Curriculum

The 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 link below:

You can see how the curriculum is covered within each year group by Clicking here

Phonics

The Letters & Sounds scheme accompanied by Jolly Phonics actions is used to teach phonics in Willow class.  Letters & Sounds/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.  Following on from Jolly Phonics we move on to use Jolly Grammar in Key Stage 1 to strengthen phonics knowledge and teach grammar and punctuation.  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. We also use phonic books that match the sounds being taught in class.

Outdoor Learning

All year groups have the opportunity to extend their learning outside the classroom.  We take advantage of our rural setting to combine outdoor skills to support the curriculum.

Music

We are very fortunate to have an experienced musician in one of our teachers, Miss Tugwell along with Mrs Short who volunteers to demonstrate the beauty of music to the children as she plays the piano during assembly weekly.

Drama

The children have great opportunities to consolidate their learning through drama and build on their self confidence and self esteem through whole school productions and Christmas performances.

RE

The children study Religious Education through two schemes of work: Swindon RE Syllabus and Understanding Christianity.  Each term the children explore a big question relating to Christian beliefs, other beliefs (such as Judaism, Hinduism and Islam) and those who have no belief. The children express their thoughts and feelings through a range of creative activities in order to draw their own conclusions on the question.

The children have great opportunities to consolidate their learning through drama and build on their self confidence and self esteem through whole school productions and Christmas performances.

 

 
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