Sudbury Primary School

Learn, Share, Enjoy


(01283) 585251

School Lane, Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 5HZ



The curriculum at Sudbury Primary School is tailored to suit the needs of our pupils and therefore provides them with the best possible opportunities to develop their skills and make progress in their learning. We believe that by providing these opportunities and a curriculum which ensures everyone is able to achieve, pupils enjoy learning and feel a sense of pride and achievement. To help us achieve our goal, we organise our curriculum in a particular way which enables pupils to learn at their appropriate stage.

In the mornings, pupils are organised into four teaching groups for Mathematics, English, Guided Reading and Numeracy Fluency. Reception  remain together for these sessions and this enables them to enjoy a play based curriculum which is appropriate for their age and stage of development. Reception pupils also have free flowing access to the outside learning environment and have ‘welly Wednesdays,’ during which they carry out their learning in the wider school grounds and Forest School area.

Our second learning group for the morning sessions includes pupils from Years 1 and 2, the third group includes pupils from years 3 and 4 and the fourth group pupils from Years 5 and 6. This organisation supports our Years 5 and 6 pupils in preparing for their end of Key Stage assessments and their transition to high school. Furthermore, it allows the teachers to ensure that all pupils are appropriately challenged for their stage and ability.

In the afternoons, foundations subjects are taught within two classes: infants and juniors. This enables us to ensure that all curriculum requirements are taught within the appropriate Key Stage. At the end of each half term, we carry out our ‘themed weeks,’ during which we focus on a specific History or Geography topic. This is an excellent opportunity for us to use and apply the skills we have been learning in a different context, as well as have ‘break out days’ where we dress up and sometimes have visitors come to our school.

Phonics and reading

At Sudbury Primary we follow the structure of the Letters and Sounds Phonics Programme to teach phonics skills to our children. This resource is enhanced with material from Espresso and Jolly Phonics.

To support children develop the skills of reading we have two main reading schemes. We utilise reading materials from the Oxford Reading Tree and Dandelion books which are phonetically decodable. As children progress with their reading ability we have a range of texts and genres for children to choose from.

We use Accelerated Reader to encourage, support and develop children's reading at school and home. Accelerated Reader is based online.

For further information about the primary curriculum, please see the guide for parents below or follow the link to, the national curriculum primary programmes of study and attainment targets for key stages 1 and 2.

Link to - Primary Curriculum

Please see below for a full guide to the Primary Curriculum

Key Stage 2 Curriculum 2018 2019

Key Stage 1 Curriculum 2018 2019