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At Barlby Primary school we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, for the following Foundation subjects: Geography, History, Science, Art, and Design Technology. We also follow the National curriculum requirements for Computing, and in PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) we follow the study programme developed by the PSHE Association. All of our planning is adapted to the needs of the pupils being taught.

Music is planned and delivered by our full-time music specialist teacher. All children from nursery to year six learn Spanish. In Key Stage 2 this is led by a bilingual member of staff. We also employ a full-time PE coach who delivers outdoor PE lessons and supports with the planning of indoor PE. R.E is taught as a discrete part of the curriculum and is question led – for example ‘What makes a day special?’ We also teach Philosophy for children which helps develop an inquiring mind across other subject areas.

When the new National Curriculum was introduced by the Government (2014-15) we reviewed our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we 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 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of learning.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum provides 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. Parents and carers are invited into classes every half-term to look at the outcomes.

Topic Overview

*Once a term we cover Esafety

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Nursery Why do you love me so much? Why do Leaves go crispy? / Where does snow go? Fairy Tales Are eggs alive? Bears! How many pebbles are on the beach?
Reception Do you want to be friends? Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Fairy Tales Are eggs alive? Bears! How many pebbles are on the beach?
Year One Memory Box
History focus
PE focus
Paws, Claws and whiskers
Art & Design 
Splendid Skies Science Focus

Moon Zoom            DT Focus


The enchanted woodland
Science Focus 
Year Two

Land Ahoy

Geography Focus 

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
DT focus 

Street Detectives History focus 

Muck, Mess and Mixtures
Art & Design

The Scented Garden Science Focus  Beachcombers Science Focus 
Orchard One Do you want to be friends? Why do squirrels hide their nuts? (Seasons) Can I switch it on? (Toys and games) Are we there yet? (Where I live) Food Why do ladybirds have spots? (Creepy Crawlies)
Year Three Urban Pioneers
Art & Design
Heroes and Villains Music focus
Tremors Geography Focus  Predator Science Focus  Gods and Mortals History focus  Scrumdiddlyumptious DT focus
Year Four Potions
Science Focus 
Blue Abyss
Art & Design Focus 
Road Trip USA Geography 1066
History focus 
Misty Mountains Sierra
Geography Focus 
Burps, Bottoms and Bile
Science Focus
Year Five Pharaohs
History focus 
Time Traveller
Art & Design Focus 
Off with Her Head History focus  Beast Creator Science  Stargazers
Science Focus
Geography Focus 
Year Six


History and Drama focus

Blood Heart
Science Focus 
Frozen Kingdom Geography Focus s A Child’s War
History focus 
Science Focus 
Tomorrow’s World Computing Focus 

Orchard Two

Scrumdiddlyumptious DT focus Land ahoy
Geography Focus
Mighty Metals Science Focus Heroes and Villains Music focus Tremors Geography Focus Flow Geography Focus

Please click on the links below to see your child's year group:

Year 1 Cornerstones 

Year 2 Cornerstones 

Year 3 Cornerstones 

Year 4 Cornerstones 

Year 5 Cornerstones

Year 6 Cornerstones