We have now introduced the Cornerstones Curriculum. This is a creative approach to learning built on the criteria for an outstanding curriculum. It ensures that your children learn in the most creative way and are involved in what they are learning. Cornerstones is based on the Four Cornerstones of Learning: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. These Cornerstones provide a consistent philosophy for learning throughout school.

The Four Cornerstones - Philosophy

The most important underlying principle of a 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 the Cornerstones Primary Curriculum is built upon a four stage teaching and learning philosophy…


What do the Four Cornerstones look like?

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 – Investigate and Discover
  • 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

Cornerstones Curriculum is delivered through a range of inspirational yet rigorous learning projects. These are based on the National Curriculum, but bring learning together in new and exciting ways. Each project combines different strands of learning so that children learn more holistically and start to challenge themselves and learn problem solving skills as they create truly fantastic learning opportunities.

Below is an overview of Cornerstone units for 2017-18:

Early Years Foundation Stage:

Nursery Reception
Autumn 1 Why do leaves go crispy? Why do squirrels hide their nuts?
  • Guess how much I love you in the Autumn
  • Stick man
  • Pumpkin Soup
  • That’s not my squirrel
  • Wide awake Hedgehog
  • The Wild Woods
  • It was a cold, dark night
  • Squirrel’s busy day
  • Autumn- Gerda Muller
  • The very helpful hedgehod
  • Bear snores on
  • The great big sleep
  • The busy little squirrel
Autumn 2 Why do you love me so much? Are we there yet?
  • Sometimes- Emma Dodd
  • I love you to the moon and back
  • Guess how much I love you
  • Where’s my teddy?
  • Love Monster
  • There’s a house inside my Mummy
  • Curious George and the hot air balloon
  • We’re going on a bear hunt
  • The great balloon hullaballoo
  • Mr Grumpy’s outing
  • The ultimate book of vehicles
Spring 1 Can we explore it? Will you read me a story?
  • Where’s Spot?
  • The Great Explorer
  • Through the magic mirror
  • Whatever next!
  • We’re going on a lion hunt
  • Herbie’s big adventure
  • See you later alligator
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Cinderella
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Enormous Turnip
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
Spring 2 Is it shiny? Do cows drink milk?
  • Hello baby
  • Moonlight bear
  • Only nooglebloglers Glow in the Dark
  • How to catch a star
  • That’s not my robot
  • By the light of the slivery moon
  • Pigs get lost
  • A squash and a sneeze
  • Sound button stories: Portly Pig
  • Farmyard hullaballoo
  • A farmer’s life for me
  • Muddle farm
  • Farmer Duck
Summer 1 How high can I jump? Do you want to be friends?
  • Mr Men Sports Day
  • The bouncy jump game
  • The Tortoise and the Hare- Alison Murray
  • From head to toe
  • Kicking a ball
  • The Sports Day- Mick Inkpen
  • Lost and Found- Oliver Jeffers
  • I am too absolutely small for school- Charlie and Lola
  • The wolf who wouldn’t go to school
  • Have you filled a bucket today?
  • The kissing hand
  • Enemy pie
Summer 2 Why is water wet? Why are carrots orange?
  • The Gingerbread man
  • Commotion in the ocean
  • Mr Archimedes’ Bath
  • Five minutes peace
  • Watch out for muddy puddles
  • George Goes Swimming – Nicola Smee
  • Fairy tales gone wrong: Eat your greens Goldilocks
  • Pass the jam, Jim
  • Too many carrots!
  • Cleversticks
  • The animal boogie
  • Handa’s Surprise
  • Oliver’s Vegetables

Key Stage 1 and 2:

Year 1/2 Year 3/4 Year 5/6
Autumn 1 Land Ahoy Gods and Mortals Stargazers
Text The adventure of Sinbad the Sailor – Katie Daynes
Captain Hook – Rebecca Levene
Christopher Columbus – M Lacey
Greek myths for children – Heather Amery Alone on a wide, wide sea – Michael Morpurgo
Autumn 2 Bright Light, Big City Road Trip USA Allotment
Text Dick Whittington – Russell Punter
Paddington at the Palace
Katie in London
The Indian in the Cupboard- Lynne Reid Banks The Secret Garden
Spring 1 Paws, Claws and Whiskers Tremors Off with Her Head!
Text Puss in Boots
The Hodgeheg
The Tiger who came to Tea
The Firework Makers Daughter – Phillip Pullman Treason – Berlie Doherty
Spring 2 Splendid Skies Urban Pioneers Tomorrows World
Text Chicken Lickin – Ladybird
The boy who lost his bumble
The rainy day
The Cloudspotter
The Family from One End Street – Eve Garnett Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz
Summer 1 The Enchanted Woodland Playlist Alchemy Island
Text Hansel and Gretel
The Gruffalo
Peep inside a fairytale- Little Red Riding Hood
Poems to Perform – Julia Donaldson The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S.Lewis
Summer 2 Beachcombers Traders and Raiders Pharaohs
Text The Little Mermaid
The snail and the whale
Winnie and Wilbur at the seaside
Sally and the limpet
Erik the Viking- Terry Jones Phoenix Code – Helen Moss