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Kidsgrove Primary School

Empowering Learners...Growing Minds

Other curriculum subjects

 

How are the wider curriculum subjects taught?

 

INTENT

Kidsgrove primary school is a safe and wonderful place where children want to be, and learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. Learning is designed to be a mixture of exploration, discovery, creativity, through a variety of sensory and kinaesthetic experiences which encourages  learners to delve deeper on their lifelong learning journey. Children are encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. 

 

Our broad and balanced curriculum has been carefully designed and mapped out to ensure coverage and progression. It has a project-based, thematic approach and provides children with a range of rich and memorable learning experiences. We willl engage children through interesting topics and hands-on activities that enables them to make meaningful links between subjects and connections to the real world. One area which we focus on is developing children’s capacities to work independently and collaboratively; taking account of their interests and fascinations. 

 

IMPLEMENTATION

We follow the National Curriculum programmes of study for subjects for  Art, Design Technology, Geography, History and in addition we promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development including fundamental British values.  As a vehicle for teaching these subjects we have chosen to use The Cornerstones Curriculum.

 

Our curriculum is built on The Four Cornerstones of Learning – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. These are four distinct stages that actively promote children’s learning and thinking.

 

 

The Four Cornerstones of Learning link explicitly to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.

 

The focus for teaching and planning in each Cornerstone is as follows.

 

Engage

  1. hooks learners in with a memorable experience
  2.  set the scene and provide the context
  3.  ask questions to provoke thought and interest
  4. use interesting starting points to spark children’s curiosity

Develop

  1. teach knowledge to provide depth of understanding
  2. demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation
  1. provide creative opportunities for making and doing
  2. deliver reading, writing and talk across the curriculum

Innovate

  1.  provide imaginative scenarios for creative thinking
  2. enable and assess the application of previously learned skills
  1. encourage enterprise and independent thinking
  2. work in groups and independently to solve problems

Express

  1.  encourage reflective talk by asking questions
  1. provide opportunities for shared evaluation
  2.  celebrate success
  3. identify next steps for learning

 

Each Imaginative Learning Project (ILP) begins with a memorable experience that stimulates children’s curiosity and prepares them for a new theme. A memorable experience often involves an educational visit out of school or a visitor coming into school to share their expertise with the children.

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