We use Cornerstones as a framework to support the planning and resourcing of our curriculum. We believe that children deserve a balanced curriculum that enables them to develop a deep understanding of each subject and the inter-connections between them. We deliver many of the subjects in our wider curriculum (such as Geography, History, Science, DT and Art) through themed Learning Journeys. Each half term, the children complete a different Learning Journey which has a predominant subject focus but also draws in the other subjects too. The Cornerstones approach uses a clear pedagogy that is built on academic research and years of practical teaching experience. It has four key elements to it:
- This is to ‘hook’ learners in with a memorable experience.
- Sets the scene and provide the context for learning.
- Asks questions to find out children’s interests.
- This is the section focused on teaching facts and information for deeper understanding and knowledge.
- Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation.
- Provide creative opportunities for making and doing.
- This area provides imaginative scenarios that encourage creative thinking.
- Enables children to apply previously learned skills.
- Encourages enterprise and independent thinking.
- Opportunities for reflective talk and shared evaluation.
- Celebrates and share children’s success.
- Identifies next steps for learning.