Sutton V.A. Lower School

Sutton Lower School

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The school caters for children from Reception to Year Four.

The children start school in the September after their fourth birthday and leave to start Middle School in the September following their ninth birthday.

Children are in classes with children from two year bands for years one to four and in one year band for foundation.  There are fifteen children in each year group. Due to mixed age classes we run a two year rolling program. 


The school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum and the National Curriculum. The EYFS is divided into seven areas:

The National Curriculum, a guide for parents

- Communication and Language (CL)

- Physical Development (PD)

- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

- Literacy (LY)

- Mathematics (MA)

- Understanding of the World (UTW)

- Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

If you would like to discuss the curriculum in more detail, please contact Mrs Bage, our School Manager.

Click on the link below for more details of the EYFS curriculum:




National Curriculum

At Sutton School we follow the National Curriculum for all subjects. Further details can be found on the links below:

           English                                 Maths                                 Science                              Art & Design     


          Geography                             History                                Languages                         Music




Phonics teaching is based on Letters and Sounds  


and a variety of reading schemes are used, including Oxford Reading Tree.

Please click here to find out how phonics are taught in school.

All lessons have clear learning objectives and teaching is differentiated in order to meet individual needs. Children have learning targets and assessment is on-going to adjust targets and individual plans as appropriate.

The curriculum is enhanced through topic teaching, following children's ideas and interests and encouraging independent learning. Educational visits and events in school also enhance the curriculum and create memorable experiences for the children. 

In September 2014 with the advent of the new national curriculum, our school, alongside The Biggleswade Cluster of schools, has chosen to undertake thematic teaching using the INSPIRE Curriculum. 

The Inspire Curriculum is committed to:

  • Achievement and success
  • Learning and life skills
  • Creative thinking, innovation and enterprise
  • Learning through exploration
  • Stretch and challenge
  • Developing working memory
  • Creativity
  • Independent and learner-led learning
  • Collaborative learning
  • Outdoors and nature
  • Applied learning
  • Authentic tasks with a real audience
  • FUN and positive emotional links
More information about the INSPIRE curriculum can be found by clicking on the link below



On the children’s class pages you will see more detailed information about the exciting themes that your children will be researching and learning from.

For literacy and numeracy we retain our partnership with Hamilton Trust and our parents can still use Hamilton at Home to support their child’s learning journey.  


Click here to see the rolling programme for KS1 and KS2


PSHE and Values Education

Click here to see an overview of  our PSHE and Values Education




P.E Provision
In addition to the P.E provision highlighted in the Rolling Programmes, the KS1 and 2 children are having weekly swimming lessons in the Autumn and Spring terms. The Foundation children will have weekly swimming lessons in the Summer term. These lessons are being  funded by the P.E grant. 
Wherever possible, we link our P.E. to accredited bodies for example: Gymnastics- BGA, Athletics- BAA
More information: 

You may also like to find out more about the curriculum and the current National strategies by clicking here:



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