At Easterside Academy, we use the ‘Cornerstones’ curriculum model, with 4 stages of learning:
This curriculum model provides exciting experiences which inspire the children, encourage independence and resilience in their learning and offer the opportunities to apply their skills in a range of contexts.
Please click on ‘Year Groups’ to find out what topics your child is covering each term.
At this initial stage of the learning we provide ‘memorable’ and ‘real life’ experiences such as educational visits or visitors. This ‘hooks’ the pupils into the learning and encourages curiosity and inspiring enquiry. Recent visits have included a visit to Anlwick Castle and the Chocolate Factory in York.
During the ‘Develop’ stage of the curriculum, the children will acquire further knowledge, skills and understanding.
The ‘Innovate’ phase allows children to use and apply their KSU through a negotiated process facilitated via a provocation.
They are able to self-direct, investigate and explore an aspect of their learning in greater depth. This style of learning promotes independence and builds resilience, as the pupils face challenges and seek ways to overcome them.
The final stage is ‘Express’, which gives the children an opportunity to share and disseminate their learning with others. This may take the form of a carnival procession, a school assembly or a musical performance. The collaborative and celebratory nature of this learning is highly inclusive and is frequently shared with parents.
Further information regarding our school curriculum can be found through the team newsletters each term.
As part of our Curriculum we have also introduced:
These 101 activities and experiences have been identified by the parents, pupils, staff and Governors at Easterside Academy and are mapped out and built into the curriculum we offer. Pupils have the opportunity from Year 1 to Year 6, to identify these opportunities and to get them signed off in their Learning Journey Books.
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Early Years (Nursery and Reception) parents and family are invited to stay on Thursday’s to join in themed activities with their child in the setting.
For morning nursery and reception this is at 8.45am and for afternoon nursery this is at 12. The sessions last for approx 30 – 45 mins. Everyone welcome!
Reception children will take part in Yoga Bugs every Thursday. Please ensure they have their PE kit with them on these days and earrings are taken out if they have them.
Children in Year 1 and 2 will learn about the French culture today.
Children in Year 3 and 4 will learn about the Norwegian Culture.
Children in Year 5 and 6 will learn about the Mexican Culture.