At St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy, this statement sets out the principles underpinning the curriculum and reflects the school’s commitment to developing all aspects of our pupil’s lives.
Our curriculum has been developed to create children who:
- Are inspired learners.
- Are good citizens.
- Are independent thinkers.
- Have enquiring minds.
- Are great friends.
This is the philosophy of how we want to work and learn. These aims underpin all of the learning that takes place in our school.
As a whole school, we provide a creative curriculum based around the "Cornerstones Curriculum".
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 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.
For more information please visit Cornerstones Education.
How it Works?
Children will progress through four distinct stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
At the "Engage" stage, children:
- Gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school.
- Enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences.
- Get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme.
- Begin researching and setting enquiry questions.
- Get lots of opportunities to make observations.
- Develop spoken language skills.
- Take part in sensory activities.
- Have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.
At the "Develop" stage, children:
- Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic.
- Develop and practice their new skills.
- Compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum.
- Research their own questions and those set by others.
- Follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests.
- Complete homework activities that support their learning.
At the "Innovate" stage, children:
- apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.
- solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt.
- get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities.
- revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.
At the "Express" stage, children:
- become the performers, experts and informers.
- share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community.
- evaluate finished products and processes.
- link what they have learnt to where they started.
- celebrate their achievements.
The Imaginative Learning projects covered in each year group are illustrated in the whole school curriculum map.
To view further information on our curriculum (History/Geography/Art/DT/Music) please click here.
The curriculum is enhanced by using visits and speakers whenever possible. We aim that each class should have one of these enhanced opportunities each term. Each year there is the opportunity for all children to enjoy a theatre experience and there are various sporting events which they attend. We endeavour to make as many links with the other schools in the Corpus Christi Catholic Academy Trust as possible through a variety of curriculum opportunities.
There are opportunities for the children to take responsibilities within their class and the whole school. Children have opportunities to be School Councillors, House Captains, Young Leaders and School Chaplains.
National Curriculum Guidance for Parents
Attached below is a document that explains the new curriculum in more detail. In this document you will also find out more about what is taught in each year group across the core and foundation subjects.