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Curriculum Overview

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.

For our Maths and English lessons, we follow the Herts for Learning schemes.

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.

Curriculum Newsletters

Each half term, we will send home a curriculum newsletter which will provide additional detail about the curriculum, special events, celebrations, visitors and trips.

Curriculum overviews

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.






End of Year Expectations

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.

Forest School 

Forest School is defined by the Forest School Association as 'an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.'  


Here at St Philip Howard, we are excited that all our children have weekly Forest School sessions, where they are offered opportunities to achieve and develop their confidence through a range of activities and experiences - often involving mud!  We run our sessions through all weathers and each season offers interactions that have a positive, lasting effect on the children's sense of belonging and stewardship over the site and God's wonderful creation.  


Whilst many aspects of learning can be taken outside, including lessons based around National Curriculum objectives, Forest School sessions offer learner-centred opportunities.  These help promote the children's holistic development, strengthening their stamina, resilience and perseverance.  In our Forest School sessions, we aim to help each child to learn in their own way, encouraging independence through developing skills such as team work, communication, problem solving and encouraging supported risk taking: skills which support their learning back in the classroom, too! 


English at St Philip Howard

We follow the National Curriculum, using 'Herts for Learning Long Term Planning' scheme to teach and plan English lessons (see below). 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.





Herts for Learning Long Term English Planning

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