range of other resources to deliver teaching of other religions.
When SIAMS visited in October 2019 they reported that:
“RE has elements that are strong due to embedding the Understanding Christianity project. This has allowed pupils to take a deeper view of Christianity; one pupil said ‘RE allows us to understand other people’s beliefs and that there is no right answer.’ ”
As a Church of England Primary School, Christian teachings underpin the majority of our daily acts of Collective Worship (assembly) and we use stories from around the world to teach children about British Values and how they relate to our Global Community, as well as in their own lives.
You can find out more in the following document and the links below. Alternatively you could speak with your child's class teacher or our RE Lead, Mrs Vajzovic.
Parents retain the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education if they so wish but this needs to be by prior arrangement with the Headteacher. Anyone wishing to do this would be invited to have an open discussion with the Headteacher at a convenient time to both parties.
It is our intention to help children develop skills and knowledge that will equip them with the skills and attitudes to prepare them for life in our ever-changing scientific world. We aim to build on children’s enthusiasm and natural sense of wonder about the world through practical skills.
This quote underpins the ever evolving nature of Science and the teaching of Science within our school. Science is a core subject alongside English and Mathematics. Each child takes part in 2 hours of science each week which develops their scientific enquiry skills and also their knowledge and understanding of a range of Science topics through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. These are experienced through practical enquiry, development of scientific vocabulary and fun activities. The children are given many opportunities to apply their skills through their science lessons. Regular assessment informs both child and teacher and then empowers the children to become independent, inquisitive scientists.
Pupils are also encouraged to combine interest and curiosity with a responsible attitude towards health and safety, as well as respect for living things and the physical environment.
The school is developing a number of habitats to act as a resource for some aspects of science teaching. If you would like to get involved with helping out in developing these, please speak with either the office who can put you in touch with a member of our Outdoor Learning team or FOSS who are supporting us in this work.
Computing has been commonly known in schools over the last few years as ICT (Information and Communication Technology). The subject area itself has not changed. Within Computing lessons, at the early stages children explore how to operate basic equipment, understand how technology works and look at operating basic computer programmes. They explore programming toys to a set of instructions and watching how it works, finding out if something went wrong and fixing it as well as exploring ways of using technology across the curriculum. As the children get older they will start to use computing language and ideas in many subject areas, especially maths. They will be taught vital skills that they can apply to a variety of programmes; they will make animations and discover how programming works at a higher level.
All children will be taught about the internet and how they should keep safe online. Aspects of this include knowing when the internet is being used and that it isn’t just ‘google’, understanding what personal data is and knowing when they should or shouldn’t give out this information and being respectful to each other when using online services. Children learn what they should do if they come across something they are unsure of and learn how to make their internet searches specific.
Sutton CEVC Primary School is investing heavily in our Sports and PE provision across the school, ensuring that there is a broad range of Sporting activities and opportunities to be physically active and fit and healthy.
This year we have a fantastic professional and fully qualified sports coach, Mr Baxter, through our partners, Premier Sports. He works with all the children in the school, including running lunchtime and after school clubs. We hope to soon be able to offer an exclusive Breakfast ‘Wake and Shake’ club in the mornings, as well as Sensory Circuits to pupils who benefit from a physical start to the day.
We are also investing in training a specialist teacher on the staff – Mrs Brown is currently undertaking a Primary PE teaching qualification.
Our sporting aims are to provide children with a balanced range of activities and the opportunity to develop these in more specialist clubs. Each week our children work on at least one area of the physical curriculum.
Dance, gymnastics and a range of other sporting activities take place in the school hall and outside and involve all the children following various themes. Through dance and movement, they learn how to express themselves whilst being able to work at their own level. Whereas gymnastics, involves learning how to use equipment safely and acquire, develop and gain new skills and encourages the children to explore different skills showing precision, control and fluency, as well as the art of self-discipline.
Games, outdoor and adventurous activities take place outside and children learn a variety of skills that are developed into small games and team building situations.
We offer a range of after school Sports Clubs through our partners, Premier Sports. These are usually led by our regular coach, Mr Baxter.
We have been developing our lunchtime and break time provision and resources to provide a range of extra-curricular opportunities for Sports and be physically active.
In KS2, pupils are able to engage with the ‘Golden Mile’ aiming to walk or run a mile each day.
For more information, please see the Sports Premium section of our website.
We teach both history and geography through our creative curriculum, in which we link as many subjects as we can through a generic ‘theme’. The skills we endeavour to give the children are:
We are developing our curriculum to ensure that this is a practical and enjoyable subject and aim to make field work and practical Geography study a strong feature of our work.
To use maps, atlases, globes, compasses and thermometers; to extend children’s interest, knowledge and understanding of people and places both near and far; to carry out investigations both locally and at a distance; to think deeply about the environment in which they live and the scarce resources that the Earth provides and upon which all life depends.
To find out about the past by looking at evidence, researching and considering informed opinions using original sources; to bring history to life and to instil a desire to find out about our predecessors; to understand that history means everything that has happened in the past, and also our actual record of what has happened
To help deliver both areas, we organise a number of visits to sites of interest, encourage special events within school and have a wide range of historical artefacts. We are proud of the rich history that the village holds and use this to good effect in school.
At Sutton CEVC Primary School we are passionate about the Arts in all their forms and aim to promote creativity and provide opportunities for pupils to enjoy applying their skills in other lessons.
For most children Art is a natural form of expression and a source of great pleasure.
We are developing our curriculum to ensure that progression in skills is clear from Year 1 to Year 6 and that pupils are able to develop their skills year on year.
We aim to increase confidence and competence in the use of different media and colour, such as pencil, charcoal, paint, collage, inks, textiles and particularly clay: we have a kiln onsite and make good use of this, allowing pupils regular opportunities to develop and hone their skills.
We promote the necessary skills for our children to develop their natural ability to be expressive and creative and we aim to instil pride by achieving finished work that is of a high standard.
Design and Technology
This subject encourages the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in a practically based subject. Pupils are taught to develop, plan and communicate ideas. They work with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products. Upon completion of their task, they evaluate the processes and products.
As the children progress through Sutton CEVC Primary School they have many opportunities to experience music through singing, composing, listening, performing and appraising.
We have a range of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments which the children explore in whole class and small group lessons. Making recordings of the children’s compositions gives them the opportunity to comment on their own work and the work of others.
We have a specialist Music Teacher who leads on singing across the school, as well as teaching KS2 Music lessons.
The school offers individual instrumental lessons through independent peripatetic teachers. There is the opportunity to learn the piano and recorder. Parents pay for these lessons termly and there may be the opportunity to borrow an instrument from the school.
Sutton is a singing school with plenty of opportunities for children to take part in singing, drawing on a very wide repertoire. A weekly whole school singing assembly gives regular opportunity for learning new songs, often relating to our current theme and working towards performances wherever possible.
The Government set a target that all children in Key Stage 2 should be learning a Foreign Language by 2014. In year 3, children are introduced to French in a weekly lesson with their class teacher. The vocabulary and phrases are practised throughout the week. In year 4, children continue to develop their confidence in French.
In years 5 and 6, the children change to Spanish for their weekly language lesson. This ensures that they have a basic grounding in two languages which enables them to make a decision about which option to take at secondary school. We also build on the language learned in previous years and look for common roots in French, Spanish and English.
Throughout the school, we celebrate our language learning and investigations into other countries and cultures through assemblies, displays and theme days.