The Curriculum

At Nunney First School, our engaging and stimulating curriculum ignites a passion for learning. It promotes intellectual curiosity, develops strong morals and encourages a responsibility for the environment. Every child is recognised as unique and individual, with their self-belief and wellbeing nurtured so that everyone is able to thrive, feel valued and achieve success. Our children are equipped with a life-long love of learning, memories of extraordinary learning experiences and opportunities to develop their creative skills and social confidence. Every year we provide children with a wide range of experiences, inside and outside the school, that they may not have the chance to otherwise encounter, building children’s cultural capital and raising their aspirations for future life. We encourage the understanding of a community as a place of collaboration and sharing, providing academic and extra-curricular activities that empower the children as learners and members of society. We strive for children to leave our school with a sense of belonging to a community, where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate and become life-long resilient learners ready for the challenges of the 21st Century.

For our foundation subjects we use The cornerstones curriculum.  We believe that children deserve a balanced curriculum that enables them to develop a deep understanding of all subjects and the interconnections between them.

The rationale for the Cornerstones Curriculum takes the form of 10 big ideas that provide a purpose for the aspects, skills, knowledge and contexts chosen to form the substance of the curriculum. These big ideas form a series of multi-dimensional interconnected threads across the curriculum, allowing children to encounter and revisit their learning through a variety of subject lenses. Over time, these encounters help children to build conceptual frameworks that enable a better understanding of increasingly sophisticated information and ideas.

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future
• develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
• learn within a coherent and progressive framework
• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
• develop and demonstrate their creativity

Here at Nunney First 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 Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) and Knowledge Rich Projects (KRPs), 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.

We follow a two year rolling programme which is reviewed regularly to meet the needs of the children and government curriculum requirements.

To view our whole school long term overview click below

Long term Whole school overview NFS