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Independant Day School

Preschool to 11 years

Established 1951

Saville House School

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Out of Hours Contact: 01623 904418

Our Curriculum

We provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, 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:

 

https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/why-cornerstones/

The government has made changes to the teaching of Phonics in schools and by the introduction of systematic synthetic phonics programs. By ensuring high-quality phonics teaching the government wants to improve literacy levels to:

  • give all children a solid base upon which to build as they progress through school
  • help children to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

 

What is systematic synthetic phonics?

Evidence and research suggests that children learn to read best with a systematic approach to phonics with high quality teaching. But what does it mean to be “synthetic”? It has nothing to do with polyester style clothes! It simply means the blending or “synthesising” of sounds to make a word. Think about something working in synthesis – it’s when something works together – and that’s exactly what the individual sounds – or phonemes – in words should do. The more phonemes a word has, the more difficult it is to blend the sounds together, which is exactly why a systematic approach must be taken – basically, building up phonetic knowledge in a systematic way that builds on existing knowledge and skills. The DfE says on this:

 

Phonics is best understood as a body of knowledge and skills about how the alphabetic system works, and how to apply it in reading and spelling, rather than one of a range of optional ‘methods’ or ‘strategies’ for teaching children how to read. A programme should promote the use of phonics as the route to reading unknown words, before any subsequent comprehension strategies are applied. It should not encourage children to guess unknown words from clues such as pictures or context, rather than first applying phonic knowledge and skills.

-DfE 2021

 

A complete systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme is one that provides:

  • all that is essential to teach SSP to children in reception and key stage 1 
  • sufficient support for children in reception and key stage 1 to become fluent readers
  • a structured route for most children to meet or exceed the expected standard in the year one phonics screening check
  • all national curriculum expectations for word reading through decoding by the end of key stage 1

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