What is the curriculum?
The curriculum is the subjects schools must teach as per government guidelines:
Art & Design
What is Cornerstones?
Cornerstones is a Scheme of Work that provides us with a wide range of creative projects for each year group. These projects give comprehensive coverage of all National Curriculum guidelines but also provide fun and enriching lessons.
“Our four-stage pedagogy is built on academic research and years of practical teaching experience. We call it The Four Cornerstones.”
What are the aims of our Curriculum?
• To provide an enjoyable and engaging learning process
• To instil high expectations in our children
• To provide the children with meaningful trips to capture with imagination and provide writing opportunities from it
• To give our children memorable first hand experiences
• To provide a caring and supportive environment where all children can learn, underpinned by our School Values
• To bring awareness of and celebrate diversity
• To instil pride in individual achievement
• To develop independent minds by planning engaging innovate projects
• To provide a long lasting education and the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills to prepare them for life beyond school
• To provide knowledge of and opportunities to discuss issues affecting our local area and the Global world around us
• To provide children with opportunities to broaden their outlook on life
• To establish cross-curricular links to encourage a broader understanding
across all subjects
How do we teach the foundation subjects?
Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children learn through play. We offer this through a mixture of adult led and child initiated activities. The Early Years curriculum consists of 7 areas of learning: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Children learn a great deal outdoors and have free flow access to our new revamped outdoor area. Along with KS1 and KS2 we use Cornerstones to plan a creative curriculum.
KS1 & KS2
In KS1 and 2 we teach Science, History, Geography, Art & DT and music through Cornerstones combined with our English lessons. We teach PE, Computing and Spanish also Science as separate lessons.
Cornerstones provides us with 4 stages of learning- the 4 Cornerstones:
Hook learners in with a memorable experience.
Set the scene and provide the context for our learning.
Provoke curiosity using interesting starting points.
Encourage children to ask questions to provoke thought and interest.
Teach knowledge for depth of understanding.
Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation.
Provide creative opportunities for making and doing.
Deliver reading, writing and talk across the curriculum.
Provide imaginative scenarios where learning and outcome is child led and the adults are facilitators.
Provoke creative thinking.
Enable the children to provide previously learned skills.
Encourage enterprise and independent thinking.
Encourage reflective talk by asking questions.
Provide opportunities for shared evaluation.