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Curriculum Statement

Rationale for curriculum design

This rationale and curriculum aims have been created in consultation with all stakeholders of the school; it has been designed not only to provide breadth of knowledge and progression of skills across KS2, but to prepare our children for KS3 and beyond.

It is our vision that at BSJS we come together as a school community to make exciting discoveries, whilst seeking answers to the questions about ourselves and the world in which we live:

Learning today for a brighter tomorrow; our leaders of the future.

We empower all of our children to embrace learning, achieve their personal best and build their emotional, social and physical well-being through a creative curriculum for excellence.

At BSJS we value respect, collaboration, creativity, resilience, responsibility and independence which are interwoven into our exciting and engaging curriculum, fostering a love of learning built on these skills for life.

Our inclusive curriculum aims to be ambitious and challenging for all children in school, created with a carefully sequenced and progressive programme of study across all subjects.

Curriculum Intent:

  • We want our children to be excited and eager to learn, being pioneers of their own learning and building skills to work together.
  • We use the national curriculum guidelines in order to develop creative, relevant and inspiring learning opportunities with purposeful outcomes that they care about achieving.
  • We aim to meet the diverse needs of all our learners, challenging them and enabling them to problem solve and undertake learning at a deeper level, whilst taking into consideration their holistic needs.
  • We want our children to be confident in sharing their learning with their peers, their families and the wider community and to learn from others.
  • We want our children to appreciate the benefits of cultural diversity, having a sense of who they are and being able to reflect on their own identity, to then be able to view the world and respect the diverse world in which we live.
  • We aim to provide a rich ‘cultural capital’ (background knowledge of the world children need to infer meaning from what they read.) to help our children express themselves in a mature way.


How will this excellence be achieved?

We will begin by having a secure knowledge of the children who make up our Bramley Sunnyside Junior School community; understanding their needs, interests and aspirations.

  • Quality first learning opportunities rooted on a clear understanding of cognition and varying learning needs and abilities of children will be consistently in place; ensuring an accessible and inclusive curriculum.
  • Adults will have a good knowledge of all children informing groupings, teaching styles and classroom organisation.
  • Interventions will be appropriately planned, delivered and evaluated to enhance all children’s capacity to access the full curriculum.
  • Teachers will have progressive and deep subject knowledge across the broad curriculum ably supported by experienced subject leaders.
  • Feedback will be responsive to outcomes within each lesson
  • Through an effective partnership with our families and wider community, broadening opportunities.
  • The classroom environment will help support, celebrate and motivate children within their learning.
  • High expectations of behaviour and attitudes to learning.
  • Assessment and moderation will form part of an ongoing curriculum review ensuring high levels of accountability.
  • Senior leaders of the school will consistently check the implementation of the curriculum through well planned monitoring and evaluation; disseminating this to all stake holders to plan for the future.
  • Reading and maths are key drivers, which are interwoven across all aspects of learning in order to provide the essential skills required to access the breadth of the curriculum.


How will we know our curriculum is successful?

  • Children will make progress in line with or above national expectations, they are given opportunities to access the greater depth standard.
  • Attainment gaps between specific groups will be diminished.
  • Children will be confident, successful learners demonstrating our school learning values and making the right choices both in school and within the local community.
  • Children will enjoy learning and coming to school, having a healthy mind, a healthy body and articulating why this is important.
  • Assessment and review documentation will show knowledge and learning life skills are embedded throughout the curriculum.
  • All leaders, including governors of the school, will understand and be able to articulate the impact of the well planned curriculum on children’s achievements and rates of progression.



Maths at Bramley is fun, practical and real! Children are taught the fundamental skills in an engaging way through the entire curriculum. Where possible, real-life contexts are used, so children understand how they can apply the skills they learn.

Currently, we are starting to implement a mastery approach to maths; giving children the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding. This means children spend longer on each aspect of maths and are encouraged to articulate their learning through problem solving.  Our annual maths week is always a huge success along with our parents versus children maths events. 



 Our aim is to strive for an enriched science curriculum that provides opportunities for practical lessons on a weekly basis. Our children are open to a wide variety of topics that support their curiosity for learning.  The curriculum aims to broaden the children’s scientific view of the world around them, whilst promoting a love for enquiry and wanting to explore new things. 



English is at the heart of our creative curriculum – a key priority to progressing learning and raising standards. Through Success For All (SFA), our school promotes a love of reading – creating meaningful links to writing and SPaG. It strives to progress all children, bespokely meeting individual needs, as well as opening doors beyond. English is effectively linked to our passion for the arts, inspiring imaginations to develop our rich language and communication skills. It is an embedded tool within our exciting curriculum, valuing and excelling all learners.

Success for All is one of only 19 programmes across the world identified by Graham Allen in a significant HMI Report (January 2011) that is ‘proven to work’.



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.  Our annual e-safety week consolidates the importance of keeping our children safe online.

Design and Technology and Art


 We believe both design technology and art are inspiring, creative and imaginative subjects.  Our children have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate products within a variety of real life contexts against a set of agreed criteria.  We encourage children to apply learning from other curriculum areas whilst striving to become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens of the future.  We develop art skills throughout years 3 – 6 encouraging pupils to master skills in different mediums.  Our displays in school celebrate many creative outcomes.



We believe that learning a modern foreign language is important to all children, to support their communication skills when abroad, but also to allow them to understand how the English language is structured. Spanish, as a widely spoken language, aims to provide our children with the confidence in speaking, through different strategies, including drama.

Religious Education

Religious Education

Religious Education at our school is provided in accordance with the Rotherham agreed syllabus.  We aim to provide experiences that allow the children to understand a range of religions and world views, and to be able to use this knowledge to reflect upon and express their own ideas and beliefs.  Through the teaching of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism, they discover, explore and consider many different answers to questions; through this they learn to disagree respectfully and to be reasonable in their responses to religions and world views.  Religious teaching provides a range of opportunities for the children to learn from first hand experiences, including visits to religious buildings and close links with our local church – St Francis.  Children are given opportunities to discuss their ideas and express their own views through stimulating and creative experiences.

Through RE teaching we also encourage the children to engage with ideas about British values, such as tolerance and respect for others, which are delivered across all curriculum areas. 



History is an exciting journey into the past.  Here at Bramley Sunnyside Junior School, we provide a curriculum in accordance with the National Curriculum that is strongly linked to an in-depth topic theme.  We aim to provide experiences: through visits, artefacts, drama and various media to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the pupils.  Our curriculum aim is to broaden and deepen the children’s historical understanding.  This will allow them to draw on their learning to compare and contrast modern and historical events.  The children will then be able to confidently speak about events in history and be able to place them in time. 



We believe that an enriching geography curriculum is essential to provide our children with the opportunity to explore and understand the world around them, both locally and globally.  Our aims for geography are: to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of their local environment and places in the world and increase children’s knowledge and awareness of other cultures.  This allows children to learn key skills, including how to use, annotate and develop a sense of enquiry and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.



At Bramley Sunnyside we believe every child should be equipped with skills for everyday life and therefore we strive to provide children with a diverse education. This is achieved through the teaching of PSHE which incorporates a cross curricular link throughout school with an age appropriate theme. Together with carefully planned lessons, we incorporate a range of pre-accredited schemes to enable the children to experience these situations in a first-hand environment. Alongside this, we welcome professionals from a range of organisations to provide support for staff and to educate our young people further.



Our sporting vision for Bramley Sunnyside Junior School is to increase and inspire the participation of all children in PE and sports and to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle.  ‘Sport for all’ will contribute to creating a safe and nurturing environment which allows children to learn, excel and achieve.  All children are entitled to benefit from high quality PE provision and there is significant evidence to show that this supports other learning across the curriculum. It also contributes to healthy and active lifestyles, improves emotional well-being, reduces poor behaviour, increases attendance and develops key skills such as leadership, confidence, social and team building skills.

Our sport for all approach will provide opportunities for our children to become confident and physically literate, supporting their health and fitness. Promoting competitive sport for all children will gain and embed values such as fairness, respect and perseverance, developing essential future life skills, enabling happy children to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Sport funding will enable school to make sustainable changes by employing coaches and sporting professionals to help children to excel in a broad range of physical activities. Therefore all children will have the ability and confidence to be physically active for sustainable periods of time and all staff able to enthuse, motivate and inspire them to achieve their very best. High quality PE curriculum will develop physical literacy and will allow children to learn about themselves, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, self-expression and concepts such as fair play and respect. It also contributes to the development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision making and analysis, and social skills such as teamwork and communication.



Children at Bramley Sunnyside have the opportunity to develop their confidence in music through a variety of exciting experiences.  They will develop their appreciation of music, exploring how they respond physically, intellectually and emotionally to music from a wide range of times and cultures.  We will learn about great composers in history and their influences on the music of today.

Playing instruments will increase confidence, skill and expression as well as giving opportunities to perform in groups and class performances.  They will also be supported in developing their musical experiences outside of the classroom through the provision of music lessons and the chance to participate in performing arts clubs, instrument clubs and the choir.

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.

Regular 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.   

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.



Breakfast Club

17 Sep 2019

Breakfast Club is proving successful for our families, running everyday from 07:45 until the start of the school day. Our children are enjoying spending extra time with the friends and making new one...

Meet the Teacher Afternoons

17 Sep 2019

A huge thank you to all our families who came to our Meet the Teacher afternoons: they were very sccessful and the children loved spending additional time working in collaboration with you (one of o...

Roald Dahl Day

17 Sep 2019

Wow! What an amazing day! We have had an truly fantastic day from start-to-finish. Opening with a Stay and Read session was very popular and our Quentin Blake artshops were bursting at the seams with...

Year 3 Visit to Weston Park

17 Sep 2019

Firsthand experience at Weston Park Museum was enjoyed by all during the year 3 visit! From action-packed workshops featuring art and drama, to exciting discoveries about the Bronze Age period, our c...

School receives a platinum 'The School Games Mark'

20 Aug 2019

BSJS is very proud of receiving the highest award for our outstanding PE team and the dedication of our children, families and staff. Wow! Please can we say a huge thank you for the continued support...

5D visit Cleethorpes

14 Jul 2019

Class 5D were super readers throughout 2018-19 and won our reading challenge on a number of occassions. They used their winnings to plan and book a day visit to Cleethorpes....

Wickersley School and Sports College Sports Presentation

14 Jul 2019

We are very proud to have been presented with two special awards at WSSC sports presentation. We won an award for 100% participation in all partnership school sports events!! One of our children was...

Y6 End of Year Prom

14 Jul 2019

We said a fond farewell to our Y6 children last week. They have been an amazing group of children - each with unique skills and talents. As they all move onto their secondar...

Y3 Robotics Coding Event

02 Jul 2019

Super day at Magna robotics for some of our Y3 children. Our next generation of coders!

AMRC Primary Engineers

02 Jul 2019

An amazing day for our Primary Engineers club, who visited AMRC to test out their buggies. They had various tests to perform and also had to present to the judging panel. We...

Picture This 2019

02 Jul 2019

This year we have focused on three impressionist pieces of art work by Monet, Degas and Renoir. Our children have been inpsired by these works of art and have produced an ou...

90th Celebrations 1929-2019

27 Jun 2019

Words cannot describe the incredibly special day we had in school, bringing together our work through the decades. Our school opened in 1929 - 90 years ago and we have showc...

Sports Presentation 2019

26 Jun 2019

A huge shout out to the school PE team for organising an incredible Sports Presentation. A number of children received awards for their contribution to sports acros school....

Y5 Geography Fieldwork Visit

24 Jun 2019

As part of the geography themed project this term, our Y5 classes visited Castleton and explored the 'journey of a river'.  They used a variety of fieldwork skills...

Y3 and Y4 Sports Day 2019

20 Jun 2019

Y3/4 Sports Day was a huge success. Everyone demonstrated an outstanding attitude and thoroughly enhoyed the variety of sporting activitiesand challenges. The winning team w...

Y5 and Y6 Sports Day 2019

20 Jun 2019

A great time was had by everyone during our Y5 and Y6 Sports Day. The rotation of games and activities kept everyone engaged and active for the full afternoon. The winning t...

STEM - working in partnership with AMRC

13 Jun 2019

The children in one of our Y4 classes had a fantastic day 3D printing some designs to decorate their primary engineer cars.  Thanks to Anna from AMRC for working with us. Watch this space f...

Working with Ann Foxley-Johnson - Anti-bullying Ambassador

13 Jun 2019

Stop, say, listen, think, choose. Thanks to Ann Foxley-Johnson for the fantastic conflict resolution morning with Y3 and Y4.

Year 6 London Residential

13 Jun 2019

As part of the Y6 residential visit to London, our children spent the whole afternoon visiting the Harry Potter Studios. They all had an incredible time and thoroughly enjoy...

Year 6 London Residential

13 Jun 2019

Our Y6 children had an action packed two days in London, where they saw some of the famous landmarks, enjoyed a River Thames Cruise and watched Wicked, in the West End. The...

Lucie's out of school swimming achievement

09 Jun 2019

Lucie class 4S completed stage 8 swimming x Well done.

75th D-Day Commemoration

06 Jun 2019

What a wonderful commemoration of the 75th D-Day anniversary in the parish of Bramley. We were honoured to take our student council to represent our school. We laid a wreath...

SEND Youth Club for the local community

04 Jun 2019

The Stone Age has arrived!

24 May 2019

Year 3 have had a fantastic half term beginning their exciting new topic of 'We're the Flintstones'. We have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the life and times of the Stone Age and have developed a fant...

Year 3's Sensational Spring Term

24 May 2019

What a sensational Spring term Year 3 have had! Throughout Spring term we learnt all about Earth's natural disasters and their devastating effects. Our geography based topic allowed us to venture in...

Up, up and away in Y6!

24 May 2019

Year 6 have had a busy yet fun-filled half term. We have shown true determination leading up to and during our SATs assessments. We then enjoyed some well deserved down time and made an excellent sta...

Short but sunny, furry and funny in Year 5!

24 May 2019

Year five children have enjoyed a short yet busy summer half term.  We started by looking at our Picture This! project.  We have been creating various different pieces of work inspired by th...

Rounders Event

23 May 2019

3rd Place for our incredible U11 rounders team. Well done everyone, very proud.

Quick Sticks Hockey

23 May 2019

3rd place for our quick sticks hockey team. We have some amazingly talented U9 children who have represented our school incredibly well. Very proud.

Tri Golf

23 May 2019

Winners of the tri golf competition. Such a sporty month of May. Very proud of our team.


23 May 2019

2nd place for our orienteering team. Amazing team ethic from these children. Great ambassadors for our school. Well done.

RUFC Community Trust Rotherham School's Tournament

18 May 2019

A huge congratulations to our U11 football team who played at RUFC this week. They played with talent and determination to battle through to the finals. Winning 4-0, they became the champions. W...

Y3 Residential visit to PGL at Caythorpe

18 May 2019

76 of our Y3 children headed off on their very first residential visit to Caythorpe Court in Lincoln, where they stayed at a PGL centre. Over the two days, the children face...

Netball Tournament U11s

14 May 2019

Congratulations to our U11 netball team who won their festival competition this week.  This means they are through to the next stage. Outstanding teamwork and excellent sportsmanship from the w...

Working in Partnership with Mrs Foxley Johnson

09 May 2019

Our children had a fantastic afternoon working with Ann Foxley Johnson. They were exploring the power of words and provided some truly amazing responses. Well done everyone for engaging so well on s...

Tag Rugby Event

02 May 2019

  What an amazing day for our U9 and U11 Tag Rugby teams, who have spent the day competing against a number of other schools. Both teams finished top of their groups, with the U11 team winnin...

Meet our Year Group Leads and Phase Leaders.

29 Apr 2019

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our Year Group Leads and Phase Leaders.  As always, we operate an open door policy, so if you have any worries, please speak to your child&rsqu...

Performing Arts 2019

18 Apr 2019

Well done to our amazing children and staff who showcased their performance of Mary Poppins Jnr. Everyone worked so hard and put in so much effort. Comments from our families include the following: '...

Easter 2019

18 Apr 2019

During our Easter service, children from Y3 to Y6 took us through the events that happened in Holy Week.  They shared written work along with creative arts to represent their understanding. The...

Book Week 2019

09 Mar 2019

Week commencing 4th March was Book Week in school.  Everyone participated in so many fun activities, read so many books and explored a variety of authors and illustrators. Our sponsored spell to...

Reading in unusual places

09 Mar 2019

Some of the amazing entries in our 'Reading in unusual places' competition. Well done to everyone who took part.

Inclusive PE

04 Mar 2019

Facing some of our fears in inclusive PE session. Developing our gross motor skills, confidence and teamwork skills.

Staff member receives inclusive nomination

22 Feb 2019

Miss Abrahams has received a very special nomination from one of our families. The Rotherham Parent Carer Forum has been asking its members to nominate people who have had a positive impat on their...

Y4 visit to Danelaw

17 Feb 2019

Our Y4 team visited Danelaw this week as part of their project learning abour Raiders and Traders. They lived as Roman soliders for the day and learned through first hand experiences. On returning ba...

School Clubs

15 Feb 2019

This week children have continued engaging in some of the clubs we have on offer. A new lunchtime domino club has proved so popular - this club has seen team work, reslience and perseverance to creat...

Busy week in school

09 Feb 2019

It has been a busy week in school.  All classes have been working hard on their project work this week - some children have been learning how to play a new musical instrument too. {! gallery_by...

Maths Week

31 Jan 2019

We have been having a slightly different focus within our maths lessons. The children have become the teachers!!! Miss Jepson set each class a challenge - to create a times table song to a tune of th...

Virtual Reality Day - Where did you go?

19 Jan 2019

Children across school went exploring places around the world, through a virtual reality experience. Year 3 went deep inside a volcano, they also jet packed across the world to Russia and Ethiopia. Y...

Author David Lawrence Jones visits school

19 Jan 2019

David Lawrence Jones visited school to share his experiences of being an author and his writing journey from childhood to adulthood. He gave us an amazing afternoon of enjoyment and inspired many chi...

Visit from the mounted police

12 Jan 2019

One of our Y5 children produced the winning Christmas Card design for South Yorkshire Police.  In response to this, we were lucky enough to be visited by six police horses and their riders. We w...

Gervase Phinn opens our outdoor classroom

12 Jan 2019

We would like to thank author, Gervase Phinn for visiting school this week to officially open our outdoor classroom. The children were very excited to meet Gervase and knew lots about his books. FABS...

Christmas 2018

21 Dec 2018

Wishing all of our families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The children have enjoyed creating cards and calendars along with performing our outstanding Christmas productions for our fam...

Celebrating Our Choir

10 Dec 2018

A wonderful afternoon at the Rotherham Minster celerating the beautiful voices of our choir: the children were a credit to our school and families and really captivated the joy...

Celebration Assemblies

07 Dec 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our out of school learning assemblies this week. Some amazing effort by lots of children.

Winter Wonderland Spectacular!

06 Dec 2018

Winter Wonderland was an amazing event in our BSJS calendar with lots of our children attending and having a fabulous time!  It was an outstanding success with an abundanc...

Recognising Our Remarkable Readers In Autumn Term I

30 Nov 2018

As part of our new reading launch in September to raise the profile of reading at home, 35 lucky children were chosen to attend the Christmas performance of Dick Whittington to...

Tree Planting with Clumber Park Rangers

27 Nov 2018

We had an amazing day working with rangers from Clumber Park to develop our outdoor area.  Every child was involved in clearing, cutting, digging and planting trees. We ar...

Be Bright, Be Safe

14 Nov 2018

The whole school went bright and colourful, thinking about keeping safe on dark nights. The children had a special assembly and by the end, had a clear understanidng about how t...

Anti-Bullying Week

12 Nov 2018

We were so excited to be invited to attend a special anti-bullying celebration event, held at the New York Stadium. The morning included a drama performance for Rotherham Colleg...