Our Summerbank Curriculum Approach

At Summerbank we strive to provide our children with a curriculum that is engaging, relevant and developmental.

In Foundation Stage each term’s learning is based around a theme from which all aspects of learning can grow, utilising both indoor and outdoor opportunities.  Children in the Foundation Stage are supported to learn through a range of activities which also support them in developing as independent and engaged learners.

Phonics is an areas of learning that crosses through both the Early Years and National Curriculum age ranges.  The academy bases its approach on the Letters & Sounds document and has recently introduced ‘Storytime Phonics’ which is now the prime method used to support children in Reception and Year One.

In Years 1-6 we choose a book each term which acts as the catalyst for learning in English and sparks wider study across the curriculum to develop knowledge and understanding.  In Mathematics we draw upon practical, pictorial and conceptual approaches to help embed understanding and support reasoning about number.  In  Science and Foundation Subjects, we use questions to stimulate thinking, developing our relevant and responsive curriculum to excite children as learners and educate them as citizens of the future.  To immerse children in different skills we focus in specific subjects for identified days, weeks and terms through the year and through integration across the curriculum.   To ensure children have the chance to build on prior learning teachers use a series of ‘curriculum ladders’ which reflect the knowledge and skills required to climb to the next stage.

To find out more about each year group’s learning, please access the relevant age range, either Foundation Stage or Years 1-6.

It is important that our curriculum is relevant and meaningful for the children in our school and offers them a real foundation of knowledge, skills and experiences.  We have therefore designed a bespoke model of curriculum content linked to each subject discipline.  Samples of our curriculum overviews can be viewed using the links below:

The Summerbank Approach to Developing our Children as Scientists

The Summerbank Approach to Developing our Children as Historians