Here at Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s CEVAP School we provide a creative curriculum based around the 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: https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/why-cornerstones/
In Foundation we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012) statutory framework, in conjunction with the Development Matters guidance. We prioritise the Unique Child, Positive Relationships and Enabling Environments and learning through play. With this in mind coverage of the curriculum is met through the implementation of the Cornerstones Curriculum’s ILPs, which enable us to tailor our curriculum in response to our child’s needs and interests, and enabling challenge to extend learning.
We initiate phonic learning through the Letters & Sounds scheme starting with Phase 1 in Nursery and progressing through the phases in Reception.
Please also see our Early Years RE curriculum..
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Additional School information
At Sir Robert Hitcham’s we rigorously teach the children maths, phonics, reading, spelling and grammar in a manner that’s suited to their age and ability. The Reading Schemes used are GINN, Oxford Reading Tree plus banded free readers. The Phonics schemes used in school are Phonics Play and Phonics Bug.
Phonic knowledge is screened using a national test in Year 1. All children other than those with very significant educational needs take SATS (national tests) at the end of Year 2 and at the end of Year 6.
See more on the Mathematics Curriculum on the Maths page.
See more on the English Curriculum on the English page.
We may change elements of the curriculum during the year to reflect the children’s own interests and/or current local, national or international events.
Specialist teachers work alongside class teachers to provide high quality provision in some subjects. We provide specialist music tuition to children from Year 3 and above, whole class instrumental music tuition is available for Year 4 children.
Further Curriculum Information from GOV.UK
The personal, social and emotional aspect of learning is an important part of the school curriculum. Through citizenship, knowledge and understanding of social structures and services such as the police, fire, health, local and national government is taught.
Health education includes understanding of a balanced diet, dental care, keeping safe (eg Road Safety training), personal hygiene and the responsible use of medicines.
Throughout their time at school children are introduced to growth and change both in science and PSHE. They are taught about plant and human life cycles and how their own bodies change as they grow older. This part of the PSHE curriculum reaches a logical conclusion in upper Key Stage 2 when the changes that take place with the onset of puberty are introduced together with conception and birth. This aspect of PSHE is approached in the same sensitive way as any other and particular care is taken to give boys and girls a chance to talk to an adult in separate groups. One part of this teaching unit takes the form of a video, which can be viewed by parents beforehand