Here at Liberty we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) 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:
At Liberty we use the Cornerstones curriculum. The school has ensured there is national curriculum coverage which is taught within a vibrant and meaningful curriculum for children. The school has been using the curriculum since September 2015. One of the strengths of the curriculum is the opportunities that pupils get to write accross the curriculum. All of this learning is recorded in a child's learning log. These are available to view at parent's evenings which take place twice a year or in fact when you are invited in for an EXPRESS point ( this is when parents can come in and take part in a learning experience). The curricuulm for each year group is shown in the first document , please bear in mind these are subject to small changes. Writing genres that pupils will be learning are highlighted in bold as well as core texts the pupils will be using. Please ask your child's class teacher if you require any more information.
Pupils are taught from an early age to read and the school uses letters and sounds . The link to the website is below , click on the link for how you can help at home .
Pupils at Liberty are taught to read well . They enjoy books and have a great understanding of different texts and authors . They talk about reading with enthusiasm and pleasure .
Phonics is systematic teaching of the sounds conveyed by letters and groups of
letters, and includes teaching children to combine and blend these to read or
write words. It is of crucial importance, for the following reasons:
The majority of the information conveyed by letters concerns
Letters tell us more than any other source of information, even
when we have to interpret the information they provide.
We cannot read fluently until we read accurately, and this
depends on accurate use of the information conveyed letters.
Skilled, fluent readers do not guess.
Once we have learned what the letters are telling us in a word,
we can store it in our memory and retrieve it more quickly than
if we had to work it out.
At Liberty we follow the Charanga curriculum