We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Since October 2016, our wider curriculum is delivered through the Cornerstones Curriculum. ‘Cornerstones’ is a vibrant and creative curriculum that puts children at its heart.
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. Cornerstones excites children's imaginations, inspires them to learn, extends their horizons, deepens their understanding and meets their intellectual and personal needs. Every ILP has a focus subject, as well as covering a wide range of curriculum areas. These include Science, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music, PE, PSHE and Computing.
All learning sessions are structured around a The Big Question (TBQ) as well as the Steps to Success which help the children to track their progress across a learning session.
In addition to this we use Numicon mathematics to support the children develop their schools and understand concepts. Children with gaps in learning are identified and support is offered to ensure that no child is left behind. For more details about curriculum coverage please the visit class pages.
The Four Cornerstones
The most important underlying principle of a curriculum is to help children learn. We believe that a successful curriculum is brought to life by high quality teaching, inspirational learning activities and opportunities to listen and plan for the developing interests and motivations of children. That is why the Cornerstones Primary Curriculum is built upon a four stage teaching and learning philosophy...
ENGAGE - DEVELOP - INNOVATE - EXPRESS
At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:
At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:
At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children:
At the ‘Express’ stage, children:
PSHE Education is a planned programme of learning though which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives - now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.