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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
Spring 2- Blogging an animation
PE focus
Integrating texts and images (Superhero comic strip)
Moon Zoom
DT focus Programming (Beebots)
Splendid Skies Science Focus
2 DIY game making
Paws, Claws and whiskers
Art & Design Focus
The enchanted woodland
Science Focus Programming (Espresso Coding)
Year Two Land Ahoy Geography Focus Programming (Beebots) Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
DT focus Programming (Espresso Coding)
Street Detectives History focus PowerPoints Beachcombers Science Focus Blogging The Scented Garden Science Focus Stop frame animations Muck, Mess and Mixtures
Art & Design Focus Gaming
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
Focus Programming (Espresso)
Heroes and Villains Music focus
Stop frame animations (iMovie / Pete?)
Tremors Geography Focus Simulations Predator Science Focus Databases Gods and Mortals History focus Powerpoint. Scrumdiddlyumptious DT focus
Integrating texts and images (2DIY)
Year Four Potions
Science Focus Spreadsheets
Road Trip USA Geography Focus Email or Blogging. Blue Abyss
Art & Design Focus Programming (Espresso)
History focus Gaming
Misty Mountains Sierra
Geography Focus Integrating texts and images
Burps, Bottoms and Bile
Science Focus
Comic strips.
Year Five Pharaohs
History focus Emailing (Egypt)
Time Traveller
Art & Design Focus Green screening
Off with Her Head History focus Spreadsheets (Tudor Banquet) Beast Creator Science Focus
App building
Science Focus
Star gazing software (Google sky)
Geography Focus Coding
Year Six Blood Heart
Science Focus Instructions (word)
Hola Mexico
Music focus
Frozen Kingdom Geography Focus Stop frame animations A Child’s War
History focus Revision games
Science Focus Computer simulations
Tomorrow’s World Computing Focus Autumn 1 and 2- Programming (Espresso, Python, Scratch, Logo)

Orchard Two

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