The Cornerstones Curriculum is based on inspirational learning activities which take place in a classroom environment that allows children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them. Cornerstones will provide our children with a good level of challenge, giving them opportunities to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding across the curriculum.
Every year group will experience a minimum of 4 Imaginative Learning Projects in a year. Each individual project is split into sections, which see children progress through four stages of learning: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
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.
At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:
improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic
develop and practise 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.
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.
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!
If you would like to find out more about the Cornerstones Curriculum, please visit their website at www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk