The Cornerstones Curriculum

Our Grestone curriculum encompasses the National Curriculum core and foundation subjects, which are brought to life through an engaging, inspiring and creative curriculum based on Cornerstones Topics. The Cornerstones curriculum has developed support materials for schools to provide a variety of Imaginative Learning Projects. Each project is split into sections, which see children progress through four stages of learning: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.

At Grestone we carefully select inspiring, engaging and exciting topics from the Cornerstones Curriculum that involves a range of different contexts. Please see the Topic Plan above. We focus on making learning relevant and try to incorporate practical experiences for our children, using both the local environment and further afield. Teachers plan a memorable experience at the beginning, in order to kick start each unit of work. This might be an educational visit, a visiting speaker or an immersion day where children are encouraged to explore and discover their own 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 the children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Our Curriculum has a programme of enrichment and extracurricular activities which include creative and physical opportunities. For example Forest Schools (with the support of Hamstead Hall Inclusion Team) Music tuition, sports coaching, arts and crafts and the learning of a foreign language (Spanish).

Our teaching of Maths is delivered through the Collins Mathematics Scheme.

Our teaching of Reading is delivered through a range of published schemes (Oxford Reading Tree, Pearson and Nelson Comprehension)

Our teaching of Phonics is based in the principles from DFE letters and sounds documents.

Religious Education is delivered through the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus.