Discovery’s Cornerstone Curriculum
This year at Discovery Primary School we are excited to introduce our new creative curriculum based around the principles of the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum allowing for comprehensive coverage of national expectations.
Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs), providing a variety of exciting and motivating learning opportunities that make creative links through all facets of the children’s learning. Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express
It is our belief that children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning through participating in engaging activities in a range of contexts. Our new curriculum will provide learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require the children to solve problems, applying themselves creatively and expressing their knowledge and understanding effectively across all aspects of the curriculum.
To find out more about the four stages that underpin the pedagogy of Cornerstones please click on the link below:
Reading and Phonics
At Discovery our children start on their reading journey by being introduced to the 44 sounds in the English Language. We follow Letters and Sounds as a basic scheme adapting and extending it where necessary. The children then apply and practise their reading skills using, among other things, the Bug Club Phonics scheme. Bug Club is a finely levelled,reading scheme, which ensures that each child can find a book at exactly the right level for them.
When the children have become confident readers, they progress to reading books from the 'Accelerated Reader' programme. This programme grades children's literature and provides a fun quiz to ensure that children are reading at the correct level.