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Teaching and Learning at Corsham Primary School

We are very proud that our Curriculum received an ‘Outstanding’ judgement during our Ofsted inspection in June 2013 – in fact, we received ‘Outstanding’ in all five categories: You can read the full report here or by clicking on the Ofsted icon at the top of this page.

Teachers provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which develops the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for future learning.  In the course of their daily work the staff will contribute to the development of our school ethos by: 

- Providing a calm, quiet and effective learning environment at all times, in which each child can achieve his or her maximum potential

- Providing meaningful, purposeful tasks, conveyed from the National Curriculum programmes of study and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

- Providing a welcoming environment, in which courtesy, kindness and mutual respect are fostered, and through valuing and celebrating pupils’ success and achievements

- Providing positive role models

- Providing a range of teaching styles that suit a range of learning preferences and linking learning to the bigger picture

- Using creativity to engage and enthuse pupils

- Using cross curricular links wherever possible

- Providing a fair and disciplined environment, in line with the school’s Behaviour and SEN Policy

- Maintaining purposeful and informative planning, that ensures all children are involved in the life of the school

- Developing links with the wider community

Curriculum Overview Subject Content:

Early Years overview
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6

Teachers evaluate the curriculum termly and co-ordinators will adapt and change the curriculum in response to their evaluations.  Our curriculum is therefore continually evolving in order to meet the needs of our pupils.


Equal Opportunities:

In accordance with the school’s Equal Opportunities, SEN and Inclusion Policies (see school policies folder), all children at Corsham Primary School will be given full access to the National Curriculum/Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Staff will endeavour to help all children to reach their full potential irrespective of race, physical ability, gender, age or learning ability.


Management of the School Day:

The school day starts at 8.50am and finishes at 3.10pm

Morning Break Pound Pill

KS1: 10.30 – 10.45am

KS2: 11.15 – 11.30am

Morning Break Broadwood

10.30 - 10.45am

Lunch Break Pound Pill

KS1: 12:15 – 1:15pm

KS2: 12.45 – 1.45pm

Lunch Break Broadwood

12:30 – 1:30pm

Total Direct teaching hours and indirect teaching time is 28 hours 20 mins


Time Allocation:

Curriculum time can be planned as continuous study throughout the term, or as blocks of study. Learning is planned using the Long Term Curriculum Framework. Teachers follow the agreed Schemes of Work with reference to whole school planning to ensure that programmes of study are effectively covered.

Additional time is allocated to the teaching of English, Maths and Science across the school. Time is used to support the PSHEE and pupil target setting programmes. The weekly timetable is organised to enable all the children to access the core, foundation subjects and PSHEE subjects such as Circle Time.

The allocation of time for the ICT curriculum is incorporated into the planning for other areas of the curriculum, alongside planning of discrete Computing lessons and Basic Skills lessons.

Teachers encourage pupils to learn within given time scales, and will facilitate the effective use of time through:

- The provision of appropriate activities and resources

- Planning challenging activities which can be carried out by individuals or groups of pupils


Classroom Management and Organisation:


- The learning environment is managed to cater for different learning styles and needs considering a range of levels and abilities:

- Whole class teaching

- Group work and focus groups that are organised according to appropriate criteria (i.e. ability, mixed ability, single sex, interest etc

- One to one teaching

- Conferencing

- Collaborative learning with talk partners or groups- Independent learning

All areas of the learning environment will be utilised including provision for outdoor learning, which ensures learning opportunities for a range of varied and stimulating learning experiences for all areas of the curriculum, which develop appropriate skills, concepts and knowledge.

Teaching Assistants and external agencies are employed to support children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities, as outlined on their Individual Education Plans. Inclusion is at the forefront of planning for these children which may indicate working 1:1 outside the classroom for short periods.

Behaviour Management

As outlined in the whole school Behaviour Policy every class will display the Golden Rules poster.


- Classrooms are organised to facilitate learning and the development of independence

- The resources in each area are grouped according to curriculum subject and clearly labelled

- To enable whole class interactive teaching from years two to six, pupils’ tables and chairs are organised in a horseshoe arrangement. This offers good sightlines and good lines for communication, both verbal and non verbal. In year one the tables are organised in groups but in a horseshoe around the carpet area. In the summer term year one tables are then organised into the horse shoe shape.

- Writing resources are available for use at all times, and are easily accessible

- Book corners are comfortable and attractive

- Labels and posters should wherever possible reflect the language diversity in the school community

- In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 areas for imaginative play change termly and are linked to topic themes.  These give opportunities for a range of play and role-play experiences which contribute to learning in a purposeful manner.

- Pupils are involved in the maintenance and care of all equipment and resources.

- Pupils are encouraged and allowed access to water bottles.

We aim to provide a “vibrant” interactive and supportive learning environment.


Basic Skills:

We are committed to raising standards of Basic Skills at Corsham Primary School. By Basic Skills, we mean the ability to read, write and speak in English, and to use mathematics and Computing at a level necessary to function and progress in the work place, and in society in general.

Our vision statements for Reading, Writing and Maths:

Reading: At Corsham Primary School we will endeavour to provide outstanding reading experiences with exciting and inspiring learning opportunities that promote the importance of this life long skill.  All children, both boys and girls will experience a wide variety of contexts and settings with a range of stimulating resources to ensure the most effective progression takes place according to their age and ability.

Writing: We believe that children learn best when they are provided with a range of opportunities and skills for writing across the curriculum. Teachers will provide a stimulating environment that promotes all aspects of literacy learning. Children have access to a range of writing equipment and resources to support and further develop their writing.

Maths: We believe that maths at Corsham Primary should be creative and engaging. It should be presented through a context which is meaningful and stimulating for all children at their own level. Children should be confidently able to apply their skills and knowledge to imaginatively solve problems.

Phonics and Reading Schemes:

At Corsham Primary School we use the 'Read, Write, Inc' phonics scheme, and the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme.