Here at Eton Porny C of E First School 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 here
For more information about our school curriculum please see the detailed information below featuring our Curriculum Maps and Subject Specific information.
You may also be interested in reading our Curriculum Policy
We use the Read Write Inc phonic programme in Reception and Year One, with additional phonics intervention for children in Year Two who have not passed their phonics screening test. The children are taught to learn new sounds, develop fluency in reading, as well as their understanding of texts. We assess the children regularly, in addition, we teach pupils to work effectively with a partner to explain and consolidate what they are learning. Information about this scheme is shared with parents through workshops. Information about the sounds the children are learning is sent home regularly in reading records.
Following this link to find a series of information and tutorial videos explaining the basics of Read Write Inc. Phonics. If your child is learning to read these videos will help you support them at home.
At Eton Porny, we feel that it is important for pupils to have enjoyment of, and engagement with a variety of texts. Once pupils have moved past the phonics programme, they are taught more complex comprehension skills, which are designed to help children to infer, summarise, question, clarify, predict and argue a point of view. The children are also taught to make connections between texts and their own experiences, and are encouraged to take their own meaning from each text, becoming independent and critical thinkers.
We want children to develop a rich vocabulary and a love for reading, and we encourage children to read as often as possible. Children will also bring home a book, from the school reading scheme, which they should be encouraged to read on a daily basis. Children also have the opportunity to visit the school library once a week during a lunchtime club. We are developing links with our local library in Eton and each class will have an opportunity to visit the library during the school year.
All children write regularly for a variety of purposes and audiences, using poetry, narratives and non-fiction. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught explicitly, as well as in the context of the children’s individual work. Children are encouraged to redraft and edit their work where necessary and respond to the ‘fix its’ given by the class teacher in order to further and consolidate their learning.
At Eton Porny, we encourage children to use a cursive, joined script with lead-ins for all letters. This is taught from Term 1 in EYFS. Once children have developed a neat, joined style, and they are using it consistently in all of their writing, they earn a pen license, which is presented to the children as part of our weekly celebration assemblies. A pen is then used for ‘publishing’ pieces of their work.
Teachers make use of a wide variety of resources to motivate and enthuse young writers, including the use of film, pictures and story books to stimulate imaginative, creative writing. As part of our Cornerstones Curriculum children are also provided with a variety of cross-curricular writing opportunities.
From Year One, children are taught spelling patterns each week which correlates to the expected standard for their year group. These are then taken home to be practised and they also practise these spellings daily at school. Children are then tested on this pattern the following week.
At Eton Porny our aim is to create a learning environment that inspires a fascination for number. A child who enjoys maths from the start of their formal education is willing to explore and investigate. Those investigations are the foundations for a secure understanding of mathematics. We aim to make maths fun whilst ensuring that the children have an increasingly secure fluency with their number facts and a solid understanding of how the number system works. As part of our Cornerstones Curriculum, children are also provided with a variety of cross-curricular opportunities for applying their mathematical skills. We hope to open their minds to the possibilities found in open-ended investigations and to be able to solve real life problems with their number knowledge. They will develop resilience, an open mind and the ability to be systematic. Our maths lessons are about collaboration, investigation and understanding the processes involved, just as much as an ability to apply them therefore the children will be working on developing their reasoning skills.
From Year One, children take part in a daily Big Maths session. Big Maths is an approach to teaching number that aims to ensure that children are confidently numerate as they progress through school. It provides a rigorous and progressive structure and enables children to fully embed key skills and numeracy facts through fun and engaging lessons. It is based on 4 key elements which make up each maths lesson: CLIC.
Counting – Counting is done in many ways including counting forwards and backwards in various increments; work on place value and reading and ordering numbers.
Learn Its – Learn Its are 72 number facts which are learnt throughout the years upto Year 4. They are split across the different terms so that each class works on a few Learn Its at a time to ensure they are fully embedded. 36 are addition facts and 36 are multiplication facts; these are learnt in class and practised at home and are tested once a week.
It’s Nothing New – Children use a bank of facts and methods that they already have to solve problems and that each step of progress is very small; children will use and apply their skills and methods to a range of different situations and problems.
Calculation – This is often the main part of the maths lesson which focuses on teaching solid written and mental methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children move through progress drives which introduce small, focused steps of progress throughout the year.
There are two parts to Big Maths Beat That! that we use to assess all children in at the end of every week. These parts are:
- The CLIC Challenges
- The Learn Its Challenges
These are fun and engaging weekly progress checks in which children try to beat their best ever score. These Big Maths Beat That! Challenges informs class teachers and parents of the gaps in learning and shows which children have embedded a learning step.
Helping your child with Maths
We have provided some guidance on different strategies that you could use to support your child with each area of calculation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). There is also a progression document for each the areas of maths where you can see the end of Key Stage expectations for mathematical knowledge and understanding.
Our aim is to ensure that every child has access to
- two hours of PE per week and that they are physically active for sustained periods of time
- a broad and varied PE curriculum where they will find opportunities to develop and improve fundamental skills
- activities that build confidence and inspire the desire to succeed
- opportunities in every lesson that enable them to evaluate and recognise their own success
- compete against others and their own personal best
- lead in Sports, in KS2, and share their talents with others
- to work as team and, very importantly, to build their problem solving and strategy skills on the field
Most importantly we want to ensure that all the children enjoy Physical Education.
Working with the Windsor Sports Schools Partnership (WSSP) ensures that teaching staff have a continually evolving skill set and that the children have opportunities in PE that take them beyond the traditional. Additionally all classes receive up to 12 weeks expert coaching in physical activities as varied as dance, gymnastics, tennis and key skills.
Each year our work with WSSP also provides opportunities for inter-school competition, and also the instruction of our Key Stage 2 children in Playground Leadership.
For information about the schools Sports Premium allocations please follow this link
At Eton Porny we follow the Discovery RE scheme of work for our RE curriculum, in conjunction with Understanding Christianity resources, as part of our work with the Oxford Diocese.
Discovery RE is a comprehensive enquiry-based, teaching programme for Religious Education for all year groups. Understanding Christianity is a Church of England Education Office project. The key purpose of the materials are to help all teachers support pupils in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it.
For more information on these resources please click on the links below.
In our school, we have adopted the Smart School Council model. This helps all pupils to have a voice and learn how to become active, democratic citizens. It also helps to develop key skills around oracy, confidence and leadership.
It is led by our Communication Team.
This group take a lead role in keeping the Smart School Council together and keeping everyone up to date. They support and encourage everyone to get involved.
Class Meetings give every pupil in the school a voice. They are a key way for the children to have a say on the important issues facing the whole school.
Action teams are set up to help pupils who have an idea to get involved. They help pupils to make a contribution to improving the school.
Miss Mulcahy leads the Smart School Council with our Communications team to provide all our children with the opportunity to make a change.
Eton Porny is part of the Eco-Schools initiative, which aims to empower students to be the change our sustainable world needs.
We have an elected group of pupils, who work in partnership with students from Eton College.
The Eco-Team is responsible for keeping their class and the school as 'green' as they can.
Eco-Team meet regularly to come up with new ideas to help the school, and teach other pupils the importance of looking after our world. We were pleased to achieve our Bronze Eco-School award in March 2018 and are now working towards our Silver Eco-School Award.
At Eton Porny, the children are split into four houses - red, green, yellow and blue. Each term we appoint a captain and a vice captain to lead each of the houses for that term. Children in Year 4 have the opportunity to stand for a house captain position and children in Year 2 have the opportunity to stand for a vice captain position. The children need to complete an application form to apply and these are then reviewed by all the staff and successful applicants are appointed. House and vice captains then lead their house in various inter-house competitions that take place throughout the year, for example; poetry writing, creative arts, maths, science and computing, singing and sports. They are also chosen to represent the school at formal occasions and significant events. It is a prestigious role that aligns with our school vision statement and Christian values, for example; aspiration, community, respect and perseverance.
At Eton Porny we encourage the children to take on additional roles and responsibilities. This immerses them into school life and provides them with opportunities to develop their aspirations and leadership skills. Roles include: library monitors, reading buddies, play leaders and well-being champions, as well as the chance to lead collective worship and various responsibilities within their classroom.