The Cornerstones Curriculum:
At The Willows, we now use The Cornerstones Curriculum in conjunction with our own topics. Our
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 our
children’s learning. We aim to provide children with exciting trips, visits, visitors and hands-on
learning experiences to really bring their learning to life and develop their curiosity.
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 require children to independently and collaboratively solve problems, apply
themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the
The Cornerstones Curriculum is made up of 4 key principles.
The key is to get children engaged by a theme or concept. We aim to “hook them in” with a
memorable experience. This may range from a trip out, a visitor into school or just some inspiring
activities within the school grounds such as a space landing! The children are asked lots of questions
to find out their interests and to spark their curiosity.
During this stage, the children explore themes, concepts and subjects in greater depth. This is the
children’s opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge through a range of challenging activities
which enable the children to make progress and develop their confidence across a range of subjects.
Our “topic” work encompasses: history, geography, art and design and design technology but our
staff are very skilled at making strong links with other curriculum areas so our children have opportunities to build strong links between different aspects of their learning and are able to apply what they've learned to other subject areas.
This is where the children are offered a range of stimulating scenarios. These act as provocations to
encourage the children to think creatively. It is an opportunity for our children to work both
independently and as part of a group.
This is an opportunity for the children to reflect upon their learning, it is their chance to
explain/share their learning in lots of different ways-thinking about audience and purpose. This
could take the form of a presentation within class, teaching another year group new skills and most
importantly parental involvement. It’s paramount that our parents and carers have a shared
understanding and appreciation of the work their children have done and that they get a real sense
of their progress and achievement.