Our Curriculum - How learners learn

This page will tell you about what we learn in school and how we assess your child's attainment and achievement.Visit our class pages for detailed plans for how the curriculum will be covered in each year group. 

Pupils benefit from a curriculum which seeks to provide opportunities to learn about the world beyond the immediate community. They are encouraged to explore big ideas through philosophy, to become resilient and able to work with others through sport, music and drama productions, and to learn about global citizenship through a wide range of charity activities. (Ofsted 2019)

Our aims for the curriculum - Intent

At Sutton in Craven CP the curriculum is designed with our pupils at the heart of all we do.  Our vision of being a place “Where Learners Grow” is promoted through a curriculum that caters for all aspects of learning and promotes development of the whole child.

Our curriculum is designed to foster curiosity, challenge and community.


We want to foster interest and curiosity in our pupils through the curriculum. Through a range of engaging and motivating learning experiences we want to nurture and extend pupils’ curiosity.

Reading is valued in all areas of the curriculum as a key skill to develop knowledge and understanding and we aim to equip pupils with a rich and varied vocabulary through reading high quality texts.


Our curriculum is ambitious and thoughtfully designed to ensure in- depth coverage of the National Curriculum supplemented by opportunities to develop all pupils’ knowledge and skills even further. It is designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities all the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life.  We exploit opportunities for pupils to make links in their learning to reinforce and deepen their understanding. Within our curriculum we give time to master skills properly and apply them in different ways.  Our aim is to develop independent and confident learners who are willing to have a go and learn from their mistakes.  It is our view that there should be no ceiling to our pupils’ potential to succeed and the curriculum is designed to give challenge and support to all pupils, especially the most vulnerable.


Having a sense of belonging and being part of a community are important elements we want to encourage within our pupils.  We have built into our curriculum a range of experiences beyond the classroom in order to develop pupils’ interest and understanding of life beyond their immediate surroundings.

We want all pupils to leave our school with high self-esteem, confidence to express their opinions, the ability to reason and reflect and with a broad range of well embedded skills and knowledge which foster a love for life-long learning.

How we teach our curriculum - Implementation

There are three stages in the Primary years: Foundation Stage (Reception) Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2); Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)..

Each year group (class) has a curriculum plan which outlines the learning for the year. The work is pitched to meet the needs of all pupils. The school curriculum draws on the National Curriculum 2014 , which is often taught through a creative and cross curricular approach, the Early Years/Foundation Stage for pupils to age 5, and the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

The curriculum has been systematically designed to ensure progression across the year groups, clarity of learning objectives and full coverage of the statutory requirements.  Staff have worked together on the design of the curriculum and each member of teaching staff has a specific area of curriculum responsibility they monitor. Our choices of content have been carefully thought through to ensure they promote our school vision and the intent described above.

How we organise provision:-

The curriculum as the entire planned learning  experience is underpinned by a broad set of common values and purposes.

  • Location; our school environment - both physical and emotional has a climate and ethos which inspires, supports and challenges our learners
  • Enrichment - fun, engaging and memorable learning 
  • Lessons - are well planned and thought provoking, meeting the needs of all learners.
  • Learning beyond the classroom- situated as we are in the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales we make full use of our local environment  as well as undertaking educational visits further afield
  • Community - Sutton CP is proud to be at the heart of our village community. We have excellent links with local community and education groups and beyond.

Every opportunity to enhance the curriculum is seized and a programme of enrichment whole school events is planned each year.

Each week pupils will be taught all areas of the National Curriculum, PSHCE, RE and have a daily act of worship. At least 2 hours are devoted to physical activity each week.

We ensure that all tasks and activities that the children do are safe. When we plan to take children out of school, we first inform parents and obtain their permission. In so doing, we follow the North Yorkshire County Council guidance on Off-Site visits. Staff complete detailed risk assessments which are authorised by the Head teacher.

Collective Worship

Collective Worship is a time when the whole school, or groups within the school meet together in order to consider and reflect on common concerns, issues and interests. It offers all pupils an opportunity to worship through engaging in relevant, meaningful experiences and provides opportunities for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Assemblies are often based on a question which all classes consider.

All children enjoy collective worship daily.

Sex and Relationships Education

Sutton CP School is a healthy school and as such has a commitment to Sex and Relationships education. Sex and relationship education is delivered through science, RE, PSHE and citizenship.  Sex and relationship education is taught by classroom teachers, teaching assistants and in Years 5 and 6, the school nurse.

We provide a broad, rich and balanced curriculum which is tailored to meet the needs of our pupils.

Details of the content of long term plans for each Year group can be found on the individual class pages.

Developing the whole child is a key part of our vision.  Alongside the taught curriculum there are many opportunities for this:

Quick link to our Teaching and Learning Policy

Impact  - how we monitor the impact of our curriculum

We have regular assessment opportunities followed by detailed Pupil Progress meetings between senior leaders and  staff.  There is more details here about how we assess your child's progress through school

We plan an annual calendar of Parent Learning  events in school with the aim of supporting you to help your child at home.