At St Michael's, we believe in providing an excellent and exciting curriculum for all of our children. For this reason, we chose to adopt the Cornerstones Creative Curriculum, which we feel best fits with the ethos and values of our school. We use the Cornerstones topics throughout school, from Foundation Stage to Year 6.
What is Cornerstones Creative Curriculum?
The Cornerstones curriculum was created by real teachers. The topics support the needs of children, schools and the national curriculum. The unique Cornerstones approach centres on the belief that children learn better when their interests and fascinations are allowed to flourish, where they are encouraged to explore subjects in a variety of ways.
The approach is based on a four-stage teaching philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express; the four 'cornerstones' of learning.
Begin observations, research and setting questions
Fully engage with the new topic
Develop and practise new skills
Explore, make and do
Solve real or imagined problems through learning
Gain inspiration from creative activities
Link learning back to starting points
Share and celebrate achievements
The Cornerstones topics are fully in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum and cross curricular learning is a key part of the planning process.
Religious Education is being taught through teaching the Understanding Christianity Units and Cornerstone. These have been produced to help all teachers support pupils in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it. It aims to see pupils leave school with a coherent understanding of Christian belief and practice. Pupils from 4-11 explore the significant theological concepts within Christianity as part of developing their wider religious, theological and cultural literacy. It seeks to support teachers in developing their own knowledge and understanding of Christianity theology to be able to teach with confidence.
Cornerstone 'Love to Celebrate' Units have also been bought in this year to support teachers in delivering structured sessions for the other main religions in Britain. Each year group will study different aspects of: Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism which are matched to children's understanding in each year.
Both sets of units have been introduced new this year and we feel they have the necessary resources and curriculum structure to give each child in school a well rounded understanding of their own Faith and others in our school community.
Premier Active are in school working to increase the confidence in children's physical development by working with staff and children during the week. They are currently in three times a week delivering after school sports clubs for Years 1 to 6 as well as supporting in our Breakfast Club.
We have a company in called 'Junior Jam' to teach the children exciting Computing skills using Ipads. Junior Jam teaches pupils to create programs, films, music and a range of other content, whilst encouraging them to express themselves and develop their own ideas using the latest apps.
Year 4 all are learning to play the clarinet, we also have steel pans, sitar lessons. The children get to showcase their talents and perform regularly to the school and parents.