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Cornerstones (History, Georgraphy & Science)

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum


The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities 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. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.


Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.


Although links can be made with all subjects, Literacy, Maths, RE and PE will be taught as discrete sessions.

Teaching staff are encouraged to broaden the experience of the topics for the children through educational visits, visitors in the school and shared experiences of the wider community, eg Involvement with parents and school links etc…


Children’s achievements are celebrated regularly through the school newletters, displays in classrooms and shared areas and in assemblies where children are encouraged to share their knowledge with the rest of the school.


How it Works

Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.



At the ‘Engage’ stage, children will:

•gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school

•enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences

•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 will:

•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, classmates and the community

•evaluate finished products and processes

•link what they have learnt to where they started

•celebrate their learning


Parents visiting Hillbourne Primary will see learning reflected in the wall displays in individual classrooms and the corridors around the school. Through regular home school communication and the newsletter sent to introduce each Theme the class teacher provides parents and carers with information to help them engage in their children’s learning.