At Sunnyside Spencer Academy, we are proud to have a curriculum which stimulates our children into asking searching questions, shapes their learning and enables them to develop into independent critical thinkers and learners. We realise the importance of every minute of every day that they spend with us, and fill it with experiences that 'think outside the box' in their creativity and innovation.
The curriculum engages children in literature and the world around them. It is based around a book, is relevant, current and hands on engaging. Varied enrichment opportunities will be provided to all children to consistently enhance their learning experiences and at least one visit or visitor will be used to enhance the curriculum each half term.
Developing the holistic child is of upmost importance and, with this in mind, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which encompasses academic subjects, sport, music and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education. We are particularly proud of the respect and care that our children show for one another, the environment and the community around us.
As parents/carers you will be regularly informed of your child's learning, and you will be invited to join their children in lessons and will be encourged to attend curriculum workshops.
Our community is at the heart of our teaching and learning, and encourage involvement with the local churches, the library and Nottingham University, amongst others, to add an extra dimension to our children's learning.
Excellent links with the local primary schools and George Spencer enable us to have a good understanding of the students' knowledge and skill levels which helps effective transition.
We are a school where all grow and shine.
The National Curriculum, though at the centre of what is taught, is a framework and only part of the offer to children. The hidden curriculum is what children learn from each other and the adults in school though observation and imitation of all actions and conversations – hence the need for high professional standards at all times. This also makes modelling of learning a powerful teaching tool alongside modelling how to take risks in learning and how to cope when things don't go to plan. The Sunnyside Spencer Academy curriculum combines all of the above with the extended offer of before and after-school clubs.