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Sunnyside Primary Academy

Our Curriculum

Intent – Greenwood Academies Trust

 GAT Primary Curriculum

Central to the curricula in our academies are the fundamental principles that a curriculum should be:

·         of quality

·         contextualised to reflect the community of the academy

·         developing core transferable knowledge and skills

·         securing progress in the core areas of reading, writing and mathematics

·         broad and balanced

·         meeting the expectations set out in the National Curriculum (2014)

·         exciting and engaging


We made the decision as a Trust not to centralise our approach to a curriculum or the schemes of work that are used to deliver that curriculum across our Primary academies.

As we work across a diverse number of regions our academies have the autonomy to craft and shape a curriculum that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and the context of the community it serves. We ensure that it is fit for purpose through our quality assurance processes and annual academy performance review.

We encourage our academies, their leaders and teachers to be innovative and forward thinking in their approach to planning a purposeful curriculum. In order to achieve this we expect our academies to continually review the effectiveness of their curriculum.

 Sunnyside Primary Curriculum Intent


At Sunnyside Primary Academy we have designed a bespoke curriculum for our academy community and context.   Our curriculum delivers all the statutory elements set out in the   EYFS Framework and the National Curriculum.

Our Academy values underpin our curriculum.  Our values are Perseverance, Achievement, Responsibility and Aspiration and the motto that underpins our approach at Sunnyside Primary is ‘Together we shine’. 

Our curriculum is designed to support our pupils in:

  • building knowledge and developing skills
  • keeping physically and mentally healthy
  • having high self-esteem and good levels of self-regulation
  • having motivation to achieve goals and a determination to succeed


To build knowledge and skills through a carefully structured progression sequence which enables all children to reach their full potential.  To provide opportunities for all pupils that build cultural capital. 


To know that building knowledge and skills takes time, regular practise and resilience.  To teach children the importance of keeping physically and mentally healthy and the commitment needed to sustain this.  To teach children to know how they learn. 


To teach kindness and understand that individuals have personal responsibility for their actions.  To teach strategies to keep pupils safe in the real world and online.  To teach British Values and have an understanding of the diverse and multicultural nature of Britain and the world.  To raise awareness of how human actions impact environmentally on our world.


To broaden pupils’ horizons through age-appropriate careers education.  To encourage pupils to set goals and be motivated to achieve them – in the classroom and in the future.   


  1. We plan using the EYFS Framework and the National Curriculum.
  2. Our long and medium term planning is supported by subject progression documents.
  3. We use schemes to support some aspects of our curriculum, eg Jigsaw for PSHE, Music Express for Music.

Each year group has a focus project each term and learning is planned to enable pupils to acquire knowledge, apply skills and develop links between subject areas. Pupils also study quality texts as part of each project.  Our curriculum is enriched with a number of educational visits and enhanced experiences.

Please see our Class Pages section for more information. 

Our curriculum is mapped over a two-year period.  For 2022-23 we are in cycle B (cycle A was taught in 2021-22).

Curriculum Long Term Plans:

Cycle B LTP EYFS Year 1     Cycle B LTP Year 1&2     Cycle B LTP Year 3&4     Cycle B LTP Year 5&6

Cycle A LTP EYFS Year 1       Cycle A LTP Year 1&2     Cycle A LTP Year 3&4    Cycle A LTP Years 5&6


For Further detail visit our phase pages:

EYFS and Year 1          Year 1 and Year 2          Year 3 and Year 4          Year 5 and Year 6