This will provide you with more detail behind the philosophy of cornerstones.
As a school we have decided to use cornerstones as it meets the needs of our pupils at Merritts Brook.
In the 'engage' phase , the teachers plan an immersion day/days/week so that the children are enthused by their topic from day 1 and are keen to find out more. In school this has involved children 'flying around the world in a day' , inviting a bee-keeper into school , visiting the local supermarket to taste a variety of foods , investigating a crime scene, making Viking bread ...the list goes on !
In the 'develop' stage , the teacher imparts knowledge. The children learn, through a variety of methods , and acquire necessary knowledge.
After the children have developed a good understanding of their topic , they move to the innovate stage , whereby they will be set a challenge in order to apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired . we are constantly striving to ensure that our children are challenged and learn the strategies to problem solve.
The last stage of the topic is 'express'. This element fits perfectly with our aims and intentions for the children at Merritts Brook. We feel it is imperative that the children are articulate and learn to express their learning clearly and effectively. in addition we feel very strongly about including parents in their child's education, therefore during the culmination of the topic parents are invited into school to join their child in celebrating what has been learned. so far we have invited parents into
a café - which served pizzas that the children had created
a party - sharing what made the children happy
exploding volcanoes - a science experiment involving coke and soft mints !
The children have commented that they really enjoy the topics that they cover and that school is more fun ...they don't realise that they are learning.