Stratton Primary School's Curriculum
'Successful learning in a happy environment'
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
We plan an exciting and challenging curriculum based on our observations of children’s needs, interests and stages of development across the seven areas of learning to enable the children to achieve the early learning goals. All seven areas of learning and development are important and interconnected.
These three are the prime areas of learning:
● Communication and Language
● Personal, Social and Emotional Development
● Physical Development
Children are also supported through the four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These specific areas are:
● Understanding the World
● Expressive Arts and Design
Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a combination of adult-led and child-initiated activities. We plan a balance between children having time and space to engage in their own child-initiated activities and those that are planned by the adults. Through adult-led activities we introduce children to new ideas, provide opportunities for them to develop their skills and ensure that they experience all areas of learning in the EYFS. During children’s play, practitioners interact to stretch and challenge children further, through building conversation, facilitating and sharing ideas and modelling skills. Such interaction with the children is essential as this helps to build the children’s understanding and therefore guides new learning. We also plan a variety of enrichment opportunities and trips within the community to bring the children’s learning to life.
Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 (Years 1-6)
At Stratton Primary School, we aim for a broad and balanced curriculum, valuing every subject. We aim to be creative and memorable whilst providing rich opportunities for the children to ensure all children are successful and happy learners. Our curriculum is enriched with visitors, educational visits and our wonderful grounds.
We are passionate about planning and delivering a creative, challenging, inclusive curriculum which is purposeful for all students and follows the 2014 National Curriculum. This builds progressively over the children’s time at Stratton to develop their skills and knowledge in individual subjects, with cross-curricular links utilised wherever possible.
The children are frequently encouraged to retrieve their prior learning through a variety of activities. This can include low-stake quizzes and knowledge organisers for example. To consolidate their prior learning, lessons are carefully planned to build progressively within individual units. This will be in line with our progression of skills documents and our curriculum maps.
Topic Overviews for 2022 - 2023
Topics are taught for either half a term or a whole term depending on the level of depth the area requires. Below is our current topic overview.
Year Group Overviews
Each year group has a yearly overview they follow which outlines the coverage for each subject in accordance to the unit or topic being covered. Below is the overview for every year group.
In addition, PSHE, RSE and SMSC are taught discretely as well as threading through the heart of our school. We ensure our children at Stratton Primary School experience purposeful social situations in preparation for them becoming citizens of the future.
In maths, we follow a mastery approach where children become competent and resilient mathematicians. Children have daily practice of arithmetic skills separate to their main maths lesson. We follow a scheme called White Rose to assist us in our planning alongside making our own adaptions to cater for the children’s needs and adding enriching activities.
Mastery is a combination of the following three areas:
A typical maths lesson would begin with a fluency element with children progressing onto reasoning and problem solving activities. At the end of a block of lessons, children complete an assessment reviewing their fundamental understanding of concepts. Once a term, children are assessed on both their arithmetic and reasoning and problem solving skills.
Every element of English is an integral part of all Stratton School life – spoken language, reading and writing. We recognise the importance of learning to read and its impact on a child’s learning journey through school.
When pupils join the school, they begin to learn to read straight away in Reception following the RWI (Read, Write, Inc) programme. This continues through year 1 and some of year 2 for most pupils. Once a pupil has completed the RWI programme, they move on to English Learning sequences, as the rest of the school. In addition, they start to read books from our library based on the Accelerated Reader programme.
Further information can be found on our English policy.
The school follows the Cornwall RE syllabus which is planned on a two year rolling programme.
PSHE (inc RSE) and SMSC
Our curriculum is formed by combining The Cornwall Curriculum, Go-Givers (scheme of work) and additional resources for specific areas. A comprehensive curriculum map outlines our coverage.
SMSC threads through the very veins of Stratton Primary School. The following document outlines how.
Curriculum information and key documents
The school has devised several documents to support the curriculum. Some aspects are subject to change.