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Cornerstones Curriculum

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…


The Four Cornerstones:    ENGAGE   –   DEVELOP   –   INNOVATE   –   EXPRESS


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


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.


Please click on the link below to read more about the curriculum.


Please see attached file for the Long Term Plan for 2015-2016, detailing the different Cornerstones Units covered in each year group.