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Sutton-on-Trent Primary and Nursery School

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Our curriculum follows the current National Curriculum and is intended to deliver a thematic approach to engage pupils in their learning and provide opportunities for cross curricular links. These links enable pupils to make connections between areas of the curriculum, helping them learn, remember and understand more fully.

Whilst being focused on high academic standards in the core subjects, we are also committed to all pupils in our school accessing a broad and balanced curriculum. Our curriculum includes: 

  • English - Phonics, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • Maths
  • Science 
  • Computing
  • Humanities - History, Geography and Religious Education
  • Arts - Art and design, Design and Technology and Music
  • Physical Education, including swimming in Key Stage 2
  • PSHE, including relationships and sexual education
  • Modern Foreign Languages - an introduction to French

We recognise the power of reading and use high quality texts in all classes linked to our topics. These texts inspire a love of reading and provide a hook for topic based learning. 




In these difficult times it is essential that we are prepared for a blended approach to learning. Please see below a document outlining the curriculum provision for pupils not able to attend our school during periods of school closure or isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Foundation Stage our curriculum is child centered. We work on broad topics and themes that allow us to tailor our provision to follow the interests of the children ensuring we engage their curiosity. Our 'in the moment' planning ensures no learning opportunity is missed and all children are both supported and challenged to achieve their full potential. 

To view the EYFS Framework please click on the link below.


Please read our Early Years policy for more information about how we learn in the Early Years at Sutton-on-Trent Primary and Nursery school


At Sutton-on-Trent Primary and Nursery school we recognise the importance of high quality daily phonics teaching to provide firm foundations for the development of literacy skills. We follow the letters and sounds scheme using Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play to support our teaching. Throughout Early Years and KS1, our children make consistently good progress with phonics ensuring they are ready to access high quality reading texts and transfer these skills into their writing as they move through school.  



What is phonics? | Oxford Owl

This is a really useful video if you want to understand more about how we use phonics for reading and spelling.

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language with these helpful examples from Suzy Ditchburn and her daughter.Find...

Sutton-on-Trent Primary and Nursery school is lucky to have the most amazing school grounds including a large field, fantastic play area and a forest garden. Currently all Early Years and Key stage one pupils learn outside for part of every week.

Outdoor learning provides pupils with opportunities for exploration, collaboration, supervised risk taking and problem solving. It is also proven to be highly motivating for pupils and beneficial to both their physical and emotional well being. We are continuing to develop our outdoor provision so that all members of the school community can enjoy the benefits.