Hillocks Primary and Nursery School

The Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum KS1 and KS2

At Hillocks Primary School we teach through a creative, topic based approach to learning. Planning is based around a key text wherever possible to develop reading skills and children’s enjoyment of reading.

We use the Cornerstones Topics to support this. 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 will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) 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. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.

How it Works?

Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:

We aim to offer all children a broad and balanced curriculum, which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the children in our care. We will also prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

We also follow the Read, Write, Inc programme to teach reading and writing in Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2. In Upper Key Stage 2 English is taught through a quality text and lessons planned linked to the national curriculum objectives.

In maths throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 we use the White Rose resources to support planning. We have also worked with the mastery specialist team to develop mastery skills in mathematics.

Long Term Plans identify the areas to be covered and are based on the requirements of the National Curriculum.

We believe that a Creative Curriculum provides opportunity to:

Inspire and engage pupils by linking curriculum areas to a central theme.

Encourage staff and children to connect the curriculum to their prior experience, and involve them in moving the curriculum forwards.

Promote values by allowing learning to link to personal contexts.

Celebrate raising standards and the achievements of all members of our school community.

Allow children to develop key skills and responsibility for their own learning.

The curriculum plans below set out what children will be learning in key stage 1 and key stage 2.


If you would like any further information about our school curriculum please see  Margaret Newcombe.