Curriculum

Here at St. Paul's we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.

We have been working hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we have decided to implement the new Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children's learning.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children's progress and identify their individual learning needs.

How it Works?

Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please visit the Cornerstones website (external link).

Phonics and Reading

In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme that gives us the progression for a systematic approach to teaching phonics. This is supported by 'Jolly Phonics' which is a scheme that has action rhymes for reach letter as the children are introduced to them and this helps them to remember the letters more easily. All of the children have a daily phonics session following the Letters and Sounds programme.

We use a number of different reading schemes to offer breadth across each level, however our main Reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree. The reading books are banded into colours depending on the difficulty of the text. Early reading books are phonetically decodable. Books are selected at the appropriate level for children. Children will have the opportunity to read a range of books including stories, poetry, plays and non-fiction.