At Suffolks Primary School, we value each and every child’s education and aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant and engaging for all. We encourage adherence with the fundamental British values as well as promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of all of our children through the following aim:
‘Our aim is for all to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens.’
(Creative schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up)
Our curriculum encompasses the formal requirements from the National Curriculum as well as opportunities to broaden their learning experiences. For example, we hold themed ‘Special Weeks’ such as Friendship Week, Our History Week, Enterprise Week and Creative Arts Week as well as planning a range of trips, visits and visitors to broaden the children’s cultural capital.
Our curriculum is based around 4 key drivers:
- No opportunity missed for reading
- Vocabulary development
- Promoting global citizens
By ensuring these key drivers are embedded throughout our curriculum, the children are able to make connections within and across the curriculum areas studied thus ensuring children are able to remember more, do more and know more. We have designed long-term planning and progressions of knowledge/skills for each curriculum area to ensure that children’s learning is built upon over their time at Suffolks. Medium term planning is used to sequence the lessons within a unit so that learning is progressive and coherent.
The core curriculum areas are taught throughout the year. Each term, we focus on a selection of foundation subjects which results in a final whole school project. For example, in the Autumn term, we focus on Design and Technology and French which is then celebrated by creating products for our French Christmas market. This approach not only allows us to provide a broad and balanced curriculum over the year, it allows children to wallow in a subject area and provide safeguarded time for all areas of the curriculum.
As a school, we ensure that our curriculum protects the nine characteristics outlined within the Equality Act 2010 (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation). We have 2 diversity leads, who look to ensure that our curriculum is representative of our community and celebrates its diversity.
To see what we are learning in each year group and each subject, please use the links to the right.