Here at Elmhurst Junior School we provide a broad and balanced curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 primary national curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations.
It is based on a child-centred pedagogy called The Four Cornerstones and is delivered through Knowledge Rich Projects (KRP) , which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides many learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous skills and knowledge framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These skills and knowledge are tied to activities and are age-related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
What is our intent behind the Elmhurst Curriculum?
Elmhurst is a fully inclusive school and we are ambitious for all of our children. We are building a coherent curriculum that will inspire, engage and enable our children to play a valuable part in the future of our society.
Visits and trips enrich learning linked to the programmes of study, year 4 children all receive music lessons from a peripatetic teacher and each year group is responsible for leading a performance at some point throughout the school year.