The English Curriculum is delivered using Curriculum 2014 for English for Key Stages 1 and 2. In Foundation Stage the EYFS Statutory Framework 2012 and Development Matters 2012 are used to ensure consistency and progression throughout the phase. For the most part, pupils will tackle English work as individuals, as a whole class or in small groups.
In all year groups the majority of English work is done in the class, with work being differentiated to match the needs of different children where required. Guided and supported work, alongside interventions are used to support children who are not on track to meet age related expectations or progress targets.
KS1 and KS2 follow our bespoke Curriculum @ St Catherine’s.
Our phonics in infants follows the Letters and Sounds programme.
Letters and Sounds is a focused teaching strategy that teaches children how the alphabet works for reading and spelling.
In EYFS and Year 1 Letters and Sounds is taught as a discrete 20 minute ‘Time to Shine’ session each day. Each lesson follows the structure of review, teach, practise and apply. The programme is broken down as follows:
At St Catherine’s, through an alliance with Maths Hubs and research that includes NCETM materials, we have embarked on a mastery approach: a set of principles and beliefs. The NCETM: Teaching for Mastery 2015 states that this:
‘…includes belief that all pupils are capable of understanding and doing mathematics, given sufficient time. Pupils are neither ‘born with the maths gene’ nor ‘just no good at maths’. With good teaching, appropriate resources, effort and a ‘can do’ attitude all children can achieve in and enjoy mathematics.’ (NCTEM: Teaching for Mastery 2015)
We understand that teaching for mastery means that a class works together on the same topic, providing all pupils with the opportunity to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth of proficiency and understanding. Mastery is not just being able to memorise key facts and procedures and answer test questions accurately and quickly. It involves knowing ‘why’ as well as knowing ‘that’ and knowing ‘how’. It means being able to use one’s knowledge appropriately, flexibly and creatively and to apply it in new and unfamiliar situations. Rather than accelerating into new mathematical content, children are challenged through a deeper understanding of the same content (mastery in greater depth).
In order to achieve our aim to ensure that learning is sufficiently embedded and sustainable over time, teaching is clearly focused during our daily hour long lesson. Children are then provided with the opportunity to consolidate and deepen their understanding the next day during a ‘Maths Workshop’ which is a twenty minute session that proceeds the maths lesson. This time also allows for teacher intervention with those children who are not secure with the content from the previous day, before moving on. As a result, long term gaps in learning should be prevented.
At St. Catherine's we use an electronic system called Classroom Monitor, as well as continuing to work with neighbouring schools and teaching alliances.
We use two connected modules that put assessment at the heart of everything we do:
The Formative Assessment module makes recording assessment against our curriculum quick, easy, and an integral part of effective teaching.
Captured assessment informs planning, highlights knowledge gaps and can be exported into target sheets, learning journeys and assessment summaries.
The Attainment & Progress Module gives us up to the minute insight into assessment captured across the school
Detailed analysis for school improvement, governors, or Ofsted is instantly available through live dashboards.
We provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.
With the new National Curriculum being introduced by the Government (2014-15) we have worked hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we have implemented the new 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 new 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 curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that requires children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provides 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:
The Curriculum @ St. Catherine's