What do we intend for Suckley School’s Curriculum?
We want our children at Suckley to be 'hooked' into learning and to be left with memorable experiences that will shape them for life, and to achieve the highest standards that they possibly can.
We therefore design our school curriculum so that it provides a breadth to fit the needs of our learners and our community. Our starting point is with the agreed key skills and attributes that we want our children to leave Suckley School with, woven alongside the National Curriculum. These are:
Communication and Presentation skills
Ability to Manage distractions
Ability to manage disappointment
Empathy and tolerance
Ability to build relationships
Essential to all learning are strong literacy and numeracy skills. We drive for high standards and teach well planned and differentiated lessons each morning in both areas. Lessons are dynamic and offer opportunity to develop fluency and the ability to apply skills to reasoning and problem solving in maths, and to a variety of genres in writing. Texts and learning activities are carefully chosen in both literacy lessons , and in foundation lessons , such as history, to ensure that the drive for high standards is in all lessons across the curriculum.
Our 'learning without limits' approach to lessons ensure that a ceiling is not put upon any learner, and that challenge is available and appropriate for every child.
Our school curriculum aims drive teaching and learning approaches in and out of the classroom. The National Curriculum determines much of what is to be taught and the school curriculum increasingly determines how it is taught, and relates to current events, the children themselves, their experiences and community. For example, we respond to events such as Local Remembrance day events, Community Literary Events and the wider World Sporting Events such as The Olympics, to ensure that are children are given the breadth of experiences which they deserve, and an understanding of living in a British Society and part of a global network. We strive to enrich learning with local links, and with wider experiences brought into the classroom, or sought outside of it. Outdoor learning is a key part of the Suckley Curriculum, delivered in our exciting learning environments of ‘The Wild Life Zone’ and ‘Forest School’ The latter has been accredited with a good practice award.
Science and Computing are considered core subjects. All foundation subjects are planned so that skills are taught and developed further as children move up the school. History, Geography, RE for example are taught through the learning of skills and knowledge, with a strong emphasis on ensuring all children progress to achieve depth of learning.
The range of experiences that we carefully plan into the cycle offer support and foster our values culture, ensuring that our children benefit from a full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities. The Arts and Sporting lifestyles are essential to the whole child, and play an important part on out curriculum. Both have received a Gold Award in praise for the standard of opportunity and teaching.
The following information will give you a taste of our curriculum design, how children benefit from it and how we achieve high academic standards alongside our approach. Please see the 'curriculum diagram' and policy for more detailed information.