Navigation
Home Page

CornerStones

Cornerstones Curriculum

Cornerstones Curriculum at Alston

At Alston Primary School, we believe in creating a stimulating environment which allows all our children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them through inspirational learning activities and high-quality teaching.

Our creative curriculum at Alston Primary revolves around 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. 

 

How it works

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

 

 

Engage: At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:

  • Gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor to 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.

Develop:

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.

Innovate:

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.

Express:

At the ‘Express’ stage, children:

  • Become the performers, experts and informers.

  • Share their achievements with parents, classmates and he community

  • Evaluate finished products and processes

  • Link what they have learnt to where they started

  • Celebrate their achievements!

At Alston we have carefully selected inspiring, engaging and exciting topics from the Cornerstones Curriculum that involve a range of different contexts (See ‘whole school topic plan below).

We value the help, support and skills that our parents contribute to delivering our creative curriculum.

To gain further information about the curriculum being taught in each year group click here

Click on the links below to find out more about each ILP

Year group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

N

ILP title

 

Why do you love me so much?

Why is water wet?

Is it shiny?

How does that building stay up?

Did dragons exist?

How many pebbles on the beach?

 

R

ILP title

 

Will you read me a story?

Why do zebras have stripes?

Are we there yet?

Why do ladybirds have spots?

Do cows drink milk?

What’s that sound?

 

1

ILP title

 

Paws claws and whiskers

Memory box

Bright Lights, Big City

The Enchanted Woodland

Moon zoom!

Dinosaur planet

Subject focus

Art and Design

History

Geography

Science

D&T

History focus

2

ILP title

 

Towers, tunnels and turrets

Wriggle and crawl

Land ahoy!

The Scented Garden

Street detective

Muck Mess and Mixtures

Subject focus

D&T

Science

Geography

Science

Geography

Art and design

3

ILP title

 

Tribal tales

Predators

Scrumdidlyumptious

Tremors

Traders and raiders (Y4ILP)

Urban Pioneers

Subject focus

History

Science

D&T

Geography

History

Art and design

4

ILP title

 

Gods and Mortals (YR 3 ILP)

Misty Mountain Siera

Burps, bottoms and bile

Potions

Blue Abyss

Road trip to the USA

Subject focus

History

Geography

Science

Science

Art and design

Geography

5

ILP title

 

Pharaohs

Allotment

Revolution (YR 6 ILP)

Time traveller

Star gazers

Scream machine

Subject focus

History

Geography

History

Art and design

Science

Science

6

ILP title

 

A Child’s War

Darwin’s delights

Frozen Kingdom

Blood heart

Gallery rebels

Tomorrow’s World

Subject focus

History

Science

Geography

Science

Art and design

Computing

Top