The Journey of our Curriculum
Since 2015, The Winchcombe School has followed the Cornerstones Curriculum. By introducing it we felt that we were able to deliver an enriching, topic-based approach which provided a broad and balanced curriculum linked to the National Curriculum.
Using the Cornerstones pedagogical approach of Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express, children are taught through topics called Individual Learning Projects (ILP) and we are now moving towards teaching through their Knowledge Rich Projects (KRP).
As part of each ILP/KRP children participate in a memorable experience. This has the purpose of developing curiosity, learning through first hand experiences and consolidating knowledge. This is something which we believe is fundamental to the learning process.
In 2019/20, we have started reviewing our curriculum, based upon our visions and beliefs. We are working hard to continue to refine a more connected curriculum, which is progressive and helps our children to learn more, know more and remember more. All Cornerstones projects follow a rigorous skills and knowledge progression framework. Key to this is our vision to develop technical vocabulary throughout our school.
History, Geography and Science are the key driver subjects for each ILP or KRP. When needed, Science may also be taught discreetly to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum. Art and Design and Technology are taught as ‘Companion projects’ linked to each ILP/KRP.
Physical Education (PE), Music, Computing, Personal Social Health and Emotional (PSHE), Religious Education (RE) and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and are taught discretely with cross curricular links being made to enrich and connect our curriculum. We have a cross curricular approach being used in English and follow a mastery approach to the teaching of Mathematics. We pride ourselves in the adding breadth to our curriculum through enrichment opportunities and embrace our community.
We endeavour to meet the needs of all of our children ensure that we adapt our curriculum to challenge and support the needs of all our learners.
Our next steps, for this academic year, are to continue to strengthen our curriculum through developing progressive sequences of learning for each subject and think about how we assess what children remember.
Whole School Intent
It is our ambition to provide a progressive and connected curriculum which develops long term retention of key subject knowledge and builds the foundations for the next steps in learning. We believe it is about what has been learned and not just what has been taught. We recognise that every child’s learning journey is individual and we provide a curriculum that is appropriate to the needs and abilities of all our children.
Our curriculum is designed around ten Big Ideas (large global concepts) taken from the Cornerstones Curriculum which are Humankind, Processes, Creativity, Investigation, Materials, Nature, Place, Comparison, Significance and Change. These Big Ideas link learning throughout our school, within and across year groups and through subjects. We believe that developing key vocabulary is fundamental to enabling children to connect and build upon prior learning.
We aim for every child to become a reflective learner, willing to take risks and see mistakes as a way of improving. We want to challenge our children to become curious and independent learners by providing engaging and enriching opportunities. Children are taught the importance of being part of our diverse community, showing respect and responsibility, underpinned by our core values. At The Winchcombe School we pride ourselves in providing a highly inclusive education and supporting our families within our local community.