We have adopted a cross-curricular thematic approach through the Cornerstone Curriculum, with topics lasting half a term designed to engage and inspire pupils. With the use of this programs cross curricular links are developed to promote and deepen students building on learning across subject specialisms. Each year group will follow 6 cornerstones projects (one per half term). Each project has one driver subject, however each combines at least two other subjects within the lesson sequences.
These themes are planned to use the framework of the National Curriculum. When necessary, this approach is supplemented by discrete lessons to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum.
Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express
The Four Cornerstones of Learning provides the structure for every ILP. We call these Engage, Develop, Innovate, and Express. We believe this pedagogy reflects the best way children learn and is rooted in a variety of different educational approaches and research.
Put simply, the four stages are as follows:
- Engage – hook children in with a memorable experience.
- Develop – allow children time to gather the skills and knowledge they need to develop a deep understanding.
- Innovate – offer creative experiences that allow children to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding.
- Express – provide the space and time for reflecting, evaluating, and celebrating learning.