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Our Curriculum

At Bracken Lane School, 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 The Nursery through 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.

 

Engage

Start with a memorable first-hand experience e.g. a visit, a visitor or a special event
Begin observations, research and setting questions
Fully engage with the new topic

 

Develop

Improve knowledge and understanding
Develop and practise new skills
Explore, make and do

 

Innovate

Apply skills and knowledge in real-life contexts
Solve real or imagined problems through learning
Gain inspiration from creative activities

 

Express

Become performers, experts and informers
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. All teachers send a half termly newsletter, which outlines the topics being covered in their classes, as well as what will be taught in each subject area.

 

Mathematics is taught discretely using the Inspire Mathematics project.

 

Religious Education continues to be taught using the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus, as there is no national curriculum for this subject and the content is decided locally to reflect the needs of our community.

 

Please see our other curriculum information, in individual subject areas in the 'Curriculum' section of the website.

To allow us to react to learning opportunities, some planned units may change. 

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