Sutton V.A. Lower School

Sutton Lower School

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Curriculum

The school caters for children from Reception to Year Four.

The children start school in the September after their fourth birthday and leave to start Middle School in the September following their ninth birthday.

Children are in classes with children from two year bands for years one to four and in one year band for foundation.  There are fifteen children in each year group. Due to mixed age classes we run a two year rolling program. 

On the children’s class pages you will see more detailed information about the exciting themes that your children will be researching and learning from.

EYFS

The school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum and the National Curriculum. The EYFS is divided into seven areas:

The National Curriculum, a guide for parents

- Communication and Language (CL)

- Physical Development (PD)

- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

- Literacy (LY)

- Mathematics (MA)

- Understanding of the World (UTW)

- Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

If you would like to discuss the curriculum in more detail, please contact Mrs Bage, our School Manager.

Click on the link below for more details of the EYFS curriculum:

 

 

Phonics teaching is based on Letters and Sounds and delivered using Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play. The Oxford Reading Tree supports this teaching.

         

Please click here to find out how phonics are taught in school.

 Key Stages One and Two Curriculum 

Our aims:

At Sutton VA Lower School, we seek to make creative links between curriculum subject areas and make learning enjoyable and relevant for our children. We promote the development of thinking skills, positive learning behaviours to equip children to be resilient, independent and motivated learners. Much of the children’s learning centres around cross-curricular topics. Lessons are planned using The Inspire Curriculum.

This curriculum covers all the programmes of study the National Curriculum and is organised into a series of exciting and motivating topic areas, which change every four - six weeks. We use a variety of teaching methods and allow the children to benefit from learning in different styles and environments, including our outdoor learning areas. We encourage the use of visits to different places, such as museums, galleries, the theatre and outdoor spaces to widen the children’s experiences and to involve them in their own learning. We also arrange for many visitors to work with us in school.

English, Maths, Computing, PSHE, PE and Religious Education* lessons are taught separately from the topics to allow children to develop specific skills which are developed over time.

We believe our school should be a safe and wonderful place where children want to be: where learning happens both within and outside of the classroom. Children will be encouraged to enjoy life whilst at school and discover personal interests and strengths. We recognise that primary education should set firm foundations to set up learners for life, with the knowledge and skills to be well rounded individuals, mentally and physically healthy, with an appreciation for and a generosity toward the people, the world and the universe around them.

Whatever their background, our pupils will learn how to shape their own futures and develop their unique capacities and skills rooted in their own interests. They will learn the literacy and numeracy skills needed for life and necessary to progress in their education. They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve.

The Inspire Curriculum Commitment

The Inspire Curriculum is committed to:

  • Achievement and success
  • Learning and life skills
  • Creative thinking, innovation and enterprise
  • Learning through exploration
  • Stretch and challenge
  • Developing working memory
  • Creativity
  • Independent and learner-led learning
  • Collaborative learning
  • Outdoors and nature
  • Applied learning
  • Authentic tasks with a real audience
  • FUN and positive emotional links

 

Delivery:

Science, History, Geography, Art, DT, Music, Computing and PSHE are planned and delivered through the following topics over a two-year rolling programme:

 

KS1 (River Class) Topics Rolling Programme

Year A

Year B

Autumn Term

Autumn Term

The Big Build

What do I need to be me?

Who am I?

Flying High

Spring Term

Spring Term

To The Rescue

Blown Away

Potting Shed

Sowing and Growing

Summer Term

Summer Term

Animal Allsorts

2 Queens (Victoria and Elizabeth II)

Where shall we go?

(Seasons and Journeys)

Home and Away (Brazil)

 

Computing                                                                                                

Year 1

Year 2

Autumn Term

Autumn Term

E-Safety

E-Safety

Programming

Programming

Spring Term

Spring Term

Programming

Programming

Computing Skills

Multimedia

Summer Term

Summer Term

Technology in our lives

Technology in our lives

Animations

Blogging

 

PSHE

Autumn Term - Core 1

Health and Wellbeing

Spring Term – Core 2

Relationships

Summer Term – Core 3

Living in the Wider World


KS2 (Ocean Class) Rolling Programme
 

Year A

Year B

Autumn Term

Autumn Term

Why are humans animals too?

Where does my food go ?

Set in Stone

Were the dark ages dark ?

Spring Term

Spring Term

Romans/Legacy

Batteries not included and Magnets

Shake Rock and Roll

Dragons Fact or Fiction ?

Summer Term

Summer Term

Shadow Dancers

Sounding off

Local Area to include local art

Source to sea, to include river Amazon

 

Computing

Year 1

Year 2

Autumn Term

Autumn Term

Bringing it to life

Comics

Spring Term

Spring Term

Games in a New World

Games & information

Summer Term

Summer Term

Move it and Sort it

Become a Games Designer

 

PSHE

Autumn Term - Core 1

Health and Wellbeing

Spring Term – Core 2

Relationships

Summer Term – Core 3

Living in the Wider World

*Hamilton Trust is used for Literacy and Numeracy planning. Computing is taught using the Wessex Teaching School Scheme of Work. P.E is based on the Cambridgeshire Scheme of Work for P.E. A range of resources are used to deliver PSHE, Sex and Relationships and Drugs Education. Please see the RE programme of study under the RE and SIAMS in a Church School tab. 

National Curriculum

Themes and topics are planned to include learning objectives and success criteria, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural provision which enables pupils to engage in a varied and challenging programme of study, ensuring coverage of the National Curriculum attainment targets. These can be found on the links below:

           English                                 Maths                                 Science                              Art & Design     

               

          Geography                             History                                Languages                         Music

               

                P.E.                                  

Please see Curriculum Policies for further information about each subject, which can be found under Governors and Statutory Information. 

Extra-curricular learning opportunities:

At Sutton VA Lower School, we strive to offer a rich and varied range of extra-curricular opportunities for pupils. These include after school clubs, Values and Global learning events and themed days, a range of suggested Learning Log tasks which parents and carers can engage with to extend and consolidate learning outside of school. To assist in this, see termly curriculum overviews, monthly newsletters and Class news on our website, which is updated weekly with photographs.

Impact:

As a result of the highly effective teaching and learning of the curriculum, pupils make very good progress and leave Sutton VA Lower School as confident and motivated learners. We are very proud of their achievements. These can be found in our self-evaluation documents and the inspection data. Please look under the ‘Governors and Statutory Information’ tab.

 

 

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