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At Auckland Education Centre, the most important underlying principle of our curriculum is to help children learn. We believe that a successful curriculum is brought to life by high quality teaching, inspirational learning activities and opportunities to listen and plan for the developing interests and motivations of children.


That is why we follow the Cornerstones Primary Curriculum. It is built upon a four-stage teaching and learning philosophy...


The Four Cornerstones: Engage - Develop - Innovate - Express


During the Engage stage children will:

• have memorable first-hand experiences - for example going on a visit outside the classroom or inviting a specialist visitor into the classroom

• have WOW experiences

• be introduced in exciting ways to the new topic or theme

• begin initial research and set enquiry questions

• have lots of opportunity to make observations

• develop spoken language skills

• take part in sensory activities

• have a great deal of fun, allowing them to fully 'engage' with their new topic


During the Develop stage children will:

• dig much deeper to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of a topic across the curriculum

• practice their newfound skills

• compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes, read across the curriculum

• research their own questions and those posed by others

• follow new pathways of enquiry based on their own interests

• complete homework activities that support their learning in school


During the Innovate stage children will:

• apply previous skills, knowledge and understanding in real life contexts

• be challenged with real or imagined problems and situations to solve using knowledge and skills from the earlier stages

• be inspired with imaginative and creative opportunities

• have time to re-visit skills, knowledge and understanding not grasped during the develop stage

• have the opportunity to take on different roles


During the Express stage children will:

• become the performers, the experts, the informers

• share their achievements with others in many different ways.......parents, class mates and the community

• evaluate finished products/processes

• tie learning back to the beginning

• celebrate


Forest School

Each Pod undertakes approximately twenty sessions of Forest School Education per year. The outdoor site used for these lessons is in Yorkswood, which is roughly two miles from the Centre. Activities include: shelter building, fire building and lighting, cooking, wood cutting, group games and identifying flora and fauna. The pupils enjoy this opportunity to take learning beyond the classroom and look forward to developing new skills.  Forest School helps to improve their confidence, self-esteem and social skills. All equipment and waterproof clothing is provided by the Centre.