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Cornerstones Curriculum

Cornerstones Curriculum at Stifford Clays

At Stifford Clays Primary School, we believe in creating a stimulating environment which allows all our children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them through inspirational learning activities and high-quality teaching.

 

Our creative curriculum at Stifford Clays Primary revolves around the Cornerstones Curriculum. The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum 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.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. 

 

How it works

Children will progress through four distinct stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.   

 

 

Engage:

At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:

Gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor to the 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.

 

Develop:

At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:

Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic

Develop and practice 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.

 

Innovate:

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.

 

Express:

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!

 

At Stifford Clays Primary School we have carefully selected inspiring, engaging and exciting topics from the Cornerstones Curriculum that involve a range of different contexts (See ‘whole school topic plan below).

We value the help, support and skills that our parents contribute to delivering our creative curriculum.

 

                                                        Stifford Clays Primary School - Long Term Foundation Curriculum Overview Cornerstones

Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Music Week

N

ILP Title

Why do you love me so much?

Why do leaves go crispy?

What is a shadow?

Do cows drink milk?

How high can I jump?

How high can I jump?

 

R

ILP Title

Do you want to be friends?

Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

What happens when I fall asleep?

Why don’t snakes have legs?

Will you read me a story?

Will you read me a story?

1

ILP Title

Memory Box

Splendid Skies

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Bright Lights, Big City

Enchanted Woodland

Super Heroes

Rio De Vida

Foundation Subject Focus

History

Science

Art/design

Geography

Science

PE

Music

2

ILP Title

Street Detectives

The Scented Garden

Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Land Ahoy!

Wriggle and Crawl

Bounce

Beat Band Boogie!

Foundation Subject Focus

History

Science

Art/design

Geography

Science

PE

Music

3

ILP Title

Tribal Tales

Predator!

Urban Pioneers

Flow

Mighty Metals

Scrumdiddlyumptious!

Heroes and Villains

Foundation Subject Focus

History

Science

Art/design

Geography

Science

D&T

Music

4

ILP Title

I Am Warrior!

Burps, Bottoms and

Bile

Blue Abyss

Misty Mountain Sierra

Potions

Road Trip USA!

Playlist

Foundation Subject Focus

History

Science

Art/design

Geography

Science

Geography

Music

5

ILP Title

Peasants, Princes and Pestilence

Stargazers

Time Traveller

Allotment

Scream Machine

Pharaohs

Alchemy Island

Foundation Subject Focus

History

Science

Art/design

Geography

Science

History

Music

6

ILP Title

A Child’s War

ID

Gallery Rebels

Frozen Kingdom

Blood Heart

Tomorrow's World

Hola Mexico!

Foundation Subject Focus

History

Science

Art/design

Geography

Science

Computing

Music

 

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