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Nightingale Curriculum


Nightingale Primary School uses the 2012 edition of the Early Years and Foundation stage curriculum to ensure all of our young learners begin to take an interest and are aware of the learning all around them.

Nightingale Primary School uses the ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication to structure clear provision for the teaching of phonics.  This starts within the nursery and continues into Key Stage 1.  Where necessary, the teaching of phonics (please click to see more information) continues into Key Stage 2.

The children have a daily guided reading session which is led by an adult.  This starts in the reception class.  This does not mean that children do not have access to books and stories in their nursery.  Our aim is to encourage of love of books and sharing stories with others.  This is the first step to becoming a confident reader.

All guided reading texts within the foundation stage and Key Stage 1 are organised into book bands.  These relate directly to the National Curriculum levels.

The school uses a range of schemes to support the teaching of reading.  These are used alongside ‘real’ books to help develop a passion for reading.

As the children become more confident and fluent readers, we begin to introduce longer, chapter books.  These are organised into different levels of interest and content.

Books also form the core to the way in which we teach Literacy.  Our teachers select books that will interest the children to help teach writing.  We use a variety of books, ranging from familiar stories such as ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to ‘Frankenstein’ with the older children.  These books are then used as a stimulus for writing.


It is expected that all children will develop a neat, cursive script.  All school staff model this handwriting and provide children with regular teaching to ensure they develop excellent penmanship.

The school uses the agreed numeracy curriculum for Greenwich to teach maths.  This is supported by the use of the Singapore Bar Method to support children in their understanding of maths application.  All children receive a daily maths lesson. 


The Primary Curriculum

Here at Nightingale we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.

With the new National Curriculum being introduced by the Government this year (2014-15) we have been working hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we have decided to implement the new Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. 

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.


How it Works?

 Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and 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 learning

To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:



It is essential that our children become confident in using a range of resources too support them in their learning.  We therefore teach the children a variety of skills including coding, animation and word processing.  Children are taught using Apple Macbooks, Windows PCs, Ipads and Lego.  The computing curriculum is seen very much as the subject that links learning together.


Religious Education

The school follows the new SACRE Religious Education curriculum to teach all aspects of the different faiths. 


Physical Education

The school ensures the child have access to a variety of sporting activities.  We teach a range of team games, gymnastics, dance and athletic activities.  We also ensure that children have opportunities to represent the school in different sporting events such as football, cricket, cross country and netball.

Please click here for a copy of our current curriculum


More Information

Should you require further information about the curriculum, please speak to the headteacher, Roy Coleman. If you have specific queries regarding the Maths curriculum, please speak to the deputy headteacher, Omar Jennings.