Sacred Heart
Catholic Voluntary Academy

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We are following the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. Please click on the link below for parental support.


Reception Class 

In reception, much of the curriculum is delivered through focused and structured play. The teacher sets up activities arising from ongoing observations to further the physical, emotional and academic development of the children.

Key Stage One & Two

The children in these classes are following the Cornerstones Curriculum. Please refer to each class page for current topics.

The fundamental aim of any curriculum is to help children learn. What sets the cornerstones curriculum apart is that it’s based on our four-stage philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express.


At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:

  • gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school
  • enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences
  • get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme
  • begin researching and setting enquiry questions
  • get lots of opportunities to make observations
  • develop spoken language skills
  • take part in sensory activities
  • have lots of fun to fully ‘engage’ with their new topic


At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:

  • improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic
  • develop and practice their new skills
  • compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum
  • research their own questions and those set by others
  • follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests
  • complete homework activities that support their learning.


At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children:

  • apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts
  • solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt
  • get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities
  • revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage


At the ‘Express’ stage, children:

  • become the performers, experts and informers
  • share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community
  • evaluate finished products and processes
  • link what they have learnt to where they started
  • celebrate their achievements!

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We use a range of banded books across a variety of schemes to teach and support reading. In addition, we use banded books not linked to a scheme to promote a love of reading.

To support your child’s progress in reading, please listen to them read every evening.