The School Curriculum
The School Curriculum
As a school, during the covid lockdown, we took the opportunity to review our existing schemes of work. In light of the fact that many children had missed out on valuable learning due to not being permitted to attend school, we had an overhaul of core subjects such as reading, writing and maths and devised a series of termly plans that teachers will follow in order to keep pupils on track with national milestones and meet age related expectations by the end of the year.
We spent time researching how children learn most effectively and made the decision to build into each day opportunities and specific times for information retrieval skills and for brain breathing activities that promote the importance of revision and positive mental health.
We also sourced a new curriculum for our non core subjects that has impacted well on children’s attainment and motivation nationwide. This new curriculum is published by Cornerstones.
Our new curriculum is based on inspirational learning activities which take place in a classroom environment and allow children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them. Cornerstones will provide our children with a good level of challenge, giving them opportunities to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding across the full range of National Curriculum subjects.
Every year group from nursery up will experience 6 Imaginative Learning Projects in a year. Each individual project is split into sections, which see children progress through four stages of learning: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
At the ‘Engage’ stage, children: gain memorable first-hand experiences, enjoy ‘WOW’ moments, get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme, begin researching and setting enquiry questions, develop spoken language skills and have lots of fun to motivate them fully in their learning.
At the ‘Develop’ stage, children: improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic, develop and practise their new skills, compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum following new pathways of enquiry based on their own interests.
At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children: apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts, solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt, get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities and revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.
At the ‘Express’ stage, children: become the performers, experts and informers, share their work with parents, classmates and the community, evaluate finished products and processes, link what they have learnt to where they started and arrange an event to celebrate their achievements.
We are confident that our new curriculum will instill in our children a curiosity and love of learning / school, that it will develop their levels of mental health and wellbeing and ultimately will provide opportunities for each of them to achieve their full potential.
If you would like to find out more about the Cornerstones Curriculum, please visit their website at www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk
For further details of what your child will be learning each term please visit their class page on the school website under the children tab on the homepage or read their knowledge organiser which will be sent to you before the start of each topic.
At All Saints C of E Primary School, it is our intent to provide a curriculum that ensures our children are curious about the world, know how to keep themselves physically and mentally safe and healthy within it, develop a love of learning, celebrate diversity and acquire the knowledge, skills and cultural capital needed to prepare them for the next stage of their education and to be happy, successful, well rounded individuals in an ever changing, challenging world.
It is our intent to provide a full and varied, creative, enriched curriculum that is tailored to meet our pupils needs within the context of the school. To ensure every child in our school family has opportunities to ARISE – achieve well, be respected, feel included, feel supported and enjoy their learning.
It is our intent to inspire our children with exciting cross-curricular topics and interesting experiences so that they see learning as being fun, and they develop confidence in themselves, acquiring aspirations and resilience for their future.
Our curriculum is implemented through an engaging broad and balanced cross-curricular approach. We use Cornerstones topics as a springboard to help us to develop units of work that excite children about their learning. These units are rich in wonder and memorable experiences and they allow children's natural creativity and curiosity to flourish, alongside the purposeful acquisition of skills and knowledge.
Most of the foundation subjects are taught in depth through our Cornerstones units. Each unit takes one or two main subjects to drive the learning forward. We believe that choosing the right context to engage our children in their learning is vital in fostering a love of learning and also in achieving high standards. Certain aspects of English, RE, French, PE and PSHE lessons are taught as discrete sessions, but wherever possible they will link to our topics so that skills are applied right across the curriculum.
Staff place emphasis on the skills of interacting well with others, developing mental wellbeing and the retrieval of prior leaning on a daily basis. Maths is a core subject and is taught discretely. Reading is structured and delivered by ‘stage not age’ throughout the school.
Staff have worked together to design a coherent and sequentially planned curriculum that ensures full coverage of statutory expectations, has clear end of year milestones for each group and can be tracked effectively to identify where pupil intervention is needed.
Staff have high expectations of children’s achievements in all subjects and at all levels.
Children leave All Saints C of E Primary School as happy, caring and confident individuals who know how to keep safe and who achieve well across all subjects. They have developed a love of learning, a respect and commitment to their community and they have the hope and resilience needed to succeed in future life.