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Our School Curriculum

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To develop characteristics of effective learning in all children:


Playing and exploring

Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’

Active learning

Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements

Building bodies of knowledge

Children must have a secure knowledge base from which to draw

Creating and thinking critically

Children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things


To promote our three core values in our teaching:


Responsive teaching for each unique child


Positive relationships


Enabling environments encourage independence


To foster Christian distinctiveness through key strands:

Vision, Wisdom, Character, Community, Dignity and Worship



  • Consistent routines and classroom rituals
  • Application of behaviour strategies including IBPs
  • Formative assessment eg observations, marking, questioning, mini plenaries
  • Adaptation of teaching eg change of direction/approach, additional questions to deepen thinking


  • A warm, loving and confident manner
  • Listening to children’s explanations/reasoning
  • Respectful challenge of thinking
  • Opportunities for independence/challenge selection


  • Appropriate stimulating resources/starting points
  • Structured planning including interleaving of knowledge
  • Repetition and checking of key knowledge in teaching time
  • Appropriate time balance to allow for play, problem solving and independence


Subject specific curriculum maps that tie the curriculum story together for English, maths, science, RE, history, geography, art, design, PSHCE, SMSC, music, PE, computing and languages.


Bespoke interventions for children falling behind or needing additional challenge.


A rich programme of events which enable children to develop cultural capital.


Children's work is assessed in a variety of ways:

  • Classroom feedback
  • Recorded work
  • Responsive marking
  • Pupil voice
  • PiXL tests and question level analysis
  • Case studies
  • Summative progress tracking

Our School Curriculum Diagram

Creative Arts At Sutton Courtenay

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Our curriculum develops children's knowledge to underpin their creativity.