Since the New National Curriculum was introduced by the Government in 2014/15, we have been working hard to develop our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work, we have recently adopted the 'Cornerstones Curriculum', a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children. We shall implement this from September 2017 in order to ensure our curriculum is engaging, rigorous, challenging and contains positive learning experiences for the children.
Cornerstones ensures that we are able to deliver all aspects of the National Curriculum (www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum) and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2)
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (Topics) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
How it Works?
Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:
The children follow a broad and balanced curriculum in accordance with the National Curriculum. As well as adopting Cornerstones as our curriculum, we also supplement this with some discreet curriculum topics in order to ensure breadth, balance and coverage in all year groups. Children also study Religious Education in line with the locally agreed syllabus.
Sex and Relationships Education is covered in the framework of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). The school’s Sex and Relationships Education Policy is available on the school website and parents and carers are invited annually to view the materials used in teaching the elements of the programme. The PSHE curriculum is covered through coverage of a defined Core Learning Skills Programme as well as additional lessons to cover SRE, Drugs Education, Road and Sun Safety. See KS1 and 2 PSHE coverage documents below.
Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children from RE and Collective Worship on religious grounds should they wish to do so. This can be discussed with the Head Teacher on an individual basis.
Parson Street Primary School,
Bedminster Road, Bedminster,
Bristol, BS3 5NR