Curriculum Overview

Here at Gulval School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.

We have been working hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we have implemented the new 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 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which 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 provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Cornerstones also provides 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 the link to the Cornerstones website.

Foundation Stage 

We believe that our youngest children learn best by being actively involved in activities through first-hand experience and their senses. We provide a range of activities through which we encourage our children to explore, experiment, question, investigate, create, practice and consolidate their developing understanding, knowledge and skills.

In our school we choose for our Foundation children to cover the elements of the literacy and daily maths lessons across the whole day. Towards the end of the Reception year, we prepare children for full literacy and numeracy lessons.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)

Our main priorities throughout these years are the acquisition of language, communication and basic mathematical and problem-solving skills. Emphasis is also laid on promoting respect and consideration for others, the appreciation of aesthetic values, promoting interest and curiosity about the local environment and the world around us, encouraging the growth of moral values, fostering links between school and community and strengthening the relationship between school and home. Though a large part of each week is taken up with English and Mathematics, the children also gain experience in all other areas of the curriculum including PSHE and French.

Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

Here we offer a continuation, expansion and deepening of the curriculum. English, Mathematics and Science continue to occupy the largest part of the week, but other subjects play an important role in the development of each child’s skills. These subjects include: Computing, History, Geography, Design Technology (DT), Physical Education (PE), Art and Design, Music, Personal, Social and Health Education with Citizenship (PSHE/CT), French and Religious Education (RE). During the course of KS2 we help the children develop independent learning skills and encourage them to take more responsibility for their learning.

If you require any further information about the curriculum we use, please do contact us, we will be pleased to help.