As a Catholic school, deciding how to approach teaching the new curriculum, it was essential that the love of Jesus Christ and the Gospel values that we live by remain at the centre of our teaching and learning.  In addition to this, we strive for excellence and want to offer our children a variety of experiences that are relevant and inspirational, whilst developing the essential skills that they need for their future lives as citizens of our world.  The fundamental aim of any curriculum is to help children learn. What sets the Cornerstones Curriculum apart is that it’s based on a four-stage philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express.



At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:

gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school
enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences
get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme
begin researching and setting enquiry questions
get lots of opportunities to make observations
develop spoken language skills
take part in sensory activities
have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.


At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:

improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic
develop and practice their new skills
compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum
research their own questions and those set by others
follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests
complete homework activities that support their learning.


At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children:

apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts
solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt
get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities
revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.


At the ‘Express’ stage, children:

become the performers, experts and informers
share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community
evaluate finished products and processes
link what they have learnt to where they started
celebrate their achievements!

We are very much looking forward to embracing this new, creative approach to teaching and learning!