Sunningdale School

Curriculum Policy


Curriculum Policy

Whole school approach

This is strongly embedded in everything that we do at Sunningdale and lead by the Headmaster’s vision which is shared passionately and reinforced regularly with staff, pupils and parents.


Aims and objectives of the curriculum:


To achieve these aims the curriculum is designed to be:

The school day

lesson 1: 8.55 - 9.40

lesson 2: 9.40 -10.20

lesson 3: 10.20 -11.00

Break : 11.00-11.30

lesson 4: 11.35 -12.20

lesson 5: 12.20 - 12.55

lunch: 13.00

prep: 13.35 -14.15

Summer timetable                        Winter timetable

Lesson 6: 14.25-15.05                        Games: 14.30 - 15.45

lesson 7: 15.05 - 15.40                        Lemonade 16.00

Lemonade: 50                                lesson 6: 16.20 - 17.00

Games: 16.00 - 17.25                        lesson 7: 17.00 - 17.40

                        

Tea 17.45

Activities: 18.15 - 19.15

Prayers (roll call): 19.30

Evening Prep (Year 8): 19.35 - 20.05


The lesson allocation:

Form

Eng

Maths

Scien

Fren

Latin

Hist

Geog

R.S.

DT

Art

ICT

PE

Music

Study skills

total

 I

Year 3

5

6

3

4

2

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

38

II

Year 4

5

5

3

5

2

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

38

III

Year 5

4

5

4

4

2

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

38

IVa

Year 6

5

5

3

4

3

2

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

38

IV

Year 6

5

5

3

4

3

2

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

38

Va

Year 7

6

6

4

5

4

3

2

2

2

2

1

1

38

V

Year 7

6

6

4

5

4

3

2

2

2

2

1

1

38

VIa

Year 8

6

6

6

5

4

3

3

2

2

1

38

VI

Year 8

6

6

6

5

4

3

3

2

2

1

38


Curriculum and Form set up

Pupils who are more advanced academically can be pushed to a higher Form. A boy who shows academic potential and aptitude might spend 2 years in the scholarship form. A boy in the Junior Forms who wins all the Form prizes might be pushed up to a higher form. These decisions are taken carefully; the headmaster consults with all the staff, the parents and the pupil before making such decision. It has proven very popular with boys and parents alike. As we are a small school pupils are friends with boys from all ages and reunited with their age group for games, in the dorms, etc..

Occasionally a boy who is young for his year or struggling academically might do another year in the same form. This enables him to acquire the basics and in turn it will boost his confidence when he starts finding the work easier. Again this has been done successfully in recent years.

Effective Teaching and Learning

Our most important teaching resource is the quality and commitment of our teachers. At Sunningdale, teachers are encouraged to:


Effective learning is shown when pupils are able to learn in different ways. These include:

Pupils’ voice

We believe it is really important that the boys’ valuable opinions and thoughts are heard as this is their school. Pupil surveys, suggestion boxes and monitors’ meetings provide opportunities for the boys to voice their opinions. There is also a Food Committee meeting with the Head Chef and a School Council who meets up with the Headmaster where broader issues are discussed. Form representatives canvas ideas from their forms before attending meetings. These boys are chosen by the Headmaster and alternated on a regular basis.


Areas of Experience

Linguistic Development

The school is committed to developing pupils’ communication skills and increasing their command of English through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Lessons in written and spoken English are part of the Curriculum. Boys are taught French and Latin From Year 4 and introduction to Spanish is taught as part of the Leavers’ Programme.

Mathematical Development

We aim to develop an enthusiasm for mathematics in order to allow pupils to make calculations, to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in number and space, to apply mathematical language and skills to everyday life, to develop their capacity to think logically and to express themselves clearly.

Scientific development

We are committed to increasing the pupils’ knowledge of nature, materials and forces around them as well as presenting science as a process of enquiry.

Technological development

Information Technology is taught in lessons throughout the school and also used as tool in other subjects to enhance learning. Pupils are taught about the internet and how to remain safe, about coding, and taught typing. The school believes it is an essential skill for the pupils to learn at prep school.

Design Technology is also taught in lessons up to Year 7. Pupils are encouraged to design and make, problem solve in a creative way and in collaboration with others. Modern technologies such as the 3D printer are used alongside more traditional woodwork.

Human and Social Development

History, Geography, Religious Studies teaching and PSHE talks teach pupils about people and their environment and the development of human conditions. These are illustrated further with trips to important historical and geographical sites locally and abroad. The History Day enables boys to play act experiences from past historical events. (Air Shelters)

Religious Studies Development

We are keen to give the boys a broad religious education and this is reflected in the RS curriculum and also in talks from outside speakers (Diwali), trips to Mosques, Temples, churches, etc.. The understanding of other faiths, as well as values of tolerance, awareness and kindness are strongly embedded in Sunningdale’ s 6 qualities.


Physical Development

The boys’ physical control and coordination is developed through PE lessons and during games sessions. The major games are football, rugby, cricket and athletics. In addition to these sports, the boys have the opportunity to learn and participate in a very wide range of other sports. There are competitions against other schools in almost every sport we do.

The boys are encouraged to think about their own fitness and the way their body develops. They are taught about the importance of regular exercise, of stretching and warming-up effectively. They are also encouraged to evaluate how they can improve their performance.

At Sunningdale, we place great emphasis on teaching the boys to play their games in the right spirit. They are taught to want to win but to be able to win and lose equally graciously.

Aesthetic and Creative Development

All Forms have timetabled Art lessons as we believe that even the very academic boys in the Scholarship Form should have some time built in during the week to enjoy Art and switch off from the pressures of work.

Every Summer Term there is an Art exhibition to showcase the work done by all pupils. Drawing, painting from life and imagination, printing, multimedia work, Batik and sculpture are a few of the techniques employed. The boys are encouraged to use the art room in their free time.

Sunningdale has an excellent record at achieving Art scholarships.

Music forms a huge part of life at Sunningdale. Pupils have timetabled music lessons until their final year. A very high proportion of boys learn at least one musical instrument. There are opportunities for boys to play in musical ensembles, to participate in the Chapel Choir and Training Choir. We have regular Informal concerts and a large concert in the summer term. We also have two Carol Services before Christmas, in which members of staff are encouraged to sing with the Chapel Choir, and House and Solo Singing competition. The Choir also performs in the Sunningdale Village Christmas Celebration and at a local home for the elderly.

Drama

All the boys take part in a musical at the end of every Lent term called The Concert. Every boy in the school participates in this and boys audition for main parts. There are two performances.

Forms I and II host a Nativity Play with songs and music.

There is an annual Declamation Prize in which boys learn poems to recite by heart and read a passage of prose.

During the Michaelmas term each year, we put on a French Drama Evening.


Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

PSHE is embedded in the curriculum at Sunningdale and included in the teaching daily. Reference to PSHE topics can be found in the Schemes of Work.

It is also at the heart of all the values that we promote at school through our 6 qualities. Every term the Headmaster picks a quality that he would like to boys to focus on and compliments received in that category are read weekly in Chapel.

Members of staff deliver PSHE talks every Saturday morning separately to Juniors and Seniors and follow up discussions take place in tutor periods. Boys keep a record in their tutee packs of the talk that they have attended.

We have many Chapel services including a special Remembrance Sunday service. We also welcome speakers who deliver secular talks in order to widen the boys’ horizons and contribute to help their social, moral and physical development including talks by the dentist for example.

Special Educational Needs

At Sunningdale we recognise that pupils have a variety of different learning styles and, in order to maximise pupils’ learning, teachers are encouraged to use a variety of teaching methods to engage pupils.

Teachers regularly receive INSET on this topic, either from our own learning support department or external specialists.

Schemes of Work contain reference to extension or reinforcement activities in order to push the more able and bolster the less able.

The Head of Learning Support has a key role in regularly sharing strategies and teaching ideas which help specific boys in the classroom. Communication is constantly happening.

All teachers keep a copy of the the Learning Support Awareness Form at the front of their planners. This contains specific teaching details for each boy on the SEND register.

Teachers are strongly encouraged to adapt their teaching and tailor it to the need of the pupils. Teachers share a document with practical ideas which have worked for them in lessons and this is updated regularly.

Learning passports, which the boys write with the Head of Learning Support are stuck on the front of the exercise books. They are a quick and instant reminder of a boy’s learning preferences.

Learning support staff attend classroom lessons with particular pupils at the request of subject teachers if it is felt that it would benefit a pupil. One to one learning support lessons are also organised by the Head of Learning Support and published to all within the school via the Learning Support timetable. A ‘Key Working Areas’ document is shared with all staff detailing the type of work that a particular boy will be doing in his 1:1 or 1:2 lesson.

We make every effort to meet the needs of pupils individual needs. A ‘My Plan’ is written for each boy and shared with all of the teachers as well parents of that boy. Details of pupils with a statement (EHCP) are also shared to teaching staff, typically for those boys with autism. We are used to working with outside agencies to support these boys and when they have one to one helpers who shadow them in all lessons, teachers are used to making the most of their presence in the classroom.

Boys’ progress is reviewed termly and further plans are implemented if need be.

English as an Additional Language

Boys whose English is not their first language will be informally assessed by the Head of EAL and will normally receive one to one lessons. On occasion, the Head of EAL will also visit the boys in class and assist with class work. They will be encouraged to use dictionaries in lessons and teachers will be made aware of how to best help them.

Resources


Assessment, Recording and Reporting

We believe that effective assessment provides information to inform teaching and learning, and is therefore an essential part of the teaching process.

At Sunningdale, assessment takes many forms as highlighted in the Pupil Performance Document:


Additional areas of Experience

World Book Day

The English Department puts on a special day with activities, displays, children’s authors, talks and workshops, teachers dressed up as characters from books.

Last year the whole school visited the Globe Theatre, had a tour of the theatre and took part in Shakespeare workshops.  

Science Day

This is in the planning for Summer 2018

French Drama evening

This takes place in the Michaelmas term. Boys write sketches in French with the help of their teachers and perform and perform in front of their parents.

French Day

This is a fun whole school cross curricular day filled with activities relating to France and the French language. Lessons all include an element of French in them or French culture or history, French food is served at every meal, there are activities such as French cheese tasting, games of ballon prisonnier and boules, French quizzes, French spelling bee, prizes awarded to boys for best costumes, etc… This normally happens in the Summer term after the CE exams.

History/French trips to Normandy

Sunningdale is very lucky to own a house in France close to Bayeux. According to their year of study boys may learn about the Norman Conquest, visit the Bayeux Tapestry, learn about the Second World War and visit the D-Day landing beaches and visit the local school.

The focus of these trips is very much on bringing the French they have learned in the classroom to life.

Leavers trip to Normandy

After their examinations, the leavers are taken to Normandy for an activity week where they camp on the grounds of the house, cook barbecues, go sailing, tree climbing and play football on the beach.

The General Knowledge Quiz

This is a Sunningdale tradition. There is a junior and a senior quiz. Boys take these home over the Christmas holidays to look up the answers with their families and they then learn the answers for a test on their return to school.

The Townsend Warner History Prize

This is a national IAPS history prize aimed at years 7 and 8 which takes place in January each year. It is a great extension activity to push the more able historians to research and write about historical topics.

Evening clubs and activities

There is an extensive programme of evening activities for the boys. In the Autumn and Lent term when it is too dark to play outside every full time teacher offers two activities a week which have in the past included model making, Art, cooking, card and board games, tie flying, handwriting and hot chocolate, cricket nets, debating club, philosophy club, etc...

Boys can also sign up to pay activities all year round which are run by outside teachers such as tenis, golf, clay pigeon shooting, polo, sailing, karate, chess, Music technology, reptile club, Mandarin, etc

Weekend activities

The Head of Boarding organises a full and varied programme of activities at weekends. This ranges from socials with girls’ schools to climbing or large inflatables on the grounds. Parents sign their sons up for these activities at the start of each term.

Charity Day

This is a whole school fundraising event which takes places on a Sunday in the summer term. The school choses one charity to support during the year. The last one was JDRF. Senior boys prepare presentations about the charities they would like to support and the rest of the school votes.

This year a ladies’ lunch was also organised to raise funds for our chosen charity.

Boys are then asked to prepare their stalls in their Forms, working together to come up with ideas and also manning the stalls throughout the day.

It is an enjoyable family day when parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents all come together for a fun day and to raise money for a good cause.

Educational visits

Educational visits have been greatly encouraged in the last few years to support the boys’ learning and to give them a broader view of the topic they are studying. These are always carefully planned to make sure they are spread across year groups and subject areas. The Director of Studies identifies area of interest with subject teachers. Boys can visit local historical sites, London museums, Art galleries and theatres. (see separate document for list of recent trips)


Additional information

Prep

Learning to sit down for a short period and learn independently is an important skill to learn, particularly before Senior school. Prep is done during the school day after lunch. Each form is assigned to a room and supervised by a teacher where an atmosphere that is conducive to learning is maintained. It is a quiet part of the day and mindfulness exercises are encouraged to restore calm and recharge batteries before the afternoon lessons or games start.

Prep is set in all academic subjects to support learning. Prep takes place 4 times a week after lunch for 45 minutes. Forms VIa and VI also have 30 minutes prep in the evening 4 times a week. Prep is supervised by 2 teachers everyday and consists of either learning notes (History/RS) or vocabulary (French) or terminology (Science) or exercises (Maths) or a reading comprehension (English/Science/Geography). English prep consists of exercises from spelling and grammar books to reinforce spelling and grammar rules learnt in lessons.

     

Seniors are encouraged by teachers to write prep and upcoming tests in their fixture card which doubles up as a homework diary. This teaches Leavers to organise their prep in their own time in preparation for life at senior school.

Holiday work

At Sunningdale we believe that the boys have a very full timetable when they are at school and that they deserve a rest when they go home.

We do not send junior boys home with work. In some rare cases parents might be asked to support the work done in school by helping with reading or timetables or handwriting practice. Revision for school exams takes place at school the week before exams with the teacher.

Senior boys in their final year are expected to do some work during the Christmas and Easter holidays in preparation for the CE exams. Scholars will also do some extra work at home. The work is collated by the Director of Studies who checks that the workload is manageable and appropriate. Parents are then emailed with the list of what to do and expected to support the school and their sons in completing the work.

The work is marked and returned to boys with feedback at the end of the first week back.