At The Spire Federation (East Wold and North Cockerington CE Primary Schools) we believe our curriculum should inspire, excite, motivate and challenge our children to develop a love of learning, both within and outside the classroom. We encourage children to learn new skills whilst giving them the opportunity to build upon, develop and apply what they already know in a range of different contexts.
We are passionate about ensuring our approach allows children to engage with their learning at a deep level; giving them plenty of opportunity to think about their learning, whilst monitoring and evaluating their own development.
We follow the National Curriculum for England, which forms the basis of all our planning. When planning Maths and English we use curricular links where possible to other subject areas, which we deliver through 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 click on the link through to Cornerstones website:
Our Curriculum Map provides an overview for each year and details the Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs).
Our approach to Maths has been driven by ensuring the curriculum is fulfilled and by research from the NCETM and the White Rose Maths Hub. We endeavour to make our maths teaching dynamic and exciting, linked to problem solving and the application of knowledge, skills and understanding to a wide range of contexts and across all subjects. We follow the National Curriculum for England and use the Collins Busy Ant scheme to support pupils.
Busy Ant Maths
- Supports ‘mastery of maths’ by developing pupils’ conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.
- Inspires an enjoyment of maths and fosters a ‘can do’ attitude to the understanding of maths.
- Designed and written with the philosophy that all pupils can achieve high standards in mathematics.
Our Reading and Spelling starts with a systematic phonics programme, which starts in Reception Class and leads to Phonics Screening at the end of Year 1. We then follow the Spelling Appendix of the National Curriculum in KS1 and KS2. This involves teaching spelling strategies sourced from a combination of sources including Support for Spelling and Spelling Bank materials. Additionally, children learn individual spellings and spelling & grammar rules that have been highlighted to them in their independent work.
We use Active English daily in years 1 to 6 to support with developing the grammar aspects of the National Curriculum. Active English is an approach for teaching grammatical understanding to primary-aged pupils. It uses the principles of mnemonics to teach and embed the learning in an active and engaging way, providing the pupils with a deeper grasp of language that will benefit them for life.
With regards to reading, all the children have individual reading books. From Year 1 onwards we use Guided Reading or whole class sessions to embed and develop reading skills.
Our English Policy gives full details of our planning for ensuring the National Curriculum for English is fulfilled.
Our planning for RE is based on the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus for Teaching Religious Education (2012). In addition to this, as a Church school, Christian values are embedded throughout school life and our Collective Worship provides the opportunity for reflection and spiritual development.
We are lucky to have Mrs Amey, an expert in French, supporting our children across the federation. Mrs Amey teaches all our Key Stage 2 children French on a weekly basis.
We recognise the importance of PE. Dean Wright is our specialist coach who delivers excellent Physical Education sessions for all year groups. In addition to this, all pupils have the chance to participate in swimming across the year. We promote swimming badges and aim for all children to be able to swim at least 25m by the time they leave us. In addition to our PE lessons, we aim to develop sport and PE in numerous ways as detailed in our Sports Funding Report.
Personal Health Social Education (PHSE) is an important part of school life. We aim safeguard pupils, support their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. In PHSE we cover health and wellbeing, relationships, living in the wider world and British Values.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum is designed to support children’s learning across all areas, through the provision of both planned and child-initiated purposeful activities and experiences within an environment of high quality resources and interactions. We link with our Cornerstones Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) and our curriculum recognises each child as an individual with their own interests, motivations and needs which adds to our provision.