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Curriculum

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 September 2019, 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.

 

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:

  • 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 projects 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 through class assemblies, parent workshops and sharing completed projects through school displays.

Curriculum Policy

If you need anymore information on how the school splits it curriculum please speak to Mr Woodward or Mrs Heys.

 

Nursery A Cycle A Why do you love me so much? Why do leaves go crispy Can I have a dog? Why can’t I have chocolate for breakfast? Did Dragon exists? How many pebbles on a beach?
Reception A   Can we be friends? Why do squirrel hide their nuts? Why don’t snakes have legs? Are carrots orange? Will you read me a story? Who lives n a rockpool?
    Relationships Autumn Animals Food Fairy Tales Beach
Nursery B Cycle B Why do you love me so much? What happens when I fall sleep? How does that building stay up? Are eggs alive? Can we explore it? Can I have a dog?
Reception B   Can we be friends? What happens when I fall sleep? What is that sound? Why do ladybirds have spots? Are we there yet? Why do zebras have stripes?
  Relationships Night-time Physical science Animals Travel/journeys Animals
Year 1 Enchanted wood Moon Zoom Superheroes Dinosaur planet Rio de vida Bright lights big city
Y1/2 and Y2/3 Wriggle and Crawl Tower tunnels and turrets Muck mess and mixtures Street Detectives Coastlines

Land Ahoy /Beachcombers

 Bounce

Olympics – link

Year 3 Scrum Mighty Metals Predator Tribal Tales Flow God and mortals

Olympics – link

Year 4 Potions I am warrior Traders and Raiders Road trip USA Burps Bottom and Bile Blue Abyss
Year 4/5 Beast creator I am warrior Traders and Raiders Misty Mountain Winding river – New project due out September Allotment Blue Abyss
Year 5/6 Beast creator Stargazers Pharaohs Scream Machine Time Traveller Alchemy Island
Year 6 Child’s War Hola Mexico Frozen Kingdoms Gallery Rebels Blood Heart