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What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

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Here at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 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.

How it Works

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Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:


Links to the Cornerstones Website

Year 1 Projects

  • Bright Lights, Big City
  • Dinosaur Planet
  • Memory Box
  • Moon Zoom!
  • Paws, Claws and Whiskers
  • Rio de Vida
  • Splendid Skies
  • Superheroes
  • The Enchanted Woodland

Year 4 Projects

  • 1066
  • Blue Abyss
  • Burps, Bottoms and Bile
  • I am Warrior!
  • Misty Mountain Sierra
  • Playlist
  • Potions
  • Road Trip USA!
  • Traders and Raiders

Year 2 Projects

  • Beachcombers
  • Beat Band Boogie!
  • Bounce
  • Land Ahoy!
  • Muck, Mess and Mixtures
  • Street Detectives
  • The Scented Garden
  • Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
  • Wriggle and Crawl

Year 5 Projects

  • Alchemy Island
  • Allotment
  • Beast Creator
  • Off with Her Head!
  • Peasants, Princes & Pestilence
  • Pharaohs
  • Scream Machine
  • Stargazers
  • Time Traveller

Year 3 Projects

  • Flow
  • Gods and Mortals
  • Heroes and Villains
  • Mighty Metals
  • Predator!
  • Scrumdiddlyumptious!
  • Tremors
  • Tribal Tails
  • Urban Pioneers

Year 6 Projects

  • A child's War
  • Blood Heart
  • Darwin's Delights
  • Frozen Kingdom
  • Gallery Rebels
  • Hola Mexico!
  • ID
  • Revolution
  • Tomorrow's World

To find out which topics classes will be covering this year, please check out the Phase Pages.

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