At St Thomas More Catholic School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum. Since the New National Curriculum was introduced by the Government in 2014/15, we have been working hard to refresh our school approach and provision for the pupils. As part of this work we have implemented the Cornerstones Curriculum, a national recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children. We are developing our curriculum to ensure engaging and positive learning experiences for the children.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 National Primary Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our curriculum will be delivered through a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe that children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts.
Cornerstones also provides 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 it works?
Children will progress through four stages of learning- Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about theses stages please click on the link through the Cornerstones website. The four Stage pedagogy is built on academic research and evidence from practical teaching experience and links to SMVSC and our Values and Virtues. All topics are linked to the fundamental British Values:
See more at the Cornerstones Education website (external link).
At St Thomas More Catholic School we use Letters and Sounds scheme to deliver phonics. At our school we do not follow a single reading scheme but a combination of books from published schemes, such as Phonic Bug, Oxford Reading Tree, Literacy Evolve and Rising Stras. This is supplemented with class novels and novels that challenge and stretch our readers as they progress through Key Stage 2.
The following members of staff have responsibility for the curriculum:
Mr Breslin, Mrs Maher and Mrs Poole
During the Summer term, staff will be working with Lumen Christi MAC in developing a knowledge based curriculum. The Principals have spent the year to date researching the curriculum with support from other schools.