Our Curriculum

As a Venture MAT school we like to think we push the boundaries. Our curriculum is dynamic; it evolves with the seasons and develops with the children’s interests.

We believe learning is richest when children have first-hand experiences. Our curriculum is crammed with activities and events that not only contextualise learning, but motivate and thrill the children.

We love the outdoors! At St. Issey, outdoor learning begins in the Early Years and KS1 in our Forest School area. It continues with children gaining enough knowledge and skills to survive a challenging bushcraft camp in Year 6. Our Venture 60 outdoor challenges drive our outdoor curriculum.

We start as we mean to go on! Every year begins with ‘Learning to Learn’ week; an action packed adventurous week with the sole purpose of having fun, re-establishing friendships and learning a bit more about ourselves. Years 3-6 all spend a night in the wild. There’s no better way to start the year than campfires and camping with your friends.

We teach writing through an exciting storytelling approach. From creative starting points, often enriched by off-site visits, drama, film and IT, children are inspired to write creatively for a variety of exciting purposes and audiences.

We follow the Read Write Inc programme for Phonics and also use Accelerated Reader to support our Shared Reading within school.

Our RE is planned from the Cornwall Locally Agreed RE syllabus and the new, innovative project called, ‘Understanding Christianity’.

Dazzle Topics and Dazzle Days

Our wider curriculum is driven by key questions and topics that tap into the children’s naturally curious minds. Real life outcomes alongside exciting trips and visits bring learning to life. We collaborate with our partner schools within Venture MAT to further broaden opportunities for our children. Each half term we will dedicate entire days to whole school topics to celebrate particular events or enjoy the company of special visitors. These Dazzle Days are often linked to music, drama, art or design technology.