Cornerstones Curriculum

At Chadsmead Primary Academy, we actively promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs, within our curriculum and also through our daily interactions with the children. Our school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal PSHE and RE lessons.

Here at Chadsmead Primary Academy, we provide a creative curriculum based around the 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 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.

Cornerstones Website Link

Please click here for a link to the National Curriculum.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our EYFS children are led by four highly qualified practitioners; Miss Morton (specialised EYFS teacher), Mrs McLeod, Mrs Rigby and Mrs Pearson (experienced EYFS practitioners).

Our highly skilled EYFS team aim to provide every child with the best possible start in life, developing a secure foundation for learning. Every child is unique and the EYFS team provide an enabling environment to ensure that each child’s individual needs are met. The EYFS team ensure that the criteria and framework in regards to EYFS profile are followed, working alongside parents and professionals to provide a safe, secure and happy environment for all of the children.

Characteristics of effective learning- These are a key element in the Early Year's Foundation Stage. The characteristics describe how children are learning from their environment, experiences and activities.
The 7 areas of learning:

The staff in Early Years recognise the importance of play in a child’s education and provide indoor and outdoor learning opportunities for the children. Children use these opportunities to explore and investigate whatever the weather. We even have our own forest area!

Staff at Chadsmead aim to provide a challenging and safe environment to encourage the child’s confidence and self-esteem. The children in EYFS have the opportunity to explore the Curriculum in creative and exciting ways, both through adult directed activities and structured, as well as continuous provision play where children explore activities independently. Activities and learning experiences are provided to encourage and allow children to play through spontaneous and planned purposeful activities, through the prime and specific areas of learning.


At Chadsmead we believe that in order to provide the best possible care for a child, communication is of the upmost importance. We encourage parents to contribute to their child’s learning journey through our ‘Proud Clouds’, noting any achievements or milestones. We believe that it is also important for parents/carers to be invited into the setting to explore a variety of activities with their child to help parent’s/carers support their child’s learning. These include:

-          Stay and Play sessions

-          Phonics workshop

-          Maths workshop

-          Remembrance Day- inviting Grandparents

-          Christmas/ Halloween Crafts