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Cedars Creative Curriculum

Our Creative Curriculum

The idea is built on 4 learning cornerstones

  1. Engage
  2. Develop
  3. Innovate
  4. Express

These four stages actively promoting children’s learning and thinking and form the basis of each ILP (Imaginative Learning Project), and will provide us with a consistent pedagogical approach across school.

  1. Engage                      3-4 days
  2. Develop                    up to 4 weeks
  3. Innovate                   up to 5 days
  4. Express                     3-5 days
Engage

Memorable first hand experiences

Read about and research

Enquiry questions are raised

Sensory activities and identifying possibilities for future learning

Develop

Understanding new concepts and skills

Acquiring new knowledge

Practising and mastering new skills

Making links

Transferring skills

Reading and writing for different   purposes and audiences

Pathways of enquiries

Explaining and describing learning and   understanding

Homework activities

Innovate

Applying skills knowledge and   understanding to real-life and imaginary contexts

Using thinking skills

Building self esteem and confidence

Reflecting

Working in pairs, groups,   independently

Different roles and responsibilities

Express

Performing and presenting

Evaluating finished products,   processes and progress

Reflecting

Sharing achievements

Celebrating achievements

The ILP (54 in total) deliver the content of the Cornerstone Curriculum and deliver a thematic and cross-curricular teaching plan. They are directly related to the National Curriculum programmes of study.  (See separate links to each from the National curriculum)

Teaching English

English activities are planned to meet year group expectations and are editable, as is all planning and ideas, and will meet the needs and abilities of our children.

Essential Skills

These are the milestones that the children need to reach if they are to achieve the end of year or Key stage programmes of study. They are also collated and categorised for each subject area to support progress tracking.

Planning

We are choosing 6 ILP per year (e.g. in KS1 3 Yr 1 and 3 Yr 2) and then another 6 for the following year to ensure curriculum coverage for our mixed age groups. This will create a two year rolling programme; Year A and a Year B.

Our long term plans follow a two year cycle due to our mixed aged year groups.  Our Creative Curriculum covers the statutory requirement of the National Curriculum (this can be viewed on each individual subject page).  We believe that a broader knowledge and understanding will come from a more creative, imaginative and engaging curriculum that allows our children to explore new ideas and fulfil their potential.  We are aware that some skills are transferable across the curriculum and therefore we aim to develop the children’s thirst for knowledge and a willingness to explore their own independent learning.  This curriculum will equip them with the skills to do this whilst firing their imagination and allowing them to excel.

Our Long Term Curriculum Plans for each year group can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

If you would like more information on our Curriculum please speak with your child’s Class Teacher.

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