Here at Horninglow Primary: a de Ferrers Trust Academy, we have introduced a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. This is appropriate to the needs of our children because it enables them to engage in experiences and cultures that they otherwise would not encounter. 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. We also encourage parents to become involved in this process by inviting them to curriculum assemblies and workshops to help home-school links in these areas.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs. Staff update these frameworks half termly, and use the gap analysis to ensure that all children across their phase have full access to the entire foundation curriculum.
How it Works?
Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:
Below are links to each year groups curriculum map.
In addition, each half term and you will receive a curriculum planner with up to date information about the Imaginative Learning Project your child will be engaging in. It will share ideas about how to support your child at home as well as additional home learning opportunities.