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Our new Cornerstones Curriculum - ready to launch in January 2018!  


Here at Clapham CofE 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:


children will

be equipped with the knowledge and skills for life in a child-centred curriculum. 



We have a four year rolling plan for both Key stages.  We constantly review and monitor our topics to ensure that they are relevant to the children in our school.  A review is taking place in 2017 / 2018 where we are looking at how to demonstrate progress in the foundation subjects.

Mathematics is taught on a yearly rolling programme.  English is a two year rolling programme. We are working towards embracing a full cross-curricular approach to teaching English in 2018. 

PHSCE(Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education) will be covered on a three year rolling programme.

The Foundation Stage Curriculum covers the prime and specific areas of learning and works on a rolling programme to link in with the KS1 curriculum. To find out more about our curriculum and content, please contact the school office.


The school uses 'Letters and Sounds' as it's prime approach to teaching phonics across the school.


We work through the phases as outlined in Letters and Sounds and this continues into KS2 if children still need this.


We use book banding and have a range of different reading schemes in school that the teachers select for early readers and that match their phonological awareness.  We also stock some home readers that follow the 'Look and Say' approach to reading.  These are usually the Oxford Reading Tree books.  These are used in conjunction with the other books as we realise some children learn to read in different ways.


In KS2 the book banding is still used until the children develop a higher fluency and higher level of comprehension.  Children at this stage take home a 'free reader' that is selected by the class teacher.


Reading records are used to note down reading done in class and home.  It is recommended that children read frequently at home.  We suggest a daily diet of about 5-10 minutes with an adult.



Key Stage 1


Key Stage 2

Literacy Whole School Long Term Plan

Modern Languages