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Curriculum

The Curriculum at Copperfield Academy

Here at Copperfield Academy we provide 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 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 will Cornerstones develop my child’s key skills?

The Cornerstones curriculum offers significant opportunities for children to develop their key skills in maths and English across a wide range of subjects. As well as these subjects being taught discreetly within our school, every opportunity is taken for children to apply their skills within other subjects and to give a purpose for children’s writing.

How it Works?

Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.

At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:

  • gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school
  • enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences
  • get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme
  • begin researching and setting enquiry questions
  • get lots of opportunities to make observations
  • develop spoken language skills
  • take part in sensory activities
  • have lots of fun to fully ‘engage’ with their new topic.

At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:

  • improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic
  • develop and practice their new skills
  • compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum
  • research their own questions and those set by others
  • follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests
  • complete homework activities that support their learning.

At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children:

  • apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts
  • solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt
  • get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities
  • re-visit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.

At the ‘Express’ stage, children:

  • become the performers, experts and informers
  • share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community
  • evaluate finished products and processes
  • link what they have learnt to where they started
  • celebrate their achievements!

At Copperfield Academy we believe that a successful curriculum is brought to life by high quality teaching, inspirational learning activities and opportunities to listen and plan for the developing interests and motivations of children. Below you will find links to overviews for each year group from Nursery to Year 6. They will give you an idea of what your child will be learning each term, however, one of the key principles of Cornerstones is that the curriculum is adapted to follow the interests of the children and to ensure that the children are fully engaged in their learning, therefore, the activities may differ slightly than those on the overview.

In order to keep you fully informed of what is happening, we will be sending out a curriculum newsletter at the end of each term detailing the subject coverage for the following term. This newsletter will give general information about the subject area, a brief overview of what sort of things the children will be involved in and a summary of the key learning areas. The newsletter will also suggest some homework work that the children can carry out over the holiday period prior to starting the topic. Each classroom will also hold an open event at the end of each term that parents and carers will be invited to in order to share in the children’s learning and get involved.

To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:

https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/