Curriculum

The Curriculum at Pemberley Academy

At Pemberley Academy we provide a creative curriculum based around the 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 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will 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 will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

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 will Cornerstones develop my child’s key skills?

The Cornerstones curriculum offers significant opportunities for children to develop their key skills in maths and English across a wide range of subjects. As well as these subjects being taught discreetly within our school, every opportunity is taken for children to apply their skills within other subjects and to give a purpose for children’s writing.

How it Works?

Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and 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
  • re-visit 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!

To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:

https://www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/

PEMBERLEY PRIMARY ACADEMY CURRICULUM MAP 2017 - 2018

TERMEYFSYEAR 1YEAR 2YEAR 3YEAR 4
Autumn 1People Who Help UsEnchanted WoodlandTowers, Tunnels & TurretsHeroes & VillainsBurps, Bottoms and Bile
Autumn 2JourneysSuperheroesMuck, Mess and MixturesGods & MortalsTraders & Raiders
Spring 1SpaceDinosaur PlanetStreet DetectivesPredatorsI am Warrior
Spring 2Tails & WhiskersBright Lights, Big CityWiggle & CrawlStone AgeThe Blue Abyss
Summer 1At the Bottom of the GardenSplendid SkiesLand Ahoy!Urban PioneerRoad Trip USA
Summer 2Under the SeaRio de VidaBounce & BoogieScrumdiddlyumptious!Playlist