With the current National Curriculum (click here for the National Curriculum Overview) being introduced by the Government in 2014/15, we have worked hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work , we will be into the third year of using the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum. Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
How it Works?
Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:
At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:
- gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school
- enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences
- get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme
- begin researching and setting enquiry questions
- get lots of opportunities to make observations
- develop spoken language skills
- take part in sensory activities
- have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.
At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:
- improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic
- develop and practice their new skills
- compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum
- research their own questions and those set by others
- follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests
- complete homework activities that support their learning.
At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children:
- apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts
- solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt
- get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities
- revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.
At the ‘Express’ stage, children:
- become the performers, experts and informers
- share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community
- evaluate finished products and processes
- link what they have learnt to where they started
- celebrate their achievements!
What we are learning this year (2016/2017):
Class One - Reception :
Can I have a dog yet?
Why do you love me so much?
What is a reflection?
How many colours in a rainbow?
Why do spiders eat flies?
Class Two - Year One and Two :
Memory Box - History
Bright lights, big city - Geography
Mess, muck and mixtures - Science
Beat, bang, boogie - Music and Mary Poppins
Class Three - Year Three and Four :
Potions - Science
Tremors - Geography
Mighty Metals - Science
Misty Mountain Sierra - Geography
Gods and Mortals - History
Class Four - Year Five and Six
Stargazers - space and science
A child's war - WW2
Frozen Planet - Geography
Beast creator - science
Revolution - The Victorians
For copies of the curriculum maps please take a look below. Maps arranged in Year groups. Classes may have picked from two curriculum maps. eg Class Four could be from Year Five or Year Six map.