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Cornerstones Curriculum

 

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Here at Newbridge Junior 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) 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 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.

Independent Learning Projects

Each Independent Learning Project (ILP) lasts for half a term and has four stages of learning.  These are explained below.

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Each ILP is led by one curriculum subject with other subjects purposefully linked together to provide an integrated and meaningful learning experience for the children.

Some subjects do not lend themselves to being linked with other curriculum areas; these are known as stand alone subjects and are taught in their own right outside the integrated curriculum.

Each ILP begins with a memorable experience to engage the children in their learning during the engage phase of learning. The journey ends with an express event during the express phase which provides a purpose to the whole journey and will link as much of the learning together as possible.

Topic overviews, subject and year group maps and subject policies are available on the website, follow the link from the curriculum page.

Click below to see a whole school overview of Cornerstones ILPs and other topics that are taught.

Newbridge Junior School Cornerstones Curriculum Map