This section of our website is focused on our Curriculum and provides an overview of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework and the Curriculum offer for children in Years 1 to 6.
The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Over the last few year, this has included developing a school link with Kiungururia Primary School in Kenya and participation in the Go Givers award scheme.
Our Curriculum also includes the social aspects imperative for life-long learning. The Investing in Children Award and the Go Givers award scheme demonstrates the importance of children having high expectations of behaviour and tolerance towards each other and having a ‘voice’ in school. Sunnybrow Primary School was awarded ‘Good’ from Ofsted in June 2013. The school continues to maintain high standards believing that education has to continually improve.
Sunnybrow Primary School aims to place the child at the centre of their learning, and provide every child with a broad, balanced and developmentally appropriate curriculum. This means that all pupils follow the National Curriculum, but at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities philosophy places Special Educational Needs and Disabilities children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils needs.
At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum, Sunnybrow Primary School remain committed to:
- A range of teaching and learning styles
- Differentiated learning materials
- Access to ICT and Technology
- Additional in class support
- Additional out of class support
- Flexible groupings – including small group support work
- An innovative and supportive curriculum
- The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
- A broad range of extra-curricular activities, including homework, one to one support and booster/extension sessions
- Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements
- Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate
We continually monitor and review our practice to make sure that we are meeting a child’s needs to the best of our ability. We do this by:
- Using daily assessments and formal testing to ensure that work is pitched at the right level
- Having termly pupil progress reviews, where teachers are held accountable for the amount of progress each child in their class is making and targets for achievement and attainment are set
- Evaluating and amending our planning in line with assessment evidence
- Evaluating and amending our interventions in line with assessment evidence
Reading in EYFS and KS1
In EYFS and KS1, we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and Bug Club for children’s home reading books. They work through the books throughout their time in school as they gradually increase in difficulty. The books progress from wordless books, where children are asked to describe what is happening in the pictures to tell a story, to books with phonics decodable words and books which have a range of more complex words.
In school guided reading sessions, our pupils also follow the Read Write Inc and Rigby Star reading schemes. Throughout the reading stages, pupils are asked comprehension questions to check their understanding of words and stories.
Reading in KS2
In KS2 children continue to work through the Oxford Reading Tree according to their reading ability and progress onto the Treetops reading books. We also use the New Way and Ginn 360 schemes so our children gain a wider experience of different types of characters, genres of writing and a range of font styles. Children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible and there are adults in school who will also listen to the children read. As they move through KS2, children are increasingly encouraged to change their own reading books and they also have the opportunity to select books of their choice from the library to read at home and in school during our daily quiet reading sessions.
Reading comprehension skills are regularly taught during literacy lessons and children who are identified as needing additional support are given intervention in reading comprehension to enable them to make good progress. Each child has a reading reward bookmark to collect signatures when they finish reading a book. Once their bookmark is completed, children earn a raffle ticket with a chance to win a free book in our prize draw at the end of every half term.
In guided reading, we teach the skills that children need in order to be able to read and understand a range of text types. We use a wide variety of books according to the children’s needs and the learning objective. Our guided reading books include: Treetops Classics, Rigby Navigator, Literacy World and Rapid Readers,
Spelling in KS2
The majority of children in KS2 learn spellings by working through the National Curriculum Appendix 1, which organises learning objectives and spelling patterns into age related expectations. Each week, a particular spelling pattern (e.g. words ending in –tion or words containing ‘ough’) will be taught to children in class and the children will be given a list of words including this pattern to learn. Children will practise these spellings in school but are also expected to practise reading and spelling the words at home, in preparation for a spelling test on Fridays. This helps children to gain a greater understanding of the words so they can spell them correctly in their writing.
You can download our long term plans for each year group. There are 2 plans for each class. This is because we have mixed age classes and it is not appropriate to teach the same curriculum for 2 years in a row. By having a Cycle A and a Cycle B long term plan we can ensure full coverage of the curriculum and guarantee that children will not repeat lessons or topics from one year to the next.
Should you wish to know more about our curriculum, please contact the school office and we will be happy to help.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
If you have any questions about your SEND requirements please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.