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. 

“The curriculum is well organised, provides a broad range of experiences and is planned to ensure that pupils develop knowledge and skills in a consistent way” (Ofsted 2011)

 "Through an effective curriculum (both in and out of class), charity work and imaginative approaches to collective worship, pupils are very well prepared for life in modern Britain." (Ofsted 2016) 

Sutton in Craven Community Primary School is a school that centres around children; what they need, how they learn and how they develop as citizens. Our children tell us that they happy and secure at school and the ethos of putting children first is reflected in every aspect of our day to day practice.We are very proud of our school curriculum here at Sutton CP which is made up of a careful blend of distinct subject and theme based learning designed to develop the skills of all pupils at a level appropriate to each of them. Through our teaching, we equip children with the necessary skills and values to prepare them as lifelong learners,  to be valued members of the communities in which they live and to prepare them for their future lives. We acknowledge and celebrate the fact that each of our children is different, and that they all learn in different ways. Our Curriculum provision reflects this belief.

It has been re-designed to take account of the National Curriculum (September 2014), and  reflects our local context as well as preparing our children for life in 21st Century Britain. It is a curriculum that is challenging, exciting and fun!

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. Wider learning opportunities include Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship, Modern Foreign Language (Spanish) accross the school and even regular cookery lessons.

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.

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

Curriculum Coverage - Statutory Expectations:

  • art and design
  • citizenship
  • design & technology
  • english
  • geography
  • history
  • computing
  • maths
  • MFL
  • music
  • physical education
  • religious education
  • science

Getting the basics right - a daily focus on Reading Writing and Maths

  • Reading, Writing and Maths -  We teach the basic skills as discrete subjects as well as learning through these subjects accross the curriculum. 
  • We are proud to have achieved the Basic Skills Award in recognition of curriculum approach.

A creative and Cross Curricular approach

  • Our learners have lots of opportunities to practice the basics through an exciting  creative, skills based curriculum. These have over arching themes which have a significance for individuals and society, and provide relevant learning contexts; -  Identity and cultural diversity - Healthy lifestyles - Community cohesion - Enterprise - Global dimension and sustainable development - Technology and the media- creativity and critical thinking.
  • We write our own cross curricular whole school themes in relation to a school. local, national or global current issue. For example in 1415 we designed a theme in response to the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 and in 1516  'Rule Britannia! (a response the Queens' 90th Birthday) and 'Rio de Vida!' (a preparation for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in summer 2016) In 1617 we studied a 'Home from Home' theme for children to investigate the richness of their own Yorkshire Heritage. In 1718 we had a half term in which each class studied a theme that the pupils in the class had decided upon themselves. We will repeat this next year.
  • This year we will start the year with a whole school theme of "My Brilliant Brain" in which we learn about how we learn and how a growth mindset can help us to succeed.  We will also have a whole school fortnight of Remembrance as we mark the 100 anniversary of the end of WW1.
  •  Other subjects of the curriculum are also taught through this approach.  Have a look below at the long term plan for this year and visit individual class pages for lots more information. 
  • Take a moment to visit 'A year in our Lives' on our homepage to watch our lives unfold here at Sutton CP!

You can  visit the Curriculum Pages for each class to find both an outline of all the learning planned across school this year and half termly plans..

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education (SMSC)

Quick link to our Teaching and Learning Policy

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.