George Carey Long term Overview 2016-2017

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 Superheroes Splendid Skies Moon Zoom Paws, Claws and Whiskers The enchanted Woodland Dinosaur Planet
Year 2 Towers, Tunnels and Turrets Street detectives Muck, Mess and Mixtures Bounce The Scented Garden Wriggle and Crawl
Year 3 A Child at War Scrumdiddlyumptious Predator! Heroes and Villains Tremors Gods and Mortals
Year 4 Road Trip USA! Burps, Bottom and Bile Pharaohs Flow I am a warrior Blue Abyss
Year 5 Time Traveller Scream Machine Frozen Kingdoms Stargazers Off with her Head Alchemy Island
Year 6 Gallery Rebels Revolution! Blood Heart! Darwin’s Delight Tomorrows World Hola Mexico

The Four Cornerstones – Philosophy

The most important underlying principle of a curriculum is to help children learn. We believe that a successful curriculum is brought to life by high quality teaching, inspirational learning activities and opportunities to listen and plan for the developing interests and motivations of children.

That is why the Cornerstones Primary Curriculum is built upon a four stage teaching and learning philosophy…

The Four Cornerstones:    ENGAGE   –   DEVELOP   –   INNOVATE   –   EXPRESS

What do the Four Cornerstones look like?

During the Engage stage children will :

• have memorable first-hand experiences – for example going on a visit outside the classroom or inviting a specialist visitor into the classroom

• have WOW experiences – Investigate and Discover

• be introduced in exciting ways to the new topic or theme

• begin initial research and set enquiry questions

• have lots of opportunity to make observations • develop spoken language skills

• take part in sensory activities

• have a great deal of fun, allowing them to fully ‘engage’ with their new topic

During the Develop stage children will :

• dig much deeper to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of a topic across the curriculum

• practice their newfound skills

• compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes, read across the curriculum

• research their own questions and those posed by others

• follow new pathways of enquiry based on their own interests • complete homework activities that support their learning in school

During the Innovate stage children will :

• apply previous skills, knowledge and understanding in real life contexts

• be challenged with real or imagined problems and situations to solve using knowledge and skills from the earlier stages

• be inspired with imaginative and creative opportunities

• have time to re-visit skills, knowledge and understanding not grasped during the develop stage

• have the opportunity to take on different roles

During the Express stage children will :

• become the performers, the experts, the informers

• share their achievements with others in many different ways…….parents, class mates and the community • evaluate finished products/processes

• tie learning back to the beginning

• celebrate

Cornerstones Curriculum is delivered through a range of inspirational yet rigorous learning projects. These are based on the National Curriculum, but bring learning together in new and exciting ways. Each project combines different strands of learning so that children learn more holistically and start to challenge themselves and learn problem solving skills as they create truly fantastic learning opportunities.

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