The Royal Primary School follows and enhances the National Curriculum laying firm foundations in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Computing.
At the heart of all our teaching sits a more diverse and enriching wider curriculum for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 resourced through Cornerstones – a dynamic and interactive approach to learning that deepens understanding and harnesses the children’s enthusiasm for what is being taught. Much of the Cornerstones curriculum is based around pupil lead learning and exciting interactive experiences which are designed to accelerate progress across all year groups and subjects.
The Cornerstones Curriculum encompasses all foundation subjects and the core subjects of Science and Computing. Maths and English are taught separately, but with cross curricular links embedded within the Cornerstones topic.
Cornerstones is a specific approach to learning applied across all subjects and Primary year groups and summarised in four key stages as follows:
Engage – Providing a context the learning; asking questions to provoke thought and interest; linking what is being taught to the children’s own personal experiences.
Develop – Teaching knowledge whilst demonstrating new skills and allowing time for consolidation and mastery; providing opportunity for making and doing; embedding reading, writing and communication across the curriculum.
Innovate – Presenting imaginative scenarios that inspire children’s creative thinking; encouraging creative responses and independent thinking; allowing time for children to absorb knowledge, understanding and skills.
Express – Supporting self-evaluation through talking thinking; encouraging reflection and celebrating success.
Our Reception class follows the EYFS curriculum covering:
Prime Areas of Learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Specific Areas of Learning:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
During their year in Reception each child is assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) and as the year progresses class teachers talk to parents about how children are developing in relation to these goals. These are then reported against at the end of the year.
Much of the school day in Reception class centres around play; though it is carefully designed to facilitate learning along the way. We aim to capture their imaginations and inspire them from very early on. Wherever possible we will follow their interests and passions while still making sure that the full breadth of curriculum objectives are delivered. Children at this age are naturally inquisitive and want to explore and we are there to help them become confident and resilient learners.
We mainly use the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme, supplemented with Jolly Phonics as an additional learning resource. Similarly, we use a combination of two reading schemes – primarily, the Oxford Reading Scheme and PM Reading Scheme
From September, 2020, we will be following Rising Stars spelling scheme for Years 1-6. Here is a link to the content covered.
A Handwriting scheme is also new from September for all year groups Reception to Year 6. To find out more, please follow the link.
All National Curriculum subjects are taught throughout the school in both KS1 and KS2 with the core subjects being given appropriate emphasis. Maths and English are taught separately, but all other subjects are incorporated within the Cornerstone Curriculum, giving an holistic approach to study and developing key links between subjects. We operate many different types of teaching strategies allowing for class, group and individual activity but are always mindful of the needs of each individual.
French and swimming are introduced from Reception onwards and music is taught by music specialists from the earliest stage so it is no surprise that music is an integral part of School life with many children playing at least one instrument and musical productions featuring prominently in our termly calendar of events.
In Years 1 and 2, children are taught English, Maths and Phonics as discrete subjects. The core subjects of Science and Computing, as well as the foundation subjects of Geography, History, Music, D and T and Art are incorporated into Cornerstones.
The Cornerstones curriculum follows a specific topic each half term which may have a particular subject focus (for example ‘Turrets, Towers and Tunnels’ focuses on History). Within each topic, however, there are opportunities to extend learning in all subject areas; an exciting example of this is Year 2’s science experiment to determine which objects are best to drop from castle walls onto invaders! R.E. and PSCHE are taught separately, to ensure a well-rounded and sensitive delivery of these key subjects.
This phase of education is called Key Stage 1 and the children are formally assessed at the end of Year 2 with their levels of attainment reported to parents.
In Years 3-6 (Key Stage 2), the children continue to work on a broad and balanced curriculum. Maths and English continue to be taught separately, maintaining an emphasis on active learning and practical engagement in both subjects. Cornerstones continues to deliver exciting opportunities for independent learning and a thematic approach to core and foundation subjects which equips our students for the academic rigours of secondary education. Engagement and cross-curricular links remain key aims in delivering the curriculum. For example, the Year 6 topic ‘Blood Heart’ combines a hands-on science investigation involving dissecting hearts, students taking ultra-sounds and ECGs of their own hearts with a history project on William Harvey and persuasive writing on ‘Heart Health’. PSCHE and RE continue to be taught separately.
At the end of Year 6 the children take SATs (Standardised Attainment Tests) in English, Maths and Science and these results are communicated to parents along with the annual reports in the appropriate year.
The member of staff to contact for more information on our Primary School Curriculum is Mrs Jenny Bates. Email Mrs Bates