School curriculum map

At Palm Bay we follow the Cornerstones Curriculum. It has a project-based, thematic approach and provides children with a range of rich and memorable learning experiences.

Aims

  • 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

For more information contact Nichola Smith, our curriculum lead at nicholasmith@palmbay.org.uk

We have a creative topic-based curriculum called ‘Cornerstones’, incorporating Literacy, the humanities, the arts and Science.  You can find out more on the Cornerstones website:  https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/ 

Swimming

Swimming is a very important life skill, especially in our locality as we work hard to ensure that all pupils can meet the standard expected at the end of KS2. As a school we have a statutory obligation to provide swimming lessons for all pupils, just as we do with every other aspect of the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum states that:

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

As a school, we use a portion of our sports budget to fund the hire of the pool, the lifeguard and the swimming coach. We also provide transport to and from the school.

Of our current year 6 pupils, 27 of them are of the required standard