Creative ‘Cornerstones’ Curriculum (History/Geography/Art & Design/ Design & Technology)
Teachers plan high quality, stimulating, creative and inspirational learning topics which are aimed to interest and motivate pupils. Within each topic, there are four stages of learning which allow for the development of key skills across both core and foundation subjects:
Engage - a stage of learning that provides pupils with an inspiring and thought-provoking starting point that stirs curiosity and initiates interest. Pupils engage in purposeful and contextualized learning experiences, in and outside the classroom, making best use of partners, experts and the community to provide the stimulus to learn. To ensure that pupils are immediately ‘engaged’, teachers provide a range of memorable experiences and starting points that stimulate their interests in a particular theme or concept.
Develop - a stage of learning that provides pupils with an opportunity to develop and master key skills, subject knowledge, research techniques and independence. Pupils become industrious learners making sense of information and experiences, leading to sound understanding and progress. Pupils develop their knowledge, understanding, key and subject skills required to progress their learning and attainment through quality differentiation, focused learning tasks and high quality relevant learning experiences.
Innovate - a stage of learning that challenges pupil’s ability to work creatively, exploring possibilities and finding solutions. Using and applying previously learned skills, knowledge and understanding pupils work collaboratively to innovate, managing their own learning to achieve given success criteria. Teachers will assess how successfully pupils can use, apply and problem solve in creative and imaginative ways.
Express - a stage of learning that empowers pupils to share, celebrate and reflect with a range of partners and audiences. Pupils cement their learning through shared reflection with peers and other adults and are able to suggest next steps of learning. Teachers discuss, review and support individual and group evaluations using their observations and evidence to make summative assessments.