Curriculum and Home Learning
Cornerstones Weekly Challenges
The PDF documents below give examples of numerous activities / challenges appropriate for our Warren Wood pupils across all year groups.
Warren Wood Specialist Academy offers a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.
A new National Curriculum was introduced by the Government in 2014 and we have therefore been working hard to refresh our Academy's approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we have decided to put in place the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
The reading scheme we use is the Oxford Reading Tree and the phonics scheme we use is Read, Write Inc. plus Jolly Phonics to support.
What is 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. The 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. The 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.
How it Works?
Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express
To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:
In this section, you will see information and photographs relating to curriculum events / visits which our pupils have really enjoyed taking part in. For information relating to themes being covered throughout each term, please take a look at the individual class pages on the 'Pupils' page on the left hand side.
JOINT SCHOOL COUNCIL VISIT TO THE RECYCLING FROM WASTE PLANT
IN NORTH HYKEHAM
Three of our pupils recently joined school council representatives from the other Gainsborough primary schools to investigate how waste is recycled in Lincolnshire instead of going to landfill. We were welcomed and given a safety briefing, followed by a talk and video about what can be recycled and what can be put in the ‘black bin’ (non-recyclable). We were also encouraged to reuse glass and compost garden waste.
Plastic waste is sorted and tuned into pellets to make more plastic bottles and curb stones for roads.
Metal is extracted by powerful magnets, melted down and reused.
The most exciting part was the tour of the plant when we say the men operating huge grabbers to mix and put the non-recyclables into the incinerator. When the waste has been incinerated it leaves rubble which can be used in making roads. The heat from the waste drives turbines to generate electricity and lime is added to ensure that the steam from the chimney does not cause acid rain.
We were then able to explore in the education centre, where there are working models and computers for us to play on to test our new knowledge.
We had a very interesting day with Barry from Zoolab, who told us about mini-beasts and showed us animals who have adapted to different habitats. This memorable experience links to the work on Paws Claws and Whiskers, being done in KS1 and habitat work on Darwin’s Delights in KS2. The sensory topic this term is ‘Why Don’t Snakes Have Legs?’
More information can be found within Class Pages in the Pupils' area of our website. Please take a look.