Here at St Richard’s CE Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
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 curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) or Topics which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all subjects and aspects of learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that 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 our teachers 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/Topic – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
Engage – Memorable experiences are planned and delivered to hook learners into their new topic. Interesting starting points are used to set the scene and provide the context, as well as provoke thought and interest. Children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions.
Develop – The children are taught the knowledge they need to gain a depth of understanding. The are also given the opportunity to learn and consolidate new skills. Teachers will provide the children with creative opportunities for making and doing, whilst continuing to develop Reading, Writing and Mathematics knowledge and skills across the wider curriculum.
Innovate – Teachers will provide imaginative problem solving scenarios that promote creative thinking, independence and enterprise. This will enable them to assess pupils’ application of previously learned knowledge and skills.
Express – At the end of the ILP/Topic, teachers will encourage reflective talk by asking questions. They will provide opportunities for shared evaluation, celebrating successes and identifying next steps for learning.
Parents are encouraged to support children’s learning across the curriculum through termly workshops, where family members are invited to come into school and support the children with a hands-on activity linked to their current ILP/Topic. Children are also given home-learning projects to encourage them to independently take their learning further.
More detailed information about the ILPs/Topics covered by each year group can be found on the Year Group Curriculums page.