Our intent is to provide our children with a creative, captivating and challenging curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow. As Jesus said to Andrew, "Push Out into the Deep" (Luke 5:4), we encourage children to take risks and build their resilience in all aspects of school life.
At St Andrew’s C of E Primary and Nursery School, we ensure that our children receive a full and enriched curriculum that is underpinned by the school's Christian Values. As a staff we have given careful consideration to our children and tailored a curriculum to meet their needs; offering additional experiences and activities which complement their current opportunities and statutory rights.
Ultimately, our curriculum intent is to help us to fulfil our school’s vision of helping all of our children to believe in themselves, push the boundaries of their learning and to reach their full potential in order that they are well prepared for the next step in their education and life beyond school. We inspire our children with exciting cross-curricular topics and interesting, challenging lessons so that they enjoy learning and develop high aspirations for the future.
Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:
Children leave St Andrew's as happy, caring and confident individuals who know how to keep safe and who do well across all subjects. They have developed a love of reading, maths and science and have high aspirations for the future.
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. It is based on a child-centred pedagogy called The Four Cornerstones and is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) and Knowledge Rich Projects (KRPs), which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of 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 many learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively. Cornerstones also provide a rigorous skills and knowledge framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These skills and knowledge are tied to activities and are age-related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
Across the school we are using Head, Hands and Heart to support the children in understanding more about what they are learning about. These will be used in lots of different lessons/activities and we will also have a BIG Head, Hands and Heart for each of our topics/projects, thinking about what we want the children to achieve by the end of the half term.
The 'Head' focuses on the knowledge we want children to have and making it 'sticky knowledge' so that it becomes stuck in their head rather than simply asking Google for all the answers!
The 'Hands' focus on the skills we want children to apply (obviously using knowledge to support them!) and be able to carry out with as much independence as possible.
The 'Heart' focuses on our Christian and British Values. Quite simply, these statements are designed to support the children in growing up to be the adults of the future that we can all be proud of.
You can find the BIG Head, Hands and Heart for this half term below.
For any further information regarding our curriculum, please contact school (see contact details) and a member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. Thank you.