Curriculum

This section provides information regarding the areas of the curriculum your child will be studying over the next academic term.  Specific topics will be listed, as will any special equipment needed for the term.

If you require any additional information, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Little Sutton provides a secure, caring, challenging and stimulating environment. This offers every child the opportunity to progress, with the aid of a carefully structured learning programme, towards self-management with a positive view of the contribution they can make towards their own education, the community in which they live and society in general.

 

“Children make an excellent start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. They make excellent progress across all years to achieve outstanding results before transferring to secondary school. “

(OFSTED September 2012) 


OUR AIMS AND VALUES

In close partnership with pupils, parents, staff and governors we aim to:

  • Meet intellectual, emotional, social, physical, creative, spiritual and moral needs.
  • Encourage and develop high standards of behaviour, promote good manners, mutual respect and empathy.
  • To encourage children to develop a healthy lifestyle and work with other services to promote well being.
  • Encourage an atmosphere of openness and teamwork where everyone’s views are valued.
  • Prepare children for an ever-changing world through encouraging skills of open-mindedness, adaptability and life long learning.
  • Promote high standards and expectations of effort, attainment and achievement.
  • To work with the wider community and encourage children to see the positive contribution they can make.
  • Provide a safe, secure and caring environment where the children develop high self esteem and confidence.
  • Develop co-operation, responsibility and independence.
  • Provide a broad balanced and enriching curriculum which promotes enjoyment and is accessible for all.
  • Promote honesty, justice and generosity of spirit.
  • Motivate, inspire and develop enquiring minds.
  • Encourage children to appreciate and take care of their environment.
  • Ensure we are an inclusive school where opportunities are provided for everyone to succeed.

 

“Outstanding teaching ensures pupils are fully engaged, enthused and enjoy their lessons. Teaching helps pupils to achieve very highly, particularly in mathematics and reading. Pupils develop excellent understanding. They learn to work well by themselves in class.”

(OFSTED September 2012)
Our aims are achieved by:

  • Planning for the future by producing a School Improvement Plan.
  • Establishing, in all curriculum areas, clear, well defined policies to support teachers. Within each
    policy, provision for reviewing and evaluating exists.
  • Formulating in non-curriculum areas clear, well defined policies for all to work towards. Each policy allows for reviewing and evaluating procedures. Such non-curricular areas might range from a behaviour management policy to dinner time procedures to an admissions policy.
  • Developing guidelines to support our policies.
  • Co-operating with agencies outside school, e.g. schools service advisers, curriculum support services and national organisations.

 

“Behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are consulted on rules for behaviour; as a result they take more responsibility for their own behaviour and actions. Pupils feel safe within the highly caring environment.”

(OFSTED September 2012)
Please follow the links on this page to find information on all aspects of our school curriculum.  More general information on our school can also be found on the School Curriculum page.

For Curriculum Notes for your child’s year group, please see the links below:

Reception Year 1 Year 2
Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

 

 

Phonics & Reading

Phonics

 

At Little Sutton we follow the Jolly Phonics Scheme.

What is Jolly Phonics?
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The letter sounds are split into seven groups as shown below.
Letter Sound Order
The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.
How does Jolly Phonics work?
Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing. The programme continues through school enabling the teaching of essential grammar, spelling and punctuation skills.
The five skills taught in Jolly Phonics
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1.Learning the letter sounds
Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. This includes alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue.
2.Learning letter formation
Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.
3.Blending
Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.
4.Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting)
Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.
5.Tricky words
Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.
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We follow the Oxford Reading Tree Reading Scheme.

 

The UK’s number one reading programme has taught millions of children to read… and to love to read. With systematic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree’s well-loved characters, breadth and unrivalled support give you everything your children need to become confident readers.

 

You can find more information by clicking here or clicking on the Oxford Reading Tree logo opposite.

 

Teaching British Values

Promoting British Values at Little Sutton Primary School
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). At Little Sutton Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:Democracy
Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the rules. We have a student council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised from classes. The council is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Little Sutton. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. There are our class rules, playground rules and e-safety procedures. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.Individual Liberty
At Little Sutton Primary, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety and PSHE lessons.Mutual Respect
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Little Sutton Primary is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.