Cornerstones Curriculum

Our theme-based curriculum is based around the four ‘Cornerstones’ approach which centres on the belief that children learn better when their interests and fascinations are allowed to flourish. Children are encouraged to explore subjects in a variety of ways and using an integrated approach.

The Four Cornerstones

Engage Develop Innovate Express

Hook learners in with a memorable experience.

Set the scene and provide the context for learning.

Ask questions to find out children’s interests.

Spark children’s curiosity using interesting starting points.

Teach facts and information for deeper understanding and knowledge.

Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation.

Provide creative opportunities for making and doing.

Deliver reading, writing and talking across the curriculum.

Provide imaginative scenarios that encourage creative thinking.

Enable children to apply previously learned skills.

Encourage enterprise and independent thinking.

Provide opportunities for collaborative working and problem solving.

Provide environments for reflective talk.

Create opportunities for shared evaluation.

Celebrate and share children’s success.

Identify next steps for learning.

We cover the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for all subjects through our project work. There is a rolling programme of topics outlined below that incorporate a broad coverage of subjects.

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Parental Feedback

In Autumn Term 1, we had an open evening celebrating Cornerstones. Below are some of the comments we received from parents:

“Very useful, gives parents information regarding subjects. Teachers are brilliant and explain things well. It would be useful to have more events like this” Year 2 Parent

“Very informative and the teachers were also engaging overall, a wonderful experience.” Year 1 Parent

“Great information given. Teachers were all lovely. I loved everything” Year 1 Parent

“I think Cornerstones is a great idea. We really enjoyed the activities.” Year 2 Parent

“The open evening was really good. My kids enjoyed it, very interesting.” Year 2 Parent 

“It is great that our kids can start learning at an early age about Science.” Year 2 Parent

“Very informative evening. Great interaction from staff” Year 2 Parent

“Great activities & information on what happens in the classroom. Very informative.” Year 3 Parent