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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Phonics is taught daily, within ability based groups using the Read, Write, Inc. approach.
Should you require more information about the curriculum here at St. Andrew’s please get in touch with Mrs Swallow via the school office.