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Cornerstones Curriculum

Cornerstones is the most unique and dynamic, thematic primary curriculum available in the UK. 

This creative and comprehensive curriculum, based on the Four Cornerstones of Teaching and Learning: ‘Engage-Develop-Innovate-Express’, provides schools with the basis on which to develop outstanding, tailored provision. 

This curriculum has helped us as a school to create a vibrant and creative curriculum that puts children at its heart, excites their imaginations, inspires them to learn, extends their horizons, deepens their understanding and meets their intellectual and personal needs. 

What do the Four Cornerstones look like? 

Each stage of learning has its own characteristics promoting high quality teaching, built upon children's natural learning schema. 

Engage 

A stage of learning that provides children with an inspiring and thought provoking starting point that stirs curiosity and initiates interest. Children engage in purposeful and contextualised learning experiences; in and outside the classroom, making best use of partners, experts and the community to provide the stimulus to learn. To ensure that children are immediately ‘engaged’, teachers provide a range of memorable experiences and starting points that stimulate children's interests in a particular theme or concept. 

Develop

A stage of learning that provides children with an opportunity to develop and master key skills, subject knowledge, research techniques and independence. Children become industrious learners making sense of information and experiences, leading to sound understanding and progress. Children DEVELOP their knowledge, understanding, key and subject skills required to progress their learning and attainment through quality differentiation, focused learning tasks and high quality relevant learning experiences. 

Innovate 

A stage of learning that challenges children’s ability to work creatively, exploring possibilities and finding solutions. Using and applying previously learned skills, knowledge and understanding children work collaboratively to innovate, managing their own learning to achieve given success criteria. Teachers provide an imaginative and relevant provocation or scenario that provides opportunities to observe how successfully children can use, apply and problem solve in creative and imaginative ways. 

Express 

A stage of learning that empowers children to share, celebrate and reflect with a range of partners and audiences. Children cement their learning through shared reflection with peers and other adults and are able to suggest next steps of learning. Teachers discuss, review and support individual and group evaluations using their observations and evidence to make summative assessments.

Every class teacher has included a brief summary on their class pages of this website to explain what the children in their classes will be learning about each half term.

Examples of work and pictures will also be included on separate pages within these class pages for you to see what the children achieved during the projects.