At Dordon Primary School, we actively promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs, within our curriculum and also through our daily interactions with the children. Our school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect, tolerance and consideration. These are also taught within formal PSHE and RE lessons.
Here at Dordon Primary School, we provide a creative thematic curriculum using the Cornerstones Curriculum to support teacher creativity and imagination. This is a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
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. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum. Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
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:
The Power of Reading
At Dordon, we use the Power of Reading to deliver English to children from EYFS to Y6. This is a text-based approach with a quality text at the heart of the unit of work. The approach allows greater build up to written pieces, with a focus on Talk for Writing techniques and vocabulary development. Texts are selected carefully to inspire and engage the pupils in each class.
Planning for each text is available online and includes all aspects of English, including grammar and spelling. An important aspect of this scheme is ensuring children have a copy of the text to refer to and the whole text is read so plot development and characterisation can be explored.
It is also fundamental that children get to hear texts being read aloud and the Power of Reading actively promotes that and therefore a love of reading is being nurtured in school.
White Rose Maths
At Dordon, we have started to use the White Rose Maths in Y4-6 - to embed a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics. The principle is straightforward: concepts start in the concrete using practical apparatus, they then move to pictorial representations of the concrete and pupils will be secure in their understanding of this before moving on to the abstract representations.
We are aiming to deepen pupils understanding of mathematical concepts so they are secure in the strategies to use when faced with problems that require them to reason mathematically.
Phonics and Reading schemes.
As part of our Phonics provision in school we follow elements of 'Letters and Sounds' DFE programme with 'Rapid Phonics' used as a related catch up programme. This is supported by the use of 'Jolly Phonics'.
The preferred reading scheme used in school is 'Collins Big Cat' for Guided Reading and 'Oxford Reading Tree' for Home Reading. Pupils also supplement their 'reading book' with a book from our library which is managed by our Year 6 librarians using Junior Librarian.
In Reception to Year 3, we adopt the Mathematics Mastery approach to the teaching of maths. The approach develops depth of understanding within maths rather than simply moving onto 'harder' or 'bigger' numbers or problems. The children are encouraged to explore numbers and concepts and have a secure understanding of their age-related expectation before moving on.