Corbett English intent 2023 – 2025

  • Pupils at Corbett read because they want to, they need to and they know how to
  • English and literacy are vital for life and learning; we provide a rich and stimulating curriculum that fosters a love of language and literature
  • We follow the National Curriculum for English and the reading framework; we differentiate our teaching and learning to meet the needs and interests of all pupils
  • We use various strategies and resources to engage and motivate our pupils, such as phonics, guided reading, whole-class reading, shared writing, drama, storytelling, poetry, cross-curricular links and technology
  • We encourage our pupils to read widely and often, both for pleasure and for information; we have a well-stocked library and promote reading at home
  • We develop our pupils’ writing skills across a range of genres and purposes. We teach them how to plan, draft, edit, and improve their writing using the writing process; we also teach them how to use grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting correctly
  • We develop our pupils’ oracy and listening skills through various activities, such as discussions, debates, presentations, role plays and interviews. We teach them how to communicate clearly and confidently in different situations and in front of varying audiences; we also teach them how to listen actively and respectfully

We love reading at Corbett! We read throughout the day, individually, in groups and share books together in our daily class story time. We enjoy reading a wide range of texts from our class reading areas, and our library, as well as reading books that help us learn to read more challenging books.

By the time children leave this school they should be able to say with confidence that “we read because we want to, we need to, and we know how to.” If you would like some ideas for books to read at home, or borrow from your local library, you can find ideas in the reading lists offered here: Peters: Primary book lists and recommended reads.

Literacy Tree

(This information is taken from from the Literacy Tree website.)

We base our teaching and learning on the Literacy Tree schemes of work. Literacy Tree is a complete, book-based platform for primary schools that covers all requirements of the Primary English curriculum. The books chosen help children to grow ideas and expand their minds. We really enjoy sharing the significant and important children’s literature the resources are based on.

It starts at the roots. Writing Roots embed complete curriculum coverage and engage children to write with clear audience and purpose. 

Spelling Seeds complement Writing Roots and use the same texts to provide further short writing opportunities. These provide a sequence for teaching spelling and vocabulary in context, through investigation and at the point of application.

Literary knowledge is grown through Literary Leaves. A range of sequenced activities take children through whole books to teach reading comprehension and create critical readers. Literary Leaves uses novels, poetry collections and high-quality, non-fiction books that connect to the Writing Roots through Literary Themes.

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Corbett Maths intent 2021 – 2022

At Corbett, we create an environment where children have the chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually, surrounded by a nurturing Christian faith. We aim to deliver high-quality maths lessons, which make learning irresistible. Children will develop abilities across a range of mathematical areas, with opportunities for problem solving and reasoning at the heart of our teaching. Children will absorb mathematical skills that are essential to participating fully as a member of the community, while applying maths to real-life situations. They will be equipped with a strong command of mental and written strategies through fun and engaging activities in order to develop their love of
maths.

White Rose

At Corbett we base our maths teaching on the mixed-age maths scheme of work (version 2) from White Rose Maths.

White Rose primary maths resources are designed to instil a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts using a full range of fun and inspiring classroom activities.

Their maths resources include schemes of learning and a wide variety of supporting material, including high quality maths worksheets, teaching slides, video lessons and more. To help us monitor understanding and progress throughout the year, they also provide end-of-block and end-of-term assessments.

Their primary maths resources cover all the essential topics in Key Stages 1 and 2. They include times tables, the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), basic decimals and fractions, percentages, number system use and more.

Teaching for mastery

The White Rose scheme is based on a mastery approach to maths teaching. This is a research-driven teaching and learning method that meets the goals of the National Curriculum. What does it mean in practice? In summary, a mastery approach:

  • Puts numbers first: our schemes have numbers at their heart, because we believe confidence with numbers is the first step to competency in the curriculum as a whole
  • Puts depth before breadth: we reinforce knowledge again and again
  • Encourages collaboration: children can progress through the schemes as a group, supporting each other as they learn
  • Focuses on fluency, reasoning and problem solving: it gives children the skills they need to become competent mathematicians

Concrete Pictorial Abstract

At the heart of the mastery approach is the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach. Research shows that when children are introduced to a new concept, working with concrete physical resources and pictorial representations leads to a better understanding of abstract concepts. They use CPA throughout their schemes of learning.

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Corbett Science intent 2023 – 2024

At Corbett, we aim to deliver a high-quality science curriculum, which will in turn inspire a love of learning, and an awe and wonder of and for the sciences. We will provide the foundations for understanding the world through a scientific eye with an enquiring mind. The children at Corbett will learn how our lives have been shaped by science and how science will support our future understanding of the world. Children will develop a sense of excitement and curiosity in their scientific learning. They will be encouraged to explain, predict and analyse, through an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science. The children will enjoy working together, sharing ideas to solve problems with a real sense of purpose. They will be able to describe associated processes and key characteristics in common language, but they will also be familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely.

At Corbett we aim to link subjects together, seeing learning as a whole, and therefore children will be encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, through collecting, presenting and analysing data. By the time they leave Corbett they will have a love for the sciences and will be equipped with the knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, both for today’s communities, and those of the future.

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  • Our Science Policy