Curriculum

Our Curriculum Intent

Through exciting and challenging learning opportunities we offer all pupils an inspiring and tailored curriculum rich in knowledge and skills. Our environment, deeply rooted in Christian values, enables pupils to engage and broaden their minds, foster independence and develop a life-long love of learning that will enrich their lives.

To meet our Curriculum intent,  we have decided to implement the new Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for pupils.

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our pupils’ learning.  We believe pupils learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require pupils to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum. Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age-related so that staff can track pupils’ progress and identify their individual learning needs.

How it works

Pupils will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the Cornerstones logo below:You can see how the curriculum is covered within each year group by clicking here.

Phonics

The Jolly Phonics scheme is used to teach phonics in Reception and Key Stage 1.  Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics.  The 42 letter sounds are taught through actions and progresses to blending the sounds together to form words.

Jolly Grammar is used in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 to strengthen phonic knowledge, and teach grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Reading and Handwriting

We do not follow a particular reading scheme as it is important for children to experience different styles of book, written by a wide range of different authors.  Reading books in school are banded according to progression in phonics using the Institute of Education’s Book Bands for Guided Reading to group books appropriately.

The Nelson Handwriting Scheme is used to teach both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 letter formation and joined up writing.

At the start of the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms, each class issues a newsletter with a summary of what the children will be covering by subject.  We actively encourage parents and the local community to help with any aspect of the curriculum by sharing their knowledge, time or items of interest with us.

To view our class newsletters please click here