Ninian Park Primary School uses the Cornerstones Skills Curriculum to provide a flexible approach to teaching and learning. It features more than 70 enterprising, thematic projects and hundreds of engaging lessons, all rich in the cross-curriculum responsibilities of language, literacy, communication and digital literacy.
Our new Skills Curriculum comes complete with an Essential Skills Framework, which has been designed to help teachers effectively differentiate learning intentions to meet the needs of individual children and groups.
The Cornerstones Philosophy
The fundamental aim of any curriculum is to help children learn. What sets the Cornerstones Curriculum apart is that it’s based on our four-stage philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express.
Bring lessons to life
Successful curricula are built on inspirational learning activities and high-quality teaching. It’s about creating a classroom environment that allows children to learn in a way that motivates and interest them. The Cornerstones curriculum is designed to give teachers the chance to plan and structure lessons around their children.
The Cornerstones Curriculum features more than 70 Imaginative Learning Projects. Each project is split into sections, which see children progress through four stages of learning: Engage, Develop, Innovate, 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!