The Cornerstones Philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express
To further enrich our whole school curriculum at St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School, and to integrate a more thematic approach, we have joined the Cornerstones Curriculum family. This is a nationally recognised approach for delivering 'outstanding' and truly 'enriched' learning opportunities.
It's the Cornerstones Philosophy to 'bring the curriculum to life'. Each stage provides opportunities for children to learn and respond in a variety of ways, keeping projects flexible and able to follow children's interests and needs.
Below are the core principles of each stage.
Start with a memorable, first-hand experience
Begin observations, research and asking questions
Fully engage with the new topic
Improve knowledge and understanding
Develop and practise new skills
Explore, make and do
Apply skills and knowledge in real life contexts
Solve real or imagined problems through learning
Gain inspiration from creative activities
Become performers, experts and informers
Link learning back to starting points
Share and celebrate achievements
If you would like some further information about the Cornerstones Curriculum, please watch the video below and visit the Cornerstones website.
Cornerstones Education creates educational products for primary schools. Enjoyed by over 300,000 children in over 1200 schools, the Cornerstones Curriculum is written specifically for the 2014 national curriculum. Love to Investigate is a series of 126 practical science investigations that put working scientifically at the heart of the school curriculum.
Phonics and Reading
We currently follow the Letters and Sounds programme and use Jolly Phonics alongside to support our children in the acquisition and application of sounds. All children in Early Years and Year One participate in a Phonics lesson each day and children are actively encouraged to apply the skills learnt during these sessions to all of their reading and writing activities.
During the Autumn term in Reception, each child receives a banded reading book that matches their reading ability and provides them with a range of different text types. The children also have access to our school library and may borrow a book of their choice.