Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Statement 2016-17

Governing bodies are required to produce a curriculum statement on an annual basis.  This replaces the requirement under the School Framework and Standards Act 1998 for a curriculum plan.


Bramley Sunnyside Junior School promotes a flexible, skills based curriculum designed to engage, develop and innovate all our children.  Our curriculum is a carefully planned thematic approach to teaching and learning designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity.

Yearly Long Term Thematic Plan 16-17

Long term curriculum 15-16


All year groups in school have the opportunity to attend our local church St Francis’ in Bramley.  This includes Harvest and Easter Services.

Our Choir attends the church to sing at Summer and Christmas Fayres and at other Christmas celebrations.

Fortnightly visits by the local Vicar take place in school, this supports and enhances our Collective Worship.

The following information sets out the principles underpinning the curriculum and reflects the school’s commitment to developing all aspects of our children.

We aim for our children to:

* Develop inquisitive minds, a spirit of curiosity and a passion for learning.

* Be equipped with the skills to fully engage in an ever changing technological world.

* Be respectful and considerate pro-active members of the school and wider community.

* Have high expectations and self belief to enable them to fulfil their potential.

* Become reflective thinkers and learners and seek to extend themselves, mentally, physically, creatively and spiritually.

* Uphold a ‘Have a Go’ attitude and approach to their learning.


Curriculum Enhancement

Our curriculum is enriched by visits and  visitors to school whenever possible.  

We provide all children in school with opportunities for residential visits extending from 1 night to a full week away. 

There are opportunities for the children to take on class and whole school responsibilities.  

Each class has children who have monitor roles and across the school we have school counsellors, house captains, reading ambassadors and much more.


Focus Weeks

Some aspects of the curriculum are delivered through focus weeks and days. Such themes include:  Book week, maths week and others.


Extended School Opportunities

The school offers a variety of clubs for children to take part in during , before and after school.  See our dedicated page to after school clubs for more information.


The Role of the Governing Body

The Governing Body must consider and agree the curriculum, monitor and review its implementation and impact on learners.


The Role of the Headteacher

The Headteacher decides with the staff in the school how the curriculum will be developed and monitored throughout each academic year.  Consideration is given to:  year groups, comparisons against local and national averages, gender, ethnicity and children with special educational needs or disabilities.


The Role of the Class Teachers

The teachers have a responsibility to deliver the agreed curriculum through careful planning, teaching and evaluation.  Flexibility and consideration is always given to the needs and interests of the children within each cohort.

Teachers in each year group meet on a weekly basis to consider the delivery of the curriculum, continuity and issues of progression.  Each teacher has the responsibility to lead or be part of a curriculum team.  This involves monitoring the effectiveness of the provision within this area and reporting this information to the Headteacher and Governing Body.


Curriculum Overview


We believe English is a crucial element in improving learning and raising standards in our school. It enables children to access subjects across the curriculum, to read for information and pleasure, and to communicate confidently and effectively.  English contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes, using language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings.  Our aim is for all children to have equal access to literacy. The school recognises all pupils’ entitlement to read, write and talk and ensures that each child is valued and encouraged to work towards their full potential. This is demonstrated through the support within classrooms, pupils’ work displayed around school, a consistent approach to assessment and the growing role of self assessment in pupil progress.  School follows the Success For All (SFA) English programme that supports the delivery of reading, writing and spelling, punctuation and grammar.


At Bramley Sunnyside Juniors we believe our approach to teaching numeracy should focus on enabling all of our children to develop a secure and sound mathematical understanding of the basic skills, which can be used and applied to real life situations. We strive to ensure lessons are as practical and fun as possible with a key focus on progression, building upon previous learning. 




Our school we believe that children come to science education with ideas, observations and questions about the world around them and we use these as the foundations for their learning.  Our school nurtures children’s curiosity and inspires them, in a rich learning environment, to discover more and to develop positive attitudes and an appreciation of the nature of science.  We aim to challenge children to develop and use scientific skills; acquire and apply scientific knowledge, understanding and language; investigate through playing, exploring and experimenting; communicate and collaborate effectively with others; challenge scientific evidence.  Children should see the inter-connectedness of science enabling children to make connections between scientific ideas and see how they are developed and applied in other disciplines and beyond the classroom.


We believe the ability to use computing skills effectively and safely is an essential life skill in modern society. As computing is continually developing and new technologies emerging we as a school will strive to give all pupils the skills needed to prepare them for the future.  We teach our children about the importance of E-Safety as well as making information accessible for parents and carers too.


At Bramley Sunnyside Junior School, we believe that Physical Education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is vital and unique in its contribution to a pupil’s physical and emotional development and health. The physical education curriculum aims to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence through an ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations. A balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities aims to cater for individual pupil’s needs and abilities. The scheme of work is based on progressive learning objectives which, combined with varied and flexible teaching styles, endeavour to provide appropriate, stimulating, challenging and enjoyable learning situations for all pupils. 


During key stage 2 pupils sing songs and play instruments with increasing confidence, skill, expression and awareness of their own contribution to a group or class performance. They improvise, and develop their own musical compositions, in response to a variety of different stimuli with increasing personal involvement, independence and creativity. They explore their thoughts and feelings through responding physically, intellectually and emotionally to a variety of music from different times and cultures.

At Bramley Sunnyside we like to develop our musical experiences by: offering pupils the chance to take part in performing arts clubs; working in school with visiting performers; close links with the schools music service and using our highly skilled musical staff to enthuse our pupils!


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Design and Technology

  • investigate and evaluate products to help generate ideas for our own work
  • make detailed plans for our ideas showing what we want to achieve and how to do it
  • use our plans to make products, evaluating and adapting our ideas as we work
  • work with tools and equipment safely and accurately to measure and mark, cut and shape, join and combine and decorate and finish different materials
  • learn about how different materials and mechanisms can be used for a purpose.

At Bramley Sunnyside we like to develop a high-quality art and design education which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They know how art and design both reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


School follows the National Curriculum 2014.

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