At Hillbourne Primary School we provide a creative curriculum which is based around the National Curriculum and the Cornerstones Curriculum.
With the new National Curriculum having been introduced in 2014 we have taken the opportunity to refresh our whole school approach and provision for Hillbourne children this year (2017). As part of this development we are implementing the Cornerstones curriculum. Cornerstones is nationally recognised as an approach, which helps schools to deliver outstanding learning opportunities for children from Foundation Stage to Year 6.
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative thematic approach to learning. It is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum and the Early Years statutory framework to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectation. Hillbourne’s new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that makes creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. Each Imaginative Learning Project offers children the opportunity to:
ENGAGE: first hand, memorable learning experiences where children have the chance to investigate and explore using all their senses.
DEVELOP: develop and research skills, knowledge and understanding.
INNOVATE: apply skills, knowledge and understanding to a creative and inspirational challenge.
EXPRESS: perform, share, evaluate and celebrate learning.
At Hillbourne we believe that children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination, be creative and apply their learning to engaging contexts. It follows the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 and the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
It has been planned to provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year. The experiences will require children to solve problems, apply their skills and knowledge effectively across the curriculum.
The school follows the Early Years statutory framework which came into effect from 1 September 2012. The learning and development requirements are given legal force by The Early Years Foundation Stage (Learning and Development Requirements) (Amendment) Order 2012 made under Section 39(1)(a) of the Childcare Act 2006.
Four guiding principles in early years settings are:
• every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
• children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
• children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
• children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
The National Curriculum subjects for Key Stages 1 and 2 are statutory.
The statutory subjects that all pupils are taught at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are: Art and Design, Design and Technology, English, Geography, History, Computing, Mathematics, Music, Physical education, Science and a Modern Foreign Language. At Hillbourne we teach French as our Modern Foreign Language in Key Stage 2.
Religious education is provided to all pupils on the school roll. In addition we also teach Fundamental British Values and encourage members of different faiths or religions to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
The Hillbourne curriculum is being developed with our children’s specific needs in mind. We believe it will provide them with a broad and balanced curriculum, covering all the statutory elements whilst also addressing the personal needs of our children and the community. As well as providing skills for life and for living, the impact on children’s self-esteem is highly positive.
If you would like further information regarding our Curriculum please come and speak to us.