The Sulivan Curriculum is designed for the whole-child at the heart of its vision and ethos. We want every child to be a happy, confident learner, who is motivated to learn, and to develop aspirations for their own future. We have designed a curriculum that is broad, balanced, rigorous and enriched with a wide range of extra-curricular activities and opportunities. With this aim, we set the example to our children, create a culture of aspiration and “raise their eyes to the sky” by broadening their horizons and widening their experiences. We focus on ensuring that the children leave primary school with the numeracy and literacy skills required in order to enter secondary school as confident readers, writers, speakers and mathematicians. We challenge and support individual needs and abilities so that every child reaches their potential. The cornerstones of our school are our values which run through every aspect of our school’s life. We teach them the values of kindness, respect, tolerance, resilience, fairness and co-operation so that they develop the content of character required to have good relationships and be positive citizens.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) children benefit from the Development Matters guidance and teachers design their curriculum to develop the characteristics of effective learning.

We organise our curriculum into core subjects and the wider curriculum, which is delivered through termly cross curricular topics: Autumn- Once Upon a Time, Spring- Explorers and Summer- Wild. Each year group learns the programme of study relevant to their age group and focuses on different aspects of the curriculum subjects to ensure appropriate progress is made.

To view our long term plans and termly overviews for each year group click here.

Sulivan Primary School is determined to provide a curriculum that:

  • Is broad, balance, rigorous and rich that develops profound learning.
  • Meets the educational, social, moral, cultural and pastoral needs of our pupils.
  • Promotes British values.
  • Develops essential skills in critical thinking and language & communication.
  • Teaches academically rigorous core subjects: Reading, Writing , Maths
  • Promotes nurturing wellbeing programmes: P.S.H.E., P.E., reflection and mindfulness, garden school
  • Enquiry-led/ knowledge based foundation subjects: Art and Design, Computing and Technology, History, Geography, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (KS2 only) RE, Science

 Sulivan’s Principles of Learning:

  • Every child has the right to high standards of education; academic rigour and pastoral care
  • Challenge and enrichment provides the opportunities children need to reach their potential, develop and discover interests and grow into well-rounded and motivated learners who learn to challenge themselves, develop independent learning skills and academic and emotional resilience.
  • Schools are places where adults are inspirational role models that set positive examples to our pupils.


We use the National Curriculum 2014 to guide our programme of study in reading and writing. In order to ensure we have the best, most successful teaching programme, we have developed our own bespoke writing programme using The Power of Reading, Talk for Writing and our professional knowledge of good teaching practice. Our children have extensive exposure to rich texts across all genres. We recognise that language and communication are the cornerstones of literacy skills and therefore we have developed, in collaboration with a specialist Speech and Language therapist, a bespoke Spoken Language programme for all year groups. Every child has a daily writing, reading, spelling/phonics and handwriting lesson taught as a whole class. Children in Nursery- Year 2 are taught a daily phonics lesson using the Letters and Sounds guidance.  It is a synthetic phonics programme and children are screened in Year 1 to track their progress against national expectations. Children have the opportunity to regularly work in a small group with a teacher. We read to the children at least once a day and we aim to develop creative writers who have high standards of written and verbal communication.

Click here to view year group programmes of study.


We want every child to be a mathematician and therefore we develop strong arithmetic and reasoning skills from the Early Years to Year 6. We use the National Curriculum programme of study to guide our teaching and learning. In order to ensure we are developing challenging units of work we use White Rose Maths programmes and resources. We draw on best practice using internationally recognised methods. We know that children, as do adults, learn in a variety of ways and therefore we do not subscribe to one particular method of teaching maths. Instead we use our professional judgement and expertise to design and deliver bespoke maths lessons and learning journeys. Children have daily maths lessons which include:

  1. Counting Choir- daily counting that develops sound and secure place value, fluency in understanding of number and
  2. Number work- arithmetic practice to develop high levels of competency in written and mental methods of calculation
  3. Verbal reasoning and problem solving- recognise the importance of reasoning skills when developing mathematical fluency and profound skills.
  4. Open-ended challenge- giving children challenge to apply and deepen their understanding and skills.

The wider curriculum

We have developed programmes of study for each year group that combine to create a broad, balanced and rich curriculum. We have specialist teachers who teach music, P.E., Spanish and Computing.

Subjects are taught with a cross curricular approach. We use exciting and meaningful “hooks”, use drama, practical activities and the outdoors to bring our curriculum and learning to life. Children record their learning in cross-curricular writing, science investigations and art sketch books. They also learn to present their learning through public speaking and presentation skills, verbal or using technology. These important life skills develop confidence and pride in the children and are highly valued by parents and teacher. Each term is given a topic theme for the whole school. Within that topic, each year group has a focus in each subject and a clear progression of skills, knowledge and understanding is planned across the school. Teachers plan enriching educational visits to stimulate learning and broaden our children’s experiences.