Learning and the Curriculum

At Hailey School we use the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children. This reflects the new National Curriculum which was introduced by the Government in 2014.

The curriculum at Hailey CE Primary School is primarily topic based. We use the principals of the Creative Curriculum to inspire and stimulate children’s learning while focussing on core subjects through discreet teaching. Planning for this is based on a two year rolling programme of Cornerstones topics which ensures there is no repetition of subject matter whilst providing complete coverage of The National Curriculum.

Learning is meaningful and we provide a wide range of opportunities to enthuse and inspire. At the beginning of each new topic teachers work with children to identify what aspects children already know and what aspects they are interested in learning next.

We ensure that our curriculum is broad and balanced through following the guidelines in the DFE publication ‘Designing and timetabling the Primary Curriculum.’   Home learning is an extension of the work in school and it supports and reflects our creative curriculum, providing opportunities for parents/carers to become more involved in their child’s learning through topic projects.

We use letters and sounds as our programme for phonics and a range of reading schemes including Big Cats, Rapid reading and Bug Club.