Rose Wood Academy

Enjoy and Achieve

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Cornerstones Curriculum

Here at Rose Wood Academy we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.

 

Cornerstones follows the model:

  • Engage
  • Develop
  • Innovate
  • Express

 

This curriculum model provides exciting experiences which inspire the children, encourage independence and resilience in their learning and offer the opportunities to apply their skills in a range of contexts.

 

Engage

At this initial stage of the learning we provide ‘memorable’ and ‘real life’ experiences such as educational visits or visitors. This ‘hooks’ the pupils into the learning and encourages curiosity and inspiring enquiry. Recent trips have included The Deep and Lightwater Valley.

Main Elements

  • Memorable experience
  • Develop interests
  • Pose and explore questions
  • Explore & Enquire
  • Talk and Discuss
  • Enjoy

 

Develop

During the ‘Develop’ stage of the curriculum, the children will acquire further knowledge, skills and understanding.

Main Elements

  • Develop Knowledge, Skills, Understanding and Techniques
  • Basic Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Direct Teaching
  • Differentiate
  • Modelling
  • Direct Assessment

Innovate

The ‘Innovate’ phase allows children to use and apply their KSU through a negotiated process facilitated via a provocation.

They are able to self-direct, investigate and explore an aspect of their learning in greater depth. This style of learning promotes independence and builds resilience, as the pupils face challenges and seek ways to overcome them.

Main Elements

  • Using and Apply KSU
  • Problem Solving
  • Develop Imagination & Creativity
  • Take a Risk

Express

The final stage is ‘Express’, which gives the children an opportunity to share and disseminate their learning with others. This may take the form of a carnival procession, a school assembly or a musical performance. The collaborative and celebratory nature of this learning is highly inclusive and is frequently shared with parents.

Children

  • Application of Knowledge
  • Understanding, Skills and Techniques
  • Perform
  • Produce
  • Reflect
  • Evaluate