Cornerstones: curriculum maps, parent and carer information, Yoimoji

Curriculum intent

Our curriculum is broad, balanced and meets the requirements of the national curriculum. It has a project-based, thematic approach and provides children with a range of rich and memorable learning experiences.

 

Aims

  • Engage children through interesting topics and hands-on activities.
  • Make meaningful links between subjects.
  • Develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of themes and concepts.
  • Make effective connections to the real world.
  • Help children to think creatively and solve problems.
  • Develop children’s capacities to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Enable children to make choices about their learning.
  • Take account of children’s interests and fascinations.

 

Our approach:

  • develops children to the best of their abilities
  • helps children to find their passions and interests
  • facilitates children’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding
  • helps children to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally
  • assists children in becoming independent, responsible, useful, confident and considerate members of the community
  • promotes a positive attitude towards learning, so children enjoy coming to school
  • helps children to acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning
  • creates and maintains an exciting and stimulating learning environment
  • ensures that each child’s education has continuity and progression
  • enables children to contribute positively within a culturally diverse society

 

 

Structure

Cornerstone graphic

Our curriculum is built on The Four Cornerstones of Learning – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. These are four distinct stages that actively promote children’s learning and thinking.

The Four Cornerstones of Learning link explicitly to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. See how in Appendix A [Cornerstones pedagogy].

The focus for teaching and planning in each Cornerstone is as follows.

 

Engage

  • hook learners in with a memorable experience
  • set the scene and provide the context
  • ask questions to provoke thought and interest
  • use interesting starting points to spark children’s curiosity

Develop

  • teach knowledge to provide 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

Innovate

  • provide imaginative scenarios for creative thinking
  • enable and assess the application of previously learned skills
  • encourage enterprise and independent thinking
  • work in groups and independently to solve problems

Express

  • encourage reflective talk by asking questions
  • provide opportunities for shared evaluation
  • celebrate success
  • identify next steps for learning

 

Videos to insert

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv4VZdWQQYvqCHtAAE6BFQg

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avppWsTAAsU&list=PLWiJRZtC-jg3Wdub_bplS4VzF5MVmKago

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iol0oPUjb8k&index=2&list=PLWiJRZtC-jg2JdvGdF6j0Ow3eFF2QyeTA

 

 

Downloads

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KS1/2 Cornerstones cycle 2018-20 06th Sep 2018 Download