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Cornerstones

Cornerstones

What is Cornerstones?

Cornerstones is a programme of study that provides us with a wide range of creative projects for each class, providing fun and enriching lessons. Each term or half term learning is based around an exciting theme, ensuring the right mix of skills, knowledge and creativity for our pupils.

“Our four-stage pedagogy is built on academic research and years of practical teaching experience. We call it The Four Cornerstones.”

Cornerstones provides us with 4 stages of learning- the 4 Cornerstones:

Engage
Hook learners in with a memorable experience.
Set the scene and provide the context for our learning.
Provoke curiosity using interesting starting points.
Encourage children to ask questions to provoke thought and interest.

Develop
Teach knowledge for 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 where learning and outcome is child led and the adults are facilitators.
Provoke creative thinking.
Enable the children to provide previously learned skills.
Encourage enterprise and independent thinking.

Express
Encourage reflective talk by asking questions.
Provide opportunities for shared evaluation.
Celebrate success.

Early Years projects include
Why do you love me so much?
Are eggs alive?
Why is water wet?

Key Stage 1 projects include
Moon Zoom
Paws, claws and whiskers
Muck, mess and mixtures

Key Stage 2 projects include
Pharoahs
Blue Abyss
Industrial Revolution

What are the aims of our Curriculum?

  • To provide an enjoyable and engaging learning process
  • To instil high expectations in our children
  • To provide the children with meaningful trips to capture with imagination and provide writing opportunities from it
  • To give our children memorable first hand experiences
  • To provide a caring and supportive environment where all children can learn, underpinned by our School Values
  • To bring awareness of and celebrate diversity
  • To instil pride in individual achievement
  • To develop independent minds by planning engaging innovate projects
  • To provide a long lasting education and the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills to prepare them for life beyond school
  • To provide knowledge of and opportunities to discuss issues affecting our local area and the Global world around us
  • To provide children with opportunities to broaden their outlook on life
  • To establish cross-curricular links to encourage a broader understanding across all subjects.


For more information please see Class teacher and / or half termly class newsletter for more information as regards your child’s curriculum.