Cornerstones Curriculum

At St Chad's, we provide a thematic curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised programme. The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the Primary National Curriculum. At our school, it is implemented across our Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) on a two-year cycle.
We believe that children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. During their theme work, children are provided with lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to play and explore, apply themselves creatively, think critically and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Each theme has a “big question” at the heart of its learning and is linked to a quality text. Themes start with an engaging opener, the “big start”, and conclude with a “big finish”. By the end of each theme the children will have achieved an outcome from their learning, which they showcase to their class, key stage, whole school or parents.
In each theme, children progress through four stages of learning (the four cornerstones):
  • engage
  • develop
  • innovate
  • express

Learning is enhanced and enriched through visitors, trips, open events and home learning projects.

Further information on the Cornerstones Curriculum can be found by clicking on the image below.


Each Cornerstone theme is planned and organised across a half-term and is summarised below. Further information can be found within our Class Pages.