Our curriculum is rigorous, challenging, exciting and creative. We ask our children to be intellectually adventurous and approach learning with vigour and curiosity. We teach the Core Subjects , English, Maths, Science and ICT, alongside the Foundation Subjects , History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Music, PSHE, PE, and RE (Hammersmith and Fulham agreed syllabus).
Throughout the school, all lessons are carefully differentiated so that each child is appropriately supported and challenged. Using formative assessment, teachers ensure that next steps are planned for each lesson and children reflect on their learning and work towards targets.
Every six weeks children are assessed using age-appropriate methods to allow teachers to track progress and attainment. This ensures the children’s education is relevant, rigorous and challenging.
We invest in supporting all our children’s academic and emotional needs. We use teachers’ knowledge and assessment results to create small group learning sessions that target specific needs and concerns. These interventions allow us to react quickly and effectively and ensure each child receives the attention they deserve.
New Primary Curriculum
The DfE states: All maintained schools in England must start teaching these programmes of study from September 2014, with the following exceptions:
- in the 2014 to 2015 academic year, pupils in years 2 and 6 should be taught the pre- 2014 programmes of study in English, mathematics and science
- these pupils will sit the current key stage 1 and 2 tests respectively
In September 2014 we started to teach the new programmes of study in line with the New Primary Curriculum. We have developed our learning journeys to include the new progression of knowledge and skills in Mathematics, English and Science. Over the Autumn term we continue to develop the long-term and medium-term plans for Computing and our Foundation Subjects.
We believe we must teach the fundamentals of grammar and punctuation alongside creative composition and language. By using rich texts English lessons teach both the writing skills to communicate effectively and the creative opportunities to explore literature in all of its forms.
Since 2012, as part of our misson to continue to raise standards in literacy, we have been delivering our English curriculum through the exciting and innovative Power of Reading project, supported by The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. The Power of Reading http://www.clpe.co.uk/professional-development/power-of-reading-project is a national programme that promotes high levels of reading attainment and enriching writing lessons.This is a whole school development project where teachers attend high quality training, have access to a wide range of quality children’s literature and work with their colleagues to develop practice around the teaching of reading in their school.
Reading and Phonics
Children in Foundation Stage and KS1 have daily Phonics lessons which follow the Letters and Sounds guidance from DfE. We use Ruth Miskin’s Read, Write Inc. http://www.ruthmiskintraining.com/home/index.html to support the children’s learning. In the Foundation Stage phonics lessons are taught in small groups of 8- 10 and are streamed. In KS1 children are taught in streamed groups and are given additional support in small groups when necessary. We run a highly successful Reading Recovery Programme http://readingrecovery.ioe.ac.uk which offers KS1 children 1:1 daily reading support.
We have developed a robust Mathematics curriculum that meets the needs of all our pupils. Learning the foundations of mathematics of number, counting and calculation so that children can solve problems in real life contexts is fundamental to our approach. Our approach to the new primary curriculum has allowed us to develop the bredth and depth of our maths’ curriculum. This ensures that our lessons are dynamic and challenging. It allows us to follow lines of enquiry that may arise in class and provide extra opportunities for children with special educational needs as well as those who are gifted or talented mathematicians. ICT, practical and investigative methods are embedded into our curriculum and we use our outdoor spaces as far as possible to enhance and motivate learning.
Our Science curriculum balances knowledge and understanding of early scientic concepts, with developing scientific enquiry skills. Throughout the school, pupils investigate scientific questions using practical approaches, our outdoor spaces and meaningful experiences.
Our creative curriculum allows us to think out-of-the -box in our teaching
methods and learning experiences. This ethos reaches across everything we do,
every subject and every extra-curricular activity. Our approach allows us to
provide meaningful and purposeful experiences for the children to apply their
knowledge and skills. Our cross-curricular Topics are strengthened by our
We teach a well balanced knowledge & skills-based curriculum in Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, PE, PSHE and R.E. We want to develop critical thinking skills so that our children are resilient, resourceful and responsible members of society.To support this, we use De Bono’s Six Hats of Thinking to encourage thinking, reasoning and communication skills from Year 1 to Year 6.
All our children from Nursery to Year 6 benefit from music lessons taught by a specialist music teacher. Every child in KS1 and KS2 learns an instrument in their weekly class music lesson. Singing is very important at Sulivan and we have recently gained the Gold Sing Up award. We have 3 choirs that perform at school events, in the community and at inter-school events around London. Children are also encouraged to learn an instrument of their choice as we have a team of 5 peripatetic teachers who teach woodwind, brass, string, drums kit, piano and guitar. The children work towards ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) and LMC exams.
Children listen and respond to a variety of musically genres and composers during lessons, lunchtimes and assemblies. As part of our Enrichment programme and our Music curriculum, children will have the opportunity to experience live music in a concert setting through trips and visitors in to school. Previous enrichment opportunities have included visits to; The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal College of Music, The O2, The Lyric Theatre, Spanish workshops, Cuban music workshops, African Djembe workshops, Hammersmith Town Hall.
We believe that drama and performance develops confidence, team work and creativity. Every child has the opportunity to take part in a variety of performances throughout their school career at Sulivan. Drama is embedded into lessons across the curriculum, giving opportunities to the children to explore role-play, public speaking, poetry recital and characterization. Children also put on full length performances in class and Phase groups.
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