In September 2014, the new National Curriculum for state schools in England became statutory. We saw this as an opportunity to review our school curriculum and we carefully evaluated available resources and research evidence to make the best decisions for our own pupils. We asked them what kinds of topics, activities and types of learning they enjoyed most and what they liked least! We asked them and their families, what types of experience they wanted us to include.
As a result, we have implemented an incredibly innovative curriculum which we believe not only meets the national requirements but which offers a real breadth of learning far beyond that. With high quality texts at its heart, our curriculum offers our children excitement, innovation, awe and wonder within a carefully planned, progressive framework. Instrumental to our curriculum are the opportunities for real experiences, such as visiting fascinating places, working with inspirational people and taking part in stimulating and unique community projects, which we hope will inspire our children to develop a life-long passion for learning and to acquire the skills, confidence and motivation to be successful citizens.
Through the carefully structured range of high quality texts which feature in our English lessons and the linked texts which support our thematic approach, we ensure that children are exposed to the very best in children's literature. We hope to inspire them to read widely and to become readers for life. This approach also provides us with meaningful opportunities to develop children's oracy, by which we mean supporting them to express themselves clearly and communicate with others effectively through spoken language. We teach children to structure their thoughts to be able to say what they want to say and we support them to develop a wide range of vocabulary.
All of this is possible because we base our creative curriculum around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children. Cornerstones provides the backbone of our curriculum and a clear, progressive structure to the teaching of the humanities and creative arts.
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 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.
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:
Our own progression maps can be found on separate subject pages, via the curriculum tab
You can also access progression documents to show the National Curriculum expectations for each year group below: