The Catholic religious ethos of St John Fisher Catholic Primary School is to be found across the whole curriculum and not just within our Religious Education programme. Our faith is enriched through contact with the faith and prayer of the staff and the Christian atmosphere of our school. Pupils are helped to understand their world and their lives in the light of our faith. The school supports, extends and clarifies what the children learn and experience at home and in church.
In 2019/20 we decided to implement the new Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for 'delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.'
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 provide 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. 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. Cornerstones also provide 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.
Using the Cornerstones curriculum, children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP:
- 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
- Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic
- Develop and practise 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
- Apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts
- Lead their own learning through individual and group projects
- Solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt
- Be inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities
- Revisit anything not fully grasped at the Develop stage
- Become the performers, experts and informers through presenting their work in a variety of ways
- Share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community
- Evaluate their own learning
- Link what they have learnt to where they started
- Celebrate their achievements
More information on these stages can be found here:
We aim to offer a curriculum built on creativity and enjoyment which is carefully planned into topics and encompasses subjects across the whole curriculum. Our aim is to support children's natural curiosity and stimulate their imagination offering an opportunity to work in depth and become independent, confident and successful learners with high aspirations who are well prepared for life in the 21st Century.
Topics are planned on a two-year cycle; Year A and Year B and where possible are organised to coincide with nationwide and worldwide events and celebrations.
Pupils in reception are taught in accordance with the Department for Education's early years foundation stage guidance.
Mathematics, reading, grammar and phonic lessons take place regularly throughout the week.
Each term topic plans are sent to parents to provide further details for their child's year group. These can be viewed on the classes page of our website under the 'Children' tab.
If you require further information please speak to your child's class teacher or contact Ms Carbon, our Principal.