Our Curriculum



From September 2014 there is an expectation from the government that all mainstream primary schools deliver the new National Curriculum. We have therefore adapted our School curriculum accordingly to ensure that we meet the current aims and statutory requirements. Children in FS2 Class follow the new Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. In the other six year groups, our teaching covers all National Curriculum subjects and RE.

At the heart of our work is a topic approach to curriculum delivery. Children learn best when information is set in contexts that are meaningful, engaging and relevant to them. We want our children to see that their work in class has an impact in the real world. This ethos has been proven to raise standards and ensure that all children make progress. We invest heavily in trips, visitors and experiences for the children to support their understanding of the topic being explored. 

As a Church of England School, our ethos is based on distinctively Christian values and we offer children an experience of faith through collective worship and links with the parish church. Our Religious Education lessons will always include teaching about other faiths.


At Christ Church, we believe in creating a stimulating environment which allows all our children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them through inspirational learning activities and high-quality teaching. 

Our creative curriculum revolves around the Cornerstones Curriculum. The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) and Knowledge Rich Projects (KRP) 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.  


How it works:

Children will progress through four distinct stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.    

Engage: At the ‘Engage’ stage, children: 

  • Gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor to school. 

  • Enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences 

  • Get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme 

  • Begin researching and setting enquiry questions 

  • Get lots of opportunities to make observations 

  • Develop spoken language skills 

  • Take part in sensory activities 

  • Have lots of fun to fully ‘engage’ with their new topic. 


At the ‘Develop’ stage, children: 

  • Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic 

  • Develop and practice their new skills 

  • Compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum 

  • Research their own questions and those set by others 

  • Follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests 

  • Complete homework activities that support their learning.



At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children 

  • Apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts 

  • Solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt 

  • Get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities 

  • Revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage. 


At the ‘Express’ stage, children: 

  • Become the performers, experts and informers. 

  • Share their achievements with parents, classmates and he community 

  • Evaluate finished products and processes 

  • Link what they have learnt to where they started 

  • Celebrate their achievements! 

How connected is the Cornerstones Curriculum? 

Within the cornerstones curriculum, subject specific concepts and skills are woven throughout a number of projects. For example, in History, the idea of chronology is taught in many different concepts and becomes more complex each time it is revisited as children move through the school. This idea is present through all subjects within the Cornerstones curriculum. 


Big ideas 

Throughout the Cornerstones curriculum, larger concepts are woven. These big ideas are designed to help children develop a wider and more general understanding of the world. For example, One ‘big idea’ is ‘Humankind’. See below how this big idea is woven throughout subjects and also revisited and developed upon in different year groups.

At Christ Church we have carefully selected inspiring, engaging and exciting topics from the Cornerstones Curriculum that involve a range of different contexts (please see the whole school project plan below).  

Whole School Curriculum Overview 2021-22

We value the help, support and skills that our parents contribute to delivering our creative curriculum. 

If you would like to see what project each class is working on this term, please visit our class pages and click on the topic webs. 


For information on how subjects are taught at our school, please click on the links below:​​

Curriculum Intent




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