Curriculum Overview

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Cornerstones Curriculum

At Finstock School we value a curriculum that is broad, balanced and meets the requirements of the national curriculum.  It has a project-based, thematic approach and provides children with a range of rich and memorable learning experiences.


  • Engage children through interesting topics and hands-on activities.
  • Make meaningful links between subjects.
  • Develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of themes and concepts.
  • Make effective connections to the real world.
  • Help children to think creatively and solve problems.
  • Develop children’s capacities to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Enable children to make choices about their learning.
  • Take account of children’s interests and fascinations.

Our approach:

  • develops children to the best of their abilities
  • helps children to find their passions and interests
  • facilitates children’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding
  • helps children to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally
  • assists children in becoming independent, responsible, useful, confident and considerate members of the community
  • promotes a positive attitude towards learning, so children enjoy coming to school
  • helps children to acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning
  • creates and maintains an exciting and stimulating learning environment
  • ensures that each child’s education has continuity and progression
  • enables children to contribute positively within a culturally diverse society



At Finstock we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, which sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

Ongoing assessment of a child’s stage in development is crucial, so that we can plan for and develop their next steps in learning.  To support us in  our assessment we use the following document Early Years Outcomes

An important part of the Early Years Curriculum is observing, noting and planning for the Characteristics of Effective Learning.  This is ‘how’, rather than ‘what’ the child learns.  They are split into 3 areas:

  1. Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things and “have a go”.
  2. Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy their achievements.
  3. Creativity and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas and make links between ideas. They develop strategies for doing things.


Supporting your young child at home

Below is some helpful information on how you can support your child’s learning at home- by recognising what learning could look like at different ages and stages, and the importance of story time.

What to expect, when?Story time


Curriculum Maps

Early Years Curriculum Map
Years 1-6 Curriculum Map
Long Term English Genre Map

Full details of the National Curriculum can be found at:


Phonics scheme

The phonics scheme we use at Finstock is Read Write Inc.

RWI: Further information


Finstock School is nestled in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, and we are fortunate to have extensive grounds available for our use.  We actively seek opportunities to use the outdoor environment as a stimulus for, and a place to enhance, learning recognising the impact that Outdoor Learning can have on a child’s engagement, the development of independent learning skills and how it can add context to learning.  All our children enjoy attending Forest School for a sequence of lessons during the year.

‘I Can Do It’

We are committed to ensuring that our pupils leave Finstock School with the independent learning skills to enable them to succeed to their potential.  This is based around the ‘I Can Do It’ program which encourages the 5 Rs of responsibility, resilience, reflection, reciprocal working and resourcefulness.  These qualities are celebrated through our behaviour system.

Further Links 

For further details on curriculum skills coverage and age related expectations please use the following links:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6