Here at Oakham C of E Primary, 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 overtime in a systematic and sequenced provision.
We teach all National Curriculum statutory subjects – English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, PE and Music, Modern Foreign Languages (French) and Religious Education. In addition we teach Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) throughout the school. We use the Learning Journeys to combine these subjects together and make links where possible. This gives the children a context in which to learn new skills and knowledge and an opportunity to see how their knowledge and skills can be applied to the real world.
Computing skills are taught across the school with the aid of netbooks that are located in all Key stage 2 classrooms with the support of additional hardware such as digital cameras and iPads. We teach two PE sessions per week, one indoor and one outdoor session. PE is also supported through extended schools activities. All children have the opportunity to learn to swim during their time at our school; Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 learning in our very own school pool for three (FS) or two (KS1) 6 weeks blocks per year. Key Stage two all swim for one six week block per year and we use the facilities at Oakham School.