As well as our daily maths, English and Reading sessions, we also learn through a theme-based curriculum using the ‘Cornerstone’ approach. This centres on the belief that children learn better when their interests and fascinations are allowed to flourish.
In the first half term of the academic year, we will be motivating our children through the topic ‘Enchanted Woodland’. An engaging and interactive woodland walk aims to open children’s eyes to nature and their surroundings. It is also a chance to explore the outdoors and collect pieces of nature for our display. They will go on to learn about different types of plants and trees and start thinking about seasons in Science. As well as this children will create interesting art and DT work inspired by nature.
During the second half term of the academic year, we will be inspiring our children through the topic ‘Superheroes’. This topic is a chance to think about ourselves and people that are ‘super’ heroes, looking at important people in history and in our lives. We also look at keeping ourselves ‘super’ and healthy. We explore our own senses and see if we have any super senses. There are also opportunities for creative art work and we become our own superheroes and supervillains during role play activities.
In the third half term of the academic year, we will be exciting our children through the topic ‘Moon Zoom’. During this topic we have a rather special and secretive visitor; they require lots of information all about our fantastic planet. We discover many interesting facts about the earth around us and link this with our Science topic ‘materials’. We explore feelings of being on a new planet through stories and have a go at creating our own mysterious creatures in Art.
During the fourth half term of the academic year, we will be stimulating our children through the topic ‘Splendid Skies’. An opportunity to become a season detective kick starts this topic. We go out into the surrounding nature areas and following on from our Enchanted Woodland topic search for clues of the new season. There are chances for children to explore the changing weather over the topic and this is linked with art work to allow children to express their ideas in a creative way.
In the fifth half term of the academic year, we will be interesting our children through the topic ‘Bright Lights, Big City’. What do you know about England’s capital city? Well during this topic we will explore the amazing and famous sights of our wonderful capital. We learn about their history and discover an important historical event that created a very important job that helps saves lives to this day. There are also several opportunities to get creative through Art and D&T, allowing children to use new techniques to create models and prints.
During the final half term of the academic year, we will be thrilling our children through the topic ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’. What’s your favourite animal? Perhaps taking a trip to the zoo will help to make up your mind. The trip kick starts our exciting animal based topic, allowing us to explore the natural animal world and all it has to offer from what animals eat to how they survive. It is closely linked with Science and develops the children’s understanding of themselves as animals as well.
At our school, we aim to make learning fun and accessible in order to encourage our children to extend their learning after school in an exciting and creative way. Homework is a great way for children to share what they have been learning in school with their families. It also allows the children to consolidate what they have learnt, make choices about their learning and to acquire new skills. We don’t want homework to be a negative experience for our children; we aim for it to be positive and rewarding.