At Kirby Hill C of E Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children. We began using Cornerstones in April 2016.What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) or topics, which will 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 will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provide 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.
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:
In delivering our broad and balanced curriculum, we realise that it is essential for each child to experience different methods of learning through the effective use of a range of printed and practical materials including the use of ICT. Some of these learning skills are addressed through a whole class approach/small groups, and individual work.
Within each class our children are grouped in different ways at different times with work differentiated to meet all pupils' talents, skills and abilities. Our learning activities are supported by the use of teaching assistants and opportunities to learn are maximised through workshops and visits throughout the year.
Children study all subjects in the National Curriculum. These include English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education combined with Citizenship. Wherever possible, children are encouraged to explore thematic links between curriculum areas. RE, science and PSHE are taught in separate sessions throughout the year and others are covered through the Cornerstones topics. Science and PSHE links to Cornerstones topics are also made when relevant.
We follow the White Rose Maths Mastery Scheme throughout the school. Please look at your child's Class page on this site to view the White Rose Maths Curriculum Overview relevant for their year.
Each class teacher writes to parents at the start of each half term to outline the topic and provide a starting point for discussions about learning at home. These letters are published on the class pages of the school website.
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