Curriculum Information


At Queenborough School and Nursery, all children are owners and reviewers of their own learning. Our school’s curriculum is the means through which we ignite the spark of life-long learning and shape the citizens of modern Britain. The development of children’s ‘learning powers’ and spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is at the centre of everything that takes place at school. The teaching of Numeracy, Literacy and other basic skills permeates the foundation subjects and there are frequent opportunities to apply new knowledge, skills and understanding across the curriculum.  

 

The Cornerstones Curriculum


In September 2014, the Government introduced a new National Curriculum. As a result, we have been carefully monitoring our own curriculum and ensuring that it is still the best model for our children.

As a school, we feel that the model of whole-school themes, which was introduced in 2012, has been a wonderful tool in raising standards and igniting the children’s passion for learning. However, the new National Curriculum is structured in such a way that makes it quite difficult for teachers to cover all the statutory elements under one common theme. Therefore, teachers are increasingly having to move away from the theme in order to teach the children everything they need to know.

In light of this, we have made the decision to move away from the whole-school theme approach to learning and we have invested in the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised curriculum model which shares the same values and passion for learning as the school.

This model is highly creative and allows the children to learn under themes which are specific to their year group. Just as before, each theme will start with a memorable experience to ignite curiosity and engage the children with their learning. The model allows all subjects to be linked more closely to the theme and therefore children’s key skills in the foundation subjects should improve. There are nine possible themes available to be studied by each year group over six terms and we plan to involve the children each year in deciding what their year group will be learning. How it Works?

Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP; Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:

http://www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/Learning-Philosophy.aspx

Open afternoons will still take place regularly, but the work displayed will be across a range of themes, rather than just one.

We are extremely excited about our new Curriculum model as we know that it is going to carry on the exciting work that was started by the whole-school themes.

Themes


 

Term

Theme

1

Bright Light, Big City

2

The Enchanted Woodlands

3

Dinosaur Planet

4

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

5

Superheroes

6

Moon Zoom

 

Term

Theme

1

Muck, Mess and Mixtures

2

Street Detectives

3

Land Ahoy!

4

Bounce

5

Beachcombers

6

Wriggle and Crawl

Term

Theme

1

Scrumdidlyumptious

2

Tremors

3

Gods and Mortals

4

Superheroes and Villains

5

Urban Pioneers

6

Predator

 

Term

Theme

1

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

2

Playlist

3

Misty Mountain Sierra

4

Potions

5

1066

6

Blue Abyss

 

Term

Theme

1

Pharaohs 

2

Fallen Fields

3

Stargazers

4

Time Travellers

5

Beast Creator

6

Off with her Head!

 

TermTheme
1Hola Mexico
2A Child’s War
3Frozen Kingdom
4Blood Heart
5Darwin’s Delights
6ID

 

Building Learning Power


Building Learning Power revolves around four ‘learning muscles’, which are: RESILIENCE, RECIPROCICITY, REFLECTIVENESS and RESOURCEFULNESS. Each of these learning muscles can be broken down further into strands. This diagram of the BLP brain shows these strands.

Every lesson that the children are taught at Queenborough will aim to develop these strands of learning as well as developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of whatever curriculum area is being studied. Children are frequently asked which learning muscles they are using and these words remain high profile through colourful displays in each classroom and around the school. Each two terms, the children are assessed against the learning powers as well as their academic ability in the core subjects.

Each term the school celebrates a BLP day at the start of the term to kick-start the learning for the term and re-immerse the children in the vocabulary needed to express their learning. This is followed by weekly assemblies in which the children are nominated for displaying these learning dispositions.

Curriculum Celebration


Each term, the school holds a curriculum celebration event to ‘show-case’ the wonderful work that has been produced. Examples of homework and class work are displayed proudly and parents and other family members are welcomed into school to see the work that has been produced.

Wow Moments


As well as inspirational and engaging lessons within the classroom, we provide the children with many wow moments throughout the year. These usually take place on the first day of a new term as a launch for each theme. These opportunities provide the stimulus for the children’s initial work within the theme and also allows them to experience learning outside the classroom.


 

Each term, parents will receive a comprehensive curriculum map which details all of the objectives to be covered in each subject. If you require any further information regarding our curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Senior Leadership Team.