At Academy 360 we aim to prepare all our learners for their next steps in life. Our curriculum and teaching demonstrates very high expectations of achievements and standards to ensure all children can fulfil their potential ,make progress and have high aspirations whatever their preferred learning style and aims in life.
Our new curriculum ensures that all children have the opportunity to access first hand experiences, engage with visitors, access to high quality resources and exploit the outdoors. Our locality provides many opportunities to work within the community and alongside community partnership groups.

SMSC plays a significant part in all subject areas ensuring our children excel and become confident learners who strive for excellence. Our own values, British values and those values and beliefs of others are permeated throughout our subject areas.
Our curriculum encourages our learners to be, resilient, display empathy, be courteous, demonstrate perseverance, be challenged, cooperate, develop friendships, build self-confidence, encourage courtesy, politeness, trust, happiness, safety, honesty and self-control.

We endeavour within our curriculum offer to exploit and develop enterprise and diversity ensuring children are able to broaden their thinking and aspirations. We encourage passion for the arts and culture and our community and partnerships.
We highly value our stimulating learning environments both indoors and out to ensure that children have access to high quality resources, display and learning opportunities to encourage and display a thirst for learning and deepening knowledge.

We are special because we have high expectations and that everyone within our learning community is valued.

All Years
Phonics Programme

We currently follow the national programme Letters and Sounds to deliver phonics, using elements of Jolly Phonics to support in EYFS.  The children are taught a daily lesson in line with recommendations in Key Stage 1.  Children who need additional support with their phonic knowledge and application additional sessions are arranged according to need.  In Key Stage 2 the children complete the Spelling programme by Read Write Ink.

The children have access to a wide range of texts to develop their reading.  We predominately use Oxford reading tree books in our guided sessions and the children take a reading book home that is banded.  Please visit the Oxford Reading Tree site for more information.

In reception class there are two teachers, Miss Rackstraw and Mrs Wilson and three Teaching assistants, Mrs Rackstraw, Miss Davies and Mrs James. We believe that learning happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. We aim to give the children as much real life experience as we can to consolidate their learning and extend their knowledge of the world around them. We have high expectations of the children and we aim to inspire them every day.

We have been currently been looking at Chinese new year and are moving on to look at fairy tales next term.

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

We are the Year 1 class, who like to work hard and have fun!! Our teachers are Mrs Bolton, Mrs Petch, Miss Fowdy and Mrs Winter. This term our topic is all about the weather and our local area and landmarks. We have been keeping a daily weather diary! Did you know the average temperature in Sunderland during winter is 3°?


Year 2
Year 3
Welcome to Year 3! We have settled well into the routines and expectations of Key Stage 2 and have welcomed the opportunity for a varied and stimulating curriculum. Our mascot is the Labrador, encouraging us all to work hard to find a way through problem solving, team work and resilience. Over the year we will have covered a range of topics including, the Stone Age, Ancient Egyptians, Rivers, Light and Dark, as well as Forces and Magnets. We have accessed a range of tools to support our learning and make it fun, including visiting places of interest and receiving visitors into school. We also enjoy using ICT, as well as accessing other facilities, such as the kitchens and music room to develop our knowledge, understanding and skills within the foundation curriculum.
In English, we have written non-chronological reports, diaries, letters and our own adventure stories. We are really working hard to develop our reading skills with the introduction of the Reading renaissance program.
In Maths, we use a variety of resources to support our knowledge, understanding and application of number. We have opportunities for parental participation throughout the year with Maths focus days, so watch out for these! Our biggest challenge is learning our times tables so by the end of the year we are confident with recalling facts from our 3, 4, 6 and 8 times tables. We all have our Times Tables Rock Stars accounts to challenge ourselves.

Staff: Miss Younger, Miss Lacy and Miss McCloskey.

Year 4
This term Year 4 is currently focusing on electricity. So far we have looked and various household appliances, the potential dangers of electricity at home, we built our own circuits and discussed how they work. In English we have written about William Kamkwamba (known as ‘The boy who harnessed the wind’) who built a working windmill out of scrap at the age of 14. In maths we have been solving addition and subtraction problems using a variety of different methods. We have also been learning how to keep ourselves safe, both inside and outside of school. Finally we have been working very hard on our dance for the skipping festival.

Year 5
In Year 5, you will learn about many exciting things including gravity and parachutes, Greek heroes and mythical beasts, Earth and Space and the Rainforests. You will visit Beamish museum, the Planetarium and a Butterfly House. You will solve mysteries, read and write magical stories, investigate problems and find solutions. You will develop your skills to work independently, with a partner and with larger teams. There will be opportunities to swim, cook, make music, ride a bike and even visit outer space! And if that’s not enough for you, you will be able to learn all about the Rights of the Child and have your own say in your learning!

Staff: Miss Garrigan, Miss Irvin-Kaye and Miss Waterston

Year 6
Welcome to year 6, where you can learn about surviving a natural disaster, the Victorians, WWII and light. We are lucky enough to visit Kingswood on a residential visit every spring. If you visit year 6 you are likely to find children solving problems, working independently and building resilience for their SATs. We enjoy a range of external activities and visits, throughout the year, to enrich our curriculum.

Year 6 staff: Mr Mitchinson, Mrs Bell, Miss McDermott, Miss McClaren, Miss Secret and Mrs Simpson.