WHAT ARE WE AIMING TO ACHIEVE WITH OUR CURRICULUM?
At Moston Fields, we use the Cornerstones curriculum as a basis for curriculum planning, allowing children to learn within a coherent and progressive framework. Knowledge, skills and understanding are developed through the four cornerstones approach: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
As a result, ALL children access a broad and balanced curriculum through Imaginative Learning Projects which focus on developing creativity and interest within the arts.
All teaching aims to ensure that children are engaged and inspired through stimulating activities that have purpose and challenge, making use of the environment and the community.
Children are able to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in all subjects, using and applying what they have learnt in a creative way and making links across subjects and projects (providing them with the opportunity to see clear links between different aspects of their learning).
Children are also given opportunities to share their knowledge and learning in a way that is meaningful for them and encourages parents and the community to be involved with school.
When possible, links are made with the local community to enhance learning and to bring learning to life.
Through the Imaginative Learning Projects (ILP's), we have organised our curriculum content into a range of exciting themes and projects. These are designed and planned to excite, promote and sustain children’s interest, whilst also promoting innovation, problem solving, creativity and communication. At the end of each ILP, children have the opportunity to express their learning in a meaningful way. They are also provided with opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate their learning.
Click on the documents below to discover more about the ILPs taught in each year group and see how they link to past and future learning:
Each ILP is launched with an ‘Engage’ event. This is a ‘hook’ to grab the children’s interest and excite them about the new project. It may take the form of a trip, a visitor into school or a themed day – something out of the ordinary!
Below is a document which sets out the planned Engage events for this academic year:
To allow children the opportunity to share their knowledge and learning in a way that is meaningful for them, each ILP ends with an ‘Express’ event. Out of the 5 ILP's, each class plans for two Express events that involve parents/wider community. Here are the planned events for this year:
However, at Moston Fields, we understand that a broad and balanced curriculum goes far beyond the National Curriculum subjects. That is why we offer the following, as part of a planned and rigorous enriched curriculum, which also allows children to further develop, use and apply learned skills and knowledge, support them to be the best that they can be and encourage them to become life-long learners:
- Participation in UNICEF's Rights Respecting School Award
- Forest School
- Programme of Outdoor Adventurous Activities delivered by NACRO
- Year 6 residential
- Chicken Caring
- Gardening and Allotment
- Lunchtime and After School clubs
- Year 6 Life-skills curriculum
- Themed days and Events (such as ‘Proud to Be . . .’, Creative Writing weeks, Family Learning Workshops)
- An annual ‘Our Futures’ project – where children have the opportunities to think about the next stages in their development and education, including future careers.