From September 2018 we will be following the Cornerstones Curriculum (IPC) to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum for subjects including; Art, DT, Geography, History, Music, Science, P.E. and Computer Science.
Cornerstones is am exciting thematic, cross-curricular and rigorous teaching structure which gives the children innovative experiences in which to demonstrate their learning. It nurtures a love of learning and encourages the necessary key skills and personal qualities that our children will need as they move on to secondary school and the world of work.
Cornerstones focuses on a broad balance of Knowledge, Skills and Understanding through linked learning opportunities. English is taught discretely and through linked work as part of the Cornerstones theme. We find this enhances and secures key literacy skills in a range of contexts and experiences. Below you will find an overview for each of the year group themes that will be covered in each Year Group.
In Years 1-6 we follow The Maths Mastery Programme (more information can be found here)which allows for depth of understanding in the key concepts of Maths. Maths teaching is enhanced across the school through the use of regular maths meetings which allow for rehearsal and consolidation of Maths Facts. Details of coverage can be found in our termly learning ladders – click here to access. Maths Mastery resources for use at home are now available on this link.
Children are allocated and work through colour banded books of different reading skills levels as they work through the school. Within each band there are a range of fiction and non-fiction books from a wide range of reading schemes and non-scheme books. Children are also encouraged to read for pleasure and can access a wider range of books from our school library.Further detail of what is taught in reading in each term can be found in our learning ladders – click here.
Children are heard to read regularly by an adult in school, in addition to a weekly guided focused group reading session from Year 1. We encourage children to read for 20 minutes at home daily.
Phonics is taught in focused sessions daily in Reception, Years 1 and Year 2. Our teachers follow the National Guidance for phonics teaching from Letters and Sounds. We use Jolly Phonics, Phonics Play and other resources to supplement their teaching. Children are taught in ability groups across the year groups to enable focused development of their phonics knowledge and application.
Writing is taught through a Talk for Writing approach where children are immersed in a shared text and then innovate and develop their writing after this. A range of genres are taught linked to quality texts that are selected based on pupils interests and the themes taught through Cornerstones. Further detail of what is taught in writing in each term can be found in our learning ladders – click here.
Download Handwriting Font Sheet here: Handwriting Font Sheet
PE & Music
P.E. and music are taught by specialist teachers to allow for the children’s skills to be developed.
Our PSHE Curriculum focuses on a range of learning during our PPA sessions each week. Below you can see the copies of our PSHE maps for 2018n 2019;
YEAR 1 3D PSHE LESSON OVERVIEW
YEAR 2 3D PSHE LESSON OVERVIEW
YEAR 3 3D PSHE LESSON OVERVIEW
YEAR 4 3D PSHE LESSON OVERVIEW
YEAR 5 3D PSHE LESSON OVERVIEW
YEAR 6 3D PSHE LESSON OVERVIEW
In RE we follow the Croydon RE Syllabus – click here
In EYFS we follow the EYFS Curriculum which is taught by themes selected by the children. We find that using themes that capture the children’s interest and engagement they can make better connections between their learning.
For further information on our curriculum please contact Claire Baldock (Head of School) at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org