As a school we define ‘Inspirational Teaching and Learning’ as:
- Irresistible, challenging and promotes choice
- Empowers all to be the best they can be
- Collaborative, encourages curiosity and self-discovery, and transforms lives
Examples of what this looks like can be viewed here:
We have run a Parents Information evenings about Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Assessment. The presentations from these evenings can be viewed here:
Strong, open, positive home school partnerships are crucial to help children learn and develop. We see the benefit for our children with support parents provide through a range of Home Learning activities.
To read our Home Learning policy click on Home Learning
As a school we have bought into an online learning platform called Purple Mash. The platform has various tools which enable the children to access all aspects of the Computing National Curriculum. There are also games and books with activities that can be accessed. The children all have an individual Username and Password which families have been supplied with so that children can access this learning at home. To find the our Home Page on Purple Mash please click on the following link:
In Year R and Year 1 a lot of reading practice is designed to help the children decode words. The main way we do this is through phonics (linking sounds to letters). However even in these years reading is not just about decoding and saying words, it is also about developing the children’s comprehension. The importance of developing the children’s understanding and ability to explain and justify their ideas and opinions becomes increasingly more important each year. Therefore we have developed a series of Reading Bookmarks (based on initial documents from Twinkl) to support families with a range of questions that could be asked, or discussions that can be enjoyed, related to the books your child is reading.
Library and reading
You can access our Junior Librarian page, to see which books your child has taken out, which books are most popular and to read and write reviews.
The link is Junior Librarian.
You can also find below books that are recommended for each year group by Hampshire’s School Library Service (SLS).
There are also other useful websites to find new books that your child might enjoy, such as:
Linked to the National Curriculum are a number of grammar terms the children need to know, understand and be able to use in their writing. A list of these terms, with definitions and examples are available in the link below, courtesy of ‘The Punctuation Show’.
The list of key words that are practiced and learnt in each year group are available here: Cornerstone key words
A range of useful and exciting ways of exploring spelling rules / patterns and learning specific words are available here: Spelling Pick n Mix
The following presentations were shared at our Maths Information evenings for parents:
Also at this evening Mr Clarke shared and explained the school’s Progressions for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We would like to thank the generous staff at Whiteley Primary who shared their Progressions which we have adapted for Cornerstone. These can be viewed by clicking on the links below.
The National Curriculum sets out the formal Calculation methods children are expected to master alongside other written methods. The expectation is that children will have mastered the following:
- By the end of Year 3 the addition and subtraction methods
- By the end of Year 4 the multiplication methods
- By the end of Year 5 the division methods
Maths Learn Its
These have been developed to support the children’s learning and understanding of key mathematical facts. They are used in school but are also shared with parents to support Home Learning. They can be viewed by clicking on the links below.
Oxford Owl: Learning at Home
Oxford Owl, created by Oxford University Press, provides advice for parents who want to support their children through primary school. The site features expert tips on helping your child develop key skills.
You can find a range of clips on their YouTube channel by following this link: