Sutton V.A. Lower School

Sutton Lower School

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Curriculum Statement

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:

 

 

Topics Stream 2019 - 2020

 

Half term 1

Half term 2

Topic  -  Autumn

All about me

People who help us

               Spring

Celebrations and traditions

Growth, Easter

               Summer

Once upon a time

Minibeasts

Phonics  -  Autumn

Phase 1

Phase 2 (5 weeks) + Phase 3 sets 6 & 7

               Spring

Phase 3 digraphs (5 weeks) + consolidate 2 weeks

Phase 4 CVCC & CCVC, CCVCC, CCCVC and CCCVCC words

               Summer

Phase 5

Phase 5

PSHE -   Autumn

‘New Beginnings’

‘Getting on and falling out’

              Spring

‘Going for goals’

‘Good to be me.’

              Summer

‘Relationships’

‘Changes.’

RE -       Autumn

Exploring artefacts

Questioning stories

              Spring

Religious stories

Special people

              Summer

‘Special times’

‘The world’

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 (Intent):

At Sutton VA Lower School, we seek to make creative links between curriculum subject areas, making learning enjoyable and relevant for our children. We promote the development of thinking skills and positive learning behaviours to equip children to be resilient, independent and motivated learners. Much of the children’s learning centres around cross-curricular topics. Staff are committed to enabling each child to achieve their fullest potential. Lessons and activities are designed to encourage children to enjoy and seek a challenge, to view mistakes as helpful learning experiences and to not set limits on themselves.

Lessons are planned using The Inspire Curriculum. This curriculum covers all of the programmes of study within the National Curriculum and is organised into a series of exciting and motivating topic areas, which change every four - six weeks. What began as a bank of prepared lessons and topics has and continues to evolve, to meet the needs and interests of our pupils, to reflect the children and families within our community and to positively represent those that are currently not. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural provision is evidenced in Medium Term plans for each Foundation subject, providing opportunities in all aspects of the curriculum to develop pupils’ understanding of themselves, others as well as allocating time to reflect on their own and others’ behaviours and ideas. The school has been formally recognised for providing an inclusive curriculum and policies through the Rainbow Flag Award, Stonewall, Values Education, Sports Games Mark and RE quality mark.

Staff use a variety of teaching methods and allow the children to benefit from learning in different styles and environments, including 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 lay 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 (Implementation):

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 (2018/19)

 

Topic

Science

History

Geography

Art/DT

Computing

PSHE

Autumn Term

The Big Build

Chemistry:

Exploring materials & their properties

 

Plans & Maps

Compass

Simple structures

Masks

Colour Mixing

Electrical circuits

Programming

E-Safety

Blogging (Year 2)

Health & Wellbeing

Who am I?

Keeping Healthy:

Physical/Mental

Timelines

Victorian Schools (Sutton)

 

Self Portraits

Nameplates

Sewing (Christmas)

 

 

Making choices

Growth Mindset

 

Spring Term

To the Rescue

 

Grace Darling

RNLI

Continents

Transient Art (artist Tony Plant)

Programming

Multimedia

Relationships

The Potting Shed

Biology:

Life cycle of plants

Plant structure

Naming common plants

 

 

 

Drawing/painting:

Still life

 

3D modelling

Animations

Algorithms

Fonts

Relationships

 

 

Summer Term

Animal Allsorts

Biology:

Classifying animals

Life Cycles

Habitats

 

 

Atlas work:

Countries, continents & Oceans

UK: countries & capitals

Sculpture

Sewing

Programming

Presenting information

Blogging

Living in the Wider World

Where Shall we go?

Physics:

Seasons

Christopher Columbus:

Old and new maps

Weather

 

Observational drawings

Programming

Animation

Living in the Wider World

 

Year B (2019/20)

 

Topic

Science

History

Geography

Art/DT

Computing

PSHE

Autumn Term

What do I need to be me?

Biology:

Life cycles humans

Healthy Living

 

 

Animal patterns

Still life ( Cezanne, Carol Keen, Roy De Maistre  or Patrick Heron)

Mixing colours

Design a smoothie

 

Programming

E-Safety

Technology in our lives

Health & Wellbeing

Flying High

 

Aerial photos

Maps

Directions

History of flight

Wright Brothers

Slider and single pivot mechanisms work

Programming

E-Safety

Technology in our lives

Making choices

Growth Mindset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Term

Blown Away

 

Seasons

Climate

 

Study of artists Constable and Howard

Cloud painting

Construction: kite

 

Relationships

Trading Places (Brazil)

 

 

South America

Brazil: human and physical contrasts

Scraffito Art

Costume design

Flag design

E- safety

Creating posters on computers (Year 2)

Multimedia

Relationships

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term

2 Queens (Victoria and Elizabeth II)

 

Victoria & Elizabeth

Inventions

UK capitals

World: Commonwealth (from Queen Victoria’s day to modern day)

Portrait studies

Self portraits

3D frame

Technology in our lives

Data handling

Living in the Wider World

Home and Away

 

 

Physical & Human geography

Artists: Laramee, Yamashita and Kobayashi

Collage of Lake District

Clay modelling

Programming (Year 2)

Presenting data(Year 1)

Living in the Wider World

 

KS2 (Ocean Class) Rolling Programme 

Year A (2018/19)

 

Topic

Science

History

Geography

Art/DT

Computing

PSHE

Autumn Term

Where does my Food go?

Biology:

Human Digestive system & Teeth.

Food chains.

 

 

Giuseppe Arcimboldo

 

Food packaging

E-Safety

 

Fruit Face Stop Motion Videos

 

Health & Wellbeing

Were the Dark Ages Dark?

 

The Saxons & The Vikings

Iceland

Bayeux Tapestry

Colour Wheel

Programming

 

Comic Life App

 

E Safety

Health & Wellbeing

 

Spring Term

Batteries Included & Magnets

Physics:

Electrical circuits

Magnets

 

 

Design & Make a Torch

Programming

Multimedia

Relationships

Dragons – Fact or Fiction?

 

George & the Dragon

Map work:

Scale

Symbols

Counties

Create collage in the style of Stanley Grosse

 

Stained Glass Windows

Algorithms / Debugging

 

E-Safety

Relationships

 

 

Summer Term

Amazing Amazon

Chemistry:

Water Cycle - Evaporation & Condensation

 

Changes of state

 

 

Atlas work:

Tropics, Equator

 

Deforestation

Monoprint Art

Kodu

 

E- Safety

Living in the Wider World

Sounding Off

Physics:

Sound

 

Journey of a River

 

Observational drawings

Movie Maker

 

E- Safety

Living in the Wider World

 

Year B (2019/20)

 

Topic

Science

History

Geography

Art/DT

Computing

PSHE

Autumn Term

Why are Humans Animals too?

Biology:

Keeping Healthy

Diet

Skeleton

 

 

Textures & Shadows

 

Matisse

 

Programming

E-Safety

Technology in our lives

Health & Wellbeing

Set in Stone

 

The Stone Age

 

Cave Painting

Programming

E-Safety

Technology in our lives

 

Health & Wellbeing

 

Spring Term

What did the Romans do for us?

 

The Romans

The Roman Empire

Construction – Roman Town

Kodu

Multimedia

E- Safety

Relationships

Shake, Rattle ‘n’ Roll

Chemistry:

Rocks

Soil

 

Tectonic plates

Volcanoes

Japanese Rock Gardens

Kodu

Multimedia

E- Safety

Relationships

 

 

Summer Term

Shadow Dancers

Physics:

Light & Shadows

 

Hemispheres

Time Zones

Shadow Puppets

Programming

Technology in our lives

Data handling

 

Living in the Wider World

Art on Your Doorstep

Biology:

Plants

 

Physical & Human geography

Compasses

Sketching

Programming

Technology in our lives

Data handling

Living in the Wider World

See how curriculum skills and knowledge progress across KS1 and KS2

History skills and knowledge progression 

Geography skills and knowledge progression

Science skills and knowledge progression KS1

Science skills and knowledge progression KS2

Art skills and knowledge progression KS1

Art skills and knowledge progression KS2

DT skills and knowledge progression 

Music skills and knowledge progression

 

*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. The National Curriculum Programmes of study can be found here

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, 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:

Units of work and each lesson delivered have clear learning objectives which are shared with pupils. Success criteria supports children to break down tasks, to understand how they can achieve the learning objectives and to develop independence. Learning objectives and success criteria link directly with the school's assessment mark books - Classroom Monitor, PSHE, RE and Key Stage One Frameworks.

As a result of the highly effective teaching and learning of the curriculum and the direct link between learning objectives and assessment criteria, 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.

Click here to see the interventions in place at Sutton Lower School.

For our full Curriculum Statement for Foundation subjects, click here.

 

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