The new Cornerstones Curriculum provides pupils with a varied, creative way to learn the elements of the National Curriculum and, within each half term summary, there are activities for parents/carers and children to take part in with family and friends. This is a great way for children and their families to have fun together whilst supporting their learning. Please check the information each half term.
Early in the academic year, each class teacher meets with parents to explain the expectations of the children in their class and to provide other important information. There are also a variety of other handouts which are not available here because of copyright restrictions. Please contact the class teacher for further details of other handouts regarding subject expectations.
Wagtail Class (Reception) Information
Robin Class Information (Y1/2)
Kingfisher Class Information (Y3/4)
Owl Class Information (Y5/6)
Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education incorporating Relationships and Sex Education
It is now a statutory requirement for primary schools to deliver Relationships Education and the Department of Education (DfE) encourages schools to deliver Sex Education that ensures both boys and girls are prepared for the changes adolescence brings and – drawing on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the National Curriculum for science – how a baby is conceived and born.
Since 2018 we have provided 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 (now being re-branded as Curriculum Maestro) 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 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.
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.
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: https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/
The information also provides suggestions for ways in which the family can become involved in the topic.
Why not try some of the activities at home?
(click on the current subject to download the information - previous topic links have been removed for copyright reasons)
The curriculum for each class is based around a two-year cycle - so we've started again in 2020, but with some changes since all the Minerva Learning Trust Schools are now following a similar pattern.
|Wagtail Class (Reception)||Autumn 2020 (1)||Why do you love me so much?|
|Autumn 2020 (2)||Do you want to be friends?|
|Spring 2021 (1)||Winter Wonderland|
|Spring 2021 (2)||Dangerous Dinosaurs|
|Summer 2021 (1)||Sunshine and Sunflowers|
|Summer 2021 (2)||Shadows and Reflections|
|Autumn 2021 (1)||Me and my community|
|Autumn 2019 (2)||Why do squirrels hide their nuts?|
|Spring 2020 (1)||Will you read me a story?|
|Spring 2020 (2)||What happens when I fall asleep?|
|Summer 2020 (1&2)||Why do zebras have stripes?|
|Robin Class (Y1/2)||Autumn 2020 (1)||Splendid Skies|
|Autumn 2020 (2)||Dinosaur Planet|
|Spring 2021 (1)||Bright Lights, Big City|
|Spring 2021 (2)||Rio de Vida|
|Summer 2021 (1)||Magnificent Monarchs|
|Summer 2021 (2)||Coastline|
|Autumn 2021 (1)||Moon Zoom|
|Autumn 2019 (2)||Paws, claws and whiskers|
|Spring 2020 (1)||Memory Box and Home Learning|
|Spring 2020 (2)||The Scented Garden|
|Summer 2020 (1)||Superheroes|
|Summer 2020 (2)||Beachcombers|
|Kingfisher Class (Y3/4)||Autumn 2020 (1)||Through the Ages|
|Autumn 2020 (2)||Urban Pioneers|
|Spring 2021 (1)||Gods and Mortals|
|Spring 2021 (2)||Misty Mountain Winding River|
|Summer 2021 (1)||Emperors and Empires|
|Summer 2021 (2)||Burps, Bottoms and Bile|
|Autumn 2021 (1)||Potions|
|Autumn 2019 (2)||Tremors|
|Spring 2020 (1)||Mighty Metals and Home Learning|
|Spring 2020 (2)||1066|
|Summer 2020 (1)||Road Trip USA|
|Summer 2020 (2)||Flow|
|Owl Class (Y5/6)||Autumn 2020 (1)||Stargazers|
|Autumn 2020 (2)||A Child's War|
|Spring 2021 (1)||Hola Mexico!|
|Spring 2021 (2)||Revolution!|
|Summer 2021 (1)||Sow, Grow and Farm|
|Summer 2021 (2)||Time Traveller|
|Autumn 2021 (1)||Pharoahs|
|Autumn 2019 (2)||Frozen Kingdom|
|Spring 2020 (1)||Darwin's Delights & Home Learning|
|Spring 2020 (2)||Off with her head!|
|Summer 2020 (1)||Beast Creator|
|Summer 2020 (2)||Tomorrow's World|
Currently, we use Letters and Sounds through the Early Years into Key Stage 1. From September 2022 we will be using Read, Write Inc for our phonics and spelling programmes.