The National Curriculum
The National Curriculum serves as a framework for our curriculum delivery, which allows teachers to respond effectively to individual learning needs. Consequently we provide teaching which is flexible, relevant and meaningful in order to prepare children for their futures educational development and to enable them to take part fully as citizens in our society.
Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Curriculum. This comprises of seven key areas of learning and development which are:
Three Prime Areas: Personal, social and emotional development; physical development; communication and language.
Four Specific Areas: Literacy; mathematics; understanding of the world; expressive arts and design
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Children in years 1 to 6 follow the subjects of the National Curriculum: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing Religious Education, Design Technology, Geography, History, Art, Music and Physical Education.
Children in KS2 also learn French.
Cornerstones Creative Curriculum
We provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum. We have retained our emphasis on basic skills and English and Maths will continue to be taught discretely as well as across the curriculum. Most other subjects are taught through an Imaginative Learning Project (ILP) using the Cornerstones Curriculum approach. Each ILP has a theme and specific subjects as a main focus. Teaching and learning takes place using the following structure:
Engage: This stage provides the children with a memorable experience on which to contextualise their future learning. The memorable experience may involve an educational visit, having visitors in school, handling objects, taking part in an activity that engages all of the senses.
Develop: During this stage, deep teaching and learning of new concepts takes place. Innovate: The children are presented with a problem, or provocation, which they have to apply their skills and new learning to in order to solve it.
Innovate: In this stage children apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real life contexts and solve real or imagined problems.
Express: this is an opportunity to share what has been learned to a wider audience within school and the community. Where possible, all learning takes place within the context of the Imaginative Learning Project. Some subjects, or elements of subjects, need to be taught separately. These include: Mathematics, Phonics and Spelling, Grammar, French, Music, Computing, P.E, R.E. Science will be delivered using a combined approach.