Oakfield Primary Academy

Transforming lives with exceptional learning - aspiring beyond the expected

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As a whole school, we provide a creative curriculum based around the "Cornerstones Curriculum".

 

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

 

For more information please visit Cornerstones Education.

 

How it Works?

Children will progress through four distinct stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.

Engage

At the "Engage" stage, children:

  • Gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school.
  • Enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences.
  • Get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme.
  • Begin researching and setting enquiry questions.
  • Get lots of opportunities to make observations.
  • Develop spoken language skills.
  • Take part in sensory activities.
  • Have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.

Develop

At the "Develop" stage, children:

  • Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic.
  • Develop and practice their new skills.
  • Compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum.
  • Research their own questions and those set by others.
  • Follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests.
  • Complete homework activities that support their learning.

Innovate

At the "Innovate" stage, children:

  • apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.
  • solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt.
  • get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities.
  • revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.

Express

At the "Express" stage, children:

  • become the performers, experts and informers.
  • share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community.
  • evaluate finished products and processes.
  • link what they have learnt to where they started.
  • celebrate their achievements.

Additional Information about Key Stage One and Two

We recognise the value of learning languages and therefore offer weekly French lessons to all our KS2 children.

We use the Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus as a basis to plan out Religious Education provision. Furthermore, children in all classes will undertake a scheme of learning based around Protective Behaviours. Protective Behaviours is a safety awareness and resilience building programme which helps children and adults to recognise any situation where they feel worried or unsafe, such as feeling stressed, bullied or threatened; and explores practical ways to keep safe.