Here at Graveney Primary School we provide a broad and balanced 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 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 Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) and 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. Cornerstones also provide 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.
Our curriculum is organised in a two year cycle. This is due to our pupils being taught in mixed age classes. We are currently moving from our old 2 year plan into our revised plan which will begin in September 2022.
We believe that where possible learning should be linked. Where there are no clear links, pupils are still taught in discrete lessons. Many Science, RE and Maths lessons will be taught discretely and are not usually taught as part of our creative curriculum.
This year we are following a transition curriculum in preparation for a new 2 year plan which will begin in 2022.