St Andrew’s CE (VA) Infant School

Our Curriculum

At St Andrew's, we believe that all children have the entitlement to a broad, balanced, creative and coherent curriculum which should prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century. They should be equipped with the skills, attitudes and dispositions they need to become well rounded individuals and life-long learners whilst instilling the love of learning.

In order for children to learn to think for themselves the curriculum should be enquiry based. It is important that children are responsible for their own learning enabling them to plan and show initiative; persevere and have a commitment to self-improvement.

The curriculum aims to:

Promote and sustain a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning.

Create a sense of wonder.

Promote inclusion, diversity and community cohesion.

Keep up with technology.

Encourage children to work independently and cooperatively.

Ensure that children are taught to become enterprising.

Develop emotional intelligence and raise aspirations.

Help to make children socially responsible.

Contribute very well to children's social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.

Ensure that all children realise their potential.

Ensure that children achieve high standards across a variety of subjects.

 

Cornerstones Curriculum

Together with our feeder junior school in 2014, we purchased a new curriculum for consistency and coverage across both schools. Cornerstones provides an interesting, stimulating and varied curriculum for all of our pupils. Educational Visits and a variety of visitors enhance lessons and add a 'Wow' factor to teaching and learning. We use the Cornerstones Curriculum from Year 1 to Year 2 to teach subjects including art, science, geography, history and technology. It is a topic based approach and each class follows a theme for a number of weeks.  

The Cornerstones Curriculum is divided into stages. Each stage provides opportunities for children to learn and respond in a variety of ways, keeping projects flexible and able to follow children’s interests and needs.

 

Engage

Starts with a memorable first-hand experience
Children begin observations, research and setting questions
Children fully engage with the new topic

Develop

Improve knowledge and understanding
Develop and practise new skills
Explore, make and do

Innovate

Apply skills and knowledge in real-life contexts
Solve real or imagined problems through learning
Gain inspiration from creative activities

Express

Become performers, experts and informers 
Link learning back to starting points
Share and celebrate achievements usually to our parents!

We use structured approaches to the teaching of reading, writing and maths to ensure that all our pupils are confident, literate and numerate young people.

Reception

We use a play based interactive approach to deliver the Early Years curriculum which focuses on seven key areas of learning. Our pupils use the indoor classroom and outdoor areas choosing from a range of activities throughout sessions. Reading, writing and maths are taught using a structured approach with whole class and small group adult lead activities.

Year 1 and Year 2

Morning lessons focus on the teaching of basic skills, reading, writing and maths.

Reading is taught using a structured phonics programme as well as in small group and individual reading sessions with adults. All pupils use their reading skills across the curriculum to develop their understanding and to promote their enjoyment of reading. We built a brand new library during 2014 to promote a love of reading. Authors regularly visit the school and children visit and borrow books atleast weekly.

Writing is taught daily, with opportunities in other curriculum areas being provided for pupils to write for 'real ' purposes eg/ letters, newspaper articles, posters. We have a strong emphasis on handwriting using Penpals.

Maths is taught using in daily maths lessons and fluency is developed throughout the day in short bursts.

Curriculum Overviews

Reception 2016 Reception 2016
Phonics 2016 Phonics 2016
Y2 Cornerstones topics 2016-17 see what Y2 topics are planned for the coming year
Rec Cornerstones Spring1 see what we have planned for Spring in Foundation Stage
Y1 Cornerstones topic overview see what we have planned for the coming year
Rec Cornerstones Summer Cornerstones overview for Foundation stage - summer 2017
Rec Cornerstones Summer2 see what we have planned for summer 2 in Foundation Stage

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