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.
During their English lessons, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry, and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. In English, we adapt the guidance set out in the National Curriculum and offer cross curricular opportunities so that the pupils recognise that our language is a rich resource and applicable in many settings. Cross curricular writing opportunities are also planned so that pupils can use and apply the skills they are taught in a variety of contexts.
Mathematics equips pupils with a powerful set of tools that includes logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. In mathematics we study numbers; how to use and apply them, shape, space, and measures and how to handle data. We use the National Curriculum as a guide to plan and teaching mathematics. We use the White Rose maths scheme.
The exploration and the knowledge and understanding of science as well as its application and the world around us are the basis for our teaching. Pupils are given opportunities for investigative and practical work and are taught to analyse and record their results in a variety of ways in line with the National Curriculum.
Pupils are taught computing skills, enabling them to access technology. Computing is used to extend and enrich learning across the curriculum and to enable children to acquire confidence and pleasure in using it. Laptops or iPads are used to develop the pupils’ computing skills including coding and programming, which are both requirements of the National Curriculum. Internet safety is something which is regularly highlighted, and specific internet safety lessons are taught each term to remind pupils about how to keep themselves safe.
Through the study of History, the pupils will be introduced to understanding and interpreting the past and will develop a sense of identity through learning about changes in time and place.
The pupils will have opportunities to learn from a range of historical sources including artefacts, pictures, photographs, music, adults talking about their past, written sources and buildings. As they progress, the pupils will learn to develop the ability to acquire evidence from a variety of sources and to judge their reliability and value.
Pupils are introduced to geographical enquiry and develop a sense of identity through learning about their immediate environment, the United Kingdom and its relationship with other countries in Europe and the world as a whole. It helps pupils make sense of their surroundings and the wider world.
Art and Design
Pupils have the opportunity to observe and record what they see in different media, use various materials and techniques. They review and modify their work. Pupils are encouraged to make use of the outdoor space in their art and design work.
Pupils look at and discuss the work of many different artists, study their techniques and styles and use these ideas in their own work.
Design Technology requires pupils to be creative problem solvers, as individuals and as part of a team. They look for needs and opportunities and respond to them by making a range of products and systems. They are taught how to evaluate and reflect on their work and how it can be improved.
As well as making music, singing and playing instruments there are also opportunities for listening to and appraising many different styles of music. The pupils are also offered the opportunity to perform at community events and during celebrations throughout the academic year.
Physical Education (PE)
PE experienced in a safe and supportive environment is vital to a child’s physical and emotional development. The pupils are encouraged to develop increasing confidence and skill in the use and control of their bodies.
We teach all six areas of the National Curriculum – athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, outdoor and adventure activities and swimming (Juniors only). The school also uses some of its PE Funding to employ sports coaches from Primary Stars on a weekly basis and Burton Albion Trust for after school activities.
Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship
Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE) helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. As well as encouraging the pupils to empathise with others and develop an appreciation of our responsibilities as valued members of society, we also teach them about how to keep themselves safe in the modern world. PSHE is taught as a separate session as well as being interspersed in all areas of the curriculum.
Relationships and Sex Education
Our aim is that the pupils develop a sense of self-esteem and respect for others as well as learning about their own physical and emotional development.
For young pupils, questions about new life will occur in the context of care for all young creatures, and most naturally when a new baby is born. Older pupils will be taught more formally about reproduction and personal hygiene through Science and PSHE. Pupils’ questions will be answered honestly and as sensitively as possible, at a level that is appropriate for their stage of development. A letter prior to the sessions will be sent home. Please see the RSE policy on the school website for further guidance.
Religious Education is taught in line with Derbyshire’s Agreed scheme. Religious Education in school addresses the search for meaning and fulfilment in life. This process is enriched through the insight and experiences of faith traditions.
The main content of RE at Sudbury is based on the teachings of Christianity. The religious traditions of Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism are also studied. Pupils are provided with opportunities to experience other faiths in practice through school trips and visitors to school. Our aim is to teach understanding and tolerance of all beliefs.
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
In KS2, we introduce the children to French. Through practical communication the children are taught to develop their vocabulary, confidence and understanding of French. This introduction helps to prepare them for further language development and lessons at Secondary level.