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Our Curriculum (individual subject links on the left)

Click here for our curriculum statement 2019

At Mill Hill we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.

The Cornerstones Curriculum which is a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.  We have adapted some of the content to make the most of opportunities provided within our local community. 

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 curriculum 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 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 curriculum  provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that requires children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

How it Works?

Children will progress through four stage 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: 

http://www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/Learning-Philosophy.aspx

A long term plan of themes is planned and each of these themes will include covering History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Music.  The long term plan is currently under review but topics for 2018/19 are planned to be:

Key Stage/Term

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Foundation Stage

Traditional Tales

Festivals – Moon festival, Diwali, Bonfire Night, etc

Can we explore?

Are eggs alive?

 

 

Key Stage 1

Towers, Turrets & Tunnels

 

Visit to Richmond Castle 

 

Science - Animals, including humans

Seasonal Changes – on going

 

Muck, Mess & Mixtures

 

Including ignition days and re-ignition activities

 

 

Science - Animals, including humans & Investigations

Seasonal Changes – on going

Street Detectives

3 weeks – Geography Focus

 

1 week – National Story telling week – Footprints in the snow

 

3 weeks – History Focus

Ignition and re-ignition activities

 

Science - Everyday materials and their uses

Seasonal Changes – on going

 

 

 

Land Ahoy

 

3 weeks – Geography Focus

3 weeks – History Focus

Ignition and re-ignition activities

 

Science - Everyday materials and their uses

 

Seasonal Changes – on going

Wriggle & Crawl

 

Science – Plants

 

 

 

Seasonal Changes – on going

Beachcombers

 

 

Science - Living things and their habitats

 

Seasonal Changes – on going

Key Stage/Term

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Key Stage 2

Egyptians & Pharohs

 

Science - Animals, including humans

 

Fallen Fields

3 weeks – with ignition and re- ignition days

 

 

Science – Investigations – Y3, 4 & 6

Earth & Space  Y5

Gallery

3 weeks – with ignition and re- ignition days

 

1 week – National Story telling week

 

Frozen Kingdom

3 weeks – with ignition and re-ignition activities

Science - Materials

Allotment

3 weeks – with ignition and re- ignition days

 

 

The lost happy ending

3 weeks – with ignition and re- ignition days

 

 

Science - Sound

Scream Machine

 

Science - Plants

Halo Mexico

 

Science - Living things and their habitats

 

Further detail about the curriculum can be accessed by clicking the links on the left or by contacting the school.

 

Our aim is to link our Curriculum Planning to all of our English lessons – Topic through English.  This is due to our belief that children learn best when they have a clear understanding of what they are learning about.  For this to be the case children need first hand experiences and we call these 'Ignition Days'.  Planning example:

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Ignition

Inspiration

 

Planning

Beginning

Middle

End

Re-ignition

Inspiration and planning

Beginning

Middle

End

Editing

Beginning

 

 

Middle

End

Publishing

Publishing

 Monday ‘ignition’ – experiences not pens

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Block 1

Block 2

Block 1

Block 2

Block 1

Block 2

W1

W2

W3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                   

12 Ignition experiences a year, 72 through school…

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

Guided Reading

08.50 – 09.20

30 minutes

Times tables / Revision facts

Phonics

09.20 – 09.30

10 minutes

 

Maths

Maths

Maths

Maths

09.30 – 10.10

40 minutes

Assembly

10.10 – 10.25

15 minutes

 

Maths

Maths

Maths

Maths

10.25 – 10.45

20 minutes

Break

10.45 – 11.00

15 minutes

 

English

Planning

English

Beginning

English

Middle

English

End

11.00 – 12.00

60 minutes

Lunch – daily mile for children on 2nd sitting

12.00 – 13.00

 

Topic

 

 

 

Science

 

 

                   

PE, Computing, Art, DT, Music, RE, PSHCE, SEAL, MFL, Music

 

 

Previous Long term plans:

  

 

EASBY (FS)

KIRKSTALL

 BYLAND

FOUNTAINS

JERVAULX

RIEVAULX

AUTUMN 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following

the

Children's

interests

 

 

 

 

 

 

Superheroes

 

 

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

 

 

1066

 

 

Fallen

Fields

 

 

Fallen

Fields

AUTUMN 2

 

 

 

Dinosaur Planet

SPRING 1

 

 

 

Moon Zoom

 

 

Heroes and Villains

 

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

 

Stargazers

 

Frozen Planet

SPRING 2

 

 

 

Splendid Skies

 

Off with her Head

 

A Child’s War

SUMMER 1

 

 

 

Bright Lights, Big City

 

 

     Flow                       

 

 

Tremors

 

 

  Urban Pioneers      as needed

 

 

Alchemy Island

 

 

Hola Mexico

SUMMER 2

 

 

 

The Enchanted Woodland

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further detail about the curriculum can be accessed by clicking the links on the left or by contacting the school.