Here at St Gregory’s we are extremely excited to introduce our Cornerstones curriculum. It is a project-based, thematic approach and provides children with a range of rich and memorable learning experiences. It ensures that all children experience a broad, balanced curriculum, providing rich, meaningful opportunities, which continue to promote and be underpinned by our school vision and values.
Reading and writing form an integral element of the approach but it is important to us at St Gregory’s that all children flourish and experience and enjoy a range of learning.
Learning is a journey and we strive to provide opportunities which will enable our children to enter into society with the necessary skills, experiences and responsibilities for later life.
Our curriculum is built on ‘The Four Cornerstones of Learning’ – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. These are four distinct stages that actively promote children’s learning and thinking. The Four Cornerstones of Learning link explicitly to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development
- Engage children through interesting topics and hands-on activities
- Make meaningful links between subjects.
- Develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of themes and concepts.
- Make effective connections to the real world.
- Help children to think creatively and solve problems.
- Develop children’s capacities to work independently and collaboratively.
- Enable children to make choices about their learning.
- Take account of children’s interests and fascinations.
- hook learners in with a memorable experience
- set the scene and provide the context
- ask questions to provoke thought and interest
- use interesting starting points to spark children’s curiosity
- teach knowledge to provide depth of understanding
- demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation
- provide creative opportunities for making and doing
- deliver reading, writing and talk across the curriculum
- provide imaginative scenarios for creative thinking
- enable and assess the application of previously learned skills
- encourage enterprise and independent thinking
- work in groups and independently to solve problems
- encourage reflective talk by asking questions
- provide opportunities for shared evaluation
- celebrate success
- identify next steps for learning
- develops children to the best of their abilities
- helps children to find their passions and interests
- facilitates children’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding
- helps children to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally
- assists children in becoming independent, responsible, useful, confident and considerate members of the community
- promotes a positive attitude towards learning, so children enjoy coming to school
- helps children to acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning
- creates and maintains an exciting and stimulating learning environment
- ensures that each child’s education has continuity and progression
- enables children to contribute positively within a culturally diverse society.
Please open the following links to see our curriculum coverage and information about individuals areas of learning.