Our Cornerstones Creative Curriculum delivers a curriculum to equip our children with the knowledge and skills required to be independent and responsible members of the community and promotes our Church School Values of Hope, Creation, Forgiveness, Compassion and Koinonia (fellowship/unity). It is a curriculum designed to ensure that they are ready for their next stage in their education on leaving Chiddingstone School, while having the opportunity to enjoy their childhood through memorable, engaging and exciting learning opportunities. It is a curriculum aimed at fostering a life-long love of learning, through a highly practical, cross-curricular approach, but where subject knowledge and skills are carefully planned and sequenced so that children know more and remember more over time.
The Cornerstones Curriculum includes a range of knowledge rich projects, which cover several subject areas, with a focus on the development and progression of subject specific knowledge and skills. These include:
Art and Design
The curriculum is a carefully planned, project approach to teaching and learning designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity. Subject knowledge and skills are sequenced over 6 years to ensure the progression of knowledge and skills, as well as scaffolding the transferability of knowledge and skills across subject areas so that children can see the links and correlations between subjects. The curriculum also supports the English curriculum in school. A class book is chosen by the teachers, within the year group, that links to the topic that is studied throughout the term or half term. There are a range of literacy opportunities within each project to support both Reading and Writing skills.
The curriculum is based on the pedagogy of 4 stages: Engage-Develop-Innovate- Express.
Children experience ‘WOW’ moments which are fun and memorable and usually take place at the start of a topic to enhance a child’s learning by bringing the topic alive: for example an immersion day; going on visits or having visitors into school. In addition to this, as a school, we place great emphasis on learning outside the classroom. All year groups plan a range of exciting and engaging activities that include taking the children out on educational visits and/or bringing people into the school- e.g. theatre companies and speakers. In addition weekly Forest School sessions incorporate and support the projects being covered.
The Cornerstone Creative Curriculum supports the school’s vision of ‘Educating for Life in all its Fullness’ and contributes significantly to the cultural capital of every child in school.
Our curriculum aims to develop caring and responsible citizens who:
We aim to deliver this through: