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The Curriculum

Cornerstones Curriculum


At Hawkedale Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the 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 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 click on the link through to Cornerstones website:


Year group – R

Puffin Class





Autumn 1


Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2


Summer 1


Summer 2







Do you want to be friends?


Why do squirrels hide their nuts?


Will you read me a story?


What happens when I fall asleep?


Why do ladybirds have spots?


Who lives in a rock pool?


Engage memorable event



A trip around the school


A day in the forest


Traditional tales dress up day


Wonder dome or planetarium


Woolley Firs trip


A trip to the seaside







Lauren Child


Mick Inkpen and Nick Butterworth


Traditional fairy tales


Martin Waddell


Eric Carle


Julia Donaldson





Parents in to look at classroom and work

Wildlife café presentation to staff

Sharing assembly

Glow in the dark presentation to school

Butterfly garden – butterfly release for parents

Beach in a jar to take home


Year group – 1

Robin Class





Autumn 1


Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2


Summer 1


Summer 2








Memory Box










Splendid Skies



Paws, Claws and Whiskers



Bright lights, Big city


Engage memorable event




Family picnic with babies and toddlers



Superhero day



Dinosaur workshop



Walk in the woods



A trip to London Zoo



A visit from the Queen








Shirley Hughes







Ian Whybrow






Paul Geraghty



James Mayhew





Memory box to take home


Comic strips to showcase to the school


Dinosaur museum for parents


Sharing assembly


Share creatures with other classes



Email to meerkat


Year group – 2

Owl Class





Autumn 1


Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2


Summer 1


Summer 2








The Scented Garden



Towers, Tunnels and Turrets



Beat Band Boogie






Wriggle and Crawl





Engage memorable event




Visit to a florist



Windsor Castle trip



Band visit



Visit to London Irish



Mini-beast Hunt



A visit to the seaside









Roger Hargreaves



Fairy Tales/Laurence Anholt



Rhyme/Alan Ahlberg



Jeremy Strong



Jill Tomlinson



David and Ronda Armitage




A gift to take home

Create a castle to showcase to the school

Perform a song to the school

Lead a keep fit session for parents

Create a minibeast

film/sharing assembly

3D sculptor exhibition for the school



Year group – 3

Kingfisher Class





Autumn 1


Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2


Summer 1


Summer 2








Mighty Metals



Gods and Mortals






Urban Pioneers



Tribal Tales






Engage memorable event




Visit a playground



Greek Day



Dinosaur workshop



Town centre visit



Stone/Iron and Bronze Age workshop



A trip to the Seaside









The Iron Man



Greek Myths and Legends



The Sheep Pig



Emil and the Detectives/The Family from One End Street



Stig of the Dump



The Firework Maker’s Daughter







Showcase to the class


Sharing assembly – Pandora’s box


Showcase in class


Exhibition to parents


Creating a Stone age monument to the chief


Make an emergency plan for the school to share with the HT