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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

Cornerstones topic overview 2018/2019


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year one


PE focus

Integrating texts and images (Superhero comic strip)

Moon Zoom

DT focus

Programming (Beebots)


Science/DT Focus


Splendid Skies

Science Focus

2DIY game making

Paws, Claws and whiskers

Art & Design Focus


The enchanted woodland

Science Focus

Programming (Espresso Coding)

Year two

Land Ahoy

Geography Focus


Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

DT focus


Street Detectives

History focus

Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Art & Design Focus


The Scented Garden Science Focus


Science Focus

Year three

Urban Pioneers

Art & Design Focus

Heroes and Villains

Music focus



Geography Focus



Science Focus

Gods and Mortals

History focus


DT focus

Year four


Science Focus

Blue Abyss

Art & Design Focus


Road Trip USA

Geography Focus



History focus

Misty Mountains Sierra

Geography Focus

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

Science Focus

Year five


History focus

Time Traveller

Art & Design Focus

Off with Her Head

History focus


Beast Creator

Science Focus


Science Focus


Geography Focus

Year six

Blood Heart

Science Focus


Hola Mexico

Music focus


Frozen Kingdom

Geography Focus



A Child’s War

History focus


Science Focus

Tomorrow’s World

Computing Focus



Once a term cover Esafety

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