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Sunnyside Primary Academy

Curriculum

The Sunnyside Primary Academy Curriculum

At the Sunnyside Primary Academy, we provide a well-balanced and enriched curriculum for our pupils.  We ensure the curriculum offers a wide range of opportunities for imaginative and effective learning which, in turn, promote positive behaviour and safety. It also includes experiences which contribute to the pupils’ achievement, together with developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.

We follow a thematic approach which engages and motivates our pupils. Each year group have at least three themes for the academic year. Pupils cover a minimum of one theme each term and, where possible, all areas of the curriculum are linked to this theme. 

We believe in the children taking pride in their work, including their handwriting. Last year we started to follow the ‘Kinetic Letters’ approach to teaching handwriting and this will continue this year.

We believe that a ‘hands-on’ approach is key to motivating our pupils. We use the Numicon system to support numeracy lessons, from Reception up to the end of Key Stage 2.

We encourage our children to read regularly and, as an Academy, we subscribe to Purple Mash, a unique online resource that supports children with their reading and learning. All children are given a log in so that they can access Purple Mash both at home and whilst in school.

SMSC and British Values: SMSC and British Values are embedded across our curriculum through discussions, lesson content, assemblies, and provision of wider experiences including visitors and trips for our pupils.