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The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and topic based approach to learning. Our curriculum is delivered through themed topic which provide exciting and motivating learning 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. Cornerstones provides lots of learning challenges and opportunities throughout the year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding across the curriculum. It also provides a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. 
How it Works?
Children will progress through four distinct stages of learning during each topic – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.


At the "Engage" stage, children:


  • Get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme.

  • Begin researching and setting enquiry questions.

  • Get lots of opportunities to make observations.

  • Develop spoken language skills.

  • Take part in sensory activities.

  • Have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.


At the "Develop" stage, children:


  • Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic.

  • Develop and practice their new skills.

  • Compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum.

  • Research their own questions and those set by others.

  • Follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests.

  • Complete homework activities that support their learning.


At the "Innovate" stage, children:


  • Apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.

  • Solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt.

  • Get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities.

  • Revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.


At the "Express" stage, children:


  • Become the performers, experts and informers.

  • Share their achievements with parents and classmates.

  • Evaluate finished products and processes.

  • Link what they have learnt to where they started.

  • Celebrate their achievements.


To find out more about cornerstones click here.


To find out more about what your child is learning throughout the year visit the Class Pages to find the Long Term Plans for each year group.