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Our Curriculum

We ensure that effective teaching of the New National Curriculum will give the pupils within our schools a broad and balanced education.  Our policies, reflecting the aims of the National Curriculum, are planned to cater for the continuing personal development of each individual.  We recognise that effective delivery of this curriculum is just one stage in the long-term plan for the development of our children’s education.

All of the subjects of the National Curriculum are taught in this school and emphasis is put on providing our children with comprehensive Literacy and Numeracy skills.

 

Cornerstones Curriculum

Since April 2016, our confederated schools have implemented Cornerstones Curriculum. Originally inspired by a study visit to the pre-school settings of Reggio Emilia, the Cornerstones approach centres on the belief that children learn better when their interests and fascinations are allowed to flourish, where they are encouraged to explore subjects in a variety of ways and are viewed in terms of their strengths, not their weaknesses. By combining this approach with years of teaching experience, Cornerstones have developed their own four-stage teaching philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express.

It is the Cornerstones four stage philosophy that brings the curriculum to life. Each stage provides opportunities for children to learn and respond in a variety of ways, keeping projects flexible and able to follow children’s interests and needs. Please look at the Cornerstones website for more information:

https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/

We offer wide and diverse opportunities for learning in order to develop self-reliance, positive attitudes and an ability to apply the skills learnt in school to solve real problems.

We endeavour to equip our pupils with the skills necessary to lead a full life within our primary school and to nurture a desire for education, which will lead them to become life-long learners.

We believe that high aims and expectations produce high standards and high levels of attainment.  We make provision for intellectual, social, moral and physical development by:

 

  • Developing a child’s ability to communicate effectively
  • Helping pupils to acquire reading skills
  • Achieving soundness of understanding with regard to Numeracy and Literacy
  • Supporting the development of writing skills
  • Nurturing the ability to appreciate artistic and creative aspects of education
  • Fostering an awareness of the geographical, historical, scientific and social aspects of their environment and heritage
  • Developing agility and physical co-ordination – the ability to use the body efficiently and expressively
  • Having an understanding of how to live healthily
  • Instilling the values of integrity, honesty, courtesy and respect for the diversity of life and lifestyles

 

Statutory Requirements

Documents relating to the New National Curriculum are available in school.  If you have any concerns about the curriculum initially these will be dealt with through discussion with the class teachers or head teacher or considered to be a formal complaint under Section 23 of the Education Reform Act Circular 1/89 and the LEA would be consulted.

 

Assessment

The children’s work will be regularly marked and children will receive positive guidance on ways to develop their skills.

We assess the work of our pupils both informally and formally and monitor each child’s attainment against national standards.

 

Subjects

To see a general overview of the topics being covered this term click on the appropriate link

 

Reading Schemes

Across both of our schools, we use a range of reading schemes including Floppy’s Phonics, Oxford Traditional Tales, Project X and Code X. All of our books have been book banded according to nationally recognised book banding colours. We have also recently added a good selection of quality novels and picture books for our pupils to take home and share.

 

Curriculum Plans

View the curriculum website here : https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/products/cornerstones-curriculum-england/

Preschool 2017-2018

Reception Year 2017- 2018

KS1 Year 2017 - 2018

KS2 Year 2017 - 2018

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