St Francis Church of England Aided Primary School and Nursery

Living our High Five Values as we learn and grow together in our Christian School.

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Curriculum Introduction

At St Francis, we have designed our curriculum to ensure children acquire knowledge and skills from the moment they start Nursery. This then builds, year on year, through fully sequenced and progressive learning opportunities. In many subjects, we have opted for a published scheme. This ensures it has been written by experts in curriculum design, and allows our teachers to spend the most amount of their time where it is most needed; with our children. To write a curriculum takes hundreds of hours, and we feel our teachers, and leaders', time is best spent ensuring the children are taught well, and 'know more and remember more'.


We have done extensive research into the best curriculums available, then ensured they are adapted to the needs of our children and enriched with learning experiences and opportunities from all the wonderful community of Bournville has to offer. We have then ensured the learning is supplemented with immersion weeks such as 'STEM' and 'Riverside'.


We want our children to marvel at the wonderful world that God has created. Through a diverse and inclusive curriculum, we strive for all at St Francis to be tolerant, proud and excited to celebrate and learn about the wonderful cultures and religions that we have in our school, community and globally.  We want everyone to explore the world around them have a greater understanding and appreciation of the lives of others.  Together we explore the impact of our and other’s actions, looking at how the world has changed for the better and worse and learning how we can leave a lasting positive impact on the world.  We are an inclusive Church of England Primary School and Nursery, we welcome families from all and no faiths and ensure that our curriculum is accessible to all pupils who attend our school.   


Cooperation is an essential life skill and throughout all our learning we provide opportunities for the children to work with different people and organisations in different situations and with different age groups.   We want our children to learn and retain a wealth of knowledge that will enable them to understand the world around them, to be independent and access further learning, building a future using  a wide knowledge base that will open doors for them in their life.   


We explore the importance of perseverance in life learning from taking risks and holding our heads high regardless of how hard something has been.  To keep going and keeping a growth mindset remembering that we can’t do things YET.  In order to get the most out of every experience in life, we need to be engaged and present, taking an active part in our own learning journey.  Asking and answering questions.  Tackling issues that are important to our community and the world as well as considering the impact of our own and other’s actions.  By actively engaging in our learning we will strive to live life in all its fullness. 


In all areas of our learning we will strive to be the best we can be,  setting high expectations for ourselves and others so that we can be proud of everything that we do.  St Francis is a place where we hope all our staff and pupils will learn a great deal, experience a diverse range of events and have fun through a joyful approach to learning and life.  


It is our intent that through the Christian ethos and values we hold dear, we will live our High Five values as we learn and grow together in our Christian school. 

Cornerstones Curriculum 22


Here at St Francis, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for Art, Design and Technology, Science, History and Geography, based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.  This is 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.


During Summer 1 2022, we will be focussing our topic work on Design and Technology, before moving on to focussing on Geography in Summer 2, with a view to adopting the full curriculum from September 2022.  


We really look forward to sharing further information and examples of the children's work with you during this Summer term via our Newsletter and Social media.