The curriculum is one of four essential foundations of our school, combined with our Trust values and our half termly values education, character education and high quality communications. Reading and a love of books is at the heart of our school.
Here at Acorns Primary School we provide a knowledge-rich and knowledge-engaged curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum. We work very closely with Cornerstones to develop both our curriculum and their products. Our podcast with Cornerstones on curriculum design and pedagogy is available here.
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. It is based on a child-centred pedagogy called The Four Cornerstones and is delivered through Knowledge Rich Projects (KRPs), which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of 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 many learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively.
Our Cornerstones curriculum provides a rigorous skills and knowledge framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These skills and knowledge 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 topic and companion project – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website or read our curriculum intent statement.
High quality literature is chosen by the teacher for each topic as a key text.
CURRICULUM INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN
Curriculum Newsletters and Knowledge Organisers for each year group are sent out at the start of each topic. You can access these and the class plan for each year group on the class pages. These documents detail content for every subject.