The Cornerstones Curriculum

At New Road Primary School we follow a version of the Cornerstones curriculum to deliver our topics (geography, history, art & design, science).  Computing, French, religious education and music are delivered as separate subjects with cross curricular links as appropriate. 

Please see the curriculum maps for each year group to find out more about the individual learning projects that your child will experience

The Cornerstones Curriculum is built on a robust framework and a proven learning philosophy. Each topic unit is called an Imaginative Learning Project (ILP) and every ILP follows the same basic structure.

Take a look here for more information about the Cornerstones Curriculum:


The ILPs are split into four distinct phases called ‘The Cornerstones of Learning’:
















Each unit starts with a memorable first-hand experience. Pupils begin observing, researching and setting questions. During this phase, the children have lots of opportunities to fully engage with the new topic.


A large part of the ILP is focussed on improving knowledge and understanding. Children develop and practise new skills. They explore the topic by making and doing.


During this week-long section of the unit, the children are involved in activities that encourage them to apply skills and knowledge in real-life contexts. They solve real or imagined problems through learning and gain inspiration from a range of creative activities.


In the final part of each ILP, the children become performers, experts and informers! They link their learning back to the starting point and provide opportunities to share and celebrate their achievements with parents and carers.

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