Our curriculum consists of the National Curriculum core and foundation subjects, which are taught through a relevant, contextual and inspiring creative curriculum.
In addition, we also provide as many 'extra curricular' activities as possible, to supplement the excellent teaching in the classrooms. These we call Enrichment Days
We are currently aiming to incorporate 'enrichment weeks' as part of curriculum development. Essentially this will allow pupils to develop their understanding of a particular subject, whilst having the opportunity to immerse themselves in an experience.
From time to time the children make a visit to form an experience first hand, and when we can visitors are welcome in our schools to promote both creative and physical activities.
This provides children with a strong grounding in a full and balanced curriculum across all subjects. However, many areas of our curriculum are taught through cross-curricular topics. This is a fun and engaging approach to learning and means that many of the subjects listed above are linked to a topic. Topics are wide and varied and include subjects such as 'Once Upon a Time', 'Towers Turrets & Tunnels', 'Rocks, Rumbles and Relics', 'Gods and Mortals', 'Amazing Me!' and 'Hola Mexico' to name just a few.
As all of our classes consist of more than one year group, planning the curriculum needs careful planning to ensure that there is adequate coverage, and in the right border. We call this 'Progression'.
Staff are skilled in planning their cross curriculum topics, taking into account the needs of all the children in their class. For this reason we operate a two year rolling program of topics to ensure that this progression and coverage is kept.
We use a resource called 'Cornerstones' which allows staff to research what is needed, and place it in meaningful topics, leading to a balanced, sequential and above all fun way to learn. More about Cornerstones
We like to look at our children as individuals and provide them with the support they need as individuals. This includes any child who has a specific learning difficulty or special educational need and any a child who is very able, gifted or talented.
The National Curriculum does not apply to pupils in the Foundation Stage. The curriculum for our youngest children is organised into seven areas of learning. These include: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development; literacy; maths; understanding the world and expressive arts and design.
By clicking on the buttons below, you will be taken to a subject specific page, which will give you more details of what is need to be taught across each key stage, and when. This is taken directly from the National Curriculum
We provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children's learning.
We believe children 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 children 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 children's progress and identify their individual learning needs.
How it Works?
Children progress through four stages of learning in each ILP - Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
Because of our mixed age classes teachers have planned to teach a mixture of ILP's through a rolling programme of themes. Please see the KS1 and KS2 topic overview to see what is being taught when.