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Cornerstones Curriculum

Cornerstones Curriculum
The Cornerstones 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 will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) 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. 
 
How it Works?
Children will progress through four distinct stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
Engage
At the "Engage" stage, children:

  • Gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school.
  • Enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences.
  • Get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme.
  • Begin researching and setting enquiry questions.
  • Get lots of opportunities to make observations.
  • Develop spoken language skills.
  • Take part in sensory activities.
  • Have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.

Develop
At the "Develop" stage, children:

  • Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic.
  • Develop and practice their new skills.
  • Compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum.
  • Research their own questions and those set by others.
  • Follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests.
  • Complete homework activities that support their learning.

Innovate
At the "Innovate" stage, children:

  • Apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.
  • Solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt.
  • Get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities.
  • Revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.

Express
At the "Express" stage, children:

  • Become the performers, experts and informers.
  • Share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community.
  • Evaluate finished products and processes.
  • Link what they have learnt to where they started.
  • Celebrate their achievements.


Click on the links below to find out more about each ILP

Year group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

N

ILP title

 

Why do you love me so much?

Why is water wet?

Is it shiny?

How does that building stay up?

Are eggs alive?

How many pebbles on the beach?

 

R

ILP title

 

What happens when I fall asleep?

Do you want to be friends?

Are we there yet?

Do cows drink milk?

What's that sound?

What can you see in Summer?

 

1

ILP title

 

Paws claws and whiskers

Memory box

Bright Lights, Big City

Moon zoom!

The Enchanted Woodland

Dinosaur planet

Subject focus

Art and Design

History

Geography

D&T

Science

History focus

2

ILP title

 

Towers, tunnels and turrets

Wriggle and crawl

Land ahoy!

The Scented Garden

Street detective

Muck Mess and Mixtures

Subject focus

D&T

Science

Geography

Science

Geography

Art and design

3

ILP title

 

I am a warrior

Predators

Scrumdidlyumptious

Tremors

Traders and raiders (Y4ILP)

Urban Pioneers

Subject focus

History

Science

D&T

Geography

History

Art and design

4

ILP title

 

Gods and Mortals (YR 3 ILP)

Misty Mountain Siera

Blue Abyss

Potions

Burps, bottoms and bile

Road trip to the USA

Subject focus

History

Geography

Art and design

Science

Science

Geography

5

ILP title

 

Pharaohs

Allotment

Revolution (YR 6 ILP)

Time traveller

Star gazers

Scream machine

Subject focus

History

Geography

History

Art and design

Science

Science

6

ILP title

 

A Child’s War

Darwin’s delights

Frozen Kingdom

Blood heart

Gallery rebels

Tomorrow’s World

Subject focus

History

Science

Geography

Science

Art and design

Computing

 

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