Boughton Monchelsea Primary School
Church Hill | Boughton Monchelsea | Maidstone | ME17 4HP

Curriculum

Our School Curriculum

In our Reception class, the children spend most of their time engaged in child initiated learning. This means that they are able to choose from a range of activities, both inside and outside, focusing on seven different areas of the curriculum. They also have short adult-led learning sessions, which cover areas such as phonics (for reading), writing and number. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, which helps the children to develop their communication and social skills, understanding of language, independence and fosters a love of learning.

In Year R, Year 1 and Year 2, the children learn phonics through the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme. We use the Rising Stars Reading Planet scheme for guided reading in Key Stage 1, supplemented by materials from other schemes and real books. In Key Stage 2, we develop reading skills through whole class Literacy lessons, guided reading groups and providing individual reading support where required. 

From Year 1 to Year 6, we follow the National Curriculum, which consists of the core subjects of English, Maths and Science as well as the foundation subjects of Art & Design, Computing, Design & Technology, Geography, History, Languages in Key Stage 2 (Mandarin or French), Music and P.E. The children also receive lessons in Religious Education, following the Kent Agreed Syllabus, and Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education. 

More information about our English and Maths curriculum can be found on the English and Maths pages of this site.

We use the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children, which covers all of the foundation subjects, as well as many aspects of English and Science. 

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Cornerstones 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 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 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/

Homework

At Boughton Monchelsea, homework is used to:-

  • reinforce classroom learning
  • contribute to children’s progress in school
  • provide opportunities to practise skills with parent/carer
  • encourage learning as a life-long process
  • promote habits of enquiry and investigation
  • support development of independent learning skills
  • promote an effective home/school partnership

Children are expected to read every day and will be asked to complete online Maths tasks and to learn spellings. In addition, we ask children to complete tasks selected from a Homework Menu, which is linked to the class topic. Children in Year R record their home learning in their Marvellous Me book and are set learning challenges related to their topic. The homework menu for each class is published on each class's web page and the Homework Policy can be found in the Policies section of this website.

Our topics
Please see the topic overviews for the topics the children in KS1 and 2 will be covering this year. Further information on the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage can be found on the Department of Education’s website.
Further information
For a breakdown of the National Curriculum expectations in reading, writing and maths please click on the appropriate year group.