Here at Acorns Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.
With a new National Curriculum being introduced by the Government in September 2014 we worked hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we decided to implement 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. Our curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which 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 curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that requires children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provides 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.
How it Works?
Children 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:
Phonics, Reading and Spelling
In Nursery and Reception the children learn phonics through the Jolly Phonics scheme. This continues into Key Stage 1 with further work planned around Letters and Sounds. The Nessy onscreen program is used to support and supplement phonics and spelling.
The results of the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check have been significantly above the national average for the past three years.
Jolly Phonics books are used alongside Heinemann Storyworld reading books in Reception.
In Key Stage 2 we use the Read Write Inc Spelling programme. This enables the children to revisit patterns and master spelling of a large variety of words which they can they apply to their independent writing. Throughout the week the children complete a range of interactive activities, as well as written challenges in their practice books (which are kept at school). Pupils also have a log book, in which they record any interesting or tricky words that they wish to practise and use in their writing.