Bath Street
Coventry, CV1 5GU
West Midlands


At Sidney Stringer Primary, we plan and deliver a broad, balanced and creative curriculum which reflects the needs and interests of our children; with the aim of preparing them for life in modern Britain.

Our creative curriculum is based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

Children’s learning in different subjects is linked through a topic which will often last for 5-6 weeks. The topics enable staff to teach in a more creative and cross curricular way whilst retaining the integrity of a science lesson, history lesson etc. Each topic focuses on one or two subjects as the main drivers.


English is based around the power of reading approach and is taught in units created around a key text, enabling the children to access quality literature across a range of different text types. The teaching sequences embed the teaching of phonics, grammar, punctuation and spelling into a rich reading curriculum. Through these lessons the children will have opportunities to develop their understanding of grammar and punctuation and learn to use them in context. Spelling is taught discretely following a whole school approach.

Phonics and Reading                                                                                                      

Every child deserves success right from the start. We know that the sooner children learn to read, the greater their success at school. We use a teaching programme called Read Write Inc. Phonics to teach our children to read and write. We make sure every child can read the last set of phonic stories before they progress.

Children have a daily phonics lesson. During this time, we group children by their reading progress for 45 minutes a day (20 to 30 minutes in Reception) and re-assess children every half-term so we can place them in the group where they’ll make the most progress. We provide extra daily one-to-one sessions for children who need a bit of a boost to keep up.

The programme is for:

· Pupils in Year R to Year 2 who are learning to read and write

· Any pupils in Years 2 or Key Stage 2 who need to catch up rapidly

In Read Write Inc. Phonics pupils:

Decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills

· Read common exception words on sight

· Understand what they read

· Read aloud with fluency and expression

· Write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar

· Spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words

Supporting Your Child at Home

This link will show you how to pronounce the sounds that children learn in school.

This video will show you how to support your child in learning to blend (read) a word.

Children benefit greatly from having books read to them at home, as well as in school. Reading with your child will help them to develop a love of reading and will support their comprehension skills (understanding) of the stories. This video shows you 10 top tips!


Mathematics teaches our children to make sense of the world by developing their mathematical language and their understanding of concepts. An effective mathematician at Sidney Stringer Primary uses a variety of resources to show their fluency, they create sentences to show their reasoning and they can solve problems using different concepts.

We know every child can become a successful mathematician. We do not believe in adding a ceiling to children’s learning but giving them the opportunities to really master a skill before moving on to the next concept. Teachers and LSA’s accomplish this by stretching the children’s learning with carefully crafted questions, varied fluency in lessons and a mixture of different experiences.

Through a variety of experiences children are able to appreciate relationships and patterns in numbers, space and in everyday lives. Children enjoy a range of real life and topic based work which makes maths real, and useful. We recognise the importance of establishing a secure foundation in mental calculation and recall of number facts before standard written methods are introduced. We use accurate mathematical vocabulary in our teaching and children are expected to use it in their verbal and written explanations.

Learning Skills 

Our Learning Skills curriculum enriches the creative curriculum and is a researched-based approach designed for schools to ensure that every pupil develops the essential skills for learning and life. It intentionally and systematically develops pupils' personal learning and life skills alongside subject learning and thus also supports 'readiness' for the next stage in their education. These skills are fundamental to learning and performance in education, word and life. They are universal.

This element of the curriculum supports children in developing these key skills through a series of units which each last for half a term. The whole school focuses on the same unit at any one time and thus areas are revisited each year.

Learning skills covered are:

1. Learning Together (Co-operation)

2. It's up to me (Responsibility)

3. Becoming Better Learners (Determination)

4. Knowing Me, Knowing You (Care)

5. Think, think, think! (Achieve)

6. Speaking and Listening (Respect)

Each skill links to one of our school values which is focused on half termly.

PE and Music

Both PE and music are taught by specialist staff from Sidney Stringer Academy. In PE we use the ‘real PE’ curriculum. Real PE is a unique, child-centred approach that engages and challenges EVERY child. It focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning.