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About our curriculum

 

Curriculum

St Paul’s is committed to offering its pupils the widest possible learning opportunities.

Pupils in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Learning takes place through teacher led and organised play activities.

 

New Curriculum from 2014

The Government introduced a New National Curriculum which was implemented from September 2014. The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

You can find more information about the new curriculum here. If you would like to see the detailed curriculum click here.

At Saint Paul’s we have looked carefully at how we deliver the curriculum; from September 2014 have been delivering the New National Curriculum through a cross- curricular approach. In order to help us do this we will be working with a curriculum called Cornerstones http://www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/ Cornerstones is the most unique and dynamic, thematic primary curriculum available in the UK.

 

This creative and comprehensive curriculum, based on the Four Cornerstones of Teaching and Learning:‘Engage-Develop-Innovate-Express’, provides schools with the basis on which to develop outstanding, tailored provision.

This curriculum will help us as a school to create a vibrant and creative curriculum that puts children at its heart, excites their imaginations, inspires them to learn, extends their horizons, deepens their understanding and meets their intellectual and personal needs.

What do the Four Cornerstones look like?

Each stage of learning has its own characteristics promoting high quality teaching, built upon children's natural learning schema.

 

Engage

A stage of learning that provides children with an inspiring and thought provoking starting point that stirs curiosity and initiates interest. Children engage in purposeful and contextualised learning experiences; in and outside the classroom, making best use of partners, experts and the community to provide the stimulus to learn. To ensure that children are immediately‘engaged’, teachers provide a range of memorable experiences and starting points that stimulate children's interests in a particular theme or concept.

 

Develop

A stage of learning that provides children with an opportunity to develop and master key skills, subject knowledge, research techniques and independence. Children become industrious learners making sense of information and experiences, leading to sound understanding and progress. Children DEVELOP their knowledge, understanding, key and subject skills required to progress their learning and attainment through quality differentiation, focused learning tasks and high quality relevant learning experiences.

Innovate

A stage of learning that challenges children’s ability to work creatively, exploring possibilities and finding solutions. Using and applying previously learned skills, knowledge and understanding children work collaboratively to innovate, managing their own learning to achieve given success criteria. Teachers provide an imaginative and relevant provocation or scenario that provides opportunities to observe how successfully children can use, apply and problem solve in creative and imaginative ways.

Express

A stage of learning that empowers children to share, celebrate and reflect with a range of partners and audiences. Children cement their learning through shared reflection with peers and other adults and are able to suggest next steps of learning. Teachers discuss, review and support individual and group evaluations using their observations and evidence to make summative assessments.

Phonics

In EYFS and Key Stage 1 we use the Letters and Sounds and Read, Write inc to teach synthetic phonics. This teaches children sounds and how to blend them. We aslo teach reading through our use of the Oxford Reading Tree books. This starts in Receeption and runs through school. This scheme is augmented by other reading books, group readers and individual reading. Our aim is that chidren in Year 5 and 6 will have completed the scheme and will be reading a wide varety of genres and styles.

Below you will find the presentations from our Curriculum Evening on 14th October.

These are the videos we showed during the presentation:

Solo Taxonomy explained using lego

Austin's Butterfly

Mr Davies and his reading group