Curriculum

Our Curriculum Aims

  • To promote pupil's intellectual, spiritual, creative, cultural and physical development.
  • To prepare pupils to become responsible citizens, confident, independent, healthy individuals and life-long learners in the 21st century.
  • To provide the concepts, skills and attitudes embodied in the National Curriculum as a basis for the educational development of children.
  • To provide a stable, consistent environment in which children can develop respect, self-esteem and an ability to value themselves and others.
  • To promote highest possible achievement for all pupils irrespective of race, gender, culture or disability.

The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum sets out what children should know, understand and do in each year group in the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, Computing, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education. 

Please click HERE to read a copy of the National Primary Curriculum 2014

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

We follow the Cornerstones Curriculum to make cross curricular links.

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 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?

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.

Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.

Children will be working on 2 learning projects each term which will develop skills and knowledge in a creative way.

Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.

Cornerstones

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
  • re-visit 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!

Click here to see the Cornerstones annual curriculum map for each year group.

Nursery     Reception      Year 1        Year 2      Year 3     Year 4     Year 5      Year 6

To find out more about the learning stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:

TEACHING PHONICS

We use a range of approaches to ensure that all our children become confident and enthusiastic readers. One approach is through the teaching of phonics. Teachers follow the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme of work to teach phonics supported by 'Phonics Bug' resources in the classroom. All children in Year 1 take a Phonics Screening Test each June to check upon their standard of their phonics knowledge.

Information about Letters and Sounds can be found here.

Information on the Year 1 Phonics Screening can be found here.