Curriculum

Principles and Purpose – Intent:

At Eaton Park Academy, we believe in a broad and balanced curriculum, which is knowledge-rich, where all subjects are valued. A broad and balanced curriculum will equip our children with a breadth of knowledge and skills in all areas of the curriculum, based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children. Our aim is to create independent and confident learners, who are equipped with a wide variety of skills and rich-knowledge that they can use in the future. We firmly believe that every child is unique and that everyone should be given the opportunity to be successful.

English and Maths are delivered on a daily basis and we are committed to ensuring that all children are equipped with the basic skills that they are then able to use across all areas of learning.  Throughout the academy, from EYFS to Year 6, we use the Pearson Bug Club reading scheme for the delivery of reading. Phonics in FS and KS1 is taught using a synthetic phonics programme that follows the principles of Letters and Sounds. From Y2 upwards, phonic knowledge is combined with Read Write Inc Spelling to ensure progression.

We are committed to delivering a curriculum that is underpinned by the key principles:

  • Creates an ethos of achievement and success for everyone
  • Meets the learning needs of ALL of our children
  • Explores the breadth and depth of the national curriculum so children develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
  • Provides experiences that promote challenge and enjoyment of learning
  • Develops and demonstrates creative thinking, creativity and independence
  • Develops children’s self-esteem, respect and confidence in their abilities
  • Makes learning real and relevant for our children
  • Encourages our children to become reflective and critical thinkers
  • Uses and embeds our MASTER values
  • Promotes collaborative learning
  • Provides enriched learning experiences
  • Enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity, problem solving and develops language
  • Excites, promotes and sustain’s children’s interest

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. It is based on a child-centred pedagogy called The Four Cornerstones and is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of children’s learning.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides many learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively. 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.

There are a vast range of topics within the Cornerstones Curriculum and each year band will cover six topics over the academic year, two per term. Our Academy is using the Cornerstones Curriculum to teach children Science, Geography, History, Art, Religious Education, Art and Design and Design Technology. PE and Music are delivered on a weekly basis by specialist teachers and the National Curriculum is delivered in each of these subjects. Languages and PSHE are taught discretely. SMSC underpins the curriculum we provide and there are clear links to this in delivery and teaching and learning.

Each topic is planned progressively, and there is a launch day for every topic. At the beginning of each topic, teachers will send home an outline of what will be taught in the topic. This will mean parents are fully informed about what the children are learning and the excitement of learning can continue at home. The children’s topic homework for the half-term is also linked directly to their topic work in class.

Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom – we offer a range of enrichment activities to enhance the children’s learning. This includes a trip per term, visitors into school, use of the local area, residential trips and a wide range of extra curricular activities to name but a few.

If you would like further information regarding the curriculum, please contact Mrs Bell at the Academy.

Overview of year band topics – Implementation:

Curriculum overview 2018-2019

Nursery Long Term Plan 2018-2019

Reception Long Term Plan 2018-2019

Topic Overviews – Implementation:

Whole school curriculum map 2018-2019

Entitlement and Enrichment – Implementation:

Enrichment Information Overview 2018-2019

Pupil Offers – Implementation:

EPA – Nursery Pupil Offer

EPA – Reception Pupil Offer

EPA – Y1 Pupil Offer

EPA – Y2 Pupil Offer

EPA – Y3 Pupil Offer

EPA – Y4 Pupil Offer

EPA – Y5 Pupil Offer

EPA – Pupil Offer Y6

National Curriculum link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425601/PRIMARY_national_curriculum.pdf