The curriculum is the sum of all children’s experience at school. The curriculum seeks to secure for all pupils irrespective of gender or cultural, religious or social background entitlement to a number of areas of learning. It also seeks to develop skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for pupils’ self fulfilment and development as active and responsible citizens.
With the new National Curriculum being introduced by the Government this year, we have been working hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we are implementing the new Cornerstones Curriculum; a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
What is the Cornerstone Curriculum?
The Cornerstone 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 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 provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year and requires the children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
There is also 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.
Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.