Throughout the 2018- 19 academic year we will be launching the use of our new curriculum, this will be based upon the Cornerstones approach.
Here at Hartland Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children. We have chosen this approach as the staff and I feel it best suits our children and how they learn. This approach will be rolled out throughout the whole school including Pre-School.
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 it Works?
Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:
Please see individual class pages for current curriculum plans.
Promoting British Values at Hartland Primary School
The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 and the update in 2015 Prevent Strategy. At Hartland Primary School these values are developed in the following ways:
All pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. Elected class representatives meet discuss issues and to suggest ways to improve the life of the school, for example playground activities and clubs. The council also meet up with other school councils within our co-operative trust, for instance, to develop Anti Bullying work to disseminate back at school.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Classes have their own rules developed with the children. They have a clear understanding of the school’s red/yellow card system and the associate consequences of this. Our ethos is to promote the positive.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E- Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge within learning, participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. The school is an inclusive community, welcoming and supporting pupils within a culture of mutual respect. There is no discrimination within the school. Pupils are proud of their school and grow up as confident learners.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Our pupils share a growing understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and they have opportunities to experience diversity. We are a proud of our links with the local churches. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within the school. Our RE curriculum enables our children to learn about different faiths and to share their own.
Naomi Tottle, January 2018
Please click here for information on The New National Curriculum