The Cornerstones Curriculum
In September 2014, the Government introduced a new National Curriculum. As a result, we have been carefully monitoring our own curriculum and ensuring that it is still the best model for our children.
As a school, we feel that the model of whole-school themes, which was introduced in 2012, has been a wonderful tool in raising standards and igniting the children’s passion for learning. However, the new National Curriculum is structured in such a way that makes it quite difficult for teachers to cover all the statutory elements under one common theme. Therefore, teachers are increasingly having to move away from the theme in order to teach the children everything they need to know.
In light of this, we have made the decision to move away from the whole-school theme approach to learning and we have invested in the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised curriculum model which shares the same values and passion for learning as the school.
This model is highly creative and allows the children to learn under themes which are specific to their year group. Just as before, each theme will start with a memorable experience to ignite curiosity and engage the children with their learning. The model allows all subjects to be linked more closely to the theme and therefore children’s key skills in the foundation subjects should improve. There are nine possible themes available to be studied by each year group over six terms and we plan to involve the children each year in deciding what their year group will be learning. 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:
Open afternoons will still take place regularly, but the work displayed will be across a range of themes, rather than just one.
We are extremely excited about our new Curriculum model as we know that it is going to carry on the exciting work that was started by the whole-school themes.