At Sundridge & Brasted CE Primary School, we believe that each of us is made in the image of God. God loves every one of us. We value every member of our community, and support them to shine! "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden."(Matthew 5 verse 14, New International Version)
The curriculum at Sundridge & Brasted is designed to meet the needs of our children and to foster a love of learning with a true passion for reading at its core. In order for our pupils to shine we place a great deal of value on creating a curriculum that builds resilience, fosters independence and helps each child follow their passion and find their voice.
Our school values of: Kindness, Responsibility, Honesty, Respect, Forgiveness and Love are woven into the content of our curriculum in order to ensure that all children leave us with the life skills they need to flourish in the modern world.
Each day begins with a familiar routine of “daily basics” where we consolidate and improve key learning such as number bonds, tables, mental maths agility, spelling patterns, punctuation, grammar and handwriting. This enables children to have a calm beginning to the day, and ensures that these important skills develop to high levels.
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum
We are a Power of Reading School, https://www.clpe.org.uk/powerofreading which means we place books at the centre of our learning. An exciting, engaging and stimulating curriculum is then built around the text that has been chosen. All texts are carefully chosen by our staff and CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) as they are high quality books that alongside proven and creative teaching approaches, develop a love of reading for pleasure. The context of the key text gives a framework for providing engaging and motivating opportunities to learn. All areas of the curriculum can be brought naturally and meaningfully including music, dance, art, drama, maths, French and RE. Where appropriate though, some learning is delivered discreetly.
Children in the Infants are taught all of the sounds in the English language and how to write them (phonics). Each child is shown how to apply these to their reading and writing so that independence in these skills develops rapidly. There is a high level of emphasis on developing speaking and listening, including the introduction of new and rich vocabulary. At Sundridge & Brasted we follow Letters and Sounds
All pupils in Year 2 and up have access to Accelerated Reader, which has over 29,000 books categorised to allow children to choose books suitable for them. The beauty of the programme is that when children have read a book, they complete an online quiz which tests their comprehension. The children earn points if they answer questions correctly and this in turn helps build their reading skills.
No Nonsense Spelling
All pupils in Year 2 and up are taught spelling strategies taken from the No Nonsense Spelling scheme of work. These lessons are built around the National Curriculum expectations for all year groups and provide children with strategies to help them to learn and retain a deep understanding of spelling.
All pupils at Sundridge & Brasted receive daily handwriting lessons. These lessons may be in different formats depending on the needs of the child.
In Reception, pupils develop a non cursive writing style. Our priority for Reception children is that they develop a love of independent writing alongside developing the fine and gross motor skills required for legible handwriting.
During Year One, pupils are taught how to lead in and out of letters ensuring that a cursive writing style is being adopted by the end of Year One.
From the beginning of Year Two through to the end of Year 6 a cursive writing style is taught.
For more information about the National Curriculum for English please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study
When planning maths lessons, teaching staff at Sundridge & Brasted use the National Curriculum program of study to ensure their learning sequences are planned effectively, offer appropriate challenge and are differentiated to meet the needs of all learners. To aid teachers with their planning, teaching and assessment we use White Rose Maths (https://whiterosemaths.com) & Inspire Maths (https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/inspire-maths/)
In June 2020, the Department for Education alongside the National Center for Excellence in the Teaching of Maths, produced Mathematics Guidance for Key Stages One and Two. Teaching staff use this guidance, alongside the National Curriculum expectations for Maths to ensure that the content, delivery and pitch for their maths lessons are effective.
For more information about the National Curriculum for Mathematics please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study
For more information about the Mathematics Guidance for Key Stages One and Two please visit:
We adhere to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and these can be read by subject in more depth via the government website: