At Kinderley Primary School, we use the Cornerstones Curriculum to guide our teaching and learning in most subjects. The curriculum is designed to recognise children's prior learning, provide first hand experiences, allow children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. We believe our curriculum provision at Kinderley reflects our local community but also expands upon and broadens our rural horizons. We are preparing our children for the next stage in their educational journey with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to recognise the purpose and value of their learning and to recognise its relevance to their past, present and future. In addition, we are preparing our children for an ever changing society and our curriculum is founded on supporting our children to develop their self-confidence as successful learners by promoting positive attitudes to learning.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to: Development Matters in the EYFS and the 2013 Primary National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2, 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.
How does the Cornerstones curriculum work?
Please click here to watch the Youtube video, Welcome to the Four Cornerstones Pedagogy, for further information.
Our rich, broad, engaging skills and knowledge-based primary curriculum is mostly based upon the Cornerstones curriculum. Rooted in proven educational research based on how children learn best, each ILP is structured through four phases of learning: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. We fulfil the National Curriculum requirements for: Art, Computing, Design and Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Maths, Music, PE and Science. We also teach RE following the locally agreed syllabus and PSHE.
We are beginning our journey, to implement our curriculum over a three year teaching cycle. We are developing sequential long term and medium term plans to ensure the content is progressive using Development Matters in the Early Years and our National Curriculum skills progression grids for Key Stage 1 and 2. These plans are delivered by class teachers through structured, well-paced lessons, which adhere to our: Teaching and Learning Policy, Live Marking Policy and EYFS Policy. Subject Leaders monitor the curriculum progression for each subject, quality of teaching and learning through: 'Book Looks', Drop Ins to lessons discussions with pupils and assessment termly.
Children will develop a life-long love of learning. Children's progress and attainment in core and foundation subjects will be in line with, or exceeding National expectations. The broad, rich and comprehensive curriculum will help children achieve higher standards. Children's long term memory will be activated through a structured, cumulative approach to teaching and learning. Teachers will have the relevant subject knowledge, enabling them to think more creatively about their teaching.