Larkrise follows a Storytelling Curriculum. Sequences of learning (typically but not exclusively six to eight week half term periods) are organised around an oral storytelling experience. This is closely related to the ‘Storytelling Schools’ approach pioneered and run by Pie Corbett and Chris Smith. Objectives from the National Curriculum are curated to fit with the story in order to strengthen the schema facilitating the retention of knowledge and acquisition of skills. Where subjects cannot be appropriately fitted into the context of the story sequence we teach them discretely in order that the full range of subjects should be covered.

All content from the National Curriculum has been organised into thirty-six story sequences. These thirty six story sequences are taught across the six years of Key Stages One and Two to ensure all NC objectives are taught through the time a child is at the school.We follow a two year rolling curriculum. This means that children in Years One and Two, Children in Years Three and Four, and Children in Years Five and Six are following the same story and the same set of subjects in any story sequence. This gives us greater opportunity to plan together, learn together, resource together and to moderate work together. In very simple terms it means there are four teachers planning together so the conversations can be wider and there is a bigger team holding each other to account. Of course the teaching children receive in each year group, and each class, will be slightly different in response to the teachers’ assessment of what the children know already and where they need to go next in their learning.

This Storytelling Curriculum has a focus on developing oracy and literacy. The local area of the school is diverse in social, ethnic and cultural terms with large numbers of pupils either having English as an additional language or coming from language poor homes. Our storytelling curriculum aims to build children’s confidence to speak in longer sequences of language, to support the development of a wider vocabulary, to drive expectations of more flexible us of tense and structure and to build shared cultural capital amongst the pupils.

Our curriculum has been developed specifically to meet the language development needs of our community and also to celebrate the ethnic and cultural diversity of the area. Through the Storytelling Curriculum children are exposed to elements of culture from a wide range of religions and cultures. We aim to ensure that all children see themselves represented in the curriculum and to build the ‘British Values’ of mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different ways of life, different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

 

The two year rolling programme was set up to start in September 2019 so it is still developing. As it goes on we will build up greater expertise in making it work to the school’s advantage and we will, no doubt, tweak it to improve aspects as we go on. These documents are living documents on the school’s own network and these copies are provided to exemplify how the approach is structured – there is more detail in the copies that the teachers are accessing for planning. We will update the copies here on the website periodically.

Year One and Year Two – Story Sequences for Band A (2019-20, 2021-22, 2023-24…..)

Autumn 1     Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2     Summer 1     Summer 2

Year Three and Year Four – Story Sequences for Band A (2019-20, 2021-22, 2023-24…..)

Autumn 1     Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2     Summer 1      Summer 2

Year Five and Year Six – Story Sequences for Band A (2019-20, 2021-22, 2023-24…..)

Autumn 1     Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2     Summer 1       Summer 2

 

Year One and Year Two – Story Sequences for Band B (2020-21, 2022-23, 2024-25…..)

Autumn 1      Autumn 2    Spring 1   Spring 2     Summer 1       Summer 2

Year One and Year Two – Story Sequences for Band B (2020-21, 2022-23, 2024-25…..)

Autumn 1   Autumn 2     Spring 1     Spring 2     Summer 1       Summer 2

Year One and Year Two – Story Sequences for Band B (2020-21, 2022-23, 2024-25…..)

Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1     Spring 2     Summer 1       Summer 2