At Mount Pleasant the school curriculum follows the National Curriculum and is designed to offer our children a balanced, rich and engaging curriculum; personalised to meet the needs of our children; developing them academically, personally and socially. Social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) pervades throughout the curriculum encouraging children to reflect and celebrate the diverse society we live in thus ensuring that British Values is high on the school agenda. Children are encouraged and supported to be confident, independent and lifelong learners developing a thirst for learning.
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 on the link through to Cornerstones website:
We teach English using the Power of Reading scheme which promotes a real love for reading through inviting children to engage with a wide range of stimulating stories such as Beegu, Grace and Street Child to name just a few. Our ultimate aim in English is that all children leave school speaking and reading and writing fluently and articulately able to confidently express their views both orally and in writing.
For Mathematics our ultimate aim is for all children to leave school able to manipulate number and use all four operations both mentally and in written competently and confidently. We believe that all children should be provided with opportunities to reason in maths, make links and apply their knowledge and understanding through problem solving investigative activities.
For RE the school follows the Kirklees Agreed Syllabus teaching children about the five world faiths of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
In the Foundation Stage we follow the EYFS curriculum, encouraging the children to be active and independent learners. We firmly believe in providing our children with a range of real life experiences through educational visits and visitors in school, focused child as well as adult led activities, along with a carefully planned and well resourced continuous provision to ensure that our children develop the essential skills needed to build a firm foundation for their future learning.
We follow the Letters and Sounds programme for phonics in EYFS and Year 1.
Please follow the links below to access the National Curriculum, EYFS Curriculum and the Kirklees Agreed Syllabus
Enrichment through curriculum experiences, visits, visitors and after school clubs
At Mount Pleasant Primary School we use every opportunity to enhance our children’s experiential learning and develop their practical experiences. We try to ensure children have access to a range of visits, visitors in school as well as access to a range of enrichment activities. We firmly believe that our children need these experiences to develop their speaking, listening as well as their writing skills.
Please see the attached Curriculum Enrichment document which highlights enrichment activities children have experienced in the past year.