At Kirkham Grammar Junior, Infant and Pre-School, we have an exciting and challenging EYFS curriculum in partnership with the ‘Cornerstones’ curriculum. It is a curriculum that delivers rich, fun, engaging and aspirational learning experiences. We are passionate that our youngest pupils move up through school with strong foundations, a love of learning and achieve their potential as part of their ongoing school journey at Kirkham Grammar School.
What is the Cornerstones EYFS Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a coherent, skills and knowledge-based EYFS curriculum with a creative edge. It is rooted in proven pedagogy based on how children learn best. The curriculum nurtures engagement, curiosity and innovation, brings learning to life in meaningful life ways, and really makes an impact.
It is based on the Four Cornerstones of Learning:
Engage – hook children in with a memorable experience.
Develop – allow children time to gather skills and knowledge they need to develop a deep understanding.
Innovate – offer creative experiences that allow children to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding.
Express – provide the space and time for reflecting, evaluating and celebrating learning.
The Cornerstones Curriculum is based on more than 28 imaginative learning projects (14 Pre-School and 14 Reception), giving a range of choice for the year group. These learning projects can be adapted according to the needs and interests of the children, is entirely flexible and crafted around children’s questions and the world around them. It makes meaningful links through all the areas of learning so that different subject areas can be linked together and the children can lead their own learning through both adult and child-led experiences.
Examples of imaginative learning projects are:
Did dragons exist?
Do cows drink milk?
Who lives in a rock pool?
Why can’t I eat chocolate for breakfast?
Subject depth and progression
Each project is closely linked to the knowledge and skills outlined within the ‘Statutory Framework for the EYFS’ and will ensure that there is enough subject depth, coherence and progression in order to achieve the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception (I1). Due to the structure of the Cornerstones Curriculum, children are given ample opportunities to embed knowledge and master new skills in a range of contexts. Whilst literacy is at the heart of each project, it makes meaningful links across the curriculum, maximising opportunities to apply and build on subject knowledge and wider skills. Literacy and Mathematics continue to be taught as both stand-alone and incorporated lessons, to build firm foundations for future success.