The curriculum embraces four stages: Foundation Stage (3-5), Key Stage 1 (5-7), Lower Key Stage 2 (7-9) and Upper Key Stage 2 (9-11). We plan and develop the curriculum so that, as they progress through the school, the children’s experiences will match their particular needs and stages of development.

Information about the Foundation Stage curriculum can be found under the Foundation Stage section of the website.

In Key Stage 1 and 2 we have worked to create and develop a stimulating and creative curriculum which embraces the children’s needs and interests. Individuals and groups with specific needs are identified early so that work can be appropriately differentiated to support their needs. Learning is always personalised to the needs of individual learners, builds on previous knowledge and designed to stretch and extend individual learning.

Teaching Strategies

Individual teachers will adopt a variety of approaches, including whole-class work, group, individual work and, as appropriate, inter-year work. We base our teaching strategies for the foundation subjects on the Cornerstones approach which is divided into 4 main stages; Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. We believe the delivery style of facilitating a child’s learning enabling them to complete a learning project, empowers all types of learners providing the opportunity for them to access the curriculum through the variety of different approaches used. This embeds our belief that children learn most when they are communicating with each other. Much staff and pupil training has been devoted to the use of Kagan structures which we are finding very beneficial to structuring our paired and grouped work in particular.

 

Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and 2

The way in which we teach our creative curriculum will change in accordance with the new requirements of the New Curriculum from September 2014. Foundation subjects will be taught through the Cornerstones Individual Learning Projects (ILP’s), which as stated above, have 4 distinct sections. Each ILP is completely cross-curricular with Literacy entirely embedded in the topic, and every year group will cover 6 ILP’s per year. The new materials are motivating, engaging and exciting – for adults and children as they provide engaging and purposeful contexts for their learning to take place. Wherever appropriate, links are made to this theme, however if a particular concept needs to be taught discretely this will be done too, especially in the core subjects of Maths and Science. Cross-curriculum themes are carefully selected to ensure that each child experiences the appropriate range of coverage and objectives in each Key Stage. We are developing a two year rolling programme.

 

Year Group Curriculum Overview Letters

Autumn Term 2017

 

 

Spring Term 2018

 

 

Summer Term 2018

 

 

Cross Curricular Theme Maps for Year 1-6:

Please see Curriculum Map for KS1, LKS2 and UKS2 Foundation Subjects posted below:

 

Partnership with Families

We very much value the partnership we have in learning with families helping to develop children’s learning at home too. To further support this we hold Meet the Teacher evenings at the start of each academic year where parents and carers have an opportunity to meet the professionals who care for their children, find out the programme of learning for the year, routines for the week and also ways in which they can support with homework. We have also invested in an online Pupil world for maths which the children will have access to in and outside of school. This pupil world enables an online homework to be set and is complete with help videos for parents ensuring consistency in the approaches taught in school and reinforced at home. As well as this the more formal Parents Evenings are held twice a year in the Autumn and Spring and a written report is sent home towards the end of the Summer term. We also hold Learning Events which are open afternoons where the children share with parents the learning they have been taking part in with an opportunity to teach the adults. Children also perform in a class assembly three times a year and hold a prayer service which parents are encouraged to attend. As well as these more formal opportunities, we adopt an open doors policy and always encourage parents and carers to see us regularly with any questions or concerns more informally.

 

Subject Information

Please click on the links below to view our individual subject information: