Cornerstones Curriculum

Cross-Curricular Topics

We are very proud of our curriculum, bringing topics to life.  As a school, we follow Cornerstones which enables a broad and balanced curriculum to be taught across the school. Split into six week topics, the children are immersed in relevant, engaging and exiting themes.  See our curriculum policy for further information.

Science

Science is everywhere! In our homes, around us, outside and at school. Through the teaching of Science, we aim to stimulate your child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. We teach methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level.

Encourage your child whenever you can to explore the world around us, by observing and recording what they notice. We teach a wide range of topics in science throughout school, including plants and growing, space, electricity, adaption, different materials, changing states as well as a focus on a healthy lifestyle and keeping safe. The school website has plenty of information about what is being taught in school. For some fun activities try: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesizescience. 

Humanities - History and Geography

We aim to provide a high-quality history and geography education which will help pupils gain a structured knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. We encourage children to ask questions and think critically. History supports children's understanding of people’s lives, the process of change throughout the ages. We aim to equip children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human environments. We do this by progressively teaching geography and history skills. For a great geography site use https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/teacher-category/geography/  and for a great history site use https://www.history.org.uk/primary/resource/3620/primary-topic-websites

The Arts - Art and Design, Design and Technology & Music

Using our Cornerstones curriculum planning, we are able to provide exciting and varied art and design technology activities that link with our cross-curricular termly class projects and teaches the skills set out in the National Curriculum and Development Matters Curriculum.  The cross curricular approach gives us the opportunity to expand the variety of art forms being used within school, such as drama and dance, to support learning in other areas of the curriculum.  In addition, we have special weeks dedicated to art and D.T., with the final pieces being displayed in our library area.  Also, each term we learn about a different composer.  The 'Composer of the Term', is introduced at the beginning of each term through a special assembly and is displayed on our School Arts Wall.      

Our school is registered as an Arts Award Centre and we have two teachers who are qualified Arts Award assessors (Mrs Richards EYFS/KS1 and Miss Dunning KS2).  Currently, Mrs Richards is working with Year 5 children to support each child in achieving a discover level arts award.  The school is also proud to be working towards achieving the Artsmark award and we have an arts ambassador from each class to represent the children's voices regarding The Arts.

We aim to provide children with enriching opportunities, such as working with local artists and exhibiting their work at local Arts Festivals.  We are proud to be part of the Ignite Music Festivals and Amasing project and have given children the opportunities to represent our school in art, drama and dance workshops. 

Recent Arts at Sutton Green:

  • 'Happiness and memories', showcase at Storyhouse in Chester.  
  • Year 3 Streetdance Champions(2018/19 winning 1st place) and 2019/20
  • Being part of an audience at regular M&M productions and subsequent workshops.  Recent performances have included Oliver Twist and Sleeping Beauty.
  • Art, D.T., drama and music universities during Golden Time and extra-curricular art and D.T. clubs
  • School Choir events

In Year 5 children learn to play brass instruments.  We are lucky to have external music teachers visit our school to provide superb tuition.  Children have the choice of playing a trombone, cornet or trumpet.  Their achievements are celebrated with a performance to the rest of the KS2 children.  Following on from this children are offered the opportunity to continue learning an instrument outside school time.  

For great websites, visit www.classicsforkids.com for music and www.tate.org.uk/kids for art.

Computing

Computing forms an integral part of the Cornerstones Curriculum at Sutton Green. We strive to embed computing skills and internet safety across the curriculum, and these skills are particularly developed during computing lessons. Children develop and apply their computing skills in topical sitatuations, such as creating stop-motion animations of the water cycle, programming and debugging routes for predator and prey in the forest and a variety of other exciting appplications. 

E-Safety is embedded into all Computing lessons and our expectations of acceptable usage are reinforced at every opportunity. E-Safety is also taught through PSHCE lessons, ensuring that children are aware of the risks and benefits of using IT, and how to manage those risks with adult support. 

Languages

This year at Sutton Green, every child will have the opportunity to learn Spanish as our new chosen foreign language. It is widely believed that the early acquisition of a foreign language facilitates the learning of other foreign languages later in life and as such we are providing our pupils with the tools and skills required to do this. Children are taught to understand and respond to spoken and written Spanish; speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity; write in Spanish at varying length (for different purposes and audiences using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt); and discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in Spanish. Learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. The children will learn about the people and culture of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. Our aim is for children to develop a curiosity about other languages and cultures whilst providing them with the skills, confidence and interest to continue language studies in Key Stage 3.

PE

As a school, we work in partnership with specialist coaches from VARA sports to deliver our PE curriculum. We  provide a range of sports breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs, run by staff and external providers. Some of which include:

  • Judo
  • Fencing
  • Archery
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Dodgeball

We compete in local competitions held at community centres such as EPSV and UCEA, as well as taking part in 'friendly games' at local schools in netball and football.

  • Alternative opportunities such as taking part in the Cross Country Series (Ellesmere Port and Neston) are held on Saturday mornings and everyone is welcome to take part. 
  • Year 3 are recieving specialist tutoring and will be taking part in a Street Dance Competiton, held at the Civic Hall in the Spring term.
  • Swimming lessons continue for KS2, as well as additional outdoor opportunities such as KS2 residential trips, Y6 Bikability and plenty of outdoor learning across the school. 
  • Year 5 have received Young Ambassador and Change 4 Life training to support healthy living and the development of this throughout the school.
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