Our Curriculum 'Cornerstones'
At Ascot Road School, we use the primary curriculum provider ‘Cornerstones’. It is an online platform tailored to our school to meet the needs of all the children, ensuring that they are getting a rich and creative learning experience. All skills and knowledge are carefully mapped out, starting from Reception and progressing to Year 6, to ensure that children cover all aspects of the foundation subjects’ curriculum.
The projects follow the tried and tested Cornerstones pedagogy of Engagement, Develop, Innovate and Express. Each half term, students immerse themselves in a topic, which works towards an end of unit project. This project allows the children to apply the knowledge and skills they have learnt throughout the term. The children then get the opportunity to share and present this project to other classes, their teachers and parents.
At Ascot Road, we use the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a phonics scheme that teaches children to read accurately and fluently, with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter correctly, spell correctly and compose their ideas through structured lessons. The RWI scheme begins when children join in reception, and provides all necessary skills to pass the Year 1 Phonic Screening Check. Most children move off the scheme at the beginning of Year 2.
When using RWI to learn to read, it allows the children to:
When using RWI to learn to write, it allows the children to:
Each year group has a set of core books linked to their Curriculum topic, as well as further access to high-quality, topic-specific literature within the classroom, chosen to enrich their understanding further. Children have the opportunity to read for pleasure every day, either independently or with their peers. We also arrange for weekly visits to other year groups to share stories across the school. Every day, children enjoy listening to a class text read by a teacher, which inspires their love of different authors and active story telling. Whole class reading sessions are taught to develop children’s comprehension skills, and provoke class discussions. Each classroom is equipped with a fully stocked reading corner, with age appropriate texts. Key Stage One also benefit from their reading pods and reading shed! Regular library time is allocated on class timetables to allow children to choose a home reading book, which is changed twice weekly, and also to access a wide range of fiction and non-fiction outside of their classrooms.
We follow the programme No Nonsense Spelling. The focus of the programme is on the discrete teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions, patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings. The teaching of Punctuation and Grammar is weaved through our Cornerstones Curriculum and taught discretely through our English lessons.
We use ‘Third Space Maths’ to support the teaching of mathematics in our school. All Third Space Learning resources are designed to be compatible with maths mastery approach and most follow the White Rose maths scheme for learning. Third Space ensures children develop problem solving skills as well as opportunities to reason about their learning.
We also use Third Space Learning tutoring program, in which students can receive 1:1 specialist support to guide them through new maths concepts on a weekly basis, building confidence and raising attainment.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Children’s mental health and Wellbeing is of upmost importance at Ascot Road. We ensure that ALL children are supported, and are able to speak to a trusted adult about any concerns or worries they have. To teach PSHE, we use Jigsaw – The Mindful approach to PSHE. It is a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.
With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw 3-11 properly equips schools to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness, allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
Further support we offer includes:
Introducing Ascot Roads new parks in line with our fantastic train stations. All children are allocated a specific park and can be awarded special 'park points' for demonstrating the school's Values. These include Kindness, Responsibility, Honesty, Fairness and Respect.