Our School Curriculum
This section of our website gives information on the curriculum our children will be studying over the academic year.
The curriculum overviews provide detailed information on what each year group will be studying each half term.
Each class has a page on our website which is used to share the exciting things they have been doing throughout the year. On this page is the half termly curriculum newsletter which will provide additional detail about the curriculum, special events, celebrations, visitors and trips.
We want our parents and carers to be involved in their child’s education and throughout the year we will invite them into school to share some special times with us.
How is our curriculum organised?
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts.
Our curriculum is delivered through half-termly Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
At St Philip Howard we have chosen to use the Cornerstones Curriculum as the basis of our curriculum. This is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations.
Throughout the year, our children will be immersed in good quality, engaging texts which link directly to the curriculum. In each year group, each half term, an engaging text (fiction, non-fiction or poem) is chosen to match the ILP.
At the start of each half term, a memorable experience is chosen; the aim of which is to engage and hook our children, making them want to learn and find out more! And, at the end of each half term, we plan an end of topic celebration.
Where can I find out more information?
If you require further information on the curriculum at St. Philip Howard, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
If you would like to find out more information on Cornerstones and the National Curriculum, please use the links below.
Each half term, we will send home a curriculum newsletter which will provide additional detail about the curriculum, special events, celebrations, visitors and trips.
Please follow the link to the curriculum overview for each year group; this outlines the learning children will cover during the academic year. Throughout the year, it may be that certain topics or units are swapped within a year group but curriculum overviews will be updated accordingly.
Each year, a booklet that provides information for parents and carers on the end of year expectations for children in our school is sent home. The staff have identified these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the following year.
All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching. Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve these is greatly valued.
If you have any queries regarding the content of this booklet or want support in knowing how best to help your child, please talk to your child’s teacher.
English at St Philip Howard
We follow the National Curriculum to teach and plan English lessons. Teachers use the objectives, lesson plans and resources to plan differentiated, supportive, engaging and challenging lesson; all the while ensuring the National Curriculum standards for English are met.
Children are regularly assessed to ensure they are working at age related expectations. Some children are supported through scaffolding resources and others are challenged to use a greater depth of understanding. Cross curricular links are made using the Cornerstones curriculum.
We use a range of reading resources to deliver our reading curriculum. They are colour coded to ensure progression in difficulty.. Guided reading takes place daily . To assess children, teachers use RM Benchmarking and Rising Stars; this provides reading tests which assess word reading and comprehension skills.
Phonics and Spelling
Throughout school phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds scheme of work alongside National Curriculum English standards. Daily phonics lessons are carried out in EYFS and KS1.
Children are continuously assessed to ensure they are working at age related expectations. In the summer term Year 1 children will take part in the National Phonics screening check. Children will either pass or fail this test. If children do not meet the pass score they have the opportunity to retake the test in Year 2.