In September 2016, we introduced the Cornerstones curriculum at St Vincent’s.  This 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 curriculum will be delivered through topics which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of children’s learning. Every unit begins with a Memorable Experience and every unit ends with a celebration/performance.

We believe our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will inspire and excite children, requiring them to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

Cornerstones is a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children. The most important underlying principle of a curriculum is to help children learn, and deepen their understanding and skills. 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.

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, please click on the link to the Cornerstones website.