Curriculum Overview

Cornerstone Curriculum

Here at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum

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 will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.

We believe 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.

Teaching phonics

Since October 2017 we have been using the Read Write Inc. programme to teach phonics across foundation, Key Stage 1 and for those children in Key Stage 2 who find reading challenging.

Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Each Read Write Inc. programme meets the higher expectations of the National Curriculum and uses assessment to accelerate every child's progress and prepare them for the National Curriculum Tests.

Further Information 

For further information about the curriculum or any of the methods used by the School, please speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance or contact the School Office.