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About our school

About our school

The Shakespeare Curriculum

Shakespeare Primary School is committed to meeting the requirements of the new primary curriculum from September 2014. We have updated our planning to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum and added a few Shakespeare twists. Teachers have received training in the key areas of curriculum change and we are ready to provide an outstanding curriculum for all our pupils which has breadth and balance.

The curriculum is taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. We aim for our curriculum to be exciting and to inspire children to nurture a passion for learning, encouraging inquisitiveness and confidence in our pupils. We are proud that our curriculum promotes preparation for, and an appreciation of life in modern Britain.

We ensure equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from the school, irrespective of race, gender, disability, religion or socio-economic background. We have a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and able to participate fully in school life.

At Shakespeare Primary School, we believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.


The Foundation Stage Curriculum at Shakespeare

At Shakespeare Primary School, pupils in our Nursery and Reception Classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

In Nursery we begin to teach the building blocks of reading through early exposure to texts, language and through sound discrimination activities. At Shakespeare we use Government guidance called Letters and Sounds to help teachers plan progression in phonic skills. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

This curriculum is play based, and involves children self-selecting activities, whole class activities and small adult led activities by the teachers and support staff. Adults very carefully observe the children and plan progress for each of them by intervening in play and also planning targeted teaching to move learning forward.

In Reception children's learning is based on their own interests and projects developed around these. Key themes in the Early Learning Goals are addressed in provision areas and focus activities throughout the year depending on the project.

For information on how we teach phonics please click here >> for the Letters and Sounds document.


Years 1 to 6 Curriculum at Shakespeare

At Shakespeare Primary School English and Maths lessons take place each morning, with Science and the foundation subjects taking place each afternoon. Opportunities to promote literacy and numeracy throughout the curriculum are exploited, as well as cross curricular links.

Here at Shakespeare 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.

The curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPS). Children progress through four stages of learning in each ILP.

ENGAGE: first hand, memorable learning experiences where children have the chance to investigate and explore using all their senses.

DEVELOP: develop and research skills, knowledge and understanding

INNOVATE: apply skills, knowledge and understanding to a creative and inspirational challenge

EXPRESS: perform, share, evaluate and celebrate 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 will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.


2017 -2018 Curriculum Overview


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5/6