Whole School

Curriculum
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:

 

 
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.