Overview of the Primary Curriculum

Based on National Curriculum published in September 2013

The document below contains 6 sheets, each of which presents an outline of the content of the new National Curriculum from 2014.

Core subjects (English, Maths & Science) are presented in a year-by-year format, based on the outlines given in the National Curriculum. History is also presented in this format, based on a suggested programme.

All other subjects are presented in two-year sections, dividing KS2 into Lower and Upper Key Stages.

It should be noted that it is only statutorily required to cover each Key Stage's content by the end of the key stage. It is for schools to decide on the most appropriate ordering for their situation.

Overview of the Primary Curriculum →

Here at Pillowell Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.

With the new National Curriculum being introduced by the Government last year (2014-15) we have been working hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we have decided to implement the new Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

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.

How it Works?

Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP - Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please see the Cornerstones website →

Because of our mixed age classes teachers have planned to teach a mixture of ILP's through a rolling programme of themes. Please see the KS1 and KS2 topic overview to see what is being taught when.

Assessment and reporting

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