In September 2015, we introduced the new National Curriculum using materials by Cornerstones Education which have been created to ‘build on inspirational learning activities and high-quality teaching.’
Each term, children are taught through Inspirational Learning Projects which are based upon the four Cornerstones: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
Engage Children gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor and begin researching and setting enquiry questions. They get lots of opportunities to make observations and develop spoken language skills as well as take part in sensory activities.
Develop Children improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic and develop and practise their new skills. They compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum. Children are given opportunities to research their own questions and those set by others and complete homework activities that support their learning.
Innovate This is the stage where children apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts. They solve real or imagined problems using everything they have learnt and get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities. Children are also encouraged to revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.
Express Children become the performers, experts and informers by sharing their achievements with parents, classmates and the community. They evaluate finished products and processes by linking what they have learnt to where they started. Most importantly this is a chance for them to celebrate their achievements!
To find out more about Cornerstones please look at the website www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk
Our curriculum is based on half termly topics based around a theme. Where there is a mixed aged class, the topics are planned on a two yearly cycle so that children develop their skills and knowledge without repeating the subject area.Some maths, English and science may be incorporated within the topic if appropriate, otherwise, these subjects are taught as discrete lessons.
For your information, we have included on this site, targets in maths and English that your child will be working towards as well as information pages to explain current methods of teaching
If you would like more information please follow this link www.cornerstones.co.uk
Parents can access resources to support their children at home at www.phonicsplay.co.uk
The school follows the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme