We believe a primary curriculum is at its powerful best when introducing young learners to experiences which have the potential to become lifelong passions, interests and pleasures. At Cookridge, we pride ourselves in offering rich experiences in all areas of the curriculum and are committed to continual improvement to our approach to curriculum design. Our strong commitment to the development of literate, numerate and curious adults is evident during any one day in our school. Our professional team share a commitment to excellence and the achievement of every single one of our learners and work hard to craft a curriculum which is of interest to our school community, for we believe that getting the curriculum right is the first step along the road to success.
Diversity and inclusion are strengths of our school. Our children come from a range of cultural and religious backgrounds, bringing with them a range of experiences. The school successfully recognises and values these experiences and reflects them by offering a curriculum which celebrates differences and promotes cohesion. All children in our school have equal access to our broad and balanced curriculum which ensures that their learning is meaningful and enriching.
The core aims of our curriculum include a desire to ensure our children:
are enthusiastic, successful learners
understand their own infinite potential is underpinned by effort and determination
are curious, inquisitive and able to express their ideas, research and findings well
are motivated to be the best that they can be
The National Curriculum and the Primary Frameworks for Literacy and Numeracy are our guides to the learning and teaching that takes place at our school. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, organising areas of study which promote cross-curricular links. Our creative approach provides opportunities for pupils to use and apply subject knowledge from across the curriculum. The children themselves are active participants in deciding which areas they would like to explore in depth and the means by which they do so. As well as finding out through books and web based research, our curriculum model is characterised by first hand experiences, interaction with real people and visits to real places.
The curriculum is constantly evolving into the most effective engine for enjoyment and achievement. We revised our curriculum in July 2014 to incorporate the new Revised National Curriculum. We have adapated our 7 year model which outlines the rich and diverse learning each child will enjoy as they journey through school. We very consciously plan for learning across the curriculum, and work hard to ensure learning offers the right level of challenge to each and every pupil. We plan for learning across year groups (Reception is planned for separately), so that KS1 (Years 1 & 2), Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6) share learning experiences. Pupils are required to work independently, in partnership and in whole group learning situations, with a strong commitment to conversation underpinning the learning that happens in our classrooms.
Cookrige Primary School's Phonics - Letters and Sounds
What is Letters and Sounds?
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
Taken from: www.letters-and-sounds.com