'Creative learning with backbone':
Traditionally the foundation subjects are often taught in isolation and without any direct reference to children's experiences. However, we have now adopted the Cornerstones approach which combines the subjects into meaningful, engaging and exciting 'projects' for the children to learn over a half term period. Across the school year, each year group will teach 6 different projects covering all the national curriculum objectives for Science, History, Geography, Art and DT. Learning follows the route of: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
Each project starts with a ‘wow launch’ hooking children in with a memorable experience. This could be a visit out somewhere, for example Y3 might visit Butser Ancient Farm to launch 'Tribal Tales'; or there might be a workshop within school, for example ZooLab might visit Y1 to launch 'Paws, Claws & Whiskers'. Or the launch could be an event or day worked into the curriculum such as a Y4 'Potions' day or a Y2 messy afternoon for 'Muck, Mess & Mixtures'.
The idea of the launch is to set the scene for learning and provide a context for the children, provoking curiosity and interest. ‘Develop’ allows for core teaching over a 5-6 week period, teaching for knowledge, depth and understanding. Opportunities will be created for making and doing, enabling imaginative scenarios that foster creative thinking, whilst allowing the children to develop new skills. ‘Innovate’ tasks will then encourage enterprise and independent ideas, putting into practice what has been learnt. Finally, the learning is shared across the school and with parents where appropriate, as part of ‘Express’.
Other foundation subjects such as Computing, Music, PE, RE and PSHE are taught discretely outside of the cross-curricular projects, with links made where appropriate. Computing is supported by the 'Purple Mash' resource, PE is partly supported by Active Soccer sports coaches, PSHE by the Jigsaw scheme and RE follows the Surrey Agreed Syllabus.
The End of Key Stage Expectations for KS1 and KS2 can be found below: